Retro Music 14

In 1966, I was 14 years old. I had already heard of James Brown, but that year he released a song that sounded amazing to me. He co-wrote and produced the song, and I soon had a copy on a vinyl single. Fifty-six years later, I still think it is an amazing song.

This is a man’s world, this is a man’s world
But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl
You see, man made the cars to take us over the road
Man made the train to carry the heavy load
Man made electric light to take us out of the dark
Man made the boat for the water, like Noah made the ark
This is a man’s, man’s, man’s world
But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl
Man thinks about our little bitty baby girls and our baby boys
Man made them happy, ’cause man made them toys
And after man make everything, everything he can
You know that man makes money, to buy from other man
This is a man’s world
But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing, not one little thing, without a woman or a girl
He’s lost in the wilderness
He’s lost in bitterness, he’s lost lost
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Betty Jean Newsome / James Brown
It’s Man’s Man’s World lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

29 thoughts on “Retro Music 14

  1. In 1964, James Brown came to WV to perform. My dad drove me and 2 friends to the concert. When he pulled up to the curb to let us out he looked around and saw that everyone was black. He was worried, but we assured him we’d be fine. ’64 in the south, you get the picture. The concert was THE best, a full house… and we were the only white people there. He threw his cape into the audience, not too far from me. It wasn’t until I was married that I told my dad we were the only whites in the audience. But, oh what a great time we had.

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