"Dilly Boys" as written by and Peter/barat Doherty....
My love wrote the words to the saddest songs
The songs that says that life's too long
And the moon is always blue, just because

I wish you'd sing me those other songs again
The songs that say life's worth the worry and the pain
The sun smiles through the rain, just because
Just because she's the sweetest girl, the sweetest girl in the world

She's my moral guide, oh she does nothing at all
Smokes all of my bones and stares at the wall
Maybe she'll pace the room, howl at the moon
But still she's the sweetest girl
And he's the sweetest boy in the world

And me, I'm just a dilly boy
A fresh flower pressed Piccadilly boy
Hands on hips, pout on lips
Meat, rag-tag like a dilly boy
She's the sweetest girl, the sweetest girl in the world
In China Town, they all la la la la la

Me, I'm just a dilly boy
A fresh flower pressed Piccadilly boy
Hands on hips, pout on lips
Meat, rag-tag like a dilly boy
She's the sweetest girl, the sweetest girl in the world


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"Dilly Boys" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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    General CommentThis song is about Carl being a woman. Obviously! :)

    The part about writing the words to the saddest songs alludes to his depression and the line 'he's the sweetest girl in the world' is self explanatory.
    Evil Herbivoreon January 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCarl and Pete are such a nice pairing.
    Sheon February 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSmokes all of my bone and stares at the wall

    bone means a spliff i think
    albion_creedon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe dilly boys were the male prostitutes who hung around picadilly at night
    Laikaon June 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthands on hips, pout on lips...
    love it.
    ..Becci..on May 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe subject matter is derived from Morrissey's Piccadilly Palare. Also, the line "The sweetest girl in the world" is one of two links between this song and "It's a Long Way to Tipperary."

    That song contains the lyrics: "It's a long way to Tipperary/ To the sweetest girl I know!/ Goodbye Piccadilly/ Farewell Leicester Square!/ It's a long long way to Tipperary/ But my heart's right there."
    brutheadon October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about when Pete and Carl were male postitutes, well they put in for an add, (in a bid to gain money, when they band was still in the process) and had to take ladies out for dinner e,t,c, however according to Peter in on of his autobiographies, he ended up meeting up with an old man who wanted sex, and Peter tied the old git up, robbed his flat and left him, (apparently), but anyway i think this song is about this moment in their lives, as dilly boys mean male prossies, i think ths quote, "Fresh flower pressed Picaddilly boy
    Hands on hips, pout on lips
    Meat rag jack like a dilly boy
    He's the sweetest girl
    The sweetest girl in the world"

    was about getting ready for the job, as they used to "doll themselves up" for such occasions.
    Bettyyon December 07, 2010   Link

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