The Man's Too Strong
Dire Straits Lyrics


I'm just an aging drummer boy and in the wars I used to play
And I've called the tune to many a torching session
Now they say I am a war criminal and I'm fading away
Father, please, hear my confession

I have legalized robbery, called it belief
I have run with the money, I have hid like a thief
Rewritten history with my armies of my crooks
Invented memories; I did burn all the books
And I can still hear his laughter and I can still hear his song
The man's too big, the man's too strong

Well, I have tried to be meek and I have tried to be mild
But I spat like a woman and I sulked like a child
I have lived behind walls that have made me alone
Striven for peace, which I never have known

And I can still hear his laughter and I can still hear his song
The man's too big, the man's too strong

Well, the sun rose on the courtyard and they all did hear him say
You always was a Judas, but I got you anyway
You may have got your silver, but I swear upon my life
Your sister gave me diamonds and I gave them to your wife

Oh, father, please, help me for I have done wrong
The man's too big, the man's too strong

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Written by: Mark Knopfler

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Marko Divković

I'm just and ageing drummer boy
And in the wars I used to play
And I've called the tune
To many a torture session
Now they say I am a war criminal
And I'm fading away
Father please hear my confession

I have legalised robbery
Called it a belief
I have run with the money
And hid like a theif
I have re-written history
With my armies and my crooks
Invented memories
I did burn all the books
And I can still hear his laughter
And I can still hear his song
The man's too big
The man's too strong

Well I have tried to be meek
And I have tried to be mild
But I spat like a woman
And sulked like a child
I have lived behind walls
That have made me alone
Striven for peace
Which I have never known
And I can still hear his laughter
And I can still hear his song
The man's too big
The man's too strong

Well the sun rose on the courtyard
And they all did hear him say
'You always were a Judas
But I got you anyway
You may have got your silver
But I swear upon my life
Your sister gave me diamonds
And I gave them to your wife'
Oh father please help me
For I have done wrong
The man's too big
The man's too strong



All comments from YouTube:

Pete Banham

The best Dire Straits track that you’ll never hear on radio.

Tony Cross

Hard to disagree. It's an outstanding peace of music

JIM ROSS

How have you missed this one!!

Tarquin Symonds

@Lizzy Whizzy was on Planet Rock again very early today 11 October 2021. It is a truly outstanding song.

Ralph Jackson

I've never heard it on the radio but it's my favourite out of all the songs from the album that weren't released as singles.

Trisha Corcoran

this one is really underrated

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Andy Hudson

Such depth and multilayered elements. One of Dire Straits most underrated songs. Blows me away as does the album👅👍👆👊

J Leach

One of THE great albums.

Nathan Dalton

one interpretation of "the man" being as god and the song is sung by the Satan> think about it. the narrator is never quite good enough. this song is sung from the prospective of the devil. the man is always too strong for the protagonist here

Selina Kazmiersky

Agreed...

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