"Real Man" as written by and Todd Rundgren....
When I was a child
I thought as a child
I spoke as a child
I didn't know better

But now I'm a man
I look like a man
I'm old as a man
And I should know better

Got my head in the sky
And my mind knows what it wants
But my body just drags me down
And my world is something you can't see

But it's still very real to me
You can find it in the hole where I keep my soul
There it is - way down inside me
There's a real man
Forget about my body and be a real man

I see with my heart
I hear with my heart
I feel with my heart
Sometimes it works better

And some so-called friends put me down
And they pity me for trying
Bad emotions push me around
But the vision shines on and on

It will shine when we all are gone
And I'd like to add a little sparkle while I'm here
Light it up - way down inside me
There's a real man
Forget about bad feelings and be a real man

Some men's world is only hate and money
Afraid of everything and they laugh at nothing
And they only live to criticize
You can laugh at me now [ha ha ha]

But the time comes to everybody
When you must decide
When that day finally comes along
You might wish you'd been a little more strong

Then you'll wake up in the morning cryin'
"Oh my God"
There it is - way down inside me
It's a real man

You got to grow up sometime
Be a real man
Suffer them slings and arrows
Be a real man

Now be a real man
Don't sell yourself for nothing
Be a real man
Don't take no crap from no one

Be a real man
Get your trip together
Be a real man

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"Real Man" as written by Todd Rundgren

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    General Commentpreety self explanatory meaning here. on a side note i'd like to say that Rundgren is a great songwriter and also a singer. rock on!
    floydian18on June 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnm I just found out recently it's a cover of Springsteen's but im sure rundgren can also lay down a decent song or two:)
    floydian18on July 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't know where you got that info from floydian. Todd wrote this one. Bruce has a song by the same name, but it's not the same song.
    Flinchy17on May 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTodd is from Upper Darby, Pa, and that's not too far from where I gew up. Sounds like Todd is struggling on what it takes to be a real man, and to convince others about it.
    Flyersfanon August 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBoys...

    It's from the bible...

    1 Corinthians 13:11

    This whole album (Initiation) is about the impending transformation his musical sensibilities were about to take; hence this song and "Born to Synthesize" (acknowledging that he should face himself and follow his dreams of experimenting more with music than creating conventional pop records). "The Death of Rock and Roll", ironically the hardest rocking song on the record, takes a stab at the critics that rejected his previous attempts on A Wizard, a True Star and Todd. At the same time, Rundgren was also experimenting with Eastern religious concepts, exploring these themes on "Eastern Intrigue", as well as forming the basis of the album closer "A Treatise on Cosmic Fire". The closing tracks of the first side, the "disco-prog" title track and the doo wop-inspired "Fair Warning", cryptically state that Rundgren is ready to push forward and that it is up to the listener to follow along or tune out.
    theIndividualiston March 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this was about the vagaries of a restless and very individual spiritual journey. It's clear from Todd's body of work, with it's multitude of spiritual references, that he's looked at many spiritual avenues. I believe he's a Unitarian Universalist now, which makes a lot of sense.
    kaaton April 16, 2009   Link

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