WAXING LYRICAL WITH LITTLE NELLIE

As an integral part of any song, lyrics act a way for artists to divulge their thoughts with listeners, but with so many songs out there, how can you be sure to hear all of these messages?

To grasp these hidden meanings, we have asked LITTLE NELLIE to showcase some of their favourite, original lyrics and are pleased to feature them as our Waxing Lyrical!

Today’s Waxing Lyrical With LITTLE NELLIE dives into the lyrics of their song ‘MAN ENOUGH’.

'Little Nellie' is a four-piece rock band from London blending upbeat indie melodies with old school punk beats. Formed in 2016, they released their debut EP in February 2019.

Singer and lyricist Edd From Little Nellie explained what the lyrics mean to him. 

Man Enough came from a number of places all at once both concious and subconcious. On one level it's very deliberately about masculinity and this ever growing topic of 'toxic masculinity.' It's also about mental health and how we often try to hide our worries and problems under other things either physically or mentally.

The verses and choruses are two sides to a coin. The verses deal with a struggle to hide problems and worries beneath a physical strength while the choruses lean on a desire to speak out and ask for help. I've always been a physically active guy and sometimes, when things aren't going great, I manage to convince myself that if I run faster, jump higher or lift heavier then somehow that will prove my worth. In reality, however, being able to jump 5ft high often doesn't help you in social situations. From my experience it often does the exact opposite as people start to wonder why you keep bouncing up and down instead of listening to their story about their nephew's Bar Mitzvah. 

Each verse deals with an element of this. 

"Working on my speed," not so I can be stronger but so that I can get away faster.

"Keep my voice held strong and true," in order to mask emotions and keep up facade. 

These come with a cost though as these emotions are tied to the thoughts and dreams that we all have, hence "filling up with pennies as these wishes pile on up." Those dreams continsly go unspent.

The chorus is simple. It's begins with a declaration of weakness and then moves onto a need to reach out. Someone to hold onto, someone to guide.

The second round of verses starts the same. It's about literally getting stronger and leaner but it's also about this idea that we have to mentally 'toughen up'. The second part of it though is about how unsustainable this is. " But the sunset shadow it is pleading with the night, Scratching getting thinner, scratching searching for the light." All the effort is taking it's toll and actually it's making me thinner rather than stronger.

The lyrics in their entirity can be found below. As songs go, it's not the most cryptic and it's not buried beneath metaphores within metaphors (like a poetic inception). It is however honest and personal. I hope you find something in it even if that's just a realisation that it's ok to ask for help and that you don't need to be strong all the time. Alternatively, if you completely missed meaning and instead use it as inspiration to smash the 100m world record instead, then I'll also take that as a win.

Yours sincerely,

Edd,

Little Nellie

Man Enough

"I've been working on my speed
Like I'm chasing lightning but I'm running from a reflection I can't reach

I keep my voice held strong and true,
Can't you hear the silent cries in vain that slip on through

I need to keep digging 'cause this well ain't deep enough,
filling up with pennies as these wishes pile on up

I'm not Man Enough
I'm not Man
I'm not Man Enough
I'm not Man

When will you take me,
When will you take my hand,
When will you show me to the promised land
When will you take me, I'm not Man

Maybe if Im stronger and I carry it myself
I can keep the flood away just by tightening my belt

But the sunset shadow it is pleading with the night,
Scratching getting thinner, scratching searching for the light,

I'm not Man Enough
I'm not Man
I'm not Man Enough
But I Can

When will you take me,
When will you take my hand,
When will you show me to the promised land
When will you take me,

When will you take me,
When will you take my hand,
When will you show me to the promised land
When will you take me, I'm not Man"

You can listen to MAN ENOUGH below:

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