So, not only is this a new song, but it’s a new artist! Rag’n’Bone Man’s hit “Human” has gotten him on Billboard’s Top Mainstream Rock at number 36 (not bad for just making it on the chart last week!). To me, the song seems a little more “soul” than rock, but who am I to argue with Billboard’s classifications?*
Maybe I’m foolish, maybe I’m blind
Thinking I can see through this and see what’s behind
Got no way to prove it so maybe I’m blind
But I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put your blame on me
Take a look in the mirror and what do you see
Do you see it clearer or are you deceived in what you believe
So, the song strikes me as religious in nature. Metaphorical blindness is a pretty common motif in Christianity, and the speaker doesn’t want to be blamed because he’s “only human.” The ending line, “are you deceived in what you believe” also smacks of a religious idea, in that a person may be deceived by other beliefs.
Some people got the real problems
Some people out of luck
Some people think I can solve them
Lord heavens above
I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
This pulls away from the religious themes; the speaker views himself as a person who tries to solve the problems of other people. The “I’m only human” refrain takes on a different meaning in this context, as he feels unable to solve the real problems. He doesn’t want to let anyone down.
Don’t ask my opinion, don’t ask me to lie
Then beg for forgiveness for making you cry, making you cry
Cause I’m only human after all, I’m only human after all
Don’t put your blame on me, don’t put the blame on me
The song points back to a specific person now, and the speaker points toward an instance where he tries to solve a problem and causes more.
The line-by-line readings are all over the place, but the main idea centers on the speaker’s desire to have less responsibility for others. He’s only human, after all.
Writers: Jamie Hartman & Rory Graham
Label: Sony, Columbia
Producer: Two Inch Punch.
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*the answer is, yes I can& will. I mean, “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots? Handclap? Lil Wayne?? How is that rock?