"My Man" as written by John Flansburgh and John Linnell....
My man
Muscles from hand to foot
Completely coated in uninterrupted skin

My man
Signals command the leg
To follow orders coming down from headquarters
Why then am I in bed?
I guess my man's fallen out with my head
May I direct your attention to the following simile
You're like the coasts of an ocean
Buried beneath is a submarine cable
Connecting the opposite shores that surround it

My man
How can he stand?
Your fingers could encircle clear around the ankle
My man won't walk again
In conflict with express instructions given by the brain
Why can't the message be sent?
I guess my man's fallen out with my head
When something happens to drag on the floor of the ocean
For instance an anchor or mooring
The cable can be disrupted and even be severed
Which halts the transmission across it
There is no way to repair the break

My man
Muscles from hand to foot
Completely coated in uninterrupted skin
My man
Signals command the leg
To follow orders coming down from headquarters

My man
How can he stand?
My man
Muscles from hand to foot
Completely coated in uninterrupted skin
My man
Won't walk again


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"My Man" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    General CommentIt's from the point of view of the brain of someone who's been paralyzed from the waist down.
    destroyalltacoson October 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentok i just thought it was about his "piece" not being able to become erect. Maybe i've just got a very childish mind but nevermind.
    irongameron February 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentok i just thought it was about his "piece" not being able to become erect. Maybe i've just got a very childish mind but nevermind.
    irongameron February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNo, its definitely about someone who's been paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury. The key is the simile that the singer wants to "direct your attention to". Once you realize that the "submarine cable" is standing for a spinal cord, it's pretty simple to follow.
    gravitonon October 14, 2008   Link

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