Shadow Man
Christine

Twinsburg, OH

#1 Feb 19, 2012
I came across a song by Barry (he wrote the music and lyrics)on youtube called "Shadow Man". I would like to know others opinions on the lyrics. This song was a "bonus track" on one of his albums. There were a few lines in the song that disturbed me (not about his sexuality, I don't know nor care it makes no difference to me)but maybe I am reading it wrong. WHat do you think ?
Eli

Alexandria, LA

#2 Feb 19, 2012
Hard to comment when you didn't say WHAT lines in the song bother you. And Barry only wrote the music, Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman wrote the lyric. It was on 'Here At The Mayflower' BTW.
sheilla

Branson, MO

#3 Feb 19, 2012
inquiring minds want to know!
Christine

Twinsburg, OH

#4 Feb 19, 2012
Eli wrote:
Hard to comment when you didn't say WHAT lines in the song bother you. And Barry only wrote the music, Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman wrote the lyric. It was on 'Here At The Mayflower' BTW.
I didn't want to say which lines because I wanted to see if anyone else mentioned the ones I was disturbed over. I saw on the YouTube post that Barry wrote the lyrics so thank you gor the correct info. The first line was "fool the fools you care about". I took that to mean his fans. I didn't understand why the word fools was used instead of "fool the ones you care about". I would hate to think he thought of his fans as fools.
The other line was "you get off on it". I took that to mean the whole enigma thing was what he "got off on". I am a huge Barry fan and was thinking this song was about him. Another way to perpetrate the enigma image. Making people wonder. I was just wondering if I was way off in my thinking. And wanted others opinions on the song.
Eli

Alexandria, LA

#5 Feb 21, 2012
"Look how many believe they need you
Look how many have tried to read you
No one can
You get off on it shadow man

And so you smile your smile
And fool those fools you care about
You've got it all
You've got the whole thing figured out
Well haven't you?"

"Look how many believe they need you
Look how many have tried to read you
No one can
You get off on it shadow man

And so you smile your smile
And fool those fools you care about
You've got it all
You've got the whole thing figured out
Well haven't you?"

The song IS about him IMO. I believe he does get off on being a bit of an enigma and I don't see the problem in that honestly. If it amuses him then where's the harm?

I took "fools" in the context of the song to mean the fans were fools to believe they could 'read' him, could know what he's really thinking or feeling the way so many think they can. He is a performer, he 'acts' the songs after all as he's said many times. What we see is what he WANTS us to see and nothing more.

The song also touches on the insecurities that he has, which is what I find interesting. If the fans saw his fears and doubts would they still love him or would they walk away? Is keeping his private self private, keeping it all out of the fans eyes unlike so many other celebrities, a way to protect himself from rejection? Can he keep that up forever? Should he? Seems rather lonely really.
Christine

Twinsburg, OH

#6 Feb 22, 2012
Thank you Eli. IMO opinion I think it is about him too. I think he is a master at keeping his private life private and good for him may I add. I was a little surprised when I first heard it because it was so unlike anything I have heard before. I guess I took it as being a little mean spirited. That is why I wanted others opinions that might know more about the song. What you said makes perfect sense to me. I agree it seems lonely. Sad that he might feel his fans would reject him if he showed his insecurities. I think they would embrace him even more. Thanks for responding :)

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