Oingo Boingo - Only A Lad Lyrics




Johnny was bad, even as a child
Everybody could tell
Everyone said, "If you don't get straight, you'll surely go to hell"

But Johnny didn't care
He was an outlaw by the time that he was ten years old
He didn't wanna do what he was told
Just a prankster, a juvenile gangster

His teachers didn't understand
They kicked him out of school
At a tender early age
Just because he didn't want to learn things
Had other interests
He liked to burn things

The lady down the block
She had a radio that Johnny wanted, oh, so bad
So he took it the first chance he had
And then he shot her in the leg
But this is what she said:

Only a lad
You really can't blame him
Only a lad
Society made him
Only a lad
He's our responsibility
Oh, oh, oh oh oh

Only a lad
He really couldn't help it
Only a lad
He didn't want to do it
Only a lad
He's underprivileged and abused
Perhaps a little bit confused
Oh, oh, oh, oh oh oh
Whoa whoa whoa
Oh, whoa whoa whoa

His parents gave up
They couldn't influence his attitude
Nobody could help
The little man had no gratitude

And when he stole the car
Nobody dreamed that he would
Try to take it so far
He didn't mean to hit the poor man
Who had to go and die
It made the judge cry

Only a lad
You really can't blame him
Only a lad
Society made him
Only a lad
He's our responsibility
Oh, oh, oh oh oh

Only a lad
He really couldn't help it
Only a lad
He didn't want to do it
Only a lad
He's underprivileged and abused
Perhaps a little bit confused
Oh, oh, oh, oh oh oh

It's not his fault that he can't behave
Society's made him go astray
Perhaps if we're nice, he'll go away
Perhaps he'll go away
He'll go away

Only a lad
You really can't blame him
Only a lad
Society made him
Only a lad
He's our responsibility

Hey there, Johnny, you really don't fool me
You get away with murder
And you think it's funny
You don't give a damn if we live or if we die
Oh, oh, oh, oh oh oh
Hey there, Johnny boy
I hope you fry!





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  1. Steve Radner

    i feel like the musicians who composed the theme for the Disney animated television show "The Replacements" took some inspiration from the vocals

  2. funky_kong

    hol horse was here

  3. Mytho Convivial

    du jus !!!

  4. pactastic

    Been coming back to oingo boingo for years , i hate anime

  5. Timothy Zaleski

    Boingo and Elfman RULE!

  6. Son of Kong

    Guitar Hero encore rocks the 80s

  7. Salguine

    This sounds a lot like early XTC.

    Pank Panki

    also some Devo vibe here

  8. Ace Crimson

    Even though this isn't a sad song, it kinda sucks to identify with "He's underprivileged and abused.
    Perhaps a little bit confused?" .-.

    Scarf Guy

    I identify with "He liked to burn things" so I suppose we're in somewhat of the same boat

  9. Warcrab

    YA KNOW WE'RE LIVING IN A SOCIETY!

  10. Dog on it

    what a lad

  11. Leave My Butt Alone

    Do you like this song?

    YES NO

    lonleylink507

    but its opposite day

    DJ M

    Yes but your post sucks.

  12. J.R. Vasquez

    Saw Oingo Boingo perform this at the Starwood in Hollywood! Those were glorious times indeed.

  13. squadalaguydc

    I actually loved the music of Oingo Boingo before i became a JoJo fan, and i think this song fits for the Oingo Boingo Brothers.

    btw go watch JoJo's Bizarre Adventure its good

  14. kaiser sozay

    Boingo is my time machine:
    " TRANSMOGRIFIER, take me to 1987 Newport Beach, Ca."
    Xtra points for knowing transmogrifier ; )

  15. Rutilant Racer

    "We live in a society"

  16. Carlos Valverde

    That kick is really from the 80s. Sounds like A-ha

  17. Joshua Rodriguez

    Joker was Only A Lad tho.

  18. Genuine Sanity

    Shit , I had this album in the late great 80's .... Was into Devo too.

  19. Victor Eduardo

    masterpiece

  20. lesbian gaige

    let's do no jojo december where all jojo fans just shut the fuck up please shut the fuck up you aren't funny

  21. SP00NZ

    Clone hero anyone?

  22. xenonorman

    Is this a "Skeletons in the Closet" version? Sounds different.

    Ellen Rabber

    Same as on the album since its release, classic record!

