The Man Song

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Dan Beck - bass/vocals/guitar
Jesse Sewell - drums/vocals
Johnny Barrington - vocals/guitar

lyrics

I’m tired of being reminded of what I’m supposed to be,
A mere male, born in this country, typified on TV,
Not much to us, we fish and go camping and drink mid-strength beer,
We love our mates but our women annoy us, always getting in your ear.

I watch the footy, I’m not footy-phobic, but I can’t stand the ads,
They say we’re simple, bumbling and hopeless, “Happy Father’s Day, Dad”,
Nip down the pub but tell the family, “I’m puttin’ up some shelves”,
You get caught, you need The Woman Whisperer™,
To tell her it’s alright because we can’t tell her ourselves.

She’s a nag and she hates you having fun,
You’re a dag and the best you can aspire to,
Is crackin-a-couple-a-cold-ones, crackin-a-couple-a-cold-ones.

It’s only tele, it’s just entertainment, it’s only make believe,
‘Cause all these blokes, they look pretty average and their wives are beauty queens,
They’re only ads selling a product with the white suburban dream,
But I reckon they send a message,
Are we being sold the White Australia Policy?

So there it is, there’s the blue print, the archetypal Aussie man,
But what about, what about my gay mates or non-footy fans,
Indigenous fathers, sons of migrants, yeah what about them?
Where’s the artists, intellectuals and writers,
Are they all fictitious characters?

You’re a male so just be white and dumb,
In Australia the best you can aspire to,
Is crackin-a-couple-a-cold-ones, crackin-a-couple-a-cold-ones.

We’re not the men they say we are, they’re hanging on to the past,
We’ve come a long way and we are not the same despite the telecast,
We’re not the men they say we are, they’re hanging on to the past,
We’ve come a long way but we got a way to go,
And we need to let our boys know misogyny’s not alright!

[The Woman Whisper name used without permission from the Carlton Mid beer television commercials. A piss weak beer for a piss weak attempt at humour.]

credits

from Status Updates, released March 20, 2015
Produced, recorded and mixed by Tom Larkin at The Studios In The City, Brunswick, Melbourne. Assistant producer: Jon Grace. Additional mixing by Samuel K. Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound, Launceston. Artwork design and layout by Vaughan Davies at Stage Left Design, Perth. Released by Greg Sanders at Gun Fever Records, Perth. All tracks © 2015 John Barrington.

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