"Family Man" as written by Maggie Reilly, Mike Fry, David Brough Pert-morris, Timothy Kjell Cross, Eddie Fenn and Michael Gordon Oldfield....
She had sulky smile
She took her standard pose as she presented herself
She had sultry eyes
She made it perfectly plain that she was his for a price

But he said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
And my bark is much worse than my bite
He said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
If you push me too far I just might

She wore hurt surprise
As she rechecked her make up to protect herself
Dropped her price and pride
She made it totally clear that she was his for a night

But he said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
And my bark is much worse than my bite
He said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
If you push me too far I just might

She gave him her look
It would have worked on any other man around
He looked her up and down
She knew he couldn't decide if he should hold his ground

But he said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
And my bark is much worse than my bite
He said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
If you push me too far I just might

She turned, tossed her head
Unlike her opening move, her final exit line
He waited much too long
But by the time he got his courage up she was gone

And he screamed, leave me alone, I'm a family man
And my bark is much worse than my bite
He said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
If you push me too far I just might

He said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
And I don't think I want you tonight
He said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
If you push me too far I just might

He said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
And my bark is much worse than my bite
He said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
If you push me too far I just might

He said, leave me alone, I'm a family man
Don't leave me alone 'cause I got to go hungry


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"Family Man" as written by Eddie Fenn David Brough Pert-morris

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  • +2
    General CommentPretty straight-ahead: a woman trying to seduce an Ozzie Nelson type. But it seems odd to file this under Hall & Oates since it was originally a Mike Oldfeld tune.
    Nightvoiceon December 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis it about a hooker? Was he Playing hard to get :-\
    CaniusSwisson June 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commentum i think this song is about a guy who has a family and a women comes up and trys to get him but he wont go.


    awesome song!
    aerosmith4evaon January 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFinal verse as I hear it:
    She turned, tossed her head and then
    Like her opening mover her final exit line.
    He waited much too long
    But by the time he got his courage up she was gone
    And he screamed!
    Repeat chorus
    And I don't think I want it tonight.
    Repeat chorus

    Are there different versions out there?

    Also, I don't think this has to be about a hooker (but wikipedia has the quote to say that it is). The price could be his relationship with his family. Back in the 80's divorce carried a different stigma. The woman is the metaphorical embodiment of a fork in the road. I like the honesty of being able to be pushed too far. I also like how the family is an abstract idea in the song and none of the family's virtues are being directly compared to the temptress; much like it would be in real life. I also like that when his will finally broke, the temptress was gone. She also was neither good nor evil and she did not seem to push him too far directly and ended up removing herself from the situation. For a hopeless 80's pop song there is a lot of realism embedded.
    Marmot14on May 21, 2014   Link

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