Preppy Boy

Album: Love Is Magic (2018)


  • When John Grant was young, he moved from a Michigan small town out to Colorado and attended a middle school where everybody was educationally more advanced than he was. He became painfully aware of the American class system as his very wealthy classmates hated him because he was lower class. They also started to question his sexuality.

    Here Grant sings about the cruel prepsters who tormented him throughout his young adulthood. "It could only have been that way. Sometimes I think I should have been strong enough," he told Uncut. "I could have told everyone at school to f--- off and my whole family to f--- off and just forged out by myself on my own and thought I was great. But you know, that's a tall order. There was so much hatred leveled at me for being this... dirty fa--ot. That people wanted to kill, and beat up and hate. That you were a lesser form of human being."

    Grant added that the persecution crashed his spirit, "It took a lot of alcohol, sex and drugs to be distracted from that," he admitted. "The liquid courage made it possible for me to go out in the world a bit. It got to the point where I couldn't perform effectively on stage. And that's when you have to go through the real work of facing things."
  • Grant recalls on the song fancying the horrible, handsome "candy-stripe" boy in school.

    He wore a candy striped button down
    He's got razor-white teeth
    They sparkle like a crown
    He's got highlights in his hair

    "It's an embarrassing thing to say about myself but if I'm sitting with a classically beautiful male, I become like a schoolgirl. I see it happening to myself and it's just horrible," he told The Sun. "You still see it in the gay community. The men who fit into that category of classic masculinity are still the most highly prized."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Muhammad Ali: His Musical Legacy and the Songs he Inspired

Muhammad Ali: His Musical Legacy and the Songs he InspiredSong Writing

Before he was the champ, Ali released an album called I Am The Greatest!, but his musical influence is best heard in the songs he inspired.

Michael W. Smith

Michael W. SmithSongwriter Interviews

Smith breaks down some of his worship tracks as well as his mainstream hits, including "I Will Be Here For You" and "A Place In This World."

Songs Discussed in Movies

Songs Discussed in MoviesSong Writing

Bridesmaids, Reservoir Dogs, Willy Wonka - just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.

Into The Great Wide Open: Made-up Musicians

Into The Great Wide Open: Made-up MusiciansSong Writing

Eddie (played by Johnny Depp in the video) found fame fleeting, but Chuck Berry's made-up musician fared better.

Ed Roland of Collective Soul

Ed Roland of Collective SoulSongwriter Interviews

The stories behind "Shine," "December," "The World I Know" and other Collective Soul hits.

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the Song

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the SongSong Writing

How a goofy detective movie, a disenchanted director and an unlikely songwriter led to one of the biggest hits in pop history.