"Big Man" as written by David Hosking, Jacob Tarasenko and Jonathan Hart....
Well I bit on my lip, and I kicked at my toes
No, I don't need your lecture cause your lecture won't show
That you told me so I told you so
But I would have managed, I would have been fine
I'd do it myself and I'd do it just my way,
I'm a big man for thinking just so.

But somebody told me that your mother was born
Wa-wa-wandering woman with a spirit so sworn of the riverside
And it never surprised me but it meant that my love was immobilized
Well, it meant that my love was immobilized
Cause when it comes, it comes when it does.

But you came in the middle and you fell in my hands
Oh a, wonderful woman and an average man.
See that makes me the lucky man
I won't be deserving, but I won't be denied
See, I fell in this position, I will still teach my kids pride
Because failure's a part of it all
And if failure don't hurt then failure don't work at all

But somebody told me that your nephew was born
Oh, a beautiful baby, so smart and so sure of his little self
And in a wonderful way he was making me feel so small
Was making me feel so small, was making me feel so small.
And I don't think I've felt this before.

In all the reasons to come, well they override my body and,
I point to the sun, cause where it's warm is where the wilderness grows
And it grows, and it grows 'til it all becomes nothing
And nothing is left as you know.

(We walked it for a thousand years, with broken eyes and salted ears
Complaining 'bout the weather like we ever had a choice.
Through all the noise and self abuse, you waited for your fill of truth
Oh I'm terrified I'll achieve nothing at all.)


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"Big Man" as written by Jacob Tarasenko David Hosking

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    My InterpretationI think this song is about growing and learning and loving life for what it is and not trying to be something or rather make it something it is not.
    mUzzon July 29, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about life and its cycles; i.e., people are born and the wilderness grows, but then "it all becomes nothing" and things change. Life has its struggles ("failure," "self-abuse," "broken eyes," etc.) and its worries ("I'm terrified I'll achieve nothing"), but it also has good points ("love" and "wonderful" people who come into our lives?).
    I also agree that the song is about accepting life how it is ("like we ever had a choice"...there are some things we can't change). Accepting life includes knowing there will be hard times (brokenness, "noise and self-abuse," and little things we complain about) but also focusing on the good things too ("point to the sun," acknowledging how "lucky" you are, etc.).
    That's just my opinion though.
    banjoman43on July 03, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationWell I thought about this, and I'll tell you right now,
    No, I think it's discussing how typical blokes hides,
    Their feelings in front of us all.
    But it shows here a glimpse, and gives just a clue,
    About that typical man, and what he might do,
    When he feels it's time to show it all.

    But somebody mentioned that things always change
    About the ups and downs and all those pressures as they fade
    And it really hit me when I realised we're part of it all
    Well, as expected we are part of it all
    Cause we're one and one looks for us all.


    In all those lyrics to come, well one line stands out and,
    Prevents us to run, cause as humans all we want to do is grow,
    And we grow, and we grow 'till we all become nothing,
    And our achievements in life are just so.

    (We blokey blokes hide our tears, from expectations through the years,
    Think every step's a failure like we've made the wrong choice.
    Through all that mess and stuff we use, we're really just as soft as you
    Oh we're terrified we'll achieve nothing at all.)


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    It's hard to squeeze meaning into a structured verse! The last line of this song really haunts me, and has done for a fair while, and is really what all the above is coming from (over dramatised for creative licence)! There is much more to it than just that, but I feel this is the most hard hitting point for me.
    samwaon July 15, 2013   Link

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