The Man - Aloe Blacc




Experience: Who do you wish you were? When your life is over, will you be able to look death in the eye with a clear conscience? What does it take to be the man?

Music Video: A young african-american woman pulls up The Man on her iPhone, and starts a blast from the past including street riots, jazz, boxing, and a walk through the halls of power. Through it all, Aloe Blacc is cool and unflappable even through the most adverse moments: this is my world, and even the worst it has to offer can't faze me. There's also a civil-rights theme that runs through the whole video, up until the shots of Aloe Blacc (aka. Obama?) garnering salutes near the end.

Meaning of The Man: Aloe Blacc takes a humble stab at greatness... and it rings true. Greatness isn't about being perfect. The best. It's about being who you are. Being honest: I believe every lie that I ever told. Being sorry when you mess up and hurt some one: Paid for every heart I ever stole. And holding on to that honesty: Played my cards and I didn't fold. When kingdom comes - when the time comes to meet your maker - you'll only stand tall if you've lived up to who God made you to be. Be yourself, and make it good.

Ask Yourself: You the man? Why? Why not?


LYRICS:

You can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I'm the man, I'm the man, I'm the man
Yes I am (x3)
I'm the man (x3)

I believe every lie that I ever told
Paid for every heart that I ever stole
Played my cards and I didn't fold
Well it ain't that hard when you got soul
(This is my world)
Somewhere I heard that life is a test
And I've lived through the worst, still give my best
God made my mold different from the rest
Then he broke that mold so I know I'm blessed

(This is my world)

Stand up now and face the sun
Won't hide my tail or turn and run
It's time to do what must be done
And be a king when kingdom comes

Well, you can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I'm the man, I'm the man, I'm the man
Well, you can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I'm the man, I'm the man, I'm the man
Yes I am (x3)
I'm the man (x3)

I got all the answers to your questions
I'll be the teacher you can be the lesson
I'll be the preacher you can be confession
I'll be the quick relief to all your stressing
(This is my world)

It's a thin line between love and hate
Is you really real or is you really fake?
I'm a soldier standing on my feet
No surrender and I won't retreat
(This is my world)

Stand up now and face the sun
Won't hide my tail or turn and run
It's time to do what must be done
And be a king when kingdom comes

Well, you can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I'm the man, I'm the man, I'm the man
Well, you can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I'm the man, I'm the man, I'm the man
Yes I am (x3)
I'm the man (x3)

I'm the man
Go ahead and tell everybody
What I'm saying y'all
I'm the man
Go ahead and tell everybody
What I'm saying y'all

Well, you can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I'm the man, I'm the man, I'm the man
Well, you can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I'm the man, I'm the man, I'm the man
Yes I am (x3)
I'm the man (x3)

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