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’.
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.
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.