The Man

Taylor Swift

About The Man

"The Man" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift on her seventh studio album Lover (2019). Swift wrote and produced the song with Joel Little. Musically, it is a synth-pop song which features flashy harmonies and murky synths. Over an uptempo production, Swift imagines the media's treatment of her if she were a man. The song received acclaim from critics, who praised its feminist message. It had the highest chart performance out of all Lover non-singles. In the US, the song peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the Rolling Stone Top 100. It also entered the top 40 on charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. 


Year:
2019
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I would be complex
I would be cool
They'd say I played the field before
I found someone to commit to
And that would be okay
For me to do
Every conquest I had made
Would make me more of a boss to you

I'd be a fearless leader
I'd be an alpha type
When everyone believes ya
What's that like?

I'm so sick of running
As fast as I can
Wondering if I'd get there quicker
If I was a man
And I'm so sick of them
Coming at me again
'Cause if I was a man
Then I'd be the man
I'd be the man
I'd be the man

They'd say I hustled
Put in the work
They wouldn't shake their heads
And question how much of this I deserve
What I was wearing, if I was rude
Could all be separated from my good ideas and power moves
And we would toast to me, oh, let the players play
I'd be just like Leo, in Saint-Tropez

I'm so sick of running
As fast as I can
Wondering if I'd get there quicker
If I was a man
And I'm so sick of them
Coming at me again
'Cause if I was a man
Then I'd be the man
I'd be the man
I'd be the man

What's it like to brag about raking in dollars
And getting bitches and models?
And it's all good if you're bad
And it's okay if you're mad

If I was out flashin' my dollas
I'd be a bitch, not a baller
They'd paint me out to be bad
So it's okay that I'm mad

I'm so sick of running
As fast as I can
Wondering if I'd get there quicker
If I was a man (you know that)
And I'm so sick of them
Coming at me again (coming at me again)
'Cause if I was a man (if I was man)
Then I'd be the man (then I'd be the man)

I'm so sick of running
As fast as I can (as fast as I can)
Wondering if I'd get there quicker
If I was a man (hey!)

And I'm so sick of them
Coming at me again (coming at me again!)
'Cause if I was a man (if I was man)
Then I'd be the man
I'd be the man
I'd be the man (oh)
I'd be the man (yeah)
I'd be the man (I'd be the man)

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. more »

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Written by: Joel Little, Taylor Swift

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15 facts about this song

Album Release
"The Man" is a song from Taylor Swift's seventh studio album, "Lover," released on August 23, 2019.
Song Writers
Swift co-wrote the song with Joel Little, a New Zealand musician and record producer known for his works with artists like Lorde, Khalid, and Imagine Dragons.
Recording Process
The song was recorded at Auckland's Golden Age Studios by producer and engineer, Joel Little.
Genre
"The Man" is classified under the genre of synthetic pop.
Lyrics Theme
The lyrics of the song talk about the double standards women face in the music industry and society as a whole.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.
Music Video Director
The official music video of "The Man" was directed by Swift herself, marking her directorial debut.
Character Transformation
In the music video, Swift undergoes a complete transformation and plays a character of a man, using prosthetics and makeup.
Awards
"The Man" received a nomination for Best Music Video at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Live Performance
The song was included in the setlist of Swift's City of Lover one-off concert performed in Paris on September 9, 2019.
Critics' Review
The song received favorable reviews from music critics who appreciated its strong feminist message.
Musical Style
The song features a catchy synth-bass line, thumping drum beat and boasts a more upbeat, edgier sound than some Swift's other tracks.
Impact
The song has been perceived as empowering and has sparked discussions on gender disparities in various sectors.
Spotify Streams
As of November 2021, the song has over 144 million streams on Spotify.
YouTube Views
The music video of 'The Man' garnered more than 50 million views within the first year of its release.

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