"Weak Become Heroes" as written by and Michael Geoffrey Skinner....
Turn left up the street
Nothing but gray concrete and deadbeats
Grab something to eat, Mickey D's or KFC
Only one choice in the city, don't voice in my pity
Now let's get to the nitty gritty
June reminds me of my first ditty played unique
Still 16 and feeling horny
Point the sky and feel free
See, people are all equal
Smiles are front and behind me
Swim in the deep blue sea corn fields sway lazily
All smiles all easy
Where ya from, what ya on and what's ya story?
Mezmorizing tones rising pianos, this is my zone so stop cloning
Pick paper scissors or stone 'cause me and you are the same
I known you all my life I don't know your name
(The name's European Bob Sordid, anyway)
We'll have a dance now see ya later
Pleased to meet ya - likewise, a pleasure
We all smile
We all sing

The night slowly fades and goes slow motion
All the commotion becomes floating emotions
Same piano loops over, arms wave eyes roll back
And jaws fall open, see it's a focus
Enchanted is blocking the toilets
Dizzy new heights blinded by the lights
These people are for life
So, back to his place at the end of the night
Yo, they could settle wars with this
If only they will, imagine the world's leaders on pills
And imagine the morning after, falls causing disaster
Don't talk to me I don't know ya, but this ain't tomorrow
For now I still love ya, hours fly over
Sail around diamonds and pearls
Never seen so many thick girls
Discover new worlds, look at my watch can't focus
Last two hours are lost every move fills me with lust
All of Life's problems I just shake off
Yo, mad little events happen
Things might pan out in a few blue
Maddens are like the toilets
Big beefy bouncers out to reveal us
Geezers aren't easy first timers
Kids on wiz darlings on Charlie
All come together for this party
All races many faces from places you never heard of
Where ya from, what's ya name and what ya want?
Sing to the words fecks to the fat ones
The tribal drums the sun's rising
We all smile
We all sing

Then the girl in the cafe taps me on the shoulder
I realize five years went by and I'm older
Memories smolder, winter's colder
But that same piano loops over and over and over
The road shines and the rain washes away
Same Chinese take-away selling shit in a tray
Stalk all around I walk down same sights same sounds
New beats, though, solid concrete under my feet
No surprises no treats
The world stands still as my mind slushes around
The washer nut bolt in my crown
The life's been up and down since I walked from that crowd
We all smile
We all sing

Out of respect for Johnnie Walker, Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway
Danny Rampling and all the people who gave us these times
And to the government, I stick my middle finger up
With regards to the criminal justice bill

For all the heroes out and on the way

We all sing


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"Weak Become Heroes" as written by Michael Geoffrey Skinner

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    General CommentThe bit that really gets to me, personally is:

    then the girl in the cafe' taps me on the shoulder
    i realise 5yrs went by and i'm older
    memories smoulder winters colder
    but that same piano loops over and over and over
    the road shines and the rain washes away
    same chinese takeaway
    selling shit in a tray
    it's dark all round
    i walk down
    same sights same sounds
    new beats though

    It's a simple meaning, about time passing before your eyes, and you don't even notice until it hits you, and how it all stays generally the same "same chinese takeaway/selling shit in a tray" and "same sights, same sounds/new beats though"
    eyelinerqueenon January 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti sorta see this song as the mindset of a raver.
    pumkinhedon December 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti hear the line as "we were just standing there minding our own..."
    pumkinhedon December 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"i sorta see this song as the mindset of a raver."

    NO SHIT!

    "to someone who isn't that bright in the wide world of hard drugs."

    X isnt a hard drug in any sense
    plexuson September 17, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about the experience of rave culture, and how that provided (for some) a view of the world that allowed outcasts to be stars, the losers to be winners; the "weak become heroes".

    "The night slowly fades and goes slow motion
    All the commotion becomes floating emotions
    Same piano loops over"

    Rave culture is full of people who never "fit in" popular culture; the nerds and freaks and hippies. Through the experience of this music, dancing, and social space, they were able to overcome their alienation and access the beauty of the world and each-other.

    "Sea of people, all equal
    Smiles are front and behind me
    Swim in the deep blue sea corn fields sway lazily
    All smiles all easy"

    At a rave, you're often on drugs like MDMA, which provide (at least for the first few trips) a glimpse of absolute beauty and tenderness, a mysterious personal connection with friends and strangers. Of course, when the morning comes and the drugs run out, that connection can be lost. It is a fragile absolute. The Streets point toward this contradiction, and its bittersweet reality; just because the feeling is gone doesn't mean the experience needs to be lost. You can keep that feeling, but only if you integrate it into your life and use it to improve your personality and clarity of vision; the experience, and your fate as a human being, is defined and understood in retrospect.

    "All come together for this party
    All races many faces from places you never heard of
    Where ya from, what's ya name and what ya want?
    Sing to the words fecks to the fat ones
    The tribal drums the sun's rising
    We all smile
    We all sing"

    Mike gives us the point of view of looking back on rave culture, which was for many people the bridge from childhood to adolescence, and then the growth into adulthood. This song evokes the nostalgia of growing up, because it is only as an adult that you can understand the meaning behind these experiences.

    "then the girl in the cafe' taps me on the shoulder
    I realize 5yrs went by and I'm older
    memories smoulder winters colder
    but that same piano loops over and over and over"
    MarcusXLon March 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah it is
    Boon December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaving tried mdma, this song can make alot more sense to someone like me then to someone who isn't that bright in the wide world of hard drugs. Look at the deeper meaning and you'll see how poetic this is, and how mikes physical description, not emotional, can make a song alot better
    holtyon January 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe best Streets song yet.
    Holmon April 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI looove this song. It makes me happy everytime i listen to it. It's supossed to say "minding our own" but i keep hearing "hara home".
    Dragonfly22on May 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe title gives away the meaning of the song as it is about how one may feel weak in real life but when you are in the nightclub and everyone is either mashed or wasted etc everyone is your best friend and your all seem together for this one night "weak become heroes." "coz me and you are da same
    known you all me life i dont know your name" is a conversation with the average guy at the nightclub who you don't really know but becomes your best friend. Then the section "realise 5yrs went by and i'm older" symbolising moving time and how things never change and lifes still shit but you can still go to the club and experience a whole new life. This can be compared to Pulp's Sorted for E's and Whizz which gives off a similar idea.
    nagerouson February 16, 2006   Link

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