"The Man in Me" as written by and Bob Dylan....
The man in me will do nearly any task
And as for compensation, there's little he would ask
Take a woman like you
To get through to the man in me

Storm clouds are raging all around my door
I think to myself I might not take it any more
Take a woman like your kind
To find the man in me

But, oh, what a wonderful feeling
Just to know that you are near
Sets my a heart a-reeling
From my toes up to my ears

The man in me will hide sometimes to keep from bein' seen
But that's just because he doesn't want to turn into some machine
Took a woman like you
To get through to the man in me

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"The Man in Me" as written by Bob Dylan


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    General CommentFantastic song. And a fantastic cover by The Clash.

    Bob Dylan is the greatest artist of all time

    And The Clash are the greatest band of all time.

    They both had so much to say. 'The only music that really matters.'
    BoHoon February 17, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentshut the f*ck up donnie!
    plug1on November 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit takes someone else to bring out the best in oneself, sometimes. fabulous song.

    i was elated to hear the clash's cover of it on the deluxe reissue of london calling.
    beardponyon December 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUsed in The Big Lebowski... one of my favorites.
    knate15on January 24, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationI listened to this song a lot, and always thought it's a really sweet love song.

    However, I just sang it in the bathtub and thought about the last verse:

    The man in me will hide sometimes to keep from bein' seen
    But that's just because he doesn't want to turn into some machine

    What does that mean? Why would he be hiding, afraid of turning to a machine?

    So here's what I think:

    This is about a man feeling used by his woman - Slaving at his job to bring home the money, fixing things around the house, managing the assets...You know doing "the man's role". And that's how his wife sees him. Not as a lover or a friend, but as a tool that does whatever's needed to take care of her.
    He knows this and completely accepts this, just to have the wonderful feeling of having her near him. Even if he's just her "instrument". It takes a woman like "her kind" to find the "man" in him
    rafi101534on November 18, 2015   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I need to find a way to say "I'm sorry." or "I love you." I can always turn to Dylan.
    This song seems to express how I feel at certain time without being trite, redundant, or too complex. At 3:10 it sure does fit quite a lot of feelings and emotion in to a small amount of time.
    pictorialpyroon May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an excellent song. underrated if you ask me.
    maggotbrainon November 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is absolutely amazing, im pretty sure ive said it before but dylan is a genius
    wilcokidon December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAny man who has ever been truely in love with a woman (especially if he in some way feels as though he is not worthy of her love) will know what this is about.

    Its also very honest "and as for compensation, there's a little he would ask" - but he does want some compensation - and I think that compensation is clearly sex. This isn't one of those wishy washy I'll love you forever and I want nothing in return boy band drivel songs this is about what men really think.
    jokerman1968on January 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song

    david bazan recently did a fantastic cover of this song as well, you can check it out on youtube or davidbazan.com
    wiiittttton March 02, 2007   Link

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