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April 30, 2013

The Brigands - (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man (1966)

Named after highway thieves, this band is shrouded in mystery and the subject of controversy. Possibly from Forest Hills, New York, some people argue that the band was made up entirely of studio musicians for the purpose of releasing their one and only single. Other sources claim certain individuals to have been members of the band, but with little or no proof. The only thing that can be made clear about this band is that they released two songs via one single on Epic Records in 1966 and disappeared entirely afterward. It might be assumed that they were studio musicians based on the quality of the recording and the lack of dance fliers promoting them, as a garage band would most likely have.

This song was the B-Side to the band’s only released single, featuring "I'm a Patient Man" on the A-Side. Both sides went entirely unnoticed, never charting, and were written and produced by the popular married writing team of Arthur "Artie" and Kris Resnick. The Resnick's also appeared in a band known as The Third Rail.

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The Brigands - (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man (1966)

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Lyrics:

If she could see me workin’ at the factory
Hopin’ that the bosses don’t announces me
Sweating there from nine to five
To get the payments for the car I drive

I wonder
I wonder
Would I still be her big man?
Would I still be her big man?

She never saw me wearin’ greasy working clothes
My dark black suit is all she knows
I don’t carry less than a twenty
If she found out I can’t spend that money

I wonder
I wonder
Would I still be her big man?
Would I still be her big man?

Baby likes to eat in fancy restaurants
Well, she’s always had the things she wants
I’m afraid she’ll say goodbye
When she finds out I’m just a poor guy

I wonder
I wonder
Would I still be her big man?
Would I still be her big man?

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