"Manchild" as written by Mark O. Everett and Jill Susan Sobule....
OK, you're on your own, it's late
Your girlfriend is on another date with the hero in your dream
Turn around, ask yourself. So, you think you're gonna win this time Manchild?
Is it the pain of the drinking
Or the Sunday sinking feeling
The car never seems to work
When it's late your girlfriend's on a date
And the hero with her in your dream
In your sleep it seemed to like you
Turn around and ask yourself
Turn around ask yourself

Manchild, will you ever win
Manchild, look at the state you're in
Could you go undercover
And sell your brand new lover (could you)
Be someone else for a night
Maybe someone else will love you
You sell your soul for a tacky song
Like the one you hear on the radio
Turn around ask yourself
Turn around and ask yourself

Manchild, will you ever win
Manchild, look at the state you're in
Manchild, he will make you cry
Manchild, Manchild, Manchild

From Monday down to Friday
You're working on another man's car
Or is it in the factory?
It doesn't matter where you are
Just turn around and ask yourself is this communication
Accentuate the positive and give some illustration
See Manchild, you're no one, you turn the microphone on
Control communication when I'm kickin' it and so on
To the point that I need, the air that I breathe
Into an audience that's waiting and ecstatic to receive-
For the meantime another mean rhyme, I keep on sayin' it
I know what the time is the crowd will keep playing it
Through the speaker boxes loud's my diagnosis
'Cause I believe in miracles and words in heavy doses.
Enough R-E-S-P-E and C-T
Respect yourself express no stress the mike is easy
Just believe that all you need is the air that you breathe.
Turn around ask yourself

Manchild, will you ever win
Manchild, look at the state you're in
Manchild, he will make you cry
Manchild, Manchild, Manchild

He's the apple of your eye
Once bitten twice shy, why don't you bite me again
Just take it in the right and go tell your friend
Are you ready for the words I turn the microphone on
A figure of speech to reach you at the back and so on
The style I'm stimulating dance floors
Raise your body temperature now and
This demands for power in the amp you know louds my diagnosis
'Cause I believe in miracles and words in heavy doses.


Lyrics submitted by Ian-sama

"Manchild" as written by Robert Cherry

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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    My Interpretationenamorata, your interpretation is kind of harsh. The meaning of the song is more clear if you have heard the Old School Mix of the song, which begins like this:

    Working, day in, day out
    they got you working, day in day out
    making your living chained to the payroll
    you got so tired you lost your soul
    all your dreams and all your aspirations
    have turned into frustrations
    you can't admit to what you really feel
    so you've been acting weird
    your ego makes you nasty
    the lady that you really love
    went out with another guy
    the kind of guy you wanna be
    the kind of guy you really are
    if you would have treated her right
    she wouldn't have left you, right
    the simple things in life will bring you happiness
    nothing you can buy will get rid of your loneliness
    treat the one you love with a lot of respect
    and maybe then you can love yourself
    (turn around and ask yourself)

    So, the singer is an outside observator, not a love interest. The manchild in the song is someone who loves his girlfriend, but hides his feelings by being tough and unfeeling and acting weird towards her. That's why this girl has left him and is now on a date with another guy who treats her right. The singer is trying to convoy a message that the manchild should stop playing games, start communicating his feelings and being more honest, therefore being the hero he longed to be all along. The singer is actually very encouraging: "just take it in, right, and go tell your friend". I think this song sends a very positive and empowering message to everyone who is afraid to express their feelings honestly ("the mike is easy, just believe that all you need is the air that you breathe").
    PostHasteon May 30, 2011   Link

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