Boy Blue
Cyndi Lauper Lyrics


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You never knew yourself well enough
But she never knew you at all
And when she put you out on your own
It may have stolen your innocence
But not your soul

Tell me where is little boy blue
You'll find him standing always
One step ahead
Fast a little, shy a little, boy blue
Wise blood runs warms and deep
On the street
...Kids walking, just a kid walking

You send a letter with photographs
And I'll tuck them under my dreams
And if we wake up old beyond our years
Not quite as brave as we seem
It's just the pain that never disappears

Tell me where is boy blue
You'll find him standing always one step ahead...

Dance a little, cry a little...





Where are you boy blue
Where are you...

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Cyndi Lauper's song Boy Blue suggest feelings of being lost and forgotten amidst the harsh realities of the world. The opening lines "You never knew yourself well enough, but she never knew you at all" imply a disconnection from oneself and an unsatisfactory connection with others. The next line "And when she put you out on your own, it may have stolen your innocence, but not your soul" further emphasizes the notion of being thrust into the world alone and unprotected. It acknowledges the struggles and hardships faced, while also affirming the strength of the spirit that remains regardless of circumstances.


The chorus of the song asks "Tell me where is little boy blue, you'll find him standing always one step ahead". This suggests that the little boy blue is still alive, navigating the world and remaining resilient despite his circumstances. The final lines "Where are you boy blue, where are you" indicate an underlying sadness, as if the singer is searching for someone who may no longer exist, or may have been lost in the struggle.


Overall, the song reflects on the themes of resilience, loss, and the struggle to remain true to oneself in a harsh world.


Line by Line Meaning

You never knew yourself well enough
You were never fully aware of who you really are


But she never knew you at all
Your lover never truly understood you


And when she put you out on your own
When your lover left you alone


It may have stolen your innocence
It may have taken away your naivety


But not your soul
But it didn't take away your spirit


Tell me where is little boy blue
Where is the innocent child within you?


You'll find him standing always
You will always have a part of that innocence inside you


One step ahead
Always ahead, moving forward


Fast a little, shy a little, boy blue
You are still a bit timid but also quick-witted, like a child


Wise blood runs warms and deep
You are wise beyond your years and deeply passionate


On the street
Living life in the real world


...Kids walking, just a kid walking
Everyone's just walking around, going through life like little kids


You send a letter with photographs
You send a message, sharing memories


And I'll tuck them under my dreams
I'll keep them close, safe in my thoughts


And if we wake up old beyond our years
If we age quickly, or if life is tough on us, takes its toll sooner than it should


Not quite as brave as we seem
Despite how we may present ourselves as strong and tough, we are still vulnerable


It's just the pain that never disappears
The emotional pain that you carry never really goes away


Where are you boy blue
Where is that innocent child within you now?


Where are you...
Where have you gone?




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
Written by: BOVA, LAUPER, LUNT

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Comments from YouTube:

@fabrice4705

Here is a woman that stood up to the suits (not just men but women too), took control of her career, sacrificed sales and popularity to stay true to her work and vision ... and is rarely recognized for her work or for the fact that she is still going strong despite any support from Radio or a strong commercial outlet .. SHE deserves all the life time achievement awards that the Music Industry has to offer - She is Rock n' Roll Royalty and She is Pop Culture ... She is, Cyndi Lauper.

@freelightexpress

YES! truth :-)

@lanecampbell8049

A true artist

@hydeparkdirector2756

Love this!

@thermidor2595

Preach

@hero360project8

Fabrice4705, your sentiments are spot on. ;) I'm pleased to reassure you the giants in the industry do now recognise Cyndi as "American Royalty". I've been fortunate to meet her twice, (2013 & 2018) she's totally awesome and beyond words of compassion. This performance is epic! ;)

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@55Porter

She never fails to sound exactly the same live as on record, if not even better!

@jaishemajames4554

Yes there's so true . Why do some sound horrible live ...even Madonna is horrible live . .is this because electronics and auto tune created people?

@DainBramaged00

Probably the best female vocalist pop music has ever seen. Even Mariah Carey can't duplicate her best stuff live. Cyndi never got the credit she deserves.

@rubyweymouth6843

I seen Cyndi Lauper in concert on November 12/84 on her Fun Tour at Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens😊I was 12 years old and she sounded awesome 👍🎵🎤

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