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"The Man You'll Never Be"

[ from the album "Joemus" (2008) ]

Lyrics

I don't care where you've been
I don't care what you've seen
Underneath the mountains
On the scrotum of the sea
I don't give a shit who you are
How you smashed your favourite car
All I see before me
Is the man you'll never be

And though I love no other
And no other's brother
And sometimes the technician
In the art school lavatory
Know I never betrayed you
Though - technically - they slayed you
None of them were half the men
That you will never be

You look strange in the moonlight
I wonder if I've done the right thing
To invite you
To share your bed with me
With the hole in your jacket
The shoe in your pocket
One eye dangling from the socket
Of the man you'll never be

Well you have much to commend you
But who would befriend you
With the alcoholic swagger
No-one's ever pleased to see
You've got the eyes of a spider
The handshake of a miser
I guess at least you're pleased you're not
The man you'll never be

And though many refuse you
Hide from you and try to lose you
Some run you over
Quite deliberately
I will not shirk my duty
For I love you truly
Not for who you are
But for the man you'll never be

You've got the lips of a chicken
The tics of a victim
The eyes of a liar
And the belly of a whale
I don't care what stupid things you've done
How you stared into the sun
When all I see, increasingly
Is the man you'll never be

La la la la la-la
La la la-la
La la la la-la
La la la la la la la la
La-la la la
La la la-la
La la la la-la la
La la la la la la-la

And though I loved no other
And no other's brother
And the jackass in the record shop
Who burns the fake CDs
Know I never despised you
Someone's undermined you
It's plain to see you're half the man
That you will never be