Kershaw, Nik - Billy Lyrics




Billy is a new man,
He does the best he can
To figure out what it's about
And what the hell he's meant to be.
He does the right thing when expected,
'Nuff respect,
Once in a while he likes a smoke and a joke,
Just as long as it's P.C.
And he thinks that he cries at the movies
'Cause he's in touch with his feminine side.
Sally wants a proud man
Sally wants a proud man
Sally wants a proud man
'Cause she's taken all his pride.

Billy is a new man, at least when she's around
A model father or if needed,
He'll be mother for the day,
He watches "Men Behaving Badly"
Though he'll gladly switch it off
If she's offended
He'll pretend it wasn't funny anyway
He's got one face he keeps for his woman
And one for when he's out with the guys
Sally wants a true man
Sally wants a true man
Sally wants a true man
But he's living out a lie

Better go and find an analyst, or something.
Time for sorting out his head.
Better go and find the book to read about it
Just like his daddy never did.

And he reads Marie Claire at the Doctors,
Just in case there is something he should know.
Sally wants a free man
Sally wants a free man
Sally wants a free man
But she will not let him go.

Billy is confused,
He feels abusive and abused.
He's got his one hand on an olive branch,
The other on his crotch.
He drives a sensible coupé,
He thinks Oasis are OK.
He drinks non-alcoholic lager though
He'd rather have a scotch.

And he tries very hard to be happy,
But there's a few little things in the way.

'Cause Billy wants a good girl
And a bad girl
And a blonde girl
And a brunette
Or a Bond Girl
And a house maid
And a tease maid
And a French maid,
Yeah, a sex aid,
And a Goddess
And a confidante,
A wet nurse and an agony aunt,
A lover, mother, baby sitter,
A young girl with a pretty face
And smart
But not too smart to love an asshole,
Yes, an asshole.
Billy wants to be an asshole.

Singin'
Billy wants it all now
Billy wants it all now
Billy wants it all now
But he's too ashamed to say.

Sally wants a Superman
Sally wants a Superman
Sally wants a Superman
She hasn't got a chance.





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  1. The80smusicrocks

    these lyrics cut right to the bone

  2. Tommy K

    I feel some XTC on this, just me?

  3. the evil bastard next door

    Lyrics:

    Billy is a new man,
    He does the best he can
    To figure out what it's about
    And what the hell he's meant to be
    He does the right thing when expected,
    'Nuff respect,
    Once in a while he likes a smoke and a joke,
    Just as long as it's P.C.
    And he thinks that he cries at the movies
    'Cause he's in touch with his feminine side
    Sally wants a proud man
    Sally wants a proud man
    Sally wants a proud man
    'Cause she's taken all his pride

    Billy is a new man, at least when she's around
    A model father or if needed,
    He'll be mother for the day,
    He watches "Men Behaving Badly"
    Though he'll gladly switch it off
    If she's offended
    He'll pretend it wasn't funny anyway
    He's got one face he keeps for his woman
    And one for when he's out with the guys
    Sally wants a true man
    Sally wants a true man
    Sally wants a true man
    But he's living out a lie

    Better go and find an analyst, or something
    Time for sorting out his head
    Better go and find the book to read about it
    Just like his daddy never did

    And he reads Marie Claire at the Doctors,
    Just in case there is something he should know
    Sally wants a free man
    Sally wants a free man
    Sally wants a free man
    But she will not let him go

    Billy is confused,
    He feels abusive and abused
    He's got his one hand on an olive branch,
    The other on his crotch
    He drives a sensible coupé,
    He thinks Oasis are OK
    He drinks non-alcoholic lager though
    He'd rather have a scotch

    And he tries very hard to be happy,
    But there's a few little things in the way

    'Cause Billy wants a good girl
    And a bad girl
    And a blonde girl
    And a brunette
    Or a Bond Girl
    And a house maid
    And a tease maid
    And a French maid,
    Yeah, a sex aid,
    And a Goddess
    And a confidante,
    A wet nurse and an agony aunt,
    A lover, mother, baby sitter,
    A young girl with a pretty face
    And smart
    But not too smart to love an asshole,
    Yes, an asshole
    Billy wants to be an asshole

    Singin'
    Billy wants it all now
    Billy wants it all now
    Billy wants it all now
    But he's too ashamed to say

    Sally wants a Superman
    Sally wants a Superman
    Sally wants a Superman
    She hasn't got a chance

  4. John Campbell

    Perceptive & descriptive way beyond the mundane.. .. .. ... djc

  5. mrindecisive100

    Really good song. Shame about the 'Men Behaving Badly' reference though, as it dates the song a bit, so too the 'Oasis' reference.

  6. kevin McCabe

    Excellent contemporary singer/songwriting
    NIK KERSHAW you're the best.....

  7. Noam Gonen

    Brilliant rock with a touch of country. Sensitive lyrics and Leslie Hammond with good measure of distortion guitar yet acoustic guitar cuts thru the mix. Another masterpiece by Mr. K

  8. Bengt Risåsen

    502 words in this song.. Brilliant... :-)

    He drives a sensible coupe, he thinks Oasis are OK,
    he drinks non alcoholic lager though he'd rather drink a scotch

  9. Estevan Ramón Pérez Pascual

    "15 Minutes" is a great album from the first track to the last.

    Michael VanOrsdale

    Couldn't agree more...

  10. Bijou

    Brilliant, talented and very underrated singer-songwriter. I'd like to see him live someday but i don't know if he's ever gonna tour around Europe. ;(

    Bijou

    You're so lucky!

    Anastasia Ozerova

    Talk with local fans and keep an eye on smaller venues, I'm from Denmark and he's doing two dates here. Going in 8 days. I'd never heard about the venue before or been there. I'm going a totally new place to see Nik for the first time. Don't give up. And if not, try to ally with other fans from your country. Create a demand

  11. DasObscure

    This is brilliant songwriting, and by far my fave from the album. However "Have a Nice Life" is the album's tearjerker.

    John Pisello

    For me, Shine On is a bigger tear jerker, maybe because I relate to it's message so closely (as I think a lot of men do).

  12. MONOLECTRIC

    I love this Song...

  13. otakurocklee

    This is a great song. There's another song by Nik Kershaw called 'James Cagney' which deals with similar expectations of men.

    MONOLECTRIC

    +otakurocklee James Cagney is one of my "all time favorit"...

    Ed Lucas

    Musicians can geek out on this but there are some cool points about this same theme that crops up several times in Nik's discography. http://www.patrickdailly.f9.co.uk/KERSHAW.htm

  14. Niknutter

    like a lot of males...

  15. 45insite

    Another one of Nik's songs that proves to me that he's head and shoulders above most other singer- songwriters.

    DasObscure

    @45insite To compensate for his actual height x) ...ok, all joking aside, I agree.

  16. Brother John

    That actually brought a tear to my eyes. I was listening to this on series and suddenly realised my heart was in my throat. Good stuff

  17. Scott Bayley

    I think it's less about a bad marriage and more about a guy who just shouldn't have gotten married at all, to anyone, at least not at the time of his life when he did. He has been dishonest with himself and now he is paying a big price.

    And yeah, that's what a guitar solo should be.

  18. gextvedde

    Kershaw really caught the spirit of the times with this track. The contradictions between what we think we should be and what we are... brilliant.

  19. RiddleRiddle1000

    @felixq78 i had read somewer that this song was based on true friends of his. however you're right, Kershaw made a genius out of this song. pity its so under rated

  20. RiddleRiddle1000

    @Frobe1357 you're welcome!