Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Working for The Man

Note that the word "The" in the title of this post has a capital "T", because it's "The Man", not "the Man".

In 1962, Roy Orbison recorded "Working For The Man." Wikipedia says that the song is
about a mistreated laborer. After first thinking about killing the boss, the narrator later dreams of getting revenge by marrying his daughter and inheriting the business. In the final refrain, the eponymous hook is replaced with the line, "I'm gonna be The Man."
I wonder if there's a Brittanica entry for "The Man".
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Anonymous Peter Levesque said...

Nick - no Britannica entry but since this it is a niicely bound rag of "The Man" this may be a redundancy.

Less coffee, more love.

9:26 AM, February 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally believe that the term "The Man" could be percieved as sexist. Women can be in charge too!

3:30 PM, February 27, 2007  
Blogger Nick Barrowman said...

Good point. Sometimes The Man is ... er ... a woman. And I certainly don't want to buy in to patriarchal thinking.

But I think more fundamentally, it's not about individual people, it's about a process. Just as natural selection isn't about an individual organism, it's about the way whole species change with time.

5:17 PM, March 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sexist? This song comes from a part of history where women did not head work gangs. Please try not to put modern values on historical pieces of work.

4:58 AM, December 23, 2008  

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