Fat boy goes to the pool
Sees his reflection, doesn't know what to do
He feels little inside and filled with pride

Oh, fragile flame
No one sees the same
Fat boy goes about his day
Trying to think of funny things to say

Like, "this is just a game I play."
And, "I like me this way."
Oh, fragile flame
When no one feels the same

Hush, sleep, don't think, just eat
Your daddy's little boy
Your mama's pride and joy
You know they love ya
But not because they hold ya

Fat boy says, "wouldn't it be nice
If I could melt myself like ice
Or outrun my skin and just be pure wind."
Oh, fragile flame
Sometimes I feel the same

Lyrics submitted by nietzsche_66

"Fat Boy" as written by Jewel Kilcher

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    General CommentThis is my favorite Jewel song. It's about a boy who really doesn't feel comfortable in his own skin, and he tries to pretend like he does. At the end when Jewel sings "Sometimes I feel the same", she is saying that sometimes we all feel down about ourselves, and that's ok.
    nietzsche_66on May 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with neitzsche 66. Alot of people use being funny or making jokes to cover up their own pain, and that is what 'fat boy' does and I think everyone has done it at one time or another.

    'Fat boy goes about his day,
    Tryin' to think of
    Funny things to say,
    Like, "This is just a game I play",
    And, "I like me this way",
    Oh, fragile flame,
    When no one feels the same'

    This part is so touching and it reminds me alot of my boyfriend. He isn't fat in any shape or form, but he's really self consious. I actually judged him for being somewhat overboard silly and sometimes even rude/mean in the beginning, but it comes down to people and trying to deal with them and yourself and everyone has something their ashamed of or have lack of confidence about.

    It's a really touching song.
    lizkaon June 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI get chills listening to this song. It's simple, but touching.
    theAliceon April 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI remember in a Rolling Stone interview she said this song was about a childhood friend of hers who was happy as a child but became depressed as an adolescent because he was made fun of for being fat, and he ended up committing suicide on Jewel's family's farm.
    SubsterXon November 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about someone who looks one way and even though they can change it, they don't want to; it's their shell. i know i'm fat, and sometimes i don't want to change it because i know it keeps people away, and that's not so bad. this kid tells himself he likes the way he is even though he doesn't because he's scared to change. at the end, when jewel says she sometimes feels the same it's to say that we're all somewhat afraid of change but hey, that's okay.
    shayna__on April 03, 2005   Link

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