Song of the Day, September 11: You Might Need A Man by John Martyn

Today’s song is You Might Need A Man by John Martyn. Starting as an acoustic folky, Martyn moved into more blues and jazz oriented territory, crafting a sound all his own. A talented singer and guitarist, he wrote most of his own material. After a self-destructive period in the late 70s, including the disintegration of his marriage, he returned to the studio with another new sound. Working with friend Phil Collins in the producer’s chair, he recorded a few albums of slicker music informed by the darker side of 80s pop. The results were mixed, but when the songs worked, they were great additions to his catalog.

You Might Need A Man is a powerful love song to a departing partner. Equal parts pleading and boasting, it fits a classic blues theme with a modern melody. It’s also one of Martyn’s most compelling vocals.

I knew the day that I would stand by you and all your failings
Now I’m looking out for me
If you want to split then I won’t tell a soul about you
Darling just you wait and you’ll see.

You might need a man
I might just be the man you need
You might need a man like me

Enjoy this fine song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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