"Rough Boy" as written by and Frank Lee Beard Joe Michael Hill....
What in the world's come all over me?
I ain't got a chance of one in three
Ain't got no rap, ain't got no line
But if you'll give me just a minute I'll be feelin' fine

I am the one who can fade the heat
The one they all say just can't be beat
I'll shoot it to you straight and look you in the eye
So gimme just a minute and I'll tell you why
I'm a rough boy, I'm a rough boy

I don't care how you look at me
Because I'm the one and you will see
We can make it work, we can make it by
So give me one more minute and I'll tell you why
I'm a rough boy, I'm a rough boy

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Moh, skull kid1

"Rough Boy" as written by Dusty Hill Billy Gibbons

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    General CommentI love this song, one of my favorites by this awesome band. I think it's about a woman who he has a thing for, but she's apparently out of his league. He's telling her "you may think I'm not good enough for you, because I'm rough around the edges, but I'm the real deal, I'm a real man, and if you give me a chance I know you'll see what you would've missed out on". At least that's how I like to interpret it, maybe because I have a knack of falling for the women who are supposed to be out of my league, yet I know I'm a better man than any douchebag she's ever dated.
    Muck Manon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHOW does this have no comments yet?

    Sure, it's not the traditional ZZ Top sound...but hell, it still rocks!

    I sort of get the impression that this song is more about love than sex (something different for this band), and more specifically about loving a woman who ignores or brushes off this love as lust since the band were known for their sexual innuendo.

    In any event, a great song.
    madnesslover_89on April 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhat i want to know is how did Billy do it? what was he thinking?
    philip1155on November 16, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationTo Phillip1155 and the other two commenters,I think mrB.F.Gibbons did it for the same reason George Harrison suggested Improvement to Led Zepp,a Ballad and a truly great one,since Mr JoeMichael ( Dusty?) rights 'everything',I believe its about being a writer and performer for TOP maybe through the lense of unobtainable or unrequited love interest,what was B.F. Thinking?How to insert the right General lead licks/melody/harmony,while Billy Lee Beard how to put it in triple shuffle on overdrive.see tributes @ Barbara Salisbury 187 Vids @ YouTube.com Chris Young,The Fret Fiddle Fool
    Fret Fiddle Foolon October 17, 2018   Link

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