"Ode To A Superhero" as written by and Billy Joel....
Peter Parker was pitiful
Couldn't have been any shyer
Mary Jane still wouldn't notice him
Even if his hair was on fire

But then one day he went to that science lab
That mutated spider came down
Oh, and now Peter crawls over everyone's walls
And he's swingin' all over town

La li la, li de da
La la, li le la da dumb

Sling us a web, you're the Spider-Man
Sling us a web tonight
'Cause we're all in the mood for a hero now
And there's evil doers to fight

Now Harry the rich kid's a friend of his
Who horns in on Mary Jane
But to his great surprise it seems she prefers guys
Who can kiss upside down in the rain

"With great power comes great responsibility"
That's the catch phrase of old Uncle Ben
If you missed it, don't worry, they'll say the line
Again and again and again

Oh, la la la, di de da
La la, di di da da dom

Now Norman's a billionare scientist
Who never had time for his son
But then something went screw and before you knew he
Was trying to kill everyone

And he's ridin' around on that glider thing
And he's throwin' that weird pumpkin bomb
Yes, he's wearin' that dumb Power Rangers mask
But he's scarier without it on

Sling us a web, you're the Spider-Man
Sling us a web tonight
'Cause you're brave and you're strong and so limber now
But where'd you come up with those tights?

It's a pretty sad day at the funeral
Norman Osborn has bitten the dust
And I heard Harry's said he wants Spider-Man dead
Aw, but his buddy Pete he can trust

Oh, and M.J. is all hot for Peter now
Aw, but Peter, he just shuts her down
Mary Jane, don't you cry, you can give it a try
Again when the sequal comes 'round

Oh, la la la, di de da
La la, di di da da dumb

Sling us a web, you're the Spider-Man
Sling us a web tonight
'Cause we all sure could use us a hero now
And we think that you'll do all right


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"Ode to a Superhero" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentIs it just me, or does this sum the entire movie up quite elequently?
    slagoniaon May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song's better then the movie to be honest :)

    But yes, it does sum the movie up nicely.
    Bnaaon November 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think that anyone who listens to this and DOESN'T know what it's about might want to get out from under their pop culture rock for a few minutes and look around.
    knuxmanon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song kind of makes me want to watch the movie, but when im done listening to the song, i feel like i did just watch the movie
    avs2006on July 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a parody of "Piano Man" by Billy Joel.

    Weird Al's a genius...this song would be funny if you'd either heard the original or seen the movie, but it's so much better if you're familiar with both. Even if you've seen/heard neither, it's still pleasant to listen to.

    I love how he leaves a few references and similarities to the original song (like naming a new person at the beginning of the 2nd and 3rd verses), without it feeling forced or as if he'd just been too lazy to change them. It's not just this song either; that's one reason his parodies are so good in general.

    And, of course, he can imitate so many musical and vocal styles, with just a hint of exaggeration -- from this to metal to boy-bands to rap...

    Genius.
    Star Captainon July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment*scolds past self*

    I'd like to retract my assertions of Weird Al's genius. He's certainly clever, and puts a lot of effort into his parodies, but the word "genius" is thrown around far too casually sometimes, my post from two years ago being one such time. I was just impressed by the multiple layers on which this song in particular was crafted. I still listen to it occasionally, but claiming that Al's a genius for creating it is going too far. Claiming that twice in a row is just cringe-worthy in retrospect, hence this update.

    To add some actual content: note that the piano solo in the original is, in this version, played on Al's accordion. He's somewhat known for playing this less common instrument.
    Star Captainon April 02, 2008   Link

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