"I'm a Boy" as written by and Peter Townshend....
One girl was called Jean Marie
Another little girl was Felicity
Another little girl was Sally Joy
The other was me, and I'm a boy

My name is Bill, and I'm a head case
They practice making up on my face
Yeah, I feel lucky if I get trousers to wear
Spend evenings taking hairpins from my hair

I'm a boy, I'm a boy
But my ma won't admit it
I'm a boy, I'm a boy
But if I say I am, I get it

Put your frock on, Jean Marie
Plait your hair, Felicity
Paint your nails, little Sally Joy
Put on this wig, little boy

I'm a boy, I'm a boy
But my ma won't admit it
I'm a boy, I'm a boy
But if I say I am, I get it

Want to play cricket on the green
Ride my bike across the street
Cut myself and see my blood
Want to come home all covered in mud

I'm a boy, I'm a boy
But my ma won't admit it
I'm a boy. I'm a boy
But if I say I am, I get it


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"I'm a Boy" as written by Peter Townshend

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    General CommentI love the line the verse - i wanna play cricket on the green, ride my bike across the stream, cut myself and see my blood, i wanna come home all covered in mud. takes me back when life was that simple...
    RambleOnon July 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds like it's about a brother stuck with all sisters.
    This song is FUNNY! Absolutely love it.
    indie10on June 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song makes me think of gender identity; whoever telling the story in this song is biologically female, but they are mentally a male and don't get to always do the boy things that they want.
    fr0zencreekon September 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song is pretty obviously about a young female-to-male transgender person.
    trueneutralon July 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such an awesome song, written for pete's rock opera about the future, in which a family chose all girls but were stuck with a boy...great sound, too
    emmychloeon April 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is funny.
    classicrockgirlon May 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me laugh everytime. Pete Townshend is an awesome songwriter and the beat is one of the greatest.
    trapperjohnon August 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me laugh everytime. Pete Townshend is an awesome songwriter and the beat is one of the greatest.
    trapperjohnon August 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the lyric "But if I say I am, I get it" it cracks me up
    summerlron February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it's a great song truly
    heyjude55on June 04, 2006   Link

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