“Georgie boy was gay I guess/Nothin’ more or nothin’ less/The kindest guy I ever knew,” sang Rod the Mod in 1976.
It surely must be a very early song about homosexuality (unless “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” by The Beatles, is about their manager, Brian Epstein). But Stewart’s song is more tragic: Georgie, who lived, was killed by a gang in New York City.
The song has been discussed by Karl Pilkington and Ricky Gervais. Pilkington’s theory was that gays stay out later than heterosexuals, which is the true reason Georgie was killed. The melody also appears to be borrowed from Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate.”