I Wouldn't Be a Man

Album: Haywire (2010)
Charted: 92
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This Mike Reid and Rory Michael Bourke written number was originally recorded by Don Williams and has also been sung by Billy Dean. Turner explained to Roughstock that producer Frank Roger's assistant emailed the song to him one morning before he went into the studio to see what he thought about it. Turner added: "That song really helped me to remember why I'm doing this and what songs I need to look for when recording albums. Because this song in particular, it has a very classic and timeless feel, with a very unique melody with a very heartfelt, positive message and a different way of writing a lyric, It's just classic Don Williams. He was one of the best at choosing great songs and the fact that he cut the song proves that he thought a lot of it and was always consistent about picking songs with the classic and timeless feel. It got me really excited about going into the studio that day and not only does it remind me of the type of song I need to be looking for but when I heard it, I also felt strongly that I could make it a Josh Turner song, make it my own. I was very pleased with how it turned out and now there's talk of it being a single at some point."
  • Peter Zavadil directed the music video, which was the second to feature Turner's wife, Jennifer. She also starred in the 2005 promo for "Your Man."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Hardy

HardySongwriter Interviews

The country hitmaker talks about his debut album, A Rock, and how a nursery rhyme inspired his hit single "One Beer."

Ian Gillan of Deep Purple

Ian Gillan of Deep PurpleSongwriter Interviews

Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan explains the "few red lights" in "Smoke On The Water" and talks about songs from their 2020 album Whoosh!

Subversive Songs Used To Sell

Subversive Songs Used To SellSong Writing

Songs about drugs, revolution and greed that have been used in commercials for sneakers, jeans, fast food, cruises and cars.

Gavin Rossdale On Lyric Inspirations and Bush's Album The Kingdom

Gavin Rossdale On Lyric Inspirations and Bush's Album The KingdomSongwriter Interviews

The Bush frontman on where he finds inspiration for lyrics, if his "machine head" is a guitar tuner, and the stories behind songs from the album The Kingdom.

Andrew Farriss of INXS

Andrew Farriss of INXSSongwriter Interviews

Andrew Farriss on writing with Michael Hutchence, the stories behind "Mystify" and other INXS hits, and his country-flavored debut solo album.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's Songs

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.