You leave in the morning
With everything you own in a little black case
Alone on the platform
The wind and the rain
On a sad and lonely face
Mother will never understand
Why you had to leave
For the love that you need
Will never be found at home
Pushed around and kicked around
Always a lonely boy
You were the one
That they'd talk about around town
As they put you down
And as hard as they would try
They'd hurt to make you cry
But you'd never cry to them
Just to your soul
No you'd never cry to them
Just to your soul

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Smalltown Boy song meanings
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  • +7
    General CommentBeautiful and poignant song about being gay in a not-so-gay-friendly world.
    jimmyjango2000on August 18, 2005   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis song is obviously about running away from home, and though the lyrics are honest, and not particularly poetic but striking, his most haunting voice gives this song real feeling and meaning.
    Mainstreeton June 26, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe video's brilliant but pretty difficult to watch, consisting chiefly of Jimmy Somerville looking sad and getting his ass kicked by a homophobic diver on a motorcycle (?!), and later by his own dad in front of a cop.
    owennnnnnnnnnon March 27, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentOne of the great gay anthems, right up there with Erasure's "Hideaway" and Pet Shop Boys' "A Red Letter Day" and...okay, so what I would know, as a straight boy?

    What I do know is that my state's Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage today, and while there's still much to be hashed out, the world just became a slightly better place. Keep the faith, y'all.
    raffishtenant2on May 16, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General Commentsmalltown boy is about running away from home and finding yourself or thats the way i interpret it. sitting at home all day everyday will only may you depressed so you gotta get out in the world and find your place ;)
    xxemoboixxon May 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it is about a young man who is gay and can't stay in his hometown, because he can't come out to his mother.
    marthavmuffinon June 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so sad. Whats even worse is that i happens now a days. Kids runaway cause they are gay and no one would accept them. Well...most are kicked out because they are gay, but thats a different story. Very sad and powerful.
    Shadow_Kyubion March 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe original 12" version starts with the whole song sung with very little music and his voice is really heard - full of emotion. worth downloading this version if you can. My 12" is rather scrathched now..
    CharmingManon April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard the Paradise Lost version and thought it was sad... but this one is waaaaayyyyy more depressing... even the peppy bits toward the end can't bring it up
    Navajolandon February 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about a gay kid running away from his home town because he is discriminated and bullied. moving song
    introspectionon December 29, 2005   Link

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