Interpretations:All The Lazy Boyfriends
A sharp indictment of male entitlement
This is a very scornful song about a particular type of guy who relies heavily on other people (living in other people's "basements, attics, garages... sheds", sponging off girlfriends until they feel "buyer's remorse") while doing nothing to help himself or anyone else. He has no plans and takes no action. He promises that he's going to change any day now, but he only prepares to change--he never takes a concrete step toward fixing his life or himself. It's basically a prequel to "Take Out the Trash". --Rosefox (talk) 18:03, 17 Apr 2015 (EST)
It makes a good companion to their cover of Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills", come to think of it. --220.127.116.11 20:36, 6 September 2015 (EDT)
If it's a particular type of guy, it's hardly male entitlement, is it? Just regular entitlement being practiced by some males. -Someone
- I don't think this relates to the guy in "Take Out the Trash" – that guy was a "go-getter", the opposite of the slackers described in this song. Also, after "everything" the Trash guy "said and did", he seems much worse than some man-child who doesn't bother to do chores. -- Thread Bomb (talk) 04:31, 25 February 2020 (EST)
Completely Random Thought
Okay, this *probably* isn't it, but part of me wonders if this isn't a reference to the late-but-not-forgotten band LCD Soundsystem. For one thing, this song borders on dancepunk, but more than that is the chorus:
Did you say out loud that you think you've lost your edge?/Man, you never lost your edge/All the lazy boyfriends are preparing to change
That has two (very hypothetical) connections to LCD Soundsystem songs -- "I'm Losing My Edge" and "I Can Change," the latter of which is about someone declaring that he "can change, if it helps you fall in love."
Flans is a big fan of LCD Soundsystem though, so maybe... (Mr Tuck)
Upbeat Pep Talk
I don't agree that this is in any way an indictment of male entitlement. I don't think that the positive pop tune is being ironic. This is not a song condemning dirtbags. It is a call to action for guys whose main flaw is laziness (at least according to their girlfriends).
The first verse describes a guy who is literally preparing to change. He went out and bought himself a brand new day planner and made up a weekly to-do list that is just waiting to be written on. This is a very hopeful scene, like the first week of January after the New Year's resolutions have been made. His intentions are good and he's made the first steps. And the intro and chorus are encouraging: you can begin again! You haven't lost your edge and you're going to prove that you're not good for nothing! (Maybe this is the pep talk he is giving himself after too many fights with his girlfriend, or after she has threatened to leave if he doesn't change.)
The second verse is maybe not as hopeful. There are projects that need doing in the basement, the attic, the garage and the shed. He's making big plans in his head, but maybe our guy is biting off more than he can chew which will lead to him feeling overwhelmed and then to failure. The projects are so hard to finish (or begin), but he is planning to dive in and try to erase his girlfriend's buyer's remorse.
The song is about men trying to change to save a relationship. It's not called lazy men, but laze boyfriends. The catalyst for wanting to change is to please a girlfriend. He may or may not actually change. He may or may not save the relationship. But at the point where he is just preparing his next move, anything is possible.