My Boy

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"My Boy"
My Boy - Elvis Presley.jpg
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Good Times
Format7" (45 rpm)
RecordedDecember 13, 1973[1]
GenreSoft rock
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)Phil Coulter and Bill Martin (words, English); Jean-Pierre Bourtayre and Claude François (music)
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Promised Land" / "It's Midnight"
"My Boy" / "Thinking About You"

"My Boy" is the title of a popular song from the early 1970s. The music was composed by Jean-Pierre Bourtayre and Claude François, and the lyrics were translated from the original version "Parce que je t'aime, mon enfant" (Because I Love You My Child) into English by Phil Coulter and Bill Martin.

Song meaning[edit]

A sentimental ballad, the song is sung in a first-person narrative from the point of view of a father to his young son under the presumption that the child is asleep and cannot hear what his father is trying to tell him. The father tells his son of the truth of the strained relationship between the child's parents, and that all the father has left is the love of his son. Rather than risk losing that through a painful divorce, the father makes the decision to stay in a loveless marriage for the sake of his child.

Richard Harris version[edit]

Actor Richard Harris performed the song "My Boy" at a music contest sponsored by Radio Luxembourg in 1971. Despite not winning the contest, Harris recorded the song and released it as a single later that year. Appearing on Harris' album of the same name, the song reached #41 on the Billboard pop chart and peaked at #13 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[1]

Elvis Presley version[edit]

Elvis Presley recorded a cover version of "My Boy" in late 1973 that was included on his 1974 album Good Times. Presley's version of the song reached #20 on the Billboard pop chart[2] and #17 on Cash Box.[3] It was a bigger adult contemporary hit, spending one week atop the U.S.[1] and Canadian[4] charts in April 1975. "My Boy also peaked at #14 on the Billboard country chart.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004) The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 22, 1975
  4. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, April 5, 1975
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 273.

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