Muscle

Muscle

Aging Ophelia's picture

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Liner Notes: 

based on a true story or two

Lyrics: 

the muscle of a man
can be used to push and shove
the muscle of a man
can be made from fear or love
the muscle of a man won’t tell you who he is—
it’s where he puts his strength
that makes it his

I knew a man that beat things
All around him blank and bruised
His arms were blunt and brutal
From the force that they could bring

the muscle of a man
can be used to push and shove
the muscle of a man
can be made from fear or love
the muscle of a man won’t tell you who he is—
it’s where he puts his strength
that makes it his

Another man would drink green teas
To light and loose his mind
He cared for faint and fragile lives
And worked to set them free

The muscle of a man
Can build or break down walls
The muscle of a man
Can bear up those that fall
The muscle of a man
Can tell you who he is
It’s where he puts his power
That makes it his

It’s where he puts his power
That makes it his



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Comments

barbara's picture

I like the snuggle of choruses around these two deeply contrasting portraits. I like the alliterations, and those weighty 'b' words. As usual, a stunning new turn of phrase: "beat things...blank and bruised" - that is extra vivid for me!

AprilM's picture

Powerful message. Thanks for sharing it with the world. We need more of this

Roddy's picture

Very strong, great writing - feels like a folk classic.

Peter Arvidson's picture

Seriously good writing here. Men can use their men-ness to be builders or destroyers. So very true.

Interesting concept and well-written lyric. "The muscle of a man" is a strange but evocative line, sticks in the head.

Ferry Colyer's picture

I always love it when a chorus gets stronger and stronger after reading every new verse. This is no exception, really nice job!

Yeah it's a strong message and possibly a modern message. A man's role has changed significantly and we are a confused sex.
The alliteration in the first verse is forceful and expressive.

fresh spotless youth's picture

Fantastic! First of all, "muscle of a man" rolls off the tongue and can't be repeated enough. I love the 'green tea' verse and the lines about how the muscles of a man won't tell you who he is. I wouldn't normally do this, but someone I sort of know JUST recorded this song (when a man is not a man), working a similar vein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArmQluSR_Fk

marvsmooth's picture

I like this a whole lot! A very powerful set of lyrics that really needs setting to music! Absolutely brilliant! My favourite of yours.