If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you
If you want a partner
Take my hand
Or if you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand
I’m your man
If you want a boxer
I will step into the ring for you
And if you want a doctor
I’ll examine every inch of you
If you want a driver
Climb inside
Or if you want to take me for a ride
You know you can
I’m your man

Ah, the moon’s too bright
The chain’s too tight
The beast won’t go to sleep
I’ve been running through these promises to you
That I made and I could not keep
Ah but a man never got a woman back
Not by begging on his knees
Or I’d crawl to you baby
And I’d fall at your feet
And I’d howl at your beauty
Like a dog in heat
And I’d claw at your heart
And I’d tear at your sheet
I’d say please, please
I’m your man

And if you’ve got to sleep
A moment on the road
I will steer for you
And if you want to work the street alone
I’ll disappear for you
If you want a father for your child
Or only want to walk with me a while
Across the sand
I’m your man

If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you

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It’s a song that is a response to a question that has been perplexing men for 5 or 6,000 years. That is the question: “What does a woman want?”. I really was taken by this question, and I devoted twenty years of research to discovering what a woman wants and finally I didn’t find out what a woman wants, and I abandoned the question.

The title song from his 1988 album and a staple in all Leonard Cohen concerts, “I’m Your Man” is also the title of the 2006 Leonard Cohen 2006 tribute film.

The lyrics revolve around a single, simple theme, framed by the lines that begin and end the song

If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you

He’s in love: anything his beloved wants him to be, he will be

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