Have we got a tough guy here?
Have we got a tough guy from the street?
And he looks just like that dancing wop
In those movies that we've seen

With his cute little chicken shit boots on
And his cute little chicken shit hat
And his cute little chicken shit girlfriends
Ridin' along in back

What's been happening with you boys?
Are you having a nice time on your trip?
All the way from Jersey City
And you look pretty as a picture

Please don't hurt no one tonight
Please don't break no woman's heart
How 'bout it, you little prick?
How 'bout it?

Hope we're gonna get the chance
To show you 'round
Hope we're gonna get the chance
To show you 'round

Talk tough to me,
Pretty Boy Tell us all about the mean streets of home
Talk tough to me

Lyrics submitted by imperial.bedroom

"Pretty Boy" as written by Randy Newman

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentThis song seems to be Newman’s response to the corporate exploitation of street kids in the late seventies, from Saturday Night Fever (Travolta is presumably the “dancing wop”) to punk to the slew of gang films of that time (The Warriors, Boulevard Nights, Walk Proud, etc). The song is told from the perspective of a wealthy businessman (possibly a record executive) who condescends to a tough Jersey punk for the amusement of his rich pals, all set to one of Newman’s most ominous melodies. Overlooked, but one of my favourite songs of his.
    imperial.bedroomon December 17, 2007   Link

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