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ZZ Top: Rough Boy Meaning

Song Released: 1986


Rough Boy Lyrics

What in the world's come all over me?
I ain't got a chance of one in three.
Ain't got no rap, ain't got no line
but if you'll give me just a minute I'll be feelin' fine.

I am the one who can fade the heat,
the one they all say just can't...

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    anonymous
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    Jun 29th, 6:17pm report


    Can't we ask the band instead of speculating? If the video has any in-depth explanation than I'm REALLY confused. Now this will bother me.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 16th, 4:21pm report


    It’s about a strain of pot called “Rough Boy”. Lol, I’ll give it to straight..I’ll hit you in the eyes..



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    anonymous
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    Jan 8th, 2020 1:46pm report


    It seems to me that the girl in this song is a "working girl" and this is a Pretty Woman type story being told.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 23rd, 2019 12:36am report


    This boy has had a rough life he's been kicked hard when down but will fight back like hell and will probably kick the shit out of everyone but I get the vibe he truly has a good heart.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 26th, 2019 9:19am report


    He’s got eyes for a girl he can’t have. He’s telling her how he feels. Telling her he’ll be ok.Just give him a chance.



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    anonymous
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    May 10th, 2018 5:41pm report


    I think this is an overlap-theme with "Need you Tonight" in tone, composition and well, theme.

    Is it polished, high-brow, possibly social elitist or influential gentleman, smitten with a less-blessed woman who captures his heart.

    Like others seeing disparity, I see polar-disparity in that perhaps she rebuffs him as being too far out of her reach...and he is "undressing" his outer image to reveal the rough-edged guy he really is?



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    anonymous
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    May 13th, 2017 5:27pm report


    He's talking about about a girl he doesn't feel he has a chance of getting cause he feels like she to good for him but he's trying to convince her that how I see it




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