"Soul Of A Man" as written by and Beck Hansen....
Beat my bones against the wall
Staring down an empty hall
Deep down in a hollow log
Coming home like a letter bomb

Cold was the storm
That covered the night

Call a doctor, call a ghost
Put a fire into your bones
Sic a dog on all you know
Cut it loose before you go

Cold was the storm
That covered the night

What makes the soul, the soul of a man?

Beat my bones against the wall
Put a bank note on your bond
Gris Gris and a goldenrod
Down deep in a hollow log

Cold was the storm
That buried the night

What makes the soul, the soul of a man?


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"Soul of a Man" as written by Beck Hansen

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    General CommentNo comments? Come on now, I love this song. It's just so catchy and fun to sing along to.

    Unfortunately I have no idea what it means. Anybody?
    Tokabion July 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis hallway is nothing more than a hollow log.

    Gris Gris are Voodoo charms for warding off evil.

    You know how there are stages with coping with death? Well this song would be Anger/Wrath.

    There is a malicious bite to the lyrics:
    "Coming home like a letter bomb"
    "Sic a dog on all you know
    Cut it loose before you go"

    I think Beck is trying to discover if there is a difference between a man and an animal. What makes a soul a soul of a man? Is it technology (hollow log), is it wealth (bank note) ? Can either of those purchase salvation? Is there an empty void awaiting us all?

    This song also carries the album theme of temperature significance. Beck wants a hot death compared to a cold existence.
    SadXuHuangon August 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'd say pretty much the same evaluation (SadXuHuang) aside from the spirituality, it seems like he/she wants the answer to said question but no one knows the answer so he/she continues pondering the question to see if he can find his/her own enlightenment whether it be self made or someone's interpretation.

    Finding your OWN answer is the key my friends.
    liquidprimuson September 30, 2009   Link

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