What does Plastic Man mean?

The Kinks: Plastic Man Meaning

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Song Released: 1968


Plastic Man Lyrics

A man lives at the corner of the street,
And his neighbors think he’s helpful and he’s sweet,
’cause he never swears and he always shakes you by the hand,
But no one knows he really is a plastic man.

He’s got plastic heart, plastic teeth...

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2017 !⃝

    In general it's about phony people, probably a majority of the population.

    Specifically it's a crack at Paul McCartney, who had had a crack at Ray Davies back when the Kinks supported the Beatles (see Davies' autobiography 'X-Ray').

    Should have called it 'Plastic Mac' and really gone for the throat with more direct lyrics. The BBC banned it anyway owing to the word 'bum'

  2. anonymous
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    Sep 22nd 2005 !⃝

    It's about how some people are so horribly false it's painful. It's about someone who's plastic, you can do what you like to them they never show who they are. They're not real.


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