American Boy
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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American boy, living life as it goes
Sittin' on the fence posts
Living in the lie
American boy, living in the real world
Trying just to get the girl
Trying to survive

The simple things in life are always new
Growing up on Sam Hill Avenue
And mama makes her cookies and daddy's just
The greatest living hero that ever was
Nothing in this world can ever once destroy
The hope of an American boy

Living off of bar tips, trying for relationships
Looking for the love
Suddenly rise, an American beauty
Suddenly he cheats, sent from above

The simple things in life are always new
Growing up on Sam Hill Avenue
And mama makes her cookies and daddy's just
The greatest living hero that ever was
Nothing in the world can ever once destroy
The dream of an American boy

American boy, raising little babies
Hearing daddy, maybe I'll be like you
Suddenly life, seems just like a new dawn
That's grown up, American boy

The simple things in life are always new
Growing up on Grandview Avenue
And mama makes her cookies and daddy's just
The greatest living hero that ever was
Nothing in the world will ever once destroy




No, nothing in the world will ever once destroy
The hope of an American boy

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "American Boy" by Taylor Swift delve into the experiences and aspirations of a young man navigating life's trials and tribulations in the United States. The opening stanza paints a picture of a typical American boy, sitting on the fence posts, trying to navigate the complexities of living in a world that often feels like a lie. He is depicted as someone who is striving to find his place in society, attempting to attract the attention of a girl while simply trying to survive and make sense of the world around him.


The song captures the essence of simplicity and nostalgia, with references to growing up on familiar streets like Sam Hill Avenue and Grandview Avenue. These names likely symbolize a sense of home and upbringing, where the singer fondly recalls the comfort of his mother's cookies and views his father as the ultimate hero figure. The lyrics suggest a deep-rooted respect for familial ties and traditional values, highlighting the hope and resilience that come with being raised in the American cultural landscape.


As the narrative progresses, we witness the singer facing the challenges of adulthood - from working odd jobs and seeking meaningful relationships to experiencing heartbreak and betrayal. There is a juxtaposition between the idealized image of an American beauty and the harsh reality of infidelity, illustrating the duality of life's ups and downs. Despite these setbacks, the song emphasizes the enduring dream and determination of the American boy, who refuses to let external forces destroy his vision of a better future.


The closing verses celebrate the cycle of life as the American boy grows into a father figure himself, raising his own children and reflecting on the influence of his own upbringing. The lyrics convey a sense of optimism and renewal, as the singer sees a new dawn ahead for the next generation. Through themes of love, resilience, and generational continuity, "American Boy" encapsulates the timeless journey of self-discovery and growth that defines the American experience. It serves as a tribute to the enduring spirit of hope and perseverance that characterizes the essence of being an American boy.




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Written by: Taylor Swift

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