Just A Man

Words & Music by James Kennedy

'Just a Man' is a Pop Rock song & the 5th song on the 2017 James Kennedy album 'Home'. The words, music & production are by James Kennedy.

'Just a Man' is an incredibly emotional & intimate ballad / confession / apology song with very sparse instrumentation consisting of clean electric Guitar, Hammond organ & lead vocal, all performed by Kennedy. The song is very bare with minimal musical accompaniment to the main vocal which Kennedy sang all the way through in one take and the version that made it on to the album is actually the take from the original demo that Kennedy made. The song was written and recorded during Kennedy's lowest point in 2016 and is almost an apology song to his ex-partner and all those close to him for his feeling of failing at what society projects as being 'a man'. In the song Kennedy references being a 'failure' and 'letting you down' and asks whether he is still worthy of love for 'just' being 'a man'. Whilst being a very honest & personal expression of Kennedy's vulnerability & weaknesses, the song has also resonated with many men who also feel the pressure of conforming to the 'superman' version of what they feel is expected of them by society. The song also includes the only Guitar solo by Kennedy on the album, a delicate, Blues infused melodic interlude from the gravely, heartfelt vocals which carry most of the song throughout.

The accompanying video is an un-edited & uncut close up of Kennedy's face as he sings the song - with no lighting, makeup, effects or post production because Kennedy wanted the video to be as bare & real as the song and the sentiments within it. It seems as though Kennedy is about to cry in the solo but he has said that he very rarely cries and that this is also reflective of how men are well practiced at holding back their feelings & their tears. The song was the 3rd single from the album and has been known to provoke tears at live shows.

LYRICS

Oh baby, I’m a mess

And i just can’t pretend anymore

Oh baby, I’m sorry

‘Cos I’m just not what you’ve been waiting for

I really tried to climb so high

But I’ve let you down

And this is all thats left

So can you still love me if I’m just a man

Do you still want me now you know that’s all I am

I know I didn’t alwways get it right

But I never did you wrong

I’m just a man but I’m all yours

Oh baby, I’m broken

I’m just as scared as you and I don’t know the answers

But oh baby, you know I love you

And I always did the best I could

I know that life can be so unfair

And the battle’s never won

But I wanna fight it with you

So can you still love me if I’m just a man

Do you still want me now you know that’s all I am

I know I didn’t always get it right

But I never did you wrong

I’m just a man but I’m all yours

There’s a relief that comes from failure

And just watching it all crash down

Now I’m naked among the ruins

And all that’s left is all I really need

Can you still love me if I’m just a man

Do you still want me now you know that’s all I am

‘Cos I wont always get it right

But I will never do you wrong

I’m just a man, I’m just a man

I’m just a man but I’m all yours