Mark Seymour – Good Old Boys Stuff

Versions

Version Length Source Availability
Live Acoustic 3:18 Mark Seymour Daytime and the Dark album. Moderately common. Available new in CD and digital form.

Recommended Version.

 

Commentary

Inspired by Mark Seymour’s relationships in his earlier years that were ‘doomed not to survive’.

Lyrics

I’ve been hanging around your old stamping ground
I’ve been up to my neck in good cheer
I’ve been slapped on the back and kissed on the cheek
Hey let me buy you another beer

And you came along with your happy little song
I could have read you but I read you wrong
You ran for the cover when the chips were down
I heard you were looking all over town

For that good old boys stuff
I’ve had a gutful of your diamond in the rough
And your good old boys stuff
That good old boys stuff

Whatever happened to the good old days
How come it took you so long
To get blown away by the next big thing?
Was it the wine, the women or the song?

She’s taking over, she’s got the goods
She’s on the radio in your neighbourhood
She used to be in love with you my friend
But she got tired in the end

Of your good old boys stuff
She’s had a gutful, she’s had enough
Of your good old boys stuff
Your good old boys stuff

Here come the girls with their perfect skin
Here come the new billionaires
It’s only jealousy lurking within
So go tell someone who cares

They’ve got the microphone, they’ve got the news
With their citadels and the new age blues
It’s going to come back to bite you again
But you live and hope until then

For that good old boys stuff
We’ve had a gutful, you’ve had enough
Of that diamond in the rough
That good old boys stuff

 

2001 Live Lyrics:

I’ve been hanging around your old stamping ground
I’ve been up to my neck in good cheer
I’ve been slapped on the back and kissed on the cheek
Hey let me buy you another beer

And you came along with your happy little song
I could have read you but I read you wrong
You ran for the cover when the chips were down
I heard you were looking all over town

For that good old boys stuff
I’ve had a gutful, I’ve had enough of your
Good old boys stuff
Your good old boys stuff

What ever happened to the good old days
How come it took you so long
To get blown away by the next big thing?
Was it the wine, the women or the song?

She’s taking over yeh, she’s got the goods
She’s on the radio in your neighbourhood
She used to be in love with you my friend
But she got tired in the end

Of your good old boys stuff
She’s had a gutful of your diamond in the rough
And your good old boys stuff
Your good old boys stuff

La la la, na na na …

Thinking over the sadness of time
Hoping your dreams will come true
All the beers and the bars and the big guitars
All the deals that never came through

We’ll take that old man dancing the line
And I’ve run them out and I’m run out of time
And I’m surrounded by children, I’ve learned how to dine
I’m flat out pretending and I’m running out the crime

And that good old boys stuff
I’ve had a gutful of your diamond in the rough
And your good old boys stuff
Your good old boys stuff

I’ve had a gutful
I’ve had enough of your good old boys stuff
Your good old boys stuff