"American Man" as written by Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan, David G Kushner, Scott Richard Weiland and Mathew William Sorum....
Freedom: the naked power
Weakened by the ages
Raped, but not forgotten
All it's supple secrets
Gods and liberations
Those that try to use it
Are those that try to sheath it
Wide awake

Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man

Free man
Haunted by the music
Ghosts of generations
Beat the drums for freedom
Those that toiled and suffered
And those they try to smother
Wide awake

Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man

Where to begin?
Bred to win
Where do I go?
The sole worn off my skin
So, I take the skewers
I cut out the hole
In my soul I know is you
So are we ready
Ready to lose?
I know I feel, feel, feel
Inside the walls
Inside the walls
The iron walls protect the soles
Of my old boots

Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man
Yes, I am the American man


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"American Man" as written by Duff Rose Mc Kagan David G Kushner

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    General CommentFirst off, great song. There should be more comments!

    Anyway, here's my incomplete interpretation:

    "Freedom the naked power
    Weakened by the ages
    Raped but not forgotten
    All its supple secrets
    Gods and liberations
    Those that try to use it
    Are those that try to sheath it
    Wide awake"

    This part seems to be about how so much of our country's origin is misconstrued, such as the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It seems to talk about how people sort of throw around the whole It's-a-free-country sort of idea (Raped but not forgotten). And it even says "Gods and liberations" That couldn't be more clear, free religion and other civil liberties.

    "Free men
    Haunted by the music
    Ghosts of generations
    Beat the drums for freedom
    Those who toiled and suffered
    Now those they try to smother
    Wide awake"

    That's an obvious reference to American History and the founding fathers and how they "toiled and suffered" It's saying that current leaders are smothering this fire that the founders had created.

    "Where to begin
    Bred to win
    Where do I go
    The soul worn off my skin
    So...
    I cut out the hole
    In my soul I know is you
    So are we ready
    Ready to lose
    I know I feel, feel, feel
    Inside the walls
    Inside the walls
    The iron walls protect the souls
    Of my old boots"

    I'm not so sure about this part. It seems almost like they're talking about how we have so much power (Bred to win) and we can basically do anything, but it also seems kinda like it's talking about how we might take a fall (So are we ready, ready to lose)... possibly referring to current affairs. But at the same time, I think they're saying that the past of our country and what it stands for won't change (The iron walls protect the souls, of my old boots) no matter what current leaders do. That's a very difficult verse.

    Awesome song, great band.
    ninjamunkyon November 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems to me to be about the Currant affairs of the states, how the current political party attempts to use pride and the past to provoke patriotism in the people today. And song also relaizes the blind danger in this. This is my guess, but I am not from the states so I could be way off. I like this song though, it starts out with a James Bond feel to it.
    gatsby14on July 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song, because the path between 2:00-2:55 is more Stone Temple Pilots tunes than Guns n Roses. And that means the Scott Weiland work it´s ascending.
    I can´t understand the lyrical way.
    elliott smithon August 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. VR is leading the fight to bring back REAL rock n' roll, and Scott sounds very clear on this one.

    2:00-2:55 is somewhat STPish, but then again, it's obviously got more to it.
    midwesta65on December 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLibertad was at one stage going to be a concept album about 'freedom' so I think this song was written early on.
    thedukeyon March 15, 2008   Link

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