I'm A Boy Lyrics - The Who

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I'm A Boy
(Pete Townshend)

One girl was called Jean Marie
Another little girl was called Felicity
Another little girl was Sally Joy
The other was me, and I'm a boy

My name is Bill and I'm a headcase
They practice making up on my face
Yeah, I feel lucky if I get trousers to wear
Spend ages taking hairpins from my hair

Chorus 1
I'm a boy, I'm a boy
But my ma won't admit it
I'm a boy, I'm a boy
But if I say I am I get it

Put your frock on Jean Marie
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Plait your hair Felicity
Paint your nails, little Sally Joy
Put this wig on, little boy

Chorus 1

I wanna play cricket on the green
Ride my bike across the stream
Cut myself and see my blood
I wanna come home all covered in mud

Chorus 2
I'm a boy, I'm a boy
But my ma won't admit it
I'm a boy, I'm a boy, I'm a boy
I'm a boy, I'm a boy, I'm a boy, I'm a boy
I'm a boy, I'm a boy, I'm__ a__ boy__

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Song Meaning | Reviewer: Abbigail Alvarado-Cruz | 5/28/14

"I'm A Boy" was a single released by The Who. It quickly flew to the top of the charts (#2 in U.K.) in August 1966. Unfortunately it did not achieve the same success in the United States. Like most believe, the song was written for a rock opera that was to be made about a time when parents could chose the sex of their children. Unlike what most people believe, the song is not about a couple ordering four biological girls and getting three biological girls and one biological boy. It is about the couple ordering four biological girls and one of those girls having a female sex but a male gender. He is a transgender male. He has female parts but is a boy (as far as his gender goes).
He is forced to dress and act like a girl but he knows that he isn't. He wants to do masculine things but he is denied, discouraged, even beaten "I'm a boy, I'm a boy. But my ma won't admit it. I'm a boy, I'm a boy. But if I say I am, I get it".
It is a pro- lgbtq statement about what a young trans-person has to face and their feelings about how society treats and acts towards them.

verse 4 ("I wanna play cricket..." is verse 5) | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/28/07

chorus 1

Help me wash up, Jean Marie
You can dry, Felicity
Stack the dishes, Sally Joy
Behind those scrubbed floors, I'm a boy

chorus 1

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