Well you can tell everybody
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I'm the man I'm the man I'm the man

from Aloe Blacc – The Man Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Aloe Blacc pays homage to the great Elton John through the hook’s melody and his repetition of the line “you can tell everybody” – instantly recognizable to many from Elton’s 1970 hit “Your Song”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwzdVHTNpXs

This song has garnered significant mainstream attention of late due to it’s use in three commercials for Beats by Dre featuring Kevin Garnett, Colin Kaepernick and Richard Sherman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yUj0Ta44DI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ttsx5squWg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HESJgpYYUyM

However, the song has unfortunately attracted some negative attention from ignoramuses who think that Blacc may have blatantly plagiarized the hook from Elton’s hit. Rest assured, this isn’t true — both Elton John and Bernie Taupin (who actually wrote the original lyrics to “Your Song”) are credited as writers for this song as well — check the details published by Interscope on this live recording:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGcA9OQT3pk

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