I'm Just A Mortal Man
David Ruffin Lyrics


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I was just thinking to myself this morning
You know what I thought
Just as helpless I really am
My hair is turning grey
I get a new wrinkle every day
I guess I am just a mortal man

Let me tell you all about it
I cannot make myself live forever
(Never live forever)
God knows I tried
I can't even make one flower grow

It takes water to do that
That feels God knows I tried
But that hands on the clock keep ticking on by
One day young, the next you're old
Now listen to this

Oh I thought I was such a super lover
Did the best I could
And from my side darling I thought you would never, never go away

That's my soul disclaim
And this ego of mine have been betrayed
As I stared at empty walls, I found I'm no super lover at all
Well, you see that's bad, bad
And left him with a scar on this mortal man

I'm gonna get on back to my story
Now I don't know if I'll ever get to go to heaven
Listen to me
But you never know, even I, even I may get to go
Oh lord

If there's away I could go
I'll leave this human skin all far down below
Say goodbye, goodbye world of being a mortal man

But in the mean time I'm still down here doing the best I can
Shamed, shamed, shamed for being just a mortal man




Can you hear me sayin'?
Oh lord, guess I'm just a mortal man

Overall Meaning

In the song "I'm Just a Mortal Man," David Ruffin reflects on his mortality and limitations as a human being. Throughout the song, he accepts that he is aging and helpless to stop it. He acknowledges that he cannot control everything, despite his efforts and ambitions. Even though he believed he was a "super lover," his ego was betrayed, leaving him scarred as a mortal man. Despite his vulnerabilities, Ruffin expresses hope that he may someday go to heaven and transcend his mortal form. Until then, he accepts his limitations and strives to do the best he can.


Ruffin's lyrics capture the universal experience of confronting our own mortality and limitations. The song highlights the human condition of striving for control and understanding in a world that is often unpredictable and uncontrollable. It also expresses the desire to transcend this condition and access a higher state of being.


Line by Line Meaning

I was just thinking to myself this morning
I had a thought this morning


You know what I thought
I had a realization


Just as helpless I really am
I am truly helpless


My hair is turning grey
I am aging


I get a new wrinkle every day
I am getting older every day


I guess I am just a mortal man
I am only human


I cannot make myself live forever
I cannot achieve immortality


(Never live forever)
End of thought


God knows I tried
I attempted to achieve immortality


I can't even make one flower grow
I am not capable of creating life


That feels God knows I tried
I tried as hard as I could


But that hands on the clock keep ticking on by
Time continues to move forward


One day young, the next you're old
Age catches up to everyone


Oh I thought I was such a super lover
I believed I was the best lover


Did the best I could
I tried my hardest


And from my side darling I thought you would never, never go away
I believed my partner would never leave me


That's my soul disclaim
I admit to a mistake


And this ego of mine have been betrayed
My ego was hurt as a result


As I stared at empty walls, I found I'm no super lover at all
Being alone made me realize my shortcomings


Well, you see that's bad, bad
It is unfortunate


And left him with a scar on this mortal man
It hurt me emotionally


Now I don't know if I'll ever get to go to heaven
I am unsure of my fate after death


But you never know, even I, even I may get to go
It is possible for anyone to go to heaven


Oh lord if there's away I could go
I wish to go to heaven


I'll leave this human skin all far down below
I will leave behind my physical body


Say goodbye, goodbye world of being a mortal man
I will say farewell to my life as a human


But in the mean time I'm still down here doing the best I can
I will continue to try my hardest


Shamed, shamed, shamed for being just a mortal man
I am embarrassed for being human


Can you hear me sayin'?
Questioning if the listener understands


Oh lord, guess I'm just a mortal man
Realizing that I am only human




Writer(s): bobby miller

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85Calhoun

He’s one of the best ever! This song is dynamite!

Linda hines

It sure is I love 💘 all of songs

Jesse Diaz

God damn this mans voice got some power. Underrated hero of soul.

jeffrey conyers

The great but underrated Bobby MILLER CREATED great vocal songs for the man with the biggest hold on the Temps legacy.

jmnpinheiro

Hi Lamont, I just want to thank you for keep spreading DAVID RUFFIN's legacy among us...what a tremendous VOICE..a UNIQUE INTERPRETER!

Rell Kush

My favorite singer 🎶🎶 I’m 30 been listening to him since a kid

arthur proctor

One day you are young and the next day you are old.....my favorite line in the song....with David screaming.

RAY SMITH

David Ruffin was a awesome singer truly one of the best

Esco

What a voice!

Jack Hayslett

True words from the soul man

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