“Boys Will Be Boys” is the eleventh and final track on Dua Lipa’s 2020 album ‘Future Nostalgia.’ As the singer herself says, the song is about the “growing pains of what it’s like to be a girl.” Let’s explore further!
Dua Lipa’s second studio album ‘Future Nostalgia‘ had her experimenting with new kinds of music. This was clearly visible in the singles off the album such as “Don’t Start Now,” “Physical” and the title song of the album. The album is classic Dua Lipa!
The entire premise of “Boys Will Be Boys” is that ‘boys’ are going to stay the same their entire life while girls will grow up to be women. Dua Lipa explained the idea behind this song at length with Apple Music;
“For girls at school, there was always that fear of trying to get home before it got too dark. I can’t believe that I had to actually put keys through my knuckles, like Wolverine, in case anybody might say something or try to chase or attack me. It’s crazy that we have to think about these things and not feel safe for a three-minute walk down the road from the bus stop to your flat, and I feel we maybe don’t educate the boys enough to understand what it’s like to be a girl. I just want this song to be a conversation starter. I want it also to just be a little bit of an eye-opener. It’s not a song that’s out to offend anyone, or point any fingers. But I wanted the lyrics to be quite cutting for the sake of the conversation, and in the hope that there can be change. It’s also to show solidarity with other girls and be like, “I’ve been through it as well.” And at the same time, for any young fans or listeners, to be something that maybe they’ll ask the older sister or brother about, and to try and understand why I decided to put this in a song. This song is a completely different element, but lyrically it was very important for me to have it on the record.”
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In the lyrics to the song, Dua Lipa goes on to elaborate on how girls are treated as ‘second-grade’ in society. It is not wise for a girl to walk home after dark is a common idea that exists in society. But on the flip side of the story, it says that there is a ‘man’ who is there to take advantage of such a girl. But why is society only talking about restricting the girls? Why not address the real issue? Which is a perverted man!
In the pre-chorus, Dua Lipa flips the popular rock anthem “Kids Are Alright” by The Who. Lipa says that the kids are not alright these days due to exposure to various mind-twisting content on the Internet, social media and TV.
Dua Lipa also clarifies that this song is not meant to offend ‘men.’ If it does, most likely they are doing something wrong too.
This song is indeed a good eye-opener for an on-going social issue dating to the history of mankind. It is time to speak up. Let us hear your thoughts and stories on this topic. Drop a comment below.