What Makes A Man Do That?

Album: Darryl Worley (2004)
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  • What Makes A Man Do That? Indeed. In our interview with Darryl Worley, he explained, "it's because he's a dog. It's just what a man is."

    The subject of this song, about the testosterone-driven impulse for a man to spread his seed even if he's in a committed relationship, is one often heard and universally lamented. "There's a biological factor in there that women don't take into effect when they start picking their mate," Worley says. And his degree in biology from Northern Alabama University could be testament that he knows what he's talking about. "But," he adds with a laugh, "the other part of that is that some women are affected by it, too."

    It's a road Worley has been down. "I think it was one of the most honest songs I've ever written. I still love that song, and I think if more men could step up and say, 'Yeah, that's exactly who I am, right there. That's the dude.' And I'm sorry, but I'm not that guy anymore. But in my own personal estimation, most people go through that phase in their life, and it's just a difficult time, I mean, because a lot of the things that I did went against everything I'd ever been taught or believed in. But it was just that male/man thing, I guess, having to manifest itself and get on out of there. I'm in a much better place. I love my wife, and I would never do anything intentionally to hurt her. But there was a time in my life when I didn't have the kind of control over that that I wish I could have had. It's just crazy. I mean, it's like fighting some kind of a wild beast inside of yourself. And I'm thankful to be old enough, I guess, and seasoned enough to be past that."

    Drinking, however, was never the issue with him. He admits to indulging every now and then, but says it was not a contributing factor to the sort of behavior this song was written about. "I think with some people it's probably easier to act out what might be inside of you if you had a few drinks, just because they say it's truth serum. That that's when you can let go and be yourself. But not in my situation. I didn't need anything to drink (laughs) I ain't never needed a drink to be a bad boy. That's not to say I won't have a drink. I ain't saying that, at all. Just those are two separate problems with me." (laughing)
  • The idea for this song came about when Darryl's tour manager at the time came to him with the title. "So I asked him if he wanted to try to write it," Darryl recalls. But he deferred to Worley's talent, and in return received credit and a percentage of the royalties. From there, things turned a bit sour. According to Darryl: "We wrote the song, and it made the album, and I put his name on there as a writer, and I gave him ten percent of the song. The funny part of it is that he knew what I was going through at that time in my life. And I felt like he was just kind of feeding the fire. But I found out later that it wasn't even his idea. He had heard it from our bus driver. That's kind of a horrible thing that it happened that way. I don't know if he did it on purpose, or maybe he was drunk and didn't remember where he heard it. But I did have several crew members, and even the driver said, 'Man, I was the one that told him that song idea.' So there you go, trying to do something good for somebody..."

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