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Real Men

This song is by Joe Jackson and appears on the album Night and Day (1982).

Original video
Take your mind back, I don't know when
Some time when it always seemed to be just us and them
Girls that wore pink and boys that wore blue
Boys that always grew up better men than me and you

What's a man now, what's a man mean
Is he rough or is he rugged
Is he cultural and clean
Now it's all changed, it's got to change more
'Cause we think it's getting better
But nobody's really sure

And so it goes, go 'round again
But now and then we wonder who the real men are

Whoa, hoh...

See the nice boys, dancing in pairs
Golden earring, golden tan, blow wave in their hair
Sure, they're all straight, straight as a line
All the gays are macho
Can't you see the leather shine

You don't want to sound dumb, don't want to offend
So don't call me a faggot
Not unless you are a friend
Then if you're tall and handsome and strong
You can wear the uniform and I could play along

And so it goes, go 'round again
But now and then we wonder who the real men are

Whoa, hoh...

Time to get scared, time to change plan
Don't know how to treat a lady
Don't know how to be a man
Time to admit what you call defeat
'Cause there's women running past you now
And you just drag your feet

Man makes a gun, man goes to war
Man can kill and man can drink
And man can take a whore
Kill all the blacks, kill all the reds
And if there's war between the sexes
Then there'll be no people left

And so it goes, go 'round again
But now and then we wonder who the real men are

Whoa, hoh...

Written by:

Joe Jackson

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