A Man Is A Man
amck at thenetdr.com
Wed Jul 9 11:37:07 CDT 2008
>>Any idea if one of Pete's worst lines ever -- "Not afraid of
>>appearing insane if he can't break a brick" -- has literary source,
> >or is that one all Pete? ;-)
>Assuming this line is all Pete, I've often wondered why Pete chose to use
>the word "insane" rather than something like "weak" instead, considering the
>context. But in more recent years, I've had the thought that it is insane in
>itself to consider a man weak if he can't "break a brick".
But the lyrics takes for granted that a man might be judged insane
for not being able to break a brick (however bizarre that sounds),
and says the man isn't afraid of that judgement.
A real dud of a line, IMO. I'd like to discuss it with Pete, but I
suspect he'd tell me to fuck off before I argued him into a corner.
Although I'd be happy if he could explain it in some new way that
totally made sense. That way I wouldn't think that he
Not afraid of appearing insane if he writes a dumb line,
"the average Texan...carries not just a gun but a SHOTGUN."
--Pete Townshend, 1967
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