I'm a Man

Bo Diddley

About I'm a Man

"I'm a Man" is a rhythm and blues song written and recorded by Bo Diddley in 1955. Inspired by an earlier blues song, it was one of his first hits. "I'm a Man" has been recorded by a variety of artists, including the Yardbirds, who adapted it in an upbeat rock style.


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Now when I was a little boy, 
At the age of five, 
I had somethin' in my pocket, 
Keep a lot of folks alive. 

Now I'm a man, 
Made twenty-one, 
You know baby, 
We can have a lot of fun. 

I'm a man, 
I spell M-A-N, man. 

All you pretty women, 
Stand in line, 
I can make love to you baby, 
In an hour's time. 

I'm a man, 
I spell M-A-N, man. 

I goin' back down, 
To Kansas to 
Bring back the second cousin, 
Little John the conqueroo. 

I'm a man, 
I spell M-A-N...man. 

The line I shoot, 
Will never miss, 
The way I make love to 'em, 
They can't resist. 

I'm a man, 
I spell M-A-N, man.

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Bo Diddley

Ellas Otha Bates (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American rhythm and blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter (usually as Ellas McDaniel), and rock and roll pioneer. He was also known as The Originator because of his key role in the transition from the blues to rock, influencing a host of acts, including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground, The Who, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton,Elvis Presley,The Beatles, and George Michael, among others. He introduced more insistent, driving rhythms and a hard-edged electric guitar sound on a wide-ranging catalog of songs, along with African rhythms and a signature beat (a simple, five-accent rhythm) that remains a cornerstone of rock and pop. Accord… more »

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Written by: Ellas McDaniel


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