    Kirsten Broadhead

    omg!! I thought I was trippin!!! it is a bit different right? bugs the shit out of me...I still love all their songs though

  23. Michael

    We're absolute madlads

  24. Samantha Hernandez

    I like this song from my favorite forever group oinigo bongo I am 1#biggest fan of this group excellent job they are truly the greatest I love them🎶🎶💯💯💜💋😁😘🤗😊

  25. Doug Piranha

    Maybe L.A.'s top local act for a few years during the 80s because they were so professional onstage, which was rather refreshing then.

  26. Richard Carson

    (basso voice) KAY-ROCK

  27. Cali John

    Love that Johnny Vatos put some of the bandmembers back to still perform.

  28. oliveboy123

    i swear to god i will brek everybody;s knek who disliked this funkcing song

  29. Lemmy Ghetti

    This truly says a lot about S O C I E T Y

    Petrol Monkey

    not really lmao its a lot more exaggerated than any real life situation

    The Kraemer

    Absolutely describes a kid that grew up down my street. Doing 15 years on a plea deal was looking at 30. The typical good kid at heart blah blah that broke into cars at 12, houses at 16, assaults, robberies, but, he was only a lad.

    Lemmy Ghetti

    The Kraemer I know alright! I was just making a joke.

    Keith L

    BOTTOM TEXT

  30. GlaZeFace

    I love this song

  31. toady man

    A friend was recently murdered by a school chum, when I found out the details this song came to mind.
    I hope he fries

    Waco Paco

    toady man oh shit

  32. Azul Chavez

    I regret not listening to this earlier.

  33. Magentas

    The segment at 3:02 until 3:11 is flawless.

    Ducky Lucky

    I know I used to repeat that part over and over again it sounds so good I kinda wish the whole song even sounded like that or I found another song that sounded like it

  34. that's fucking stupid karen no

    nobody:
    me at 00:48 am on a school night in my room wearing an oversized black and grey sweater: jOhNnY wAs BaD eVeN aS a ChIlD eVeRyBoDy CoUld TeLl *mimics air guitar* difnosfurndiwkdu gO tO hElL

  35. LibertyPrime1982

    HEY THERE JAMAL

  36. Sky

    Why does this song sound like a Pokemon Villain Team Theme song.

    The Culture Corner

    Sky I swear, this is a perfect representation of Silver

    Sky

    @The Culture Corner True.

  37. Xx_Spyke_xX

    Guitar Hero Encore Rock Of The 80

  38. Sonidos Subterraneos

    excelente

  39. Waco Paco

    Wtf this is fucking awesome and I accidentally clicked on it

  40. Kelly Carpenter

    i dedicate this song to the parents of every spoiled brat who grew up to be a mass shooter or serial killer.

  41. Judson Gaiden

    This song reminds me of Johnny the Boy from the original Mad Max.

  42. MadmanMortonYT

    I swear to god the next person I hear say, "mad lad" I'm gonna strangle dammit.

    MinionOfDeth2112

    I'm a Mad Lad, go ahead and try it. :P

    Scrabdusan Productions

    @MinionOfDeth2112 cease skeleton boy.

    MinionOfDeth2112

    Scrabdusan Productions - LOL, no.

    Scrabdusan Productions

    @MinionOfDeth2112 Lol

  43. JS D

    First cassette, first Walkman yes I'm old, it was awesome, wouldn't change it, awesome album, 2nd cassette was U2 boy.😎👌

    Roman Duran

    No metallica?

  44. Liza MacKenzie

    I am many though...

  45. onlyalad looking4away

    Onlyalad looking4away

  46. JohnnyBoy 84

    Dope ass jam

  47. Ed Johnson

    My housemate used to play this so loud the neighbors would complain :)

    Ivy The Fish

    whyd they complain? its great

  48. SketchArt

    homeboy went absolutely mad

    Rimoluna

    Well, he is only a lad

  49. Sponi Wolf

    I totally love the album Nothing To Fear from 1982 ... and for no reason I thought it was the only one they made. NOW I'm in the lucky position to discover "new" stuff from Oingo Boingo :D

  50. TheAntagonisticKitty

    The theme song of Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

    Pursuit_ Sadness

    What do you mean :/

    G. Quagmire

    Pursuit_ Sadness this song sums up odd

    BrilloPower

    I have ODD. They told me to take pills for it, but I refuse!

