April 23.2015 – Story Behind Chris Young’s “Man I Want To Be”

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Chris Young’s No. 1 hit and title track to his sophomore album, “The Man I Want to Be,” was written by hit songwriters Brett James and Tim Nichols, and is a plea to the higher power, asking for help and guidance to help be the man he wants to be for his significant other.

“I remember the day we wrote that one well,” James tells Roughstock. “I give Tim a lot of credit for that one. He walked into the writing session that day, and he was like, ‘I have this concept for a song. I don’t know how it’s going to go, but I want to be a good man … A do like I should man. I want to be the kind of man the mirror wants to see.’ That’s kind of what he had.

“That was one of those rare occasions where we got to write a song than means something to people,” adds James. “That one kind of touched a nerve with men and wives more than it did anybody else. I think that’s a message that all guys need to hear occasionally to really stay focused on what’s important in life. To me, that’s what that song is all about. I had a lot of fun writing that one with Mr. Nichols.”

“The Man I Want To Be” reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart the week of May 22.2009 where it stayed for 3 consecutive weeks. It was Chris’s second consecutive number one song.

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LYRICS: Written by Brett James and Tim Nichols
God, I’m down here on my knees
‘Cause it’s the last place left to fall
Beggin’ for another chance
If there’s any chance at all
That You might still be listenin’
Lovin’ and forgivin’ guys like me

I’ve spent my whole life
Gettin’ it all wrong
And I sure could use Your help
‘Cause from now on

I want to be a good man
A do like I should man
I want to be the kind of man
The mirror likes to see

I want to be a strong man
And admit that I was wrong man
God, I’m asking You to come change me
Into the man I want to be

If there’s anyway for her and me
To make another start
Could You see what You could do
To put some love back in her heart?
‘Cause it goin’ to take a miracle
After all I’ve done to really make her see

That I want to be a stay man
I want to be a brave man
I want to be the kind of man
She sees in her dreams

God, I want to be Your man
And I want to be her man
God, I only hope she still believes
In the man I want to be

Well, I know this late at night the talk is cheap
But Lord, don’t give up on me

I want to be a givin’ man
I want to really start livin’, man
God, I’m asking You to come change me
Into the man I want to be

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