Smokin' In The Boy's Room

Album: Yeah! (1973)
Charted: 27 3
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  • How you doin' out there? Y'ever seem to have one of those days
    Where it just seems like everybody's gettin' on your case?
    From your teacher all the way down to your best girlfriend?
    Well, y'know, I used to have 'em just about all the time.
    But I found a way to get out of 'em. Let me tell you about it!

    Sitting in the classroom, thinking it's a drag
    Listening to the teacher rap just ain't my bag
    The noon bells ring, you know that's my cue
    I'm gonna meet the boys On floor number two!

    Smokin' in the boys' room
    Smokin' in the boys' room
    Now, teacher, don't you fill me up with your rules
    But everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school.

    A-checkin' out the halls
    Makin' sure the coast is clear
    Lookin' in the stalls No, there ain't nobody here
    Oh, my buddy Fang, and me and Paul
    To get caught would surely be the death of us all

    Smokin' in the boys' room
    Smokin' in the boys' room
    Now, teacher, don't you fill me up with your rules
    But everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school.

    All right!
    Oh, put me to work in the school book store
    Check out counter and I got bored
    Teacher was lookin' For me all around
    Two hours later, you know where I was found

    Smokin' in the boys' room (Yes indeed, I was)
    Smokin' in the boys' room
    Now, teacher, don't you fill me up with your rules
    But everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school. One mo'!

    Smokin' in the boys' room
    Oh, smokin' in the boys' room
    Now, teacher, I am fully aware of the rules
    But everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school!

Comments: 24

  • Dan G from Mn I heard a guy named Steve Tomassey wrote this song and Koda stole it! There was a court case and Steve got the shaft! Thats the story from my childhood anyways! I'm not on either side of the argument no dog in the fight! I'm just curious if anyones got the actual story or did I hallucinate the entire thing I dont know!! Help!! Danny from Mn
  • Jr from Phila., PaI used to think there was something subliminal and sexual about this song. As in smoking the skin flute in the boys room. Guess I was wrong.
  • Fang from Manchester MichiganI am fang from the song smokin in the boys room. I showed cub koda how to play jailhouse rock by elvis on the guitar and he converted that basic tune into smokin as a tribute to me for showing him how to play guitar right. As he just new how to play straight tuned in E. I was the guy that smoked in the bathroom with him almost every day before his dad would pick him up for lunch in the afternoon. I used to have sharp incisor teeth so they looked like fangs and this is the real story!
  • Donna M from Hershey Pagreat song will always be one of my favorites !!!!
  • Sharon from MiamiWe've gone from Smokin' In the Boys' Room to Vaping In The Gender-Neutral Washroom.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 13th 1974, "Smokin' In The Boy's Room" by Brownsville Station peaked at #3 (for 1 week) and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    Between 1972 and 1977 the group had seven Top 100 hits; with "Smokin'" being there biggest hit, there only other Top 40 hit was "Kings of the Party", which reached #31 in 1974.
  • Scott123 from Rochester, NyDoes anyone know how they got their name? Growing up, I always thought they were from Texas. Love these guys btw .. thanks.
  • Steve from Whittier, CaGood point on tobacco!! I thought that I was the ONLY one who knew that IT was in the cigarette, NOT marijuana [after all, it "ain't" "Smokin' ain't at allowed at all", which WOULD be a pot ref;just a "at school", which also refers to the fact that these are underage MINORS using that ADULT product--like reading PLAYBOY in school!!]
  • Jane from Austin, Txkenny from winnipeg,

    the song you mentioned, "i'm the leader of the gang" was originally done by Gary Glitter.
  • Jay from Brooklyn, NyKevin, you're missing the point. Yes, the song is juvenile, but it is supposed to be juvenile. The adult in me and the teacher in me can tell you smoking is bad for you and you should not break the rules, cut class, and slack like the singer does. I can even correct the singer's grammar, and tell him to say "smoking", not "smokin'", and "isn't", not "ain't". "Teacher, don't you fill me up with your rules" is a grammatical disaster, and if you want to be picky, the title should be "Smoking in the Boys' Room." "Boys'" is the plural possessive and should be used here since the bathroom is for all the boys, not just for one. My adult observations are moot. When I hear this song, I do not think like the adult that I am, or even like the kid that I was, because I never smoked, cut class, or broke the rules in any serious way. I think like the harmless rebel I wish I had had the nerve to be. The song is fun, and that's it.
  • Anna from Myrtle Beach, ScI thought motley crue's version was better
  • Geo from Altoona, PaI was in high school when this song came I can relate to it...givin' the teachers (educators) the bird...
  • Kevin from Reading , PaThis song is really awful. It's one of those songs that gives the 70s a bad name. It's so friggin juvenile, the notion that "smokin in the lavis cool." Maybe if the group members were 14 when they recorded it, it wouldn't be so bad, but they were men in their 20s. Ugh. Awful. Fortunately, it was the only hit for these meatheads.
  • Kenny from Winnipeg, CanadaThe B-side to "Smokin' In The Boys Room" was a song called "I'm The Leader Of The Gang" and that song was covered by The Spice Girls! I dunno if it's on any of their albums but it's in that ridiculous little movie of theirs "Spice World".
  • Jay from Brooklyn, NyI'm a teacher, and I've written kids up for smoking, but I really like this song. It's good old fashioned garage rock, and a nice thumb of the nose at authority
  • Jim from Aurora, CoWhen Motley Crue sang this, they changed the lyrics to reflect the names of the band members. In the original, it's "my buddy Fang, and me and Paul." In the Crue version, it's "my buddies Sixx, and Nick and Tom," which doesn't rhyme quite as well. When Brownsville performed live, they often would change clothes during the show.
  • Devon from Westerville, Ohthis song is a classic. Brownsville station was a great band. The album Yeah was all cover songs except for this and All night long. great band.
  • Deo from Annandale, VaI always wondered what exactly they were smoking in the boys room...
  • Jim from North Billerica, MaI used to know Cub Koda in the 1980's. He was a really nice guy and had a great guitar collection. One that stands out was this old Gibson acoustic pre-war he had. Wow, did that thing sound great! it is a shame he's gone, like I said, he as a nice guy.
  • Windle from Montgomery, AlCub Koda became a rock writer/reviewer in the years after brownsville station. He wrote for Goldmine...and i believe he passed away a couple years ago...
  • Cory from Vermilion, OhMotley crue's version of this was great, better than the original, thank god they are coming back!
  • Shell from Riverdale, Ga"I once heard that Brownsville Station was ZZTop before they made it big(ger). Could someone please clear this up for me.
    - Chris, Victoria, TX" I can clear that up for you. NOT! ZZ Top were recording and well-known before Brownsville Station had this hit. They (Willie G and the Boys) weren't big stars yet but were on their way.
  • Chris from Victoria, TxI once heard that Brownsville Station was ZZTop before they made it big(ger). Could someone please clear this up for me.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiawhat's up with mullet hairstyles???????
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