Be a Man

from by Charley Raiff

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He's the one who told me
Ignorance was a state of
Glorified distraction.

He was the one who taught me
Life was a game
That only the stars played.

He was the man who cried
When I showed up to shake
His hand

I'm his vision of what it's like to be a

She was the woman
The first one to take me into her arms
teach me the ways to relate.

She was the one
To make a heart stop bleeding
By dinner at eight.

She was the woman who sighed
When misery found its way to my hand
(And she said)
Im her vision of what it's like to be a man.

And my brother explained to me
where I was going
Last year to the
unlimited sand
He showed me to the desert
Of things I'll never get on an
unlimited plan.

He's the guy who cried
then shot down some old man
And I'm his vision of what's it's like to be a man.

to be a man...
to be a man,

to be a man.


from in Persona, released March 5, 2016



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Charley Raiff New York, New York

Singer-songwriter Charley Raiff’s music is informed by rock, jazz, and classical influences, but their true uniqueness derives from the fact that he's a born and bred New Yorker. The stories Charley tells in his songs are brimming with the bustling and manic overtones of the city that never stops, shaped by a classic New York sarcastic sensibility. ... more

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