The lyrics of "American Boy" detail a sweet imagining of cross-Atlantic romance. New York, L.A., Chicago, and Miami are all extolled as worthy destinations from shore to shore of the American continent. This song is perfection for a slick, summery glide across the dance floor.
Although filled with surface attitude, the song's lyrics have an angst-ridden core that makes the song edgy and memorable. The draw of the club is irresistible for the protagonist even if romantically striking out and self-absorbed attitude make the experience painful. This is all set to an exhilarating crunch of rock guitars. "Paralyzer" was a major pop breakthrough for rockers Finger Eleven.