"Tim I Wish You Were Born a Girl" as written by and Kevin Barnes....
Tim, wish you were born a girl
So I could've been your boyfriend
I know it's not possible now
I just never met a girl I like half as much as you

And we could lay around in bed, stay there all day
Or at least until the afternoon
And I could make you spaghetti with tomato sauce
With just a touch of oregano and a parsley stem

And then when you got sick
I could take the day off work
I could've made you chicken soup
And we could watch soap operas
Oh, those TV dramas
I could catch your cold
And you could take care of me

If I could've met you at school, or met you at work
It would have changed everything
Those years of losing, confusion and insecurity
They would have been shared
They would have been easier

Tim, wish you were born a girl
So I could've been your fiance
I'm not saying you can't be all these things for me
But it's just not the same because you're a man
And so am I

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  • +4
    General CommentAw. I believe the singer here has a strong emotional (romantic) attraction towards Tim, but he is heterosexual (and Tim probably is too), so there is no physical or sexual desire towards Tim. I think the best term to describe his feelings would be homoromantic. It's sweet, but sad.
    JetBlackMistresson May 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's a wonderfully sweet and endearing song...I like that Kevin Barnes isn't afraid to sing about such things...when two guys are very close in real life, things that are said by this song usually go UNSAID and I think it's beautiful to get them all out there. Everything this band does is surreal magic and I love 'em, they are worlds above a lot of music out there today...
    GeeMoon January 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLove this song, it's so silly, and a great song to annoy all the Tims of the world with by singing it to them constantly! I love the line about spaghetti especially because it's endearing how he knows just the way he likes it, "with just a touch of oregan and a parsley stem". Says alot about a bestfriendship and how you just know everything about each other, even the trivial things.
    sanguineon April 16, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhen i was in high school i heard this song and i emailed kevin to ask him if he was gay because i was completely in love with him over this song. his reply was yes, he is indeed very happy.

    this song meant so much to me then, and it still does now that i'm listening to it years after not having heard it. i wish they never went electric, the innocence of their earlier sound is lost.
    dxmkrewon March 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti know a guy named tim who was born a girl. convenient.
    finechildon April 23, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentis it weird that this song makes me cry?
    pandora_ash_avalieon October 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is my favorite song by of montreal.
    title trackon October 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfortunately this kind of thing is now legal in the great commonwealth of MA. Can i get an amen?!?!?
    pumkinhedon November 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti said some like this to a friend in middle school. they aren't my friend anymore.
    vulvaloveon August 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti remember the first time i heard this song i started laughing when he says

    "But it's just not the same because you're a man
    And so am I"

    it just sounded so cute and honest.
    i love it.
    wee-weeon March 25, 2008   Link

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