Mangirl: A Song History

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Hi All,

I’ve heard from many friends that this is their favourite VVV song. 

BTW – although the lyrics are a bit vague, and it sounds like this is a song about people that are trans, it really isn’t about that and was never meant to come out that way. 

I can’t really tell you what the song’s about exactly but I can tell you what inspired it, and for me it’s “parenthood”, and more specifically “fatherhood”, especially the moment when you become a parent for the first time.  It’s an indescribable feeling and I know that there are many that will never experience it, and I am not saying that everyone should become a parent, it’s not for everyone. But for me it was something I didn’t anticipate in my youth and was pleasantly surprised by it.  And this song was inspired by that experience.

The song was written before my wife became pregnant back in 1999 with our first child, I can’t really remember how the song came about, but the chorus was definitely there before the other parts.  

For the first verse, I pictured the song being the last song a band plays at a show, thus the slow tempo and the “Just before we say goodbye” line. 
“Let’s give it another try”, like we were not going over well with the audience.

There are some statements about relationships, etc.  Such as: “You know you’re never gonna leave me”. Not sure about this, this wasn’t personal just maybe an insecure statement about relationships in general.

The rest is just non-sensical:”Stepping out, and stepping in” – (what the eff is that?), “Looking up and sinking down”, just opposites again, I just liked the way these things sounded.

There is a bit of confusion from the narrator (Me) throughout the lyrics, I like things that are confusing, they make sense to me, (haha).

“Stepping out into the Light, I get hit with the Night”, kind of the absolute peace I felt after leaving the hospital the night my daughter was born.  I honestly remember stepping outside and saying to myself: “Oh yeah it’s nighttime!”.  

The last verse is essentially a tribute about the immediate transition of becoming a parent and witnessing the birth of your baby.  It’s a moment for me where I thought to myself, nothing before this moment really matters and everything else after does.

Knowing whether the baby was a girl or boy was really the last thought in my head.  When the doctor said “It’s a girl”,  I remember being in a daze and saying:”oh yeah I forgot about that!”.  I was so in LOVE with my wife at that moment, at what i had just witnessed.  She was awesome and went through something that just seemed super human.  I don’t think men are capable of taking this sort of pain.

I remember leaving the hospital that night after the birth and feeling so happy, it is indescribable, and I feel absolutely blessed to have gone through it with such a great outcome.

Thanks,

Mike

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