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"Ugly Man"
from the 1976 album
The Gist of the Gemini
Words and Music by Gino Vannelli
Performed by Gino Vannelli

Who am I
To the rabble and the wise?
Am I just a young and
shallow face
that years erase?
Am I more than that?
Oh, do they wonder how can I
Bring the world beneath this guise?
In the silence of my languished soul
Lies a truth unknown
Oh, yes I am
I am just an ugly man

I work no day
with self deception
All that I am
is one common grain of sand
But the sun does rise
for every man alive
And how my heart is clear
'cause I have from what I do
And I do just what I am

Oh, no man is born a starless sky
'neath his naked hide
Lord, yes I am
Maybe I'm a lucky man

This song had very special significance to me when it was released in 1976, and for decades, I had considered it my overall favorite song.  Today, it has even more significance.

Although I was raised as a Christian, I didn't open my eyes until 2005.  Now as I apply the lyrics to more of my life, the questions Gino asks are even more pertinent, and the answers deeper.

I think it's interesting that Gino writes with conviction "I am just an ugly man", but writes with some doubt "Maybe I'm a lucky man".  At first glance, this may appear to be a flaw, but as I see it, it is the truth.

I am an ugly man - a sinner (even if that's not what Gino intended).  In order to receive salvation, I must acknowledge that.  But what else must I do to enter the kingdom of God?  If I do make it, it will be by the grace of God, not by anything I can or will do.  I hope I go to heaven, but I'm not sure.  I often have my doubts.  It's God's decision, and there are so many people who are better Christians than I am.  So maybe I'm a lucky man, in that I at least have a chance to meet my maker.  But maybe I won't make it.  In any case, whatever good deeds I do on this earth, I receive the rewards here, not after I die.

No matter what happens at the judgement, I am, indeed, a lucky man - blessed in countless ways, most of which I will never even recognize.

And this, I adopt as my theme song.

— Jonas Maxwell
January 5, 2010

User Comments: - Jan 17, 2011 05:32:34 — Jonas, Your question...what else must you do to enter the Kingdom of God? I believe you will make it to heaven because you feel drawn to God in your heart. None of us are good enough to go to heaven but... God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believeth i ...more
Jonas - Jan 17, 2011 06:04:45 — Thanks very much for your comments and support!

Believing is only a part of the equation.  Satan believes in Him, but we've already been told that Satan will not have everlasting life.  We must do more.  We must live the life.  But even that may n ...more

carly jane williams - Mar 28, 2012 06:24:15 — my near boyfriend come into this solar company for starless night upon he opens up lighter than a star so bright like my father arise in accordance for there.
jessica heartly - Mar 28, 2012 06:26:36 — for a mother you do wonders like stars have never been there before
roman pike - Mar 28, 2012 06:28:16 — a journey that made my life fullfilled
alea clarkson - Mar 28, 2012 06:30:01 — stars should be ruby and emerald

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