Boy Next Door
Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart Lyrics


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The things I used to like, I dont like any more,
I want a lot of other things Ive never had before,
Its just like my mamma says, I sit around and mourn
Pretending that I am so wonderful and knowing Im adored

Im as restless as a willow in a windstorm,
Im as jumpy as a puppet on a string,
Id say that I had spring fever,
But I know it isnt spring.

Im as starry eyed and gravely discontented,
Like a nightingale without a song to sing.
Oh, why should I have spring fever,
When it isnt even spring?

I keep wishing I were somewhere else,
Walking down a strange new street,
Hearing words I have never never heard,
From a man Ive yet to meet.

Im as busy as a spider spinning daydreams,
Im as giddy as a baby on a swing,
I havent seen a crocus or a rosebud,
Or a robin or a bluebird on the wing,
But I feel so gay in a melancholy way,
That it might as well be spring,




It might as well be, might as well be,
It might as well be spring.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Bill Charlap's "The Boy Next Door" capture the restlessness and longing for something new that is common among young people. The singer of the song is dissatisfied with the things she used to enjoy and wants to experience new things. She is longing for adventure, to be somewhere else, to meet new people, and to find love. She feels stifled in her current situation and is looking for a change.


The song uses vivid imagery to convey the singer's feelings. She is "restless as a willow in a windstorm" and "jumpy as a puppet on a string," which both suggest a lack of control over her emotions. The line "I had spring fever, but I know it isn't spring" suggests a metaphorical interpretation of her restlessness. She isn't literally experiencing the feverish restlessness of spring but is instead feeling a desire for growth and renewal.


The phrase "Im as starry eyed and gravely discontented, like a nightingale without a song to sing" is particularly poignant. It conveys the idea that despite the singer's restlessness, she is still searching for something meaningful and purposeful. She is looking for her own song to sing, and until she finds it, she will remain discontent.


Overall, the song captures the universal desire for growth and change in young people. It's a reminder that even when we feel lost and uncertain, we are always searching for something better.


Line by Line Meaning

The things I used to like, I dont like any more,
I no longer enjoy the activities or objects that I used to be fond of.


I want a lot of other things Ive never had before,
I desire many new experiences and possessions that I have never had.


Its just like my mamma says, I sit around and mourn
I sit idly and lament about my unfulfilled desires, just as my mother has warned me.


Pretending that I am so wonderful and knowing Im adored
Despite feeling unfulfilled, I continue to put on a front of self-importance and recognition.


Im as restless as a willow in a windstorm,
I am unable to find peace or contentment, constantly feeling agitated and anxious, like a willow tree swaying in a stormy wind.


Im as jumpy as a puppet on a string,
My mood is unsteady and unpredictable, like a puppet controlled by strings.


Id say that I had spring fever,
I might attribute my uneasy feelings to spring fever.


But I know it isnt spring.
However, I am aware that this is not the case.


Im as starry eyed and gravely discontented,
I am dreamy-eyed and romanticized, yet deeply dissatisfied with my present circumstances.


Like a nightingale without a song to sing.
I feel like a bird without a voice, unable to express my discontent.


Oh, why should I have spring fever,
Why am I feeling this way, as if it were spring fever?


When it isnt even spring?
This discomfort is not due to the season of spring.


I keep wishing I were somewhere else,
I constantly desire to be in a different location than my current one.


Walking down a strange new street,
I yearn for the thrill and excitement of exploring a new, unfamiliar place.


Hearing words I have never never heard,
I long to hear new and unique phrases, ones that I have never encountered before.


From a man Ive yet to meet.
These words would come from a stranger or new acquaintance.


Im as busy as a spider spinning daydreams,
My mind is preoccupied with daydreams and fantasies, like a spider weaving intricate webs.


Im as giddy as a baby on a swing,
I experience childlike excitement and giddiness, like a baby swinging back and forth.


I havent seen a crocus or a rosebud,
I have not observed the emergence of spring flowers, such as crocuses and rosebuds.


Or a robin or a bluebird on the wing,
I have not seen any springtime birds, like robins and bluebirds, in flight.


But I feel so gay in a melancholy way,
Despite my discontent, I feel elated in a strange and contradictory manner.


That it might as well be spring,
My current emotional state is so contrasting, I might as well be experiencing spring fever.


It might as well be, might as well be,
This contrasting emotional state is so prominent, it feels as if I am experiencing the season of spring, although I am not.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane

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