Drummer Eamon Carr was quoted in a review by Graham Lock which was published in the February 3, 1979 issue of New Musical Express
, it's about "the idea that people can find a new place and build it from the ground up." Although Lock didn't think much of "The Man Who Built America", the song is a worthy effort by arguably the most original band ever to come out of Ireland, and probably a bit too heavy on imagery for the average beer swilling music journalist. The song is not about a man but about a type of man. The title track of the band's 1979 album is explained in considerable depth on The Annotated Horslips Lyrics Pages
. The single was backed by "Long Weekend".
Alexander Baron - London, England