Lonely Boy
The Black Keys Lyrics


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Well, I'm so above you
And it's plain to see
But I came to love you anyway
So you pulled my heart out
And I don't mind bleedin'
Any old time, you keep me waitin'
Waitin', waitin'
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
I'm a lonely boy
I'm a lonely boy
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'

Well, your mama kept you
But your daddy left you
And I should've done you just the same
But I came to love you
Am I born to bleed?
Any old time, you keep me waitin'
Waitin', waitin'

Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
I'm a lonely boy
I'm a lonely boy
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'

Hey

Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
I'm a lonely boy
I'm a lonely boy




Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Black Keys's song "Lonely Boy" tell the story of a man who is above the person he loves but still chooses to love them regardless of their flaws. The repetition of the line "any old time, you keep me waitin'" emphasizes the frustration and disappointment the singer feels in his relationship. He acknowledges his loneliness and the pain of waiting, but he still clings to the hope that his love for this person will be worth it in the end.


The line "your mama kept you but your daddy left you" is a reference to the idea of abandonment issues and feeling like you've been left behind. The singer questions whether he was born to bleed, implying that perhaps it's just his nature to go through pain and heartbreak in love. The chorus "I'm a lonely boy" shows that despite the love he has, he still feels a sense of isolation and sadness.


Overall, "Lonely Boy" is a reflection on the complexities and emotions of love, and how it can bring both joy and pain. The repetitive nature of the lyrics emphasizes the monotony of waiting for love and highlights the frustration and longing that comes with it.


Line by Line Meaning

Well, I'm so above you
I feel superior to you


And it's plain to see
It's evident


But I came to love you anyway
Despite that, I came to love you


So you pulled my heart out
You broke my heart


And I don't mind bleedin'
I don't mind the pain


Any old time, you keep me waitin'
No matter when, you make me wait


Oh, whoa, oh
vocalization


I got a love that keeps me waitin'
My love for you makes me wait


I'm a lonely boy
I'm alone


Well, your mama kept you
Your mother raised you


But your daddy left you
Your father abandoned you


And I should've done you just the same
I should have left you too


But I came to love you
But I ended up falling in love with you


Am I born to bleed?
Is it my destiny to always be hurt?


Any old time, you keep me waitin'
No matter when, you make me wait


Hey
Expression to get attention


Oh, whoa, oh
vocalization


I'm a lonely boy
I'm alone


I got a love that keeps me waitin'
My love for you makes me wait




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Brian Joseph Burton, Daniel Quine Auerbach, Patrick James Carney

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@babadee2949

The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
Well, I'm so above you
And it's plain to see
But I came to love you anyway
So you pulled my heart out
And I don't mind bleedin'
Any old time, you keep me waitin'
Waitin', waitin'
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
I'm a lonely boy
I'm a lonely boy
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
Well, your mama kept you
But your daddy left you
And I should've done you just the same
But I came to love you
Am I born to bleed?
Any old time, you keep me waitin'
Waitin', waitin'
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
I'm a lonely boy
I'm a lonely boy
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
Hey
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'
I'm a lonely boy
I'm a lonely boy
Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin'



All comments from YouTube:

@Sparkles

0:28 - A head peers out of the office in the background.

@yarakmanzarak4180

Sparkles ☆ #1 Gaming - CSGO & more ☆ Never expected seeing you here.

@waax3255

Ahaha how tf you noticed that 😂

@reverseturingtest

What's going on out th-oh okay nevermind.

@vernonwatts4259

It was the ghost of Fred Astair looking shocked beyond belief.

@bethtaylor3909

Sparkles ☆ #1 Gaming - CSGO & more ☆ thank goodness you said something about her I had to literally point her out to my brother, lol. Now I looked for her every time I watch this video, which happens to be my wake up and feel good today song. I love it!

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@Astonish_

It's always important to remember that this amazing guy dancing was hired as an extra to this videoclip and improvised it all in just one take!

@kristenryder7795

I can't stop watching it.

@denisegalipeau8622

He dances exactly like I would have danced to this song. The moves, the change ups to go along with, guitar solo chorus, etc. He is dancing like a middle aged white women. Absolutely perfect. I love this man .

@denisegalipeau8622

Love this man!!!

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