The Man
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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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 they 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)





(If I was a man, I'd be the man)

Overall Meaning

In Taylor Swift's song The Man, she imagines what it would be like to live in a world where men and women were treated equally. She begins by explaining how society views women who date around as promiscuous, while men who do the same are considered cool. She longs for the day when she can achieve as much as a man without being judged for it. She says that if she were a man, her accomplishments would be celebrated, and she would be seen as a fearless leader rather than a bossy woman.


The chorus of the song is where she really delves into this desire to be a man. She is so sick of tirelessly working and striving for greatness, wondering if she would have achieved it quicker if she were a man. Every time she is attacked by those who doubt her abilities, she wishes she were a man so that her actions would speak for themselves and she wouldn't be constantly scrutinized for her appearance and perceived demeanor.


She finishes the song by questioning the double standards that exist in the world; men are allowed to brag about their wealth and sexual conquests, and it is seen as a typical part of their character. If a woman were to do the same, however, she would be judged entirely differently. The song ends with Taylor Swift saying that she wants to be seen as the man, a leader in this world, rather than just another woman struggling to make her way.


Line by Line Meaning

I would be complex
If I were a woman who had as many romantic conquests as a man, people would view me as complex and cool.


I would be cool
If I had multiple partners, people would see me as cool.


They'd say I played the field before
If I had multiple partners, people would assume that I had 'played the field' before committing to someone.


I found someone to commit to
If I found someone to commit to despite having multiple partners before, that would somehow be considered an accomplishment.


And that would be okay
The above actions would be socially acceptable for a man, but not a woman.


For me to do, every conquest I had made
Every conquest I made in regards to romance would make me seem like more of a boss to those around me.


Would make me more of a boss to you
The more romantic conquests I have, the more people would see me as successful, powerful and influential.


I'd be a fearless leader
If I was a man with the same drive and charisma, people would consider me a 'fearless leader'.


I'd be an alpha type
People would view me as an 'alpha type' with the drive, determination and leadership qualities to achieve more.


When everyone believes ya, what's that like?
I wonder how it feels to have everyone believe in your ability to achieve what you set out to do.


I'm so sick of running, as fast as I can
I am sick of constantly working and trying to be successful.


Wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man
I am wondering if I could achieve more if I had the opportunities afforded to men.


And I'm so sick of them coming at me again
I am tired of people critiquing and belittling me, constantly undermining my success.


Cause if I was a man then I'd be the man
If I had the same opportunities, respect and success as a man, I would be viewed as the most successful and powerful.


They'd say I hustled, put in the work
If I were a man, people would acknowledge and appreciate the hard work I put into my career.


They wouldn't shake their heads and question how much of this I deserve
People wouldn't question my success or deservingness if I were a man.


What I was wearing if I was rude
My clothing choices or rudeness wouldn't be connected to my success or career if I were a man.


Could all be separated from my good ideas and power moves
The above mentioned things wouldn't be connected to my successful business acumen and drive if I were a man.


And they would toast to me oh, let the players play
If I were a man, everyone would celebrate my success and recognize me as a successful individual and leader.


I'd be just like Leo in Saint-Tropez
I would be as respected and admired as Leonardo DiCaprio in Saint-Tropez.


What's it like to brag about raking in dollars
I wonder what it is like to be a man and brag about my financial success.


And getting bitches and models?
What is it like to objectify women and celebrate sexual conquests and the misuse of power?


And it's all good if you're bad
If you're a man and have bad qualities, it is still celebrated and respected.


And it's okay if you're mad
If you're a man and angry, it is still considered acceptable or understandable.


If I was out flashing my dollars
If I were flashing my money, people would still criticize me.


I'd be a bitch, not a baller
I would be viewed as negative, difficult and unscrupulous.


They'd paint me out to be bad
People would always be critical of my actions or success even if they were the same as a man's actions.


So it's okay that I'm mad
It is understandable for me as a woman to be angry with this double standard.


Then I'd be the man
If I had the same opportunities, respect and success as a man, I would be viewed as the most successful and powerful.


I'd be the man
If I had the same opportunities, respect and success as a man, I would be viewed as the most successful and powerful.


I'd be the man (oh)
If I had the same opportunities, respect and success as a man, I would be viewed as the most successful and powerful.


I'd be the man (yeah)
If I had the same opportunities, respect and success as a man, I would be viewed as the most successful and powerful.


I'd be the man (I'd be the man)
If I had the same opportunities, respect and success as a man, I would be viewed as the most successful and powerful.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Joel Little, Taylor Swift

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Comments from YouTube:

@ketinthehouse

"Could you try and be sexier? Maybe more likeable this time?" She really hit me with this mv

@divinekasanga4980

Me too😹😹I’m not supposed to laugh but I don’t know how to react 😂

@brittanyblackburn890

Seriously my favorite part of the video!

@tiffanybarrow4438

especially bc the man is her.

@saralotfi7502

And then she said loren you’re did great while what loren did was literally a single eyeroll😂😂 it shows how man get praised without doing one single thing

@gheetuio8640

stay mad female. equality for men!!!

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@Opus566

Taylor: dresses as a man, full makeup and everything
Swifties: oh, that's obviously Taylor
Taylor: puts on brown wig in YBWM
Swifties: WAIT A MINUTE WHO'S THAT

@TheAlorra

It's probably because she wore a wig in You Belong With Me that fans now look out for it. YBWM did come out 9 or 10 years ago... I think?
12 years, it came out 12 years ago.... I'm so old. 🤣

@mynameisasecret5320

Honestly I didnt know either but they learned to have sharp eyes. Trust issues.

@nevermindlikewhothepackwho8817

Actually that is BLACK and neither I am Don't know that she and other girl is same 🤣🤣

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