Boy Next Door
Conway Twitty Lyrics


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I've known you since you were a schoolgirl
Saw the smoke turn to fire in your eyes
From the window of my room
I watched a young girl bloom
Saw the woman in you come alive

Watched you fall in love a time or two
I saw you get hurt once or twice
And you'd come running over, cry on my shoulder
Sometimes I'd get to hold you all night

There in my arms you'd lay soft and warm
You never felt the writing on the wall
You never knew how I wanted you
I was the boy next door, that's all
Just the boy next door, that's all

I watched you drift away out of my reach
I never got to hold you again
And here in my heart is the saddest part
We'll never know how it might have been

There in my arms you'd lay soft and warm
I sure love to catch you when you fall
But you never knew how I wanted you
I was the boy next door, that's all
Just the boy next door, that's all





Do you ever think about me, honey?
The boy next door, that's all

Overall Meaning

The song "Boy Next Door" tells the story of a man who has been in love with his neighbor since they were young, but she never knew about his feelings. He watched her grow up from a schoolgirl and saw her fall in love with other guys, get hurt, and cry on his shoulder. He held her all night but never told her how much he loves her. He was just the boy next door, invisible, despite his love for her. She drifted away and never returned his love. The song speaks of unrequited love and the regrets of not expressing one's feelings or taking a chance.


The lyrics are reflective and poignant, capturing the pain of unrequited love. The singer has always been there, watching and waiting for the girl to realize his feelings, but she never did. He sees her as a woman now, but it's too late. The tone of the song is sad, with a hint of resignation. The singer knows that he missed his chance and will always be just the boy next door to her.


Line by Line Meaning

I've known you since you were a schoolgirl
I have known you since you were in school.


Saw the smoke turn to fire in your eyes
I have seen how your eyes have sparkled with passion.


From the window of my room
I have watched you from the window in my room.


I watched a young girl bloom
I have seen you grow up into a beautiful woman.


Saw the woman in you come alive
I have seen you discover your identity as a woman.


Watched you fall in love a time or two
I watched you fall in love with someone else a couple of times.


I saw you get hurt once or twice
I also saw you get hurt from those relationships.


And you'd come running over, cry on my shoulder
You would come to me to share your sorrows, as a friend.


Sometimes I'd get to hold you all night
Sometimes, I was able to comfort you until morning.


There in my arms you'd lay soft and warm
You would lie close to me, feeling safe and secure.


You never felt the writing on the wall
You never realized the reality of my affection for you.


You never knew how I wanted you
You never knew how I yearned for you.


I was the boy next door, that's all
I was just the neighbor, nothing more.


I watched you drift away out of my reach
I watched you distance yourself from me.


I never got to hold you again
I never had the chance to hold you in my arms again.


And here in my heart is the saddest part
The saddest part for me is that it remains in my heart.


We'll never know how it might have been
We'll never know what could have been between us.


I sure love to catch you when you fall
I love to be there for you when you need someone.


Do you ever think about me, honey?
Do you ever remember me, with affection?


The boy next door, that's all
I am just the unrequited love, the boy next door.




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

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