So. I was speaking with one of my homies on social media , and we broached the subject of character and the need for men to know themselves deeply and thoroughly and how songs capture that. So today, I will share some of my MANTHEMS, songs by men or lyrics about a man’s life and experience that share wisdom or insight to help men when they are at their low points or life or in mid-stride pursuing their goals , interests or the livelihood they need for their personal success and fulfillment. These are songs about things that deal with self, money , women that keeps the man’s life great or make the man’s life better. Check these songs and lyrics out. Add them to your playlist or as I like to call it, your life’s soundtrack!
“Every time when I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by, like dusk to dawn
Isn’t that the way
Everybody’s got the dues in life to pay
I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it’s everybody sin
You got to lose to know how to win
Half my life
Is books written pages
Live and learn from fools and
You know it’s true, oh
All these things you do come back to you.”
Aerosmith- “Dream On”
“Everybody’s searching for a hero;
People need someone to look up to.
I never found anyone who fulfilled my need.
A lonely place to be, and so I learned to depend on me.
I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow.
If I fail, if I succeed.
At least I lived as I believe.
No matter what they take from me,
They can’t take away my dignity.
Because the greatest love of all is happening to me.
I found the greatest love of all inside of me.
The greatest love of all is easy to achieve.
Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.”
George Benson- “The Greatest Love of All”
“I want to live, not merely survive
And I won’t give up this dream
Of life that keeps me alive
I gotta be me, I gotta be me
The dream that I see makes me what I am
That far-away prize, a world of success
Is waiting for me if I heed the call
I won’t settle down, won’t settle for less
As long as there’s a chance that I can have it all.”
Sammy Davis Jr. -“I’ve Gotta be Me.”
“Fuck what anybody say about me
I’mma make them eat their words, watch me
God got me, can’t nobody stop me
You see me winnin’, why not copy?
I ain’t perfect but I’m getting better
Everyday I wake up I keep getting better
Learning something new, getting more cheddar
I’m in that gym tryna get it together
Making sure as I get older I get colder
And if you hating that, I ain’t trying to know ya
‘Cause kings only kick it with kings
And if you ain’t thinking like that, you ain’t on my team.”
Slim Thug- “King”
“I keep my head high
I got my wings to carry me
I don’t know freedom
I want my dreams to rescue me
I keep my faith strong
I ask the Lord to follow me
I’ve been unfaithful
I don’t know why you call on me
This is my canvas
I’ma paint it how I want it baby, oh I
This is my canvas
I’ma paint it, paint it, paint it, how I want it nigga”
J Cole -“Apparently”
“Like a preemie out the womb
My partner yellin’ “Too soon! Don’t do it!
Reconsider! Read some liter-ature on the subject
You sure? Fuck it
You know we got your back like chiroprac-tic
If that bitch do you dirty
We’ll wipe her ass out in some detergent
Now hurry hurry
Go on to the altar
I know you ain’t a pimp, but pimp remember what I taught ya
Keep your heart, three stacks, keep your heart
Hey keep your heart, three stacks, keep your heart
Man these girls is smart, three stacks, these girls is smart
Play your part… play your part.”
-Andre 3000 “International players Anthem”
“Somewhere I heard that life is a test
I been through the worst but I still give my best
God made my mold different from the rest
Then he broke that mold so I know I’m blessed (this is my world)
Stand up now and face the sun
Won’t hide my tail or turn and run
It’s time to do what must be done
Be a king when kingdom comes!! ”
–Aloe Blacc “The Man”
“You see really I don’t
Give a damn what you may think of me
(That’s right you’re a bad ass nigga)
I’mma do what I’mma do, I’mma say what I’mma say
(You think you’re a bad ass nigga)
Ya understand what I’m saying?
Well you better.”
R. Kelly -“Bad Man”
“Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend, till you break
Cause its all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had ENOUGH
You get MAD you get STRONG
Wipe your hands shake it off
Then you STAND.”
Rascall Flatts- “Stand”
“Now a new look in my eyes my spirit rise
Forget the past
Present tense works and lasts
Got shit on
Pointed at by lesser men
New life in place of old life
Unscarred by trials
A new level of confidence and power”
Pantera “A New Level”
There are so many more songs and lyrics and so many more coming. Just remember in a mainstream society media, the male voice, and self assured principles have to be sought out, and the constant droning on of feel good feminine friendly or pandering simp music abounds, its nice to know and hear other men are on the better journey, taking on the same trials and experiencing the same personal victories externally and emotionally.
Programming Happens Gentlemen. YOUR JOB is to make sure what you take in promotes the Best Agenda and Behaviors for you, not the worst.