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"A Boy Like That" (also known as "I Have a Love") is a song that is featured in the 2021 live-action feature film, West Side Story. After identifying Bernardo's body at the police station, Anita (Ariana DeBose) comes home and finds Tony (Ansel Elgort) sneaking out of María (Rachel Zegler)'s window. There follows this fiery confrontation between her and María.

Lyrics

Anita:
A boy like that who'd kill your brother
Forget that boy and find another
One of your own kind
Stick to your own kind!

A boy like that will bring you sorrow
You'll meet another boy tomorrow
One of your own kind
Stick to your own kind!

A boy who kills cannot love
A boy who kills has no heart
And he's the boy who gets your love
And gets your heart
Very smart, María, very smart!

A boy like that wants one thing only
And when he's done, he'll leave you lonely
He'll murder your love;
He murdered mine

Just wait and see
Just wait, María
Just wait and see!

María:
Oh no, Anita, no
Anita, no!
It isn't true, not for me
It's true for you, not for me

I hear your words
And in my head
I know they're smart
But my heart, Anita
But my heart

Anita:
A boy like that

María:
Knows they're wrong

Anita:
Who killed your brother

María:
And my heart

Anita:
Forget that boy

María:
Is too strong

Anita:
And find another

María:
For I belong

Anita:
One of your own kind
Stick to your own kind!

María:
To him alone, to him alone
One thing I know:

Anita:
A boy who kills cannot love

María:
I am his

Anita:
A boy who kills has no heart

María:
I don't care what he is

Anita:
A boy who kills has no heart

María:
I don't know why it's so

Anita:
And he's the boy who gets your love
And gets your heart

María:
I don't want to know

Anita:
Very smart María, very smart!

María:
Oh no, Anita, no
You should know better!
You were in love, or so you said
You should know better

I have a love, and it's all that I have
Right or wrong, what else can I do?
I love him; I'm his
And everything he is
I am, too

I have a love,
And it's all that I need
Right or wrong,
And he needs me, too

I love him, we're one;
There's nothing to be done
Not a thing I can do

But hold him, hold him forever
Be with him now, tomorrow
And all of my life!

Both:
When love comes so strong
There is no right or wrong
Your love is your life


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Media
West Side Story (soundtrack/video) • West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film
Characters
María VasquezTonyAnitaBernardo VasquezRiffChinoAnybodysValentina
Locations
New York CityNew YorkManhattanSan Juan HillDoc's Drugstore
Songs
La BorinqueñaJet SongSomething's ComingMaríaTonightAmericaGee, Officer KrupkeOne Hand, One HeartCoolTonight QuintetI Feel PrettySomewhereA Boy Like ThatAnother Day in America
See also
JetsSharks
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