"Song About a Man" as written by and John Mccauley....
How can a man feel anything
When all he ever got was sympathy?
Take both your hands and put them round my neck
You're a fool for wanting everything
It couldn't be much fun being a millionaire to one
Cause a million's just a million of one thing
Cutting to the chase, I suppose there'll be a day
When all your tired hands will be put to shame
I've got a restless old woman standing by my side
She cannot wait for the finer things in life
She waited all this time so I suppose she has the right
But I drank away all the things I could provide
All of that aside I never meant to make her cry
But crying is just the baby inside
The ones that mess around that tend to fuss and bring us down
Tugging at your lips to make you frown
So my grandson will be living with a chip on his shoulder
And God don't listen to his prayers anymore
I hope he understands when he's a little bit older
That I always wished the best for him
Sing a lullaby in the morning when I rise
Sing it 'til I'm far away from here
If this can be my chance to feel it once in my life
Then sing it brother, cause I don't even care


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"Song About a Man" as written by John Joseph Mccauley Iii

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    General CommentMy two favorite lines in the song:

    "How can a man feel anything
    When all he ever got was sympathy"
    We surround ourselves with friends who often tell us what we want to hear to comfort us, but that doesn't help us own up to the mistakes we make.

    "You're a fool for wanting everything
    It couldn't be much fun being a millionaire to one
    Cause a million's just a million of one thing"
    The more stuff we have, the less we actually have. Greed is a distraction from the simple and non-material things in life that is worth more than anything.

    This part almost brought a tear to my eye:
    "All of that aside I never meant to make her cry
    But crying is just the baby inside
    The ones that mess around that tend to fuss and bring us down
    Tugging at your lips to make you frown"
    Looking at crying as the "id" inside of us that selfishly wants to get its way, and looking at self-destructive, self-pitying people trying to bring us down, I think these are interesting ways of looking at sadness. I think it's two different things, though. The first is something we all feel in the back of our minds when we don't get our way, the baby inside of us screaming and crying and making a scene, thinking that will still work. The second are people who never matured past that...

    I think this song is a conglomeration of different events from his relationship, but since they are all something we can relate to, it's really a song about us all. He criticizes the relationship, but he also seems loyal to it, even if it is in a distant way ("She's waited all this time, and I suppose she has the right" "I hope he understands when he's a little bit older, I always wanted the best for him")...I sense some abandonment issues, especially in the last line where he talks about getting out of here. Maybe it's guilt about being on the road and leaving his lover and kid, with a dramatized story to reflect how he feels (he doesn't sound old enough to really have a grandkid)
    Shep1986on November 07, 2010   Link

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