Truth About Men: Tracy Byrd

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As most readers know, I love country music. But, I also try to think through country songs. Tracy Byrd’s new one (and friends): The Truth About Men made me think yesterday. Seeing the video (which I won’t post due to some material that I will not post on my blog) made me sad for the state of affairs among men in this world. Unfortunately, Christian men are NOT immune to these things. Not all of these things are sinful, but just read the lyrics (more thoughts later):

We don’t like to go out shoppin’,
We don’t care what’s on sale.
We just want to sit with a bag full of chips,
Watchin’ the NFL.
When you come over at half-time,
An’ say: “Does this dress fit too tight?”
We just look you in the eye with a big fat lie,
An say:”Uh, uh: Looks just right.”

Well, that’s the truth about men.
Yeah, that’s the truth about us.
We like to hunt and golf on our days off,
Scratch, an’ spit, an cuss.
It don’t matter what line we hand you,
When we come draggin’ in.
We ain’t wrong; we ain’t sorry,
An’ it’s probably gonna happen again
.

We hate watchin’ “Steel Magnolias”.
We like “Rambo” an’ “Die Hard 4”.
Jump up and down like fools when we see the new tools,
At the Home Depot store.
We don’t really wanna take you to dinner,
At some fancy restaurant.
The only reason we do is ’cause we know it leads to,
The one thing that we all want
.

Well, that’s the truth about men.
Yeah, that’s the truth about guys.
We’d rather play guitars and work on cars,
Than work on the problems in our lives.
An’ though we might say it to you,
Every now and then,
We ain’t wrong; we ain’t sorry,
An’ it’s probably gonna happen again.

Well, if you want to know what we’re all thinkin’,
It’s nothing too complex.
It’s just somethin’ cold for drinkin’,
And a whole lot of s-e……

Yes, that’s the truth about men.
Yeah, that’s the truth about us.
We like to hunt and golf an’ drive around, lost,
Scratch, an’ spit, an’ a whole lot of other disgustin’ stuff.
It don’t matter what line we hand you,
When we come a-crawlin’ in.
We ain’t wrong; we ain’t sorry,
An’ it’s probably gonna happen again.

We ain’t wrong; we ain’t sorry,
An’ it’s probably gonna happen;
Sure, it’s gonna happen;
You know it’s gonna happen again.
An’ that’s the truth about men.

You know it, son.

I want to give you a comparison:
John Piper’s definition of biblical manhood: (this does not involve not playing golf, or watching the NFL, or having sex with your wife):

AT THE HEART OF MATURE MASCULINITY IS A SENSE OF
BENEVOLENT RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD, PROVIDE FOR AND
PROTECT WOMEN IN WAYS APPROPRIATE TO A MAN’S
DIFFERING RELATIONSHIPS.

And if you need better descriptions: 1 Tim 2, Titus 1, Eph 5 – those are better qualifications.
Ladies: how can we as women encourage Biblical leadership and character to the men in our lives? For more on this topic: read Gary Thomas’s Sacred Influence and Carolyn Mahaney’s Feminine Appeal.
I am very thankful for the men in my life who live differently than this model that Tracy Byrd sings about. They live with God as their focus, encouraging their wives, treating other women as sisters in Christ. Thank you for giving me good role models and standards.

6 Responses

  1. Wow, that is sad! But probably true for a lot of men out there, unfortunately. I’m not a country music fan myself (and I cringe at how the artist rhymed “sale” with “NFL”) but I know there are songs from other genres I do listen to just like this one. I don’t have much to offer but I am interested to read more thoughts on this topic. Thanks!

    • Sell, NFL – love it!
      The song made me smile – but then think.
      And most out there will say, Kim – its just a song – don’t take it so seriously. But, as we all know – garbage in garbage out. So, I’m picky about my country music!

  2. I’m glad I’m not the only one who cringed at the “NFL” line. This song however is a good depiction of the fallen heart…just probably more honestly than most would care to admit. Enjoyed the post.

    Brad

    • This song is a good reason why we have the Gospel. It is the only remedy for our dead state pre-Christ!
      Thanks for reading.

  3. Hey Kim! I haven’t heard the song but I think it is a good message for girls/women to hear–because it is probably truth on how many men think–Which, to me, shows the IMPORTANCE of finding a many whose authority is God–who will not want to break your heart in fear of breaking God’s heart. You are right…the good ones are out there :0)

  4. I’m thankful that I know a lot of men {even non-Christians} who are not at all like this! And sometimes I can understand when people say “It’s just a song,” but MAN. This song is terrible. Christian or not, it’s ridiculous!