That boy
Took my love away
Though he'll regret it someday
But this boy wants you back again

That boy
Isn't good for you
Though he may want you, too
This boy wants you back again

Oh, and this boy would be happy
Just to love you, but oh my
That boy won't be happy
'Til he's seen you cry

This boy
Wouldn't mind the pain
Would always feel the same
If this boy gets you back again

This boy, this boy, this boy

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This Boy Lyrics as written by Paul Mccartney John Lennon

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    General CommentThis was John's first attempt at recording a ballad and it shows how well John, Paul, and George can harmonize. The song "This Boy" expresses John's feelings regarding the physical abuse that his mother, Julia, was receiving from her common-in-law husband, John Dykins. The song was most likely written shortly after Julia had visited her older sister Mimi one night, battered, bruised, and crying. Dykins had beaten the crap out of her again. Although young John Lennon was in the house at the time of Julia's visit and listened to her cries, he didn't come forward to acknowledge his presence or hers.
    The Great Wokon December 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is in my top 10 songs by The Beatles, i just love it.
    mscatamaranon January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song really shows how they used 3 part harmony to their advantage. Plus John really, really sounds good in this song.
    dancingnancy19on June 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyah! and also, like, THIS girl loves THIS song because it's so "I-want-you-back-and-here's-the-reason-why" to me-ish. Oh the life of love...;p ok, bye.
    spydrmansAngelon October 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is very 50's-like, and the harmony is awesome. great song.
    obeofon December 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBecame "Ringo's Theme" in A Hard Day's Night. An intrumental version can be heard during Ringo's solo scene.
    foxyredon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn response to The Great Wok: Initially I didn't see a clear connection between the song and his mother (I had another interpretation that I will get to); however, after reading about the relationship John had with his mother, the correlation is there. It makes sense this song is from an outsiders perspective by the fact that he sees Dylkins for who he truly is; an abusive man who finds joy in bringing others suffering. And his mother must not “see” it because John says “ tho’ he may want you too.. that boy isn’t good for you” implies that he might seem apologetic after, which is the reason why is mother goes back, but “that boy won’t be happy till he’s seen you cry”(he is perpetually abusive).
    Gooseon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really appreciate you giving this perspective on Lennon. I would have never known of this. Another thing that just sparked my interest is the fact that John didn't comfort his mom when she came over. I obviously don't see this as indifference, but maybe a problem expressing his feelings through one means; thus, repressing those strong feelings, and leaving one outlet, through his music. I could be reading way to into this, but it could be a factor to his extraordinary ability to write amazing songs.
    Gooseon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy initial interpertation was somewhat freudian. I saw "that" boy as the darker/inner part of us that is selfish and feeds on fleeting needs that eventually leads to the transient downfall of "this" boy; who is reflective and realizes the decadent desires that degrade our spirits in inconceivable ways. "This" boy realizes the dualality that encumbers us all and would do anything to get her back in his life. Once again, might be reading into it a little, but that was my initial interpretations (the main idea atleast)
    Gooseon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentInsightful feedback Goose. I don't think you're reading too much into the song (ref: your second of three comments).....Lennon was extraordinary ability to write amazing songs, amazing lyrics. I see Leenon as one of the first to write songs that were more "personal" in nature than other song writers back in the '60's. More personal than most realized at the time.....hid his feelings by writing lyrics loaded with double meanings. He was clever in his use of words he would use in his songs. Let's turn to another gem, "If I Fell". Share your thoughts on this first this time!
    The Great Wokon March 10, 2005   Link

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