"Acts of Man" as written by and David William Lawrence Kennedy Andy Monaghan....
I am that dickhead in the kitchen
Giving wine to your best girl's glass
I am the amateur pornographer
Unpleasant publisher by hand

Not here, not here, heroic acts of man
Not here, not here, heroic acts of man

Oh I see the stumbling pinstripe trouser
The flecks of sick on an office shoe
Part of the fatty British average
That lives in the houses around you

Not here, not here, heroic acts of man
Not here, not here, heroic acts of man

Let's all crowd round the cowering body
Throw stocky fingers, sticks and stones
Let's promise every girl we marry
We'll always love them, though we probably won't

While a knight in shitty armour
Rips the drunk out of her dress
One man tears into another
Hides a coward's heart in a lion's chest

Man, he breeds although he shouldn't
Breeding just because he comes
Acts the father for a minute
Until the worst instincts return

Not here, not here, heroic acts of man
Not here, not here, heroic acts of man

I have never wanted more to be your man
And build a house around you
But I am just like all the rest of them
Sorry, selfish, trying to improve

I'm here, I'm here, not heroic but I try
I'm here, I'm here, not heroic but I try

Lyrics submitted by mariri, edited by rockaction, johninky, starvingartist79

"Acts of Man" as written by David William Lawrence Kennedy Andy Monaghan


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  • +3
    General CommentThough the song begins with such dark and brutish words (appropriate I think, as it is touching on the nature of "Man"-kind) poignantly contrasted by being sung in a soft and even plaintive tone, it ends a beautiful redemptive anthem for all the men out there who are after all, as the song says, still "trying to improve." It pleads with us not to give up on them just yet.

    Don't worry lads, we haven't ;)
    starvingartist79on February 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song picks out the base and vulgar "acts of man"......contrasting them against the heroic and chivalrous ideas of men.......it's a very interesting song and sounds rather personal as well......I don't think he speaker/singer is referring to all men......but rather uses a generalization to say that most men can be like this.
    Cyberghoston March 03, 2013   Link
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    General Comment"knight in shitty armor"

    might be the funniest line Scott's ever written

    I lol every time
    flayerhateron March 14, 2013   Link
  • -4
    General CommentGoing by this song every man out there is a date rapist, and it takes a tremendous effort not to be one. Not to be a rapist is a heroic act, apparently. Yeah, no.

    I sincerely hope most guys don't think this way, because if they do, I'm sure as hell "giving up" on them. You don't get a medal for not raping, that's the minimum of decent human behaviour.

    Some other things:
    - the "amateur pornographer" line possibly refers to someone recording sex without their partner's permission
    - Everything from "Let's all crowd 'round the cowering body" to "Hides a coward's heart in a lion's chest" is about how social censure for people who've done something wrong (in this case, rape) is just hypocrisy and cowardice and every man would be raping left, right and center if only he weren't "a coward".
    - "And build a house around you" - this part is interesting, because it sounds like the protagonist both wants to protect and cage the woman in question.
    modalverbon February 28, 2013   Link

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