Rough Boys

Lyrics

by

Pete Townshend



Tough boys
Running the streets
Come a little closer
Rough toys
Under the sheets
Nobody knows her
Rough boys
Don't walk away
I very nearly missed you
Tough boys
Come over here
I wanna bite and kiss you

I wanna see what I can find
Tough kids
Take a bottle of wine
When your deal is broken
Ten quid
She's so easy to find
Not a word is spoken
Rough boys
Don't walk away
I'm still pretty blissed here
Tough boy
I'm gonna carry you home
You got pretty pissed dear

Gonna get inside you
Gonna get inside your bitter mind

Rough boys
Don't walk away
I wanna buy you leather
Make noise
Try and talk me away
We can't be seen together
Tough kids
What can I do?
I'm so pale and weedy
Rough fits
In my Hush Puppy shoes
But I'm still pleadin'

Tough boys
Running the streets
Come a little closer
Rough toys
Under the sheets
Nobody knows her
Rough boys
Don't walk away
I very nearly missed you
Tough boys
Come over here
I wanna bite and kiss you

I wanna see what I can find!

Writer/s: PETE TOWNSHEND
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What the f--k does it matter? Freddie Mercury was gay and you still Clap/Stomp when We Will Rock You comes on! There are rumours of Bowie and Mick but you still Sing the hooks. Pete's a writer and that doesn't mean he has to write about himself all the time. Sometimes you challenge yourself to write outside of yourself. Christ the song Empty Glass has the lyrics "I stand here at the bar I hold an empty glass." He was heavily drinking at the time but swears it was about holding your heart to god as if the heart is the glass and god must refill it. EITHER WAY! He wrote it and it means whatever it means to him! You listened and it means what it means to you. Songs have that power to make you feel and depending on HOW you feel it may change. And as for the Child Porn? The books out read it for your damn selves!
- Dan, Orlando, FL
Wow, Scott, you threw away a great music CD because of homophobia over an urban legend? Pete Townsend wrote "And I Moved" specifically for Bette Midler, but her she rejected it because it seemed overtly sexual, but not in the way that she preferred when singing "smutty" songs.
- Andy, Madison, WI
If you are gripping too hard about all this, watch the two "Boyfriend" episodes of "Seinfeld" with Keith Hernandez and have a good laugh. "-)
- Willie, Scottsdale, AZ
a lot of rock stars experimented with bisexuality. ithere is a you tube videom interview where Townshend gets very upset and defensive, because an ex-friend of his said they had had sex. Townshend has a hot emper - but i never saw him so defensive. hey, supposedly, Mick Jagger and Bowie had a fling. Mick Taylor quit the Stones because Mick wanted to be his lover.
- john, honolulu, HI
I think you have consider that the song from 1980 is dedicated to The Sex Pistols (as well as Pete's two children).
I see it as a tribute to punks as those new kids on the block who now are taking over musically in a way that is similar to the way that The Who did in the mid-sixties, when they were the mod-rebels of their time.
Pete is embracing them because he is aware that he now is "pale and weedy" and wearing the ultimate midlife-bummer "Hush Puppy shoes", and at the same time he feels a connection to the younger musicians. A connection that can never be - ..."we can't be seen together"
I personally can easily relate to the fact that he probably feels just as young inside as when he wrote "My Generation", but that the years have gone by and have inevitably left him on the sideline.
OK, maybe there are some gay undertones to it. I never really thought about that, and to me it's not really important.
- Eric, Aarhus, Denmark
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