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Oingo Boingo lyrics : "Only A Lad"

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, 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
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
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


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


And when he stole the care
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


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

(Repeat chorus)


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
Hey there Johnny boy

I hope you fry!

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