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A Boy Needs A Bike


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Pop works in the shop till late 
Mom's on the phone and she's kind of irate 
Sally's doing somersaults on the lawn

Pop slams open the front screen door 
Just to scare mom she says 
"What the hell'd you do that for?" 
he washes his dirty hands in the sink

Things around the table are kinda rough 
Ma says it's pa, pa says times are just tough 
But me and Sally don't say much of nothing at all

And the garage door light brightens up the night 
Pa always works on cars when he gets in a fight 
As if he could figure out that woman by working on that old car 
He said a car can cure any problem at all 
Cause seeing all those parts makes a fight look so small 
But I wish he'd put me and Sally in the backseat 
and drive us away

That's when he sits me down said he's gonna teach me about life 
He said a man needs a car and a boy needs a bike 
I got my first taste of freedom beneath the light of the moon

But if it were me, I'd have the guts, 
I'd put to test those bolts and nuts 
And ride away so fast, so far

We put away our tools and go back inside 
Mom feels left out and now she's starting to cry 
I wonder if all girls are crazy this way

I wish that pops would just get a spine 
I said "I know it's kinda little but you can borrow mine" 
He just smiles and says "Your mom means well, son"

You see, most times are good; it's just some that are lean 
But love makes up for those times in between 
He got a tear in his eye as he took mama's hand 
Said one day I'd understand

If it were me, I'd have the guts, 
I'd put to test those bolts and nuts 
And ride away so fast, so far 
Ride away so fast, so far 
Ride

A Boy Needs a Bike
Written byJewel
AlbumsPicking Up the Pieces, 2015
Length4:10

Flower of Life
“I’ve often written from a male’s perspective both in my songs and in my short-story fiction. I liked the idea of a young boy not being able to understand the tension in the household and identifying with his dad and wondering if women are crazy, and the way his dad handles that relationship and the nuance of it. And the son enjoying a bicycle and the release of it and the way his dad enjoys going in his car to sort of meditate. But the boy is too young to understand. I love the limitation of a child not being able to get the full picture but still get the idea.” Picking Up the Pieces Press Release

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