Radio 61, side B, track 2: “I Wanna Be With You” by Pretty Boy Floyd

Pretty Boy Floyd - I Wanna Be With YouOh, Pretty Boy Floyd, have you guys done a rock opera?  Please tell me you’ve done a rock opera.  Even though I’m pretty sure that this is the only song I’ve ever heard by you guys ever, it was one of my favorites as soon as I recorded it off the radio.  Obviously this had everything a desperately lonely teen like myself wanted.  Teen angst, teen love, and a crazy awesome chorus that was fun to sing at the top of one’s lungs over and over and over again.

This song represented a very strong fantasy I had as a kid, that of the new girl showing up to school and instantly falling in love with me.  You can understand that, Pretty Boy Floyd.  My high school, which housed 7th grade through 12th grade, had about 120 students total.  I knew all of them.  They all knew me.  I had asked pretty much every girl in that population to be my girlfriend, and if I didn’t ask, I at least thought seriously about it.  A couple girls said yes to being my girlfriend, but that consisted only of sitting awkwardly next to each other on the bus and/or at lunch, and all of them broke up with me in about a week or so with nicely worded cards.

So, yeah, Pretty Boy Floyd, if I was going to go out with anybody, they were going to have to be bussed in from another county or state or better yet, another country.  A girl from another country would have NO idea how uncool I was, right?

Sadly, I never got the chance to show a new girl the local happenings.  Not that I could have anyway, having no car and living in the country.  For me, the local happenings involved feeding cattle, going to church, and visiting the bookmobile a few times during the summer.  Needless to say, I never got the chance to sing this song to anyone, Pretty Boy Floyd, unless you count to myself in the mirror.

“I Wanna Be With You”

As I was walking out of class

The other day at school

I saw you

Don’t think I’ve ever seen you

‘Round here before

You must be new

What’s ya name, where ya from, our conversation’s just begun
Maybe we can talk more after school

I know that we just met but maybe you’d like ta let me
Go out with you

I wanna be with you, I wanna beee with yooou

I wanna be with you, I wanna beee with yooou

I wanna be with you, I wanna beee with yooou

And only you

I gotcha number from a friend

So I called

To talk to you

I don’t live too far
We could walk down to the park

If you got nothing else ta do

Being thatcha new in town you probly want to look around but I could tell you
‘Fore ya do

‘Cause you really mean a lot ta me and ya don’t have ta look no more
‘Cause I found the girl I’m lookin’ for

I wanna be with you, I wanna beee with yooou

I wanna be with you, I wanna beee with yooou

I wanna be with you, I wanna beee with yooou

It’s only yooooooou
Yeah!

<awesome Pretty Boy Floyd jam>

If I could have any girl in school I wouldn’t take but one

The only girl I want is you

If I could do anything, anything I wanted to

It wouldn’t be too hard ta choooooose

<awesome Pretty Boy Floyd>

I wanna beee with yooou

I wanna be with you, I wanna beee with yooou

I wanna be with you, I wanna beee with yooou

I wanna be with yooooooooou

<awesome Pretty Boy Floyd jam>

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