“Well I’m not the world’s most masculine man… But I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man…”



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    I met her in a club down in old Soho
    Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca-Cola
    C – O – L – A  Cola

    She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
    I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said Lola
    L – O – L – A  Lola la-la-la-la Lola

    Well I’m not the world’s most physical guy
    But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
    Oh my Lola la-la-la-la Lola

    Well I’m not dumb but I can’t understand
    Why she walked like a woman and talked like a man
    Oh my Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola

    Well we drank champagne and danced all night
    Under electric candlelight
    She picked me up and sat me on her knee
    And said dear boy won’t you come home with me

    Well I’m not the world’s most passionate guy
    But when I looked in her eyes well I almost fell for my Lola
    La-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola
    Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola

    I pushed her away
    I walked to the door
    I fell to the floor
    I got down on my knees
    Then I looked at her and she at me

    Well that’s the way that I want it to stay
    And I always want it to be that way for my Lola
    La-la-la-la Lola

    Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
    It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Lola
    La-la-la-la Lola

    Well I left home just a week before
    And I’d never ever kissed a woman before
    But Lola smiled and took me by the hand
    And said dear boy I’m gonna make you a man

    Well I’m not the world’s most masculine man
    But I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man
    And so is Lola

    La-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola
    Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola

– The Kinks, 1970.

A song about being deceived by gender confusion, yes, but here’s another question: in the "masculine" stanza, when our young narrator sings: "But I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man… and so is Lola," does the line "I’m glad I’m a man… And so is Lola" simply mean that Lola is a man, or does the line "I’m glad I’m a man… And so is Lola" mean that Lola’s glad that the young narrator is a man?

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