"To Be A Man" as written by and Tom Scholz....
What does it take to be a man?
What does it take to see
It's all heart and soul
A gentle hand
So easy to want and so hard to give
How can you be a man
'Til you see beyond the life you live?
Oh, what does it take to be a man?

We can be blind, but a man tries to see
It takes tenderness
For a man to be what he can be
And what does it mean
If you're weak or strong?
A gentle feelin'
can make it right or make it wrong
What does it take to be a man?

The will to give and not receive
The strength to say what you believe
The heart to feel what others feel inside
To see what they can see

A man is somethin' that's real
It's not what you are
It's what you can feel
It can't be too late
To look through the hate and see
I know that's what a man can be

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"To Be a Man" as written by Tom Scholz

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    General CommentI am ashamed to say I have never heard this song, which I'll have to remedy soon. Love the band and love the debut album...my favorite album of all time. I spend so much time discussing "manhood" with my young son and as I watched him fall asleep tonight I smiled as I wondered what he will be like when he's an adult; married; with children; and relecting on his childhood. He is the joy of my life (his sister, too, although she's somewhat distant due to her age) and I pray every day that he will make someone a thoughtful and caring husband and father. We give them wings, but they must fly alone.
    spinachsaladon October 29, 2011   Link
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    General Commentcmon no comments? this song is great!!! And self explanatory. There is probably a story behind it but I don't know it. Just take the song as good advice.
    andyman82on February 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat lyric and song. I also have young boys and these are words to share with them. I've met too many in my life that weren't taught these simple lessons. This is what it's all about. RIP Brad Delp
    tsma120on May 16, 2012   Link

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