Acts Of Man
Lyrics Frightened Rabbit

Written by: Scott Hutchison, Grant Hutchison, Billy Kennedy, Andy Monaghan, Gordon Skene

Produced by: Leo Abrahams

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I am that dickhead in the kitchen
Giving wine to your best girl's glass
I am the amateur pornographer
Unpleasant publisher by hand

Not here, not here, heroic acts of man
Not here, not here, heroic acts of man

See the stumbling pinstripe trouser
The flecks of sick on an office shoe
Part of the fatty British average
Who lives in the houses around you

Not here, not here, heroic acts of man
Not here, not here, heroic acts of man

Let's all crowd 'round the cowering body
Throw stocky fingers, bricks and stones
Let's promise every girl we marry
We'll always love them when we probably won't

While a knight in sh*tty armour
Rips the drunk out of her dress
One man tears into another
Hides a coward's heart in a lion's chest

Man, he breeds although he shouldn't
He's breeding just because he comes
Acts the father for a minute
Till the worst instincts return

Not here, not here, heroic acts of man
Not here, not here, heroic acts of man

I have never wanted more, to be your man
And build a house around you
I am just like all the rest of them
Sorry, selfish, trying to improve

I'm here, I'm here, not heroic but I try
I'm here, I'm here, not heroic but I try

Song facts

"I always saw Acts of Man and State Hospital as a pair. Having written State Hospital I felt like I needed a counterpoint which turned its gaze on the male of the species. Maybe the two songs even intertwine. Perhaps the plumber had bits of vomit on his shoe when he took her home, maybe he lied and said he loved her. In any case, I didn't want to complete or conclude either of the songs in a traditional 'story' sense. They are each a surface peek into a million different stories, happening now, somewhere across the globe." - frontman Scott Hutchison

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