Shoes – Boys Don’t Lie —Powerpop Friday

This song is very likable right off the bat. The lyrics will not be confused with Shakespeare but hey…it’s Power Pop. Their beginning story is a little different than others. Brothers John and Jeff Murphy and Gary Klebe formed the band and used different drummers. They formed in Zion, Illinois, in 1974.

The Murphy brothers and Klebe were high school friends and decided to form a band following graduation. At the time none of the members knew how to play an instrument so each member picked an instrument to learn and promised to reunite within one year. Within the first year, the three got back together to rehearse and eventually record their first album. Now that is dedication. They bought a 4-track and recorded their own album.

They signed to Elektra Records in April 1979 and released their first major-label album, Present Tense, that September. The album peaked at #50 on the Billboard Album Chart and yielded the minor hit single “Too Late” which peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100.

This song was on their debut album Black Vinyl Shoes in 1977.

They were one of the first bands shown on MTV. They released old and new recordings through the 80s, 90s, and 2000s…and a new album in 2012.

Boys Don’t Lie

I get cold
I get shivers up my spine
Baby, lead me where it’s warmer
Ride you in my car
Make you feel some older

Boys can’t show their love if they keep it down
Boys don’t lie to you when you play around

I get hot
And the sweat runs down my back
Gimme a chance to breathe some
Another midnight snack
Another one to call

Boys can’t hide the truth when you’re so close at hand
Boys don’t lie to you when you look so tan


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

9 thoughts on “Shoes – Boys Don’t Lie —Powerpop Friday”

    1. lol… that is the one complaint I get about powerpop…that the words aren’t great…it’s the overall sound with this music but yea there are some with great lyrics like everyone else.
      They are fast and poppy

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