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When I Was a Boy
Dar Williams

I won't forget when Peter Pan came to my house, took my hand
I said I was a boy; I'm glad he didn't check.
I learned to fly, I learned to fight
I lived a whole life in one night
We saved each other's lives out on the pirate's deck.
And I remember that night
When I'm leaving a late night with some friends
And I hear somebody tell me it's not safe, someone should help me
I need to find a nice man to walk me home.
When I was a boy, I scared the pants off of my mom,
Climbed what I could climb upon
And I don't know how I survived,
I guess I knew the tricks that all boys knew.
And you can walk me home, but I was a boy, too.

I was a kid that you would like, just a small boy on her bike
Riding topless, yeah, I never cared who saw.
My neighbor come outside to say, "Get your shirt,"
I said "No way, it's the last time I'm not breaking any law."
And now I'm in a clothing store, and the sign says less is more
More that's tight means more to see, more for them, not more for me
That can't help me climb a tree in ten seconds flat

When I was a boy, see that picture? That was me
Grass-stained shirt and dusty knees
And I know things have gotta change,
They got pills to sell, they've got implants to put in, they've got implants
to remove
But I am not forgetting
That I was a boy too

And like the woods where I would creep, it's a secret I can keep
Except when I'm tired, except when I'm being caught off guard
I've had a lonesome awful day, the conversation finds its way
To catching fire-flies out in the backyard.
And I tell the man I'm with about the other life I lived
And I say now you're top gun, I have lost and you have won
And he says, "Oh no, no, can't you see
When I was a girl, my mom and I we always talked
And I picked flowers everywhere that I walked.
And I could always cry, now even when I'm alone I seldom do
And I have lost some kindness
But I was a girl too.
And you were just like me, and I was just like you.

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tzel
Aug. 27th, 2003 03:30 am (UTC)
*sniffle* Wow, that's great.
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subliminaltea
Aug. 27th, 2003 06:55 am (UTC)
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! *feels his masculinity being stripped away... quickly chugs a beer and smashes it on his forehead to resist*
seth6666
Aug. 27th, 2003 07:18 am (UTC)
heh...

I've been a Dar Willims fan for a while. It was the Christians & Pagans song that got me...

She plays the Birchmere(sp?) every now and again if anyone's interested in going...

-S
subliminaltea
Aug. 27th, 2003 07:44 am (UTC)
The Christians and the Pagans is an awesome song! I've seen Dar too. A few years ago, though. When's she next in town? I wouldn't mind seeing her again.
snidegrrl
Aug. 28th, 2003 02:09 am (UTC)
you know what the sad truth is? i've never even heard a dar williams song. someone posted those lyrics to a bi women's list i'm on and i was like, agape. i know, i should listen to some dar williams.
bronzemountain
Aug. 28th, 2003 10:08 am (UTC)
Really, Dar Williams is the shining light of modern folk. She's phenomenal in every way. I've seen her twice and dang, she rocks my world. You're missing out.
booyeah
Aug. 27th, 2003 10:12 am (UTC)
*adjusts manhood with coughing* I was never a girl.

Here's my song:

No one hits like Gashawn
Matches wits like Gashawn
In a spitting match nobody spits like Gashawn
I'm espcially good at expectorating!
Ptoooie!

Chorus:
Ten points for Gashawn!

When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
Ev'ry morning to help me get large
And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs
So I'm roughly the size of a barge!

Chorus:
Oh, ahhh, wow!
My what a guy, that Gashawn!
No one shoots like Gashawn
Makes those beauts like Gashawn
Then goes tromping around wearing boots like Gashawn
I use antlers in all of my decorating!
My what a guy,
Gashawn!

(Fine, your song is nice too, but I bet that eating five-dozen eggs every day would bring a tear to your eye.)
snidegrrl
Aug. 28th, 2003 02:10 am (UTC)
ahem, next time you whimper at dharshai, i'm gonna have to point at you and laugh and call you on it!
cattack
Aug. 27th, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC)
I love Dar...seeing those lyrics made me miss home for a moment!
snidegrrl
Aug. 28th, 2003 02:11 am (UTC)
aw! no time for homesickness... you are too busy enjoying the west coast i am sure!
cattack
Aug. 28th, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
I AM having a good time, even if I can't find half of my stuff!
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