The Boys Are Back In Town

Thin Lizzy

About The Boys Are Back In Town

"The Boys Are Back in Town" is a single from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy. The song was originally released in 1976 on their album Jailbreak.


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Guess who just got back today,
Them wild-eyed boys that'd been away,
Haven't changed, had much to say,
But man, I still think them cats are crazy.
They were askin' if you were around,
How you was, where you could be found.
Told them you were livin' downtown,
Drivin' all the old men crazy.

The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town.
The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town.

You know that chick that used to dance a lot,
Every night, she'd be on the floor, shakin' what she's got.
Man, when I tell ya she was cool, she was red hot.
And that time over at johnny's place,
Well, this chick, she got up and slapped johnny's face,

Man, we just fell about the place,
If that chick don't want to know, forget her.

The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town.
The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town.

Friday night they'll be dressed to kill,
Down at deano's bar and grill
The drink will flow, and blood will spill,
And if the boys want to fight you better let 'em.
That jukebox in the corner blasting out my favorite song,
The nights are gettin' warmer, it won't be long,
Won't be long 'til summer comes,
Now that the boys are here again.

The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town
The boys are back in town

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Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist/vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums. Thin Lizzy are best known for their songs "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", all major international hits still played regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years based around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009. more »

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13 facts about this song

Release Information
“The Boys Are Back in Town” was released on April 17, 1976 as a lead single from their sixth studio album, “Jailbreak.”
Chart Performance
The song reached the Top 10 Billboards in both the UK and the US. In the UK charts, it went as high as No. 8 and in the US, it reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Critical Acclaim
It is not only popular amongst fans, the song also garnered critical acclaim. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed it at No.499 in its ranking of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
Song Inspiration
The song is actually inspired by the band’s fans. Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott wrote this song about the band's very devoted fanbase who would always show up whenever the band came back to town.
The song is recognized as the band's signature song that pushed Thin Lizzy into international spotlight.
Use in Media
The song has appeared in various films such as "A Knight's Tale" and "Tropic Thunder," in television series like "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy," and in several video games including "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero."
Cover Versions
Many artists have covered this song, including Bon Jovi, Green Day, and The Script showing its influence and popularity across different music genres.
Noteworthy Performance
The band performed this song live on the influential British music television show, Top of The Pops, helping to boost its popularity.
Phil Lynott's Favorite
Although Thin Lizzy had many hits, Phil Lynott had previously stated in interviews that "The Boys Are Back in Town" was his personal favorite.
Initially, the record company did not believe in the potential of the song and did not want it to be a single. They changed their minds after seeing the reactions from listeners, and it went on to become the band's biggest hit.
Recognition from Artists
Slash from Guns N' Roses and James Hetfield from Metallica have both praised "The Boys Are Back in Town" as a major influence on their respective bands.
Real Life Implications
"The Boys Are Back in Town" has been associated both with the reuniting of friends, and with military personnel returning home.
Tribute to Phil Lynott
After the lead singer and songwriter Phil Lynott's death in 1986, the song has been frequently played as a tribute to his legacy.

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