Carl Barât is an English musician who was the frontman and lead guitarist of Dirty Pretty Things between 2005 and 2008. He is probably best known for being the co-frontman with Peter Doherty of the garage rock band The Libertines. This is the lead single from his eponymous first solo album.
Barât told CMU: "'Run With The Boys' was mostly inspired by a life time of running with the boys. It is kind of a farewell and a doffing of the cap to that way of life, whilst also celebrating it riotously."
Barât explained his songwriting process to CMU: "The first thing is to have something enter my head which won't leave again and, usually, I don't know where it comes from. A sort of pesky visitation. And then I guess by virtue of that it is expanded upon. Usually a random piece of music will be playing at the time. I only ever seem to write things instantly and then I labour over gelling them."