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"I'm a Man" is a popular American song written and released by Bo Diddley in March 1955 on Checker Records as the b-side to his hit "Bo Diddley". The writing credit is under Diddley's real name, Ellas McDaniel. Based on Muddy Waters' 1951 blues song "She Moves Me", Waters recorded a cover of "I'm a Man" in May 1955, retitled "Mannish Boy," a play on words on Bo Diddley's younger age as it related to the primary theme of… read more

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Now when I was a little boy,
At the age of five,
I had somethin' in my pocket,
Keep a lot of folks alive.

Now I'm a man,
Made twenty-one,
You know…

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