Song of the Day #4,985: ‘Boy Problems’ – Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2015 album Emotion is a rare bird — an audience-friendly pop confection considered a cult classic due to its low sales and small but devoted fan base.

This album is so bright and infectious, it should have been pouring out of radios and phones all over the world. Instead, it showed up on plenty of critics’ top ten lists but struggled to chart. The album sold better in Japan than in the United States or Jepsen’s native Canada.

Nevertheless, it’s on of the great pop albums, and today’s SOTD is a good example of why.

‘Boy Problems’ tackles the traditional breakup song from the refreshing perspective of a woman who realizes she’s more concerned that her troubled love life is hurting the relationship with her best friend.

[Intro: Sia]
Listen, just leave or stay, but I’m done listening to it

[Verse 1]
“If you’re gonna go then go”
She said to me on the phone
“So tired of hearin’ all your boy problems
If you’re gonna stay then stay
He’s not gonna change anyway
So tired of hearin’ all your boy problems”

[Pre-Chorus]
And I know she’s right
And I should not be offended
Yeah, I know what it looks like from the outside
I know she’s right
And I should not be offended
Yeah, I know what it looks like from the outside, from the outside

[Chorus]
Boy problems, who’s got ’em?
I’ve got ’em too (Na na na na na)
Boy trouble, we’ve got double
Don’t know what to do (Na na na na na)
I think I broke up with my boyfriend today and I don’t really care
I’ve got worse problems (Than ‘I broke up with my boyfriend’)
I think I broke up with my boyfriend today and I don’t really care
I’ve got worse problems (Than ‘I broke up with my boyfriend’, yeah)

[Verse 2]
“Carly, you gotta let it go!”
She said to me on the phone
“So tired of hearin’ all your boy problems
It could be the perfect day
He’ll just make it rain anyway
So tired of hearin’ all your boy problems”

[Pre-Chorus]
And I know she’s right
And I should not be offended
Yeah, I know what it looks like from the outside
I know she’s right
And I should not be offended
Yeah, I know what it looks like from the outside
From the outside

[Chorus]
Boy problems, who’s got ’em?
I’ve got ’em too (Na na na na na)
Boy trouble, we’ve got double
Don’t know what to do (Na na na na na)
I think I broke up with my boyfriend today and I don’t really care
I’ve got worse problems (Than ‘I broke up with my boyfriend’)
(Na na na na na)
I think I broke up with my boyfriend today and I don’t really care
I’ve got worse problems (Than ‘I broke up with my boyfriend’, yeah)

[Bridge]
What’s worse, losing a lover or losing your best friend?
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
What’s worse is when you discover you’re not good for each other
She’s been giving, you’ve been taking, taking, taking

[Chorus]
Boy problems, who’s got ’em?
I’ve got ’em too (Na na na na na)
Boy trouble, we’ve got double
Don’t know what to do (I don’t know what to do, na na na na na)
I think I broke up with my boyfriend today and I don’t really care
I’ve got worse problems (Than ‘I broke up with my boyfriend’)
(Na na na na na)
I think I broke up with my boyfriend today and I don’t really care
I’ve got worse problems (Than ‘I broke up with my boyfriend’, yeah, na na na na na)

[Outro]
Boy problems, who’s got ’em?
I’ve got ’em too
Boy trouble, we’ve got double
Don’t know what to do
Boy problems, who’s got ’em?
I’ve got ’em too
Boy trouble, we’ve got double
Don’t know what to do
Boy problems, who’s got ’em?
I’ve got ’em too

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,985: ‘Boy Problems’ – Carly Rae Jepsen

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Maddie has played songs from this album on our road trips as it is a favorite of hers.

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