"A Man I'll Never Be" as written by and Donald T. Scholz....
If I said what's on my mind
You'd turn and walk away
Disappearing way back in your dreams
It's so hard to be unkind
So easy just to say
That everything is just the way it seems

You look up at me
And somewhere in your mind you see
A man I'll never be

If only I could find a way
I'd feel like I'm the man you believe I am
And it gets harder every day for me
To hide behind this dream you see
A man I'll never be

I can't get any stronger
I can't climb any higher
You'll never know just how hard I've tried
Cry a little longer
And hold a little tighter
Emotions can't be satisfied

You look up at me
And somewhere in your mind you see
A man I'll never be

If only I could find a way
I'd feel like I'm the man you believe I am
And it gets harder every day for me
To hide behind this dream you see
A man I'll never be


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  • +3
    My InterpretationThis has been my absolute favorite Boston song since the day I first heard it back in 1978. I believe the song describes a man who is in a relationship with a woman he deeply cares about, but isn't really “the love of his life” he always hoped he would find. "If I said what's on my mind, you'd turn and walk away, disappearing way back in your dreams". For him to tell her how he truly feels would break her heart so he just goes on pretending to love her. "It's so hard to be unkind, so easy just to say that everything is just the way it seems". He can't bring himself to hurt her so he continues to try and find the feelings for her which would make him become the man she believes he is, but he’s finally reached the point where he sees it’s not possible “I can’t get any stronger, and I can’t climb any higher; you’ll never know just how hard I’ve tried”. Even so, he’s not ready to leave her “Cry a little longer and hold a little tighter, emotions can’t be satisfied”. This leaves me wondering whether he really doesn’t believe she is the one, or is simply denying the fact that he loves her and is actually the man he believes he'll never be? Just my thoughts...

    R.I.P. Brad. You left us way too soon
    mvetschon March 30, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI believe when Brad Delp sang this that there was a little more than some people realize, I can relate of alot of Boston songs together and if they were written today I think you would see alot more of the meaning in the lyrics like I have....and not just the obvious meaning but the " futuristic?" foretelling? Anybody with me on these thoughts? I think it kind of weird when Brad did what he did, it still kind of upsets me that one of the best voices ever this side of Freddie Mercury was and will always be...a tough act to follow.....R.I.P. Brad Delp.
    georgiaboy27on October 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWow a lot of hear felt responses from the guys

    But it has occurred to me...... maybe you have it all wrong

    If a girl or anyone for that matter looks up at you
    And somewhere in her mind s/he sees a knight in shining armour, the sun, the moon, the stars
    Then you should just believe her even if you don't believe it yourself and be very very grateful

    Just a ladies perspective xx
    sarah70948on October 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's pretty much spelled out fer' ya.
    ye-interpreteron September 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe best Boston ballad, the guitar solo in the middle is amazing! The lyrics are kind of sad, either the girl can't see the man he really is or dude has a confidence problem!
    DarkPooon May 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a crime that less people have commented on this song.

    The lyrics pretty much spell it out...boy and girl are in relationship. Girl won't see boy as he is, either thinks or expects too highly of him. Boy sees this and is saddened that he can't be good enough for girl.

    Beautiful lyrics, fantastic instrumentals, great vocals. This is Boston.
    madnesslover_89on August 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionIn my opinion, the best Boston song in the world! great lyrics! sad song! great msg! everytime i hear it, i always cry! if Only i could find a way, i feel like im the man you believe i am!
    AndrewXYZon December 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd god bless you Joshua Nichols...
    georgiaboy27on October 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJ'ai une ame solitaire
    georgiaboy27on October 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably one of the best overlooked Boston songs... If you have never heard this one, you def. have too! It is great!
    SMUSER17019091on January 29, 2005   Link

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