Standing Behind a Man (Jane Voss)

“Standing Behind a Man” Sheet Music (pdf).
“Standing Behind a Man” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Jane Voss.
Tune: Jane Voss.


Behind ev’ry man who makes a great name,
It’s said a woman does stand,
Faithful and true, willing to do
And play any part in his plan.
Oh, how many lives have been lived out that way
As somebody else’s right hand?
How many women without faces or names,
Standing behind some man?

Once upon a time, I called a man mine
And waited at his ev’ry whim.
In worry and fear, I cried many a tear
In the long nights waiting for him.
Oh, the time that I wasted, the love that I lost,
Measure it, nobody can.
I sold my birthright for a warm bed at night
To be standing behind some man.

Now, the love of a man is a beautiful thing,
A joy and a comfort so fine.
But if the loving you crave just makes you a slave,
You’re selling yourself down the line.
Each person must have their own work to do;
Each life, its own special plan.
And a woman is lost who pays the great cost
To be standing behind some man.

If you take a butterfly by the wing,
You know it will never more fly.
If my life must be some small captive thing,
You know that I’d sooner die.
Lovers may come, and lovers may go,
But I only have what I am.
And I’d rather be flying lonesome and free
Than be standing behind some man.

You know, I’d rather be flying lonesome and free
Than be standing behind some man.


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