2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 4 PICK 7- RUN-SEW-READ SELECTS- ‘HALF A BOY & HALF A MAN’- NICK LOWE

Nick Lowe – Half A Boy And Half A Man (1984, Etched, Vinyl) - Discogs

Half a Boy and Half a Man–Nick Lowe

By Nick Lowe Released 1984; reached #53 on the UK chart.

  It’s not too soon for more Nick Lowe in the draft, right? This song is from his 1984 album, ‘Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit’.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Lowe_and_His_Cowboy_Outfit_(album)

  The song and video: https://youtu.be/ksOzvYYHW48  

George Thorogood did a cover of this song in 1999, and named his album after it.

  Choosing this song was a tough choice made from among several Nick Lowe, Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile songs. Among the others I considered were “Teacher Teacher” and Dave Edmunds’ “Girls Talk”. 

  This has become my personal tongue-in-cheek election satire theme song, No need to mention names or offices, as the song can apply to the contest of one’s own choosing, be it local contests or the national ones. Wikipedia labels this song as one of Nick’s ‘novelty’ songs. To me it is simply a very fun song, and a fun video. I can play it over and over.  

Lyrics

You’d better run, you’d better hide You’d better lock your house and keep the kids inside Here come the 20th century’s latest scam He’s a half a boy and half a man

  He ain’t a fool, but he’s a tool Because his left don’t know what his right hand’s doin’ He’d keep a King Kong eating out the palm of his hand He’s a half a boy and half a man

  [Chorus] When his fingers do the walking In the middle of the night Well, when his people stalk in Baby, let me tell you Nothing come out right  

Best be fleet, upon your feet Else the S.P.G.’s gonna be clearin’ the streets They never made no provision in the original plan for Half a boy and half a man.

30 responses to “2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 4 PICK 7- RUN-SEW-READ SELECTS- ‘HALF A BOY & HALF A MAN’- NICK LOWE

  1. Kind of a good, fun song…not much from Lowe is unworthy! Though have to admit, I do like “Teacher Teacher” and “Girls Talk” a bit better. I think I was one of only two people I knew in 80s who even knew the latter song, let alone had a copy.

    • Thanks! I came very close to picking Teacher Teacher instead, and another time would have picked Girls Talk. I love them all. They were on my mix tape for running, back in the Sony Walkman days. 🙂

  2. Nick The Knife is quite popular on this selection committee. I am a big fan- although I have no plans on selecting anything. If I did it might be something from his At My Age album…. I like this one though. A great band could be made up of Johnny Cash’s ex son-in-laws.

  3. I love the organ in this song! It’s a lot of fun and how can anyone not like the video? I was waiting while watching…yep Edmunds finally popped up. Love the choice!

  4. A fun song. Agree with Lisa that the organ gives it a bit of a zydeco feel which is always a good thing. Fun video too. The video for Cruel to Be Kind is also hilarious.

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