Boy Girl
by U2

Album: U23 (1979)
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  • One of U2's first songs, they played this at many of their early shows. The song was included on U2's first release, U23, a single available only in Ireland in 1979 which also contained "Out Of Control" and "Stories For Boys." Now a collector's item, only 1000 copies were pressed. Unlike "Out Of Control" and "Stories For Boys," this song did not make it onto their first album, Boy.
  • The lyrics deal with bisexuality. It helped U2 gain a large gay following.

Comments: 2

  • Beau from Phoenix, Az"One of the first things that the Virgin Prunes wrote, was something we did with U2, a song called 'Sad'. I don't think it was ever recorded by either band. We had collaborated on that, and we took that forward with 'Boy-Girl'. We took that title and wrote two separate songs. Ours was dealing with bi-sexuality and that gender-bending thing, where they were talking about a more onventional form of love, with a strong boyhod-to-manhood theme going down." - Gavin Friday.

    Therefore, the website is partially correct.
  • Rob from Orem, UtI believe steph got it right. There is nothing in this song that steers the mind toward bisexuality. If you are going to call youself song"facts" you better be factual and not "opinion". Find a quote by Bono that states the theme of this song. That would be a fact. It has to supported.
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