Brian Gray - Man Crush

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Some stalking, a bit of how we objectify celebrities, and a whole bunch of poking fun at the whole "bromance" thing, like we need a name for guys who are good friends. Anyway...

The rhyme scheme is interesting in how it came about. I'm very much against the idea that a word rhymes with itself. Most of that is because it doesn't. And yet, I had "me" and "me" in the first verse in an AAXA BBXBB pattern. No problem, I'll just redefine the rhyme scheme to use AAXB CCXBB. Now the first and second "me"s are not rhyming with each other. One is an A, one is a B, and it's just a coincidence they're both in the same rhyming family. So there. I compensated by going the rest of the song (that is, choruses and bridge) without rhyming at all, a practice with which I'm becoming increasingly comfortable.

The music has some obvious influences: Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, Alicia Keys...basically anyone who uses a lot of piano in popular music. Also felt some Sondheim in there, but then I can't really play anything with a bunch of Imaj7 and IVmaj7 without hearing "Pretty Women". Bonus shout out to No More Kings' "About Schroeder" for the III7 to IV resolution. My instinct was to go to vi (treating the III7 as a V7/vi), but I liked the sound so I stole it.

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You're everything I want to be.
You're everyone I want to be with me.
Whenever I exist,
That's the perfect time to think of you and me.

I'll be the Abed to your Troy.
I'm the Belushi to your Akroyd.
Caught in a mad bromance,
Just the two of us and some beer and TV.
I’ll find a way to make you see

That if I were gay, I would be gay for you.
I hope that doesn't make you feel uncomfortable.
If you were a girl, I'd be all over that,
But here's the world we live in, and here's my song for you,
My man crush.

Aren’t all the good times just a blur?
I climbed your fence, and snapped a picture.
Your people helped me leave;
Maybe I can send a copy to you.

You know that I’m your biggest fan.
I’m here for you, because I love you man.
Come get your man-hug here,
Like where you slap my back, and I slap yours too.
We’ve got mantivities to do.

And if I were gay, I would be gay for you.
I’m sensing maybe that makes you uncomfortable.
If you were a girl, then you could be my girl,
But since you’re not a girl, I think it’s time to be
My man crush.

Please, don't turn out to be a jerk ball.
Please, don't have politics that are different than mine.
Please, don't do anything new; I like you just the way you are.

I know we’ll be forever bros.
We’re mac and cheese. We’re double rainbows.
You can’t believe how much
Goes into working out your traveling plans.
I’ve got my ticket in my hands.

And if I were gay, I would be gay for you.
Why does it seem to make you so uncomfortable to hear that
If you were a girl, I'd be all up in that
But as you have no "that" all up in which to be, you're
My man crush.

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from SpinTunes #4: Round 2, released February 14, 2012

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