"20th Century Boy (T-Rex cover)" as written by and Marc Bolan....
Friends say it's fine, friends say it's good
Everybody says it's just like Robin Hood

I move like a rat, talk like a cat, sting like a bee
Babe I'm gonna be your man

And it's plain to see you were meant for me, yeah
I'm your toy
Your twentieth century boy

Friends says it's fine, friends says it's good
Everybody says it's just like Robin Hood

Fly like a plane, drive like a car, hold out your hand
Babe I'm gonna be your man

And it's plain to see you were meant for me, yeah
I'm your boy
Your twentieth century toy

Twentieth century boy
I want to be your toy
Twentieth century boy
I want to be your toy

Twentieth century boy
I want to be your toy
Twentieth century boy
I want to be your toy

Friends say it's fine, friends say it's good
Everybody says it's just like rock 'n' roll

I move like a cat, talk like a rat, sting like a bee
Babe I'm gonna be your man

And it's plain to see you were meant for me, yeah
I'm your toy
Your twentieth century boy

Twentieth century boy
I want to be your toy
Twentieth century boy
I want to be your toy

Twentieth century boy
I want to be your toy
Twentieth century boy
I want to be your toy


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"20th Century Boy" as written by Marc Bolan

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    General CommentYes, it's a great song, but the original is better.
    Salamanderon March 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI whole heartedly agree, T.Rex was amazing, but that scene of Velvet Goldmine with Brian singing 20th Century Boy is great
    username_is_takenon June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentVelvet Goldmine = best movie ever! The storyline's great, the acting's amazing, and the music rocks! Placebo rocked doing this cover.
    iknowimsopatheticon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoh
    my
    god

    First time I saw Velvet Goldmine, I fucking melted when Brian came on screen.
    scawton August 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentone thing i've always wanted 2 know bout this song is-
    "Friends say it's fine, friends say it's good
    Everybody says it's just like Robin Hood"-

    what is 'it'?
    ladyboygrrlon August 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYep. Velvet Goldmine, greatest movie ever. Hah, I'm amused at the fact that Molko had tight leather pants on, but you know.. that's just me. ;x
    But yeah, I could just be biased, but I like the Trex version better.
    itsatsixon April 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI loved the live version Orgy did while they were on tour with Love & Rockets in 1999.

    w0w. *sigh* Jay Gordon should work with Placebo sometime. . .
    LittleUrantiaGirlon July 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThere's a bit of a debate over whether it's "everybody says it's just like Robin Hood" vs. "everybody says it's just like Rock 'n' Roll". And. Um. Yeah.
    Laurenneon April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt actually says "Everybody says it's just like rock 'n' Roll" AND "Everybody says it's just like Robin Hood".

    I love this song. I also love Velvet Goldmine. Best movie EVER.
    Reisson September 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI really wish I could figure out what the hell this song is about, really. I understand the chorus well enough I suppose ;)

    Velvet Goldmine is my favourite movie ever.
    dragonkat72on January 23, 2005   Link

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