    The Depressive Clown

    More like ASPD

  51. Jordan W

    Johnny was bad, even as a child everybody could tell,
    Everyone said, "If you don't get straight
    You'll surely go to hell."
    But Johnny didn't care,
    He was an outlaw by the time that he was ten years old,
    He didn't want to do what he was told
    Just a prankster, juvenile gangster.
    His teachers didn't understand,
    They kicked him out of school at a tender early age,
    Just because he didn't want to learn things
    He had other interests
    He liked to burn things!
    The lady down the block,
    She had a radio that Johnny wanted oh so bad,
    So he took it the first chance he had.
    Then he shot her in the leg,
    And this is what she said
    "Only a lad. You really can't blame him."
    "Only a lad. Society made him."
    "Only a lad. He's our responsibility."
    Oh, oh, oohh oh oh oh
    "Only a lad. He really couldn't help it."
    "Only a lad. He didn't want to do it."
    "Only a lad. He's underprivileged and abused."
    Perhaps a little bit confused?
    Oh oh ohhh, oohhh oh oh ohh whoa whoa whoa
    Oh oh ohhh, oohhh oh oh ohh whoa whoa whoa
    His parents gave up, they couldn't influence his attitude,
    Nobody could help.
    The little man had no gratitude.
    And when he stole the car,
    Nobody dreamed that he would try to take it so far.
    He didn't mean to hit the poor man,
    Who had to go and die.
    It made the judge cry.
    "Only a lad. He really couldn't help it."
    "Only a lad. He didn't want to do it."
    "Only a lad. He's underprivileged and abused."
    Perhaps a little bit confused?
    Oh oh oh, ohh ohh ohh
    It's not his fault that he can't believe,
    It's not his fault that he can't behave,
    Society made him go astray.
    Perhaps if we're nice he'll go away,
    Perhaps he'll go away,
    He'll go away
    "Only a lad. You really can't blame him."
    "Only a lad. Society made him."
    "Only a lad. He's our responsibility."
    Hey there Johnny you really don't fool me,
    You get away with murder,
    And you think it's funny!
    You don't give a damn if we live or if we die
    Oh oh oh, ohh ohh ohh oh oh,
    Hey there Johnny boy,
    I hope you fry!
    Oh oh oh, ohh ohh ohh oh oh,
    Oh oh oh, ohh ohh ohh oh oh.

    lin sioux

    "Only a lad. He's our responsibility." Should be - "IS HE our responsibility?"


    That is kinda what the song is about....is he our responsibility? Did society make him or was it his upbringing?

    violentjsgurl

    Ever heard the song, "Excitable boy" by Warren Zevon?

    Stuart Jenkins

    @lin sioux Johnny was a little shit who's parents should have beat him harder and more often.

    TheCockeyez

    His parents gave up, they tried to influence his attitude, but the man had no gratitude.

    Pill Grimm

    A lot more political than I realized.

  52. KitCat22

    Other version is better

    Liam Great

    which one boii

  53. Zero The painter

    Some hw they made my life into a song

    Vitor Martins

    Are you a literal criminal?

  54. Elmer Goering

    Anyone else here because they like the song?

    The Kraemer

    Brilliant

    akrites

    It's kind of a Devo ripoff innit?

    A Plant

    there's similarities, but no, they didn't influence each other. both bands formed in the mid to late 70s but ran in different social circles (devo's from ohio, oingo boingo's from california). It would be pretty unlikely for either to rip the other off.

    Bobby Peru

    I'm here because society made me come here.

  55. Moop

    An underrated classic

  56. Hometownhero 2001

    1:45 OWO

    Memory Lane

    More like uWu

    Spooky Bees

    I'll fuckin curb stomp you if you don't knock it off sir

    Dedrian Jarrells

    @Spooky Bees same absolute cringe

    A Plant

    are y'all... familiar with the concept of humor

  57. deathpunx13

    i was at their last show on oct 31st - they made it so cool - they played for over 4 hours - and when danny elfman said they were making a cd - the place went nuts - the song "we close our eyes" was performed 4 times - hell no we don't mind! monster

    Michael Lara

    deathpunx13 We need two more for World Cup 2026 and LA Olympics in 2028

  58. Joseph Alexander Sanchez

    He was an excitable boy

  59. Nacho -Marti

    Glad to see jojos hasnt taken this over

    Aaron Jerrell

    lesbian gaige >Jolyne pfp

    that's fucking stupid karen no

    @lesbian gaige yeah

    David Adams

    Is Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure the one that mentions King Crimson?

    Joshua Rodriguez

    I love Jojo, but I also love Oingo Boingo as much or if not more than JoJo. so yeah

  60. Frank Cantley

    1st heard this in a movie Surf II. When i was only a lad.

