Boy Next Door
Judy Garland Lyrics


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The moment I saw him smile
I knew he was just my style
My only regret is we've never met
Though I dream of him all the while

But he doesn't know I exist
No matter how I may persist
So it's clear to see there's no hope for me
Though I live at fifty-one-thirty-five Kensington Avenue
And he lives at fifty-one-thirty-three

How can I ignore the boy next door
I love him more than I can say
Doesn't try to please me
Doesn't even tease me
And he never sees me glance his way

And though I'm heart-sore, the boy next door
Affection for me won't display
I just adore him
So I can't ignore him
The boy next door

I just adore him




So I can't ignore him
The boy next door

Overall Meaning

The song "The Boy Next Door" by Judy Garland is a classic ode to a young girl's unrequited love for the boy who lives next door. The lyrics tell the story of how the girl is enamoured with the boy's smile and style, but feels hopeless because he doesn't even know she exists, despite living just two doors down from her. She laments that he doesn't try to please her or even tease her, and that he never sees her glancing his way. Despite her heartache and the fact that he doesn't show any affection for her, she just can't ignore him because she adores him.


Line by Line Meaning

The moment I saw him smile
I was attracted to him as soon as I saw him smile


I knew he was just my style
I instantly knew he was exactly what I was looking for


My only regret is we've never met
I am disappointed that we haven't had a chance to meet


Though I dream of him all the while
I frequently have thoughts and dreams about him


But he doesn't know I exist
He is unaware of my presence


No matter how I may persist
I try to get his attention, but it doesn't work


So it's clear to see there's no hope for me
It's obvious that there is no chance for us


Though I live at fifty-one-thirty-five Kensington Avenue
I live very close to him


And he lives at fifty-one-thirty-three
He lives just two houses down from me


How can I ignore the boy next door
It's impossible for me to ignore him


I love him more than I can say
I have strong feelings of love for him


Doesn't try to please me
He doesn't make any effort to impress me


Doesn't even tease me
He doesn't joke around with me


And he never sees me glance his way
He doesn't notice me looking at him


And though I'm heart-sore, the boy next door
Even though I'm heartbroken, I still love him


Affection for me won't display
He doesn't show any signs of having feelings for me


I just adore him
I have a deep affection for him


So I can't ignore him
I can't stop thinking about him


The boy next door
The man who lives just next door to me




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

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@shangelalaquifawarrior7810

The moment I saw him smile
I knew he was just my style
My only regret is we've never met
Though I dream of him all the while
But he doesn't know I exist
No matter how I may persist
So it's clear to see there's no hope for me
Though I live at fifty-one-thirty-five Kensington Avenue
And he lives at fifty-one-thirty-three
How can I ignore the boy next door
I love him more than I can say
Doesn't try to please me
Doesn't even tease me
And he never sees me glance his way
And though I'm heart-sore, the boy next door
Affection for me won't display
I just adore him
So I can't ignore him
The boy next door
I just adore him
So I can't ignore him
The boy next door



All comments from YouTube:

@allengumm1157

My God, she has such a presence here! Hard to believe this segment is almost eighty years old; not because anything made today could even come close to it, but because it seems just utterly timeless.

@xoangeles7251

One of the most beautiful songs
One of the most beautiful dresses
One of the most beautiful voices
One of the most beautiful women
One of the most beautiful souls
Of all time.

@richardstarkey2224

I’d say the dress is pretty hideous, but other than that spot on.

@jadaallen3646

I listen to this song whenever I have a serious crush. Judy Garland always knew how to tap into your inner most emotions and thoughts. I always loved her acting abilities and singing voice. Judy Garland was the ultimate and literal girl next door. With a face of a beauty queen and the voice of an angel.
Rest In Peace, Judy Garland.
💛💜💛💜

@dylanwashington2419

This is just heavenly!!!!!Only to sit in the movie theaters in 1944, world's away from Hitler, the war, and hear this over the loud speakers must of been like floating on clouds towards heaven. God Bless Judy Garland!!!!!!!!!

@taylormaddux8433

Beautiful description!

@patrickryan1515

How about a Judy Garland filmfest at your local Landmark theater! 10/2019

@mickeymouse2able

I saw it in the theater at 16. Wasn't around in the 40s but still in the 90s this was pretty freakin beautiful

@jaytaylor7740

Her presence seems to float off from the screen and right into your heart.

@NinaSofia_

Jay Taylor 💞

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