What Is A Man?

from the album Swing 'n' Swive (2010)
music and lyrics: Joseph L. Thornburg
backing vocals: Trio Dinidae

He was cute in an odd sort of way
With pale skin and large brown eyes
Jesus hair, a funny squeak in his voice
Narrow shoulders and wide hips
We yakked over beers and he followed me home
I knew I could love him, so beautiful and oh!

As I took off his shirt, what did I see
Across his chest, a double A bra
I thought he was a he, and she thought I knew
That she was a she and I wanted a she
Ah, ah, but we did it just the same!

What is a man, what's a man?
Is it just what's between the legs?

He was rugged in a sad sort of way
Eyes burned by too many sunsets
Calloused skin, a wiry red beard
Taste of tobacco on his lips
We yakked over beers and he followed me home
I knew I could love him, so beautiful and oh!

As I took off his pants, what did I see
Nothing at all, just a sad sort of scar
He apologized for not telling me
He'd had an accident long long ago
Ah, ah, but we did it just the same!

What is a man, what's a man?
Is it just what's between the legs?
Is it more than the eye can see?
Attitude and mentality?