  61. that's fucking stupid karen no

    _r/madlads_
    Edit: I made this comment like 9 months ago I was cringey as fuck then. I apologise.

    denny da menny

    @that's fucking stupid karen no reddit is cringe

    that's fucking stupid karen no

    @denny da menny it's not, that's your opinion.

    BEBOP DEDOP

    @that's fucking stupid karen no No, he's right. Reddit is a cesspool of S O Y

    that's fucking stupid karen no

    @BEBOP DEDOP isnt soy like men who support womens rights or are you talking about the sauce

  62. everett Fletcher

    May you people just appreciate the great song?

  63. Adrian Chavez

    Love this song whole album and everything from oingo boingo, was lucky to be introduced to this radical music by my great childhood friend RAYMOND FERNANDEZ his older brother showed us this radical stuff. And they actually plaid at our HIGH SCHOOL NO OTHER THEN ( LA MIRADA HIGH SCHOOL CITY OF LA MIRADA CALIFORNIA.

    Liam Great

    Awesome dude!

    Robert Shaff

    Was livin the life back in the day , Her mosa beach Redondo ,Hollywood .LA

  64. Mr. Toasty

    What a MAD LAD

  65. Diego da Silva Pinheiro

    Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80's 🤘🤘

    the real kamatme223

    That's what brought me here lol

    Pedro Bellio

    Love the music

    um guamer aleatório foudase

    Quem joga ainda?

    Pedro Bellio

    @um guamer aleatório foudase eu ainda jogo no meu PS2 e não me canso das músicas

  66. Bathory

    im here because youtube music is unlocked in my country so...

    david gold

    mine too:0 I wonder what tf happend lol:P

  67. Jr. All Star

    This Johnny is homicidal. And a maniac.

    fml

    Goddamm it you

    Miss Sanchez

    John Vasquez fandom, is cancelled, no renewal

    The Goose

    Jr. All Star
    He's only a lad after all, he's our responsibility.

    Souls Pasta

    oh my god that made me spit out my water hghh

  68. Plum_ Pie

    criminally low views

    Tardis739

    So, was the pun intended?

    everett Fletcher

    @Tardis739 I'm sorry, what _pun_ ?

    Tardis739

    everett Fletcher Johnny grows up to be a criminal, this video has “criminally”low views

    everett Fletcher

    @Tardis739 it isnt a play on words, it's a joke, not a pun.

    ernestine maloy

    Fucking homicidal maniac , all told...

  69. Queen of Rainbow Zebras

    In a Discord server I am at the role "Lad"


    ..and I think I'm gonna stay at the role near forever




    .. *I am only a lad*

    ツ H m m m m N i c e B i k e ツ

    Fancy Lad

    New Kid

    @Queen of Rainbow Zebras <_<

    Cannonball King 7

    @Queen of Rainbow Zebras This may be one of the most interesting and confusing comment threads I've had the pleaser of stumbling onto.

    An Hero

    I'm going to stomp your dumb fucking head in

    Ivy The Fish

    in my friend’s every one is lad, like fortnite lad, emolad or metroid lad

  70. Patrick Ward

    wow i've seen boingo live more than anyother band. how did they stay off you tube.

    ernestine maloy

    Patrick ward careful planning...

  71. Anita Bonghit

    how sad a bad lad with no dad I'M mad

    Maxy Pants

    Anita Bonghit shut up

    TheCockeyez

    He had parents who tried.

  72. GuitarHeroFailure

    Classic song

  73. Zavier Klingensmith

    Phuck yes... Profanity is the only possible way to express my enthusiasm of such a great song!

    The man with the plan

    Fuck yeah

    Gnokx Fastpaw

    SAY FUCK YOU FUCKING FUCK

  74. America

    2018!!!

    Mr. WS

    Yes dad

    Nikkikaos

    Blue The Raptor 2019

    America

    Nikki OH YEAH!

    M. D.

    Blue The Raptor ..2019

  75. DOUGLAS WAGGONER

    He has fun at the Gaza every weekend these days. Quite melodramatic!

  76. Fren Ray

    Johny Johny went to a life of crime after eating that sugar and lying about it

    ernestine maloy

    colonel Chinese it wasn't his fault he didn't mean to do it scociety made him hey there Johnny boy I hope you FRYYYYYY !!

    The Fenn

    @ernestine maloy I think I found the boomer.

    RandomIdiotWhoCan'tFindAName

    Johnny Johnny lived in a society.