CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time. A playlist on spotify will be added at the end of the week.
WHAT MAKES A MAN
“…The answers come from
those who make,
the rules that some of us
just to keep living.
I know my life is not a crime,
I’m just a victim of my time...”
French music veteran Charles Aznavour penned "What Makes A Man" in its original French version "Comme Il Disent".
It is a snapshot of life as a Continental gay man. The song describes his home life, cohabitating with his mother and an assortment of pets. He works as a female impersonator, before catching up with his friends in the early hours of the morning. The protagonist recounts the subjects of their conversations, before the mood switches. Now the lyrics deal with the loneliness in his loveless life and the discrimination targetted towards him.
The frankness of the song remains impactful, decades since its release in 1972. Marc Almond (formerly of Soft Cell) covered the song in 1993.
As new songs are covered on this blog, a definitive version will be added to a spotify playlist. Find it and the other Caffé Latté playlists at: