Big Boys

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I am starting to function
In the usual way
Everything is so provocative
Very very temporary

I shall walk (I shall walk)
Out of this place (out of this place)
I shall walk
Out on you
'Cause you go silly
If she's willing
Trying so hard to be like the big boys

So you take her to the pictures
Trying to become a fixture
Inch by inch trying to reach her
All the way through the second feature
Worrying about your physical fitness
Tell me how you got this sickness
Oh ohhhh...

I was caught in the suction
By a face like a truncheon
I was down upon one knee
Stroking her vanity

I was stuck on a hammerhead
I came alive and left for dead
As my face returned to red
Choking on my pride and pity

We can talk (we can talk)
Until your face is blue (till your face is blue)
We can talk but she'll get to you
After you've been loved and hated
By the ones you've watched and waited
Found that they were overrated

She'll be the one - when the party's over
She'll be the one - when the girls have gone home
She'll be the one - that you'll wish you'd held onto
She'll be the one - but it's too late for you to
She'll be the one - who knows all your history
She'll be the one -

So you can cross her off your list
And you try so hard
And you try so hard
And you try so hard
To be like the big boys, oh

Big Boys
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust-September 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 5, 1979
AlbumsArmed Forces, 1979
Collections2½ Years, 1993
Length2:54

First known performance:
April 12, 1978, Portsmouth, England
Last known performance:
June 27, 2014, Wilmington, DE
     (74 known performances)


Alternate versions

Big Boys (Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedJanuary 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedOctober 15, 1993
AlbumsThis Year's Model (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1993
This Year's Model (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
This Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
Collections2½ Years, 1993
Length2:58

Big Boys (Alternate Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedOctober 28, 2002
AlbumsArmed Forces (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
Length2:54
Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rykodisc album cover.jpg

Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rhino album cover.jpg

This Year's ModelTYM album cover large.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

Covers

Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2013 YouTube

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