Hands Up Billy

Hands Up Billy

Hey you think you're a steel chest
You haven't got a steel chest on ya! (1)

Billy with a flat Billy with a phone
Billy with a girl but lives on his own
Billy with some money travels far
Billy gets a loan he can buy a car

Walks into the showroom all I could see
Billy with some money saying take it from me
Before he's even shook my hand I notice that
He chose the car and filled out all the forms as well

Hands up Billy your composure's gone
Hands up Billy got you on the run
Fly fly Billy now the bill is up
Some one bring another Billy on!
Some one bring another Billy on!
Some one bring another Billy on!

Hands up Billy
Hands up Billy

After Billy tells you does he know what to think?
Sit her in the car she wants to get her a drink
Take her for a test drive on a fatal street
When she says goodbye she's holding a receipt

Hands up Billy your composure's gone
Hands up Billy got you on the run
Fly fly Billy now the bill is up
Some one bring another Billy on!
Some one bring another Billy on!
Some one bring another Billy on!

Hands up Billy
Hands up Billy

Billy is uncomfortable his arms and legs crossed
His head's a little weary he's a little lost
Sit him down and lose some weight he's got the fear in him
Now the doors are open and I'm walking in

Hands up Billy your composure's gone
Hands up Billy got you on the run
Hands up Billy cos you're nicked, crit
Hands up Billy you're the crucifix

Hands up Billy

Hands up Billy he's working off a grudge yeah
Hands up Billy you're walking in a crutch, yeah

Notes

1. These first two lines are sung by MES; Neville Wilding, who wrote the song, sings the rest. The idea seems to be that Billy is a sucker.

Dan mentions that he always thought of this as having a boxing theme (like "Dukes up, Billy!"

 

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Comments (3)

dannyno
  • 1. dannyno | 11/03/2018
Because the cover to The Unutterable had pictures of boxers on it, and because Neville's brother Spencer Wilding was a martial arts practitioner, I've always heard this song as being about a boxer or some kind of fighter taking a dive. Looking at the lyrics I find that interpretation less explicit than I had remembered.

"Hands Up Billy" clearly fits a boxing theme.

But later in the lyric we have "you're nicked", in which case "hand's up" and "on the run" fits a law enforcement theme. Is the "I'm walking in" the police? A detective?

Bit more attention needed here to work out what's going on in the narrative.
Stella Gardiner
  • 2. Stella Gardiner | 13/04/2019
I've been reading through all the Paul McCartney is dead stuff recently - and then replaced by a guy called Bill Shepherd who remains as Paul McCartney to this very day.

It's supposed to be an open secret in the music biz - and indeed you can find numerous videos of McCartney being openly greeted as "Bill" by friends and colleagues.

Anyway - just a thought - this kind of fits that narrative: "Billy is uncomfortable his arms and legs crossed, His head's a little weary he's a little lost, Sit him down and lose some weight he's got the fear in him."
so it's about someone who is deceptiful, wealthy, boastful, arrogant and afraid of being found out. Fits the bill (no pun).
bzfgt
  • 3. bzfgt (link) | 04/05/2019
#1: like "Dukes up, Billy!" Does one put up one's "dukes" in England?

#2: Or Billy Shears, or William Campbell! Or....Faul.

Clearly something not quite on the up and up went on. And we know it, he's busted--hands up, Billy!

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