Song of the Week: “Lemon Boy” – Cavetown

Camila Villarreal, Staff Writer

Cavetown is a YouTube musician best known for sitting in front of a camera with his ukulele and singing covers of contemporary songs and some of his original material. He posted his first YouTube video in 2013 and has since gained over 500,000 subscribers.


“Lemon Boy” is the first song of the album of the same name, released Jan. 1.


Cavetown sings in the first-person point of view, but the song describes a scenario that could not have happened to him. In the beginning, the subject is described as a bittersweet man who grew in the back of the narrator’s garden like a weed. Finally, the narrator decides to let him be. This line was rumored by fans of Cavetown to represent the idea of ‘self-acceptance’ of one’s flaws, most importantly mental illness. The song continues with the narrator and Lemon Boy building a nice relationship, and how he ‘plants his seeds’ somewhere.


The song is composed of a soft guitar sound and a gentle, female backup singer during the chorus. Cavetown’s voice seeks for nothing as it sings. It does not seem to have any objective besides telling the story of this citrus friend. For this, it deserves five stars.


After the second chorus, the rhythm changes. The narrator begins to anxiously speculate all of the terrible things that could happen to Lemon Boy. Then he is suddenly conformed with the thought of this because “it happens all the time.” The song slows, leading the listener to believe it is stopping.


Suddenly, the tempo picks up. Instead of a calming acoustic guitar, there is a defiant electric one clashing beautifully with the rest of the music. The narrator will not accept the downfall of Lemon Boy or the person he had become around him.


The song comes to a close with a more prominent drum beat and guitar solos.


“‘Cause we’re the bitterest boys in town

Yeah, we’re the bitterest guys around

And I got myself a citrus friend”