"I don't need a Hero" as written by and Johnette Lin Napolitano....
You always said I was a liar
But we burn like a house on fire
No matter what, you know that to be true.
And everything you gave to me
Changed everything I used to be
Much more than anyone I ever knew

And I don't need a hero
I don't need a soldier
I did when I was younger
But now that I'm older
I don't need a father,
I don't want to be your mother
It's just that anyone of us is half
Without another one is you

The colors of that piece of time
Are still so fresh inside my mind
And it makes the movie
Of my life seem pale
And all the games I have to play
I got to give a lot of me away
But the part with us
Will never be for sale

The words of love have been confused
The ways of love have been abused
Is this a lottery you win or lose?
I don't know
It's an endless circle over time
The place inside where I hold and find
Your sweet and happy music in my soul

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"I Don't Need a Hero" as written by Johnette Lin Napolitano

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    General CommentI absolutely love the lyrics here, the back and forth of the emotions, pushing the other person away ("I don't need a hero") and then pulling them back ("It's just that any one of us is half without the other one"). It seems to be about a complex relationship, possibly one that spans years, and the two have grown older/matured together. The expectations for the relationship change, as do the people in it, but the feelings...not quite.

    There are so many layers here. The whole "I don't need a hero" bit could be a nod to feminism and the "we burn like a house on fire" part has multiple possible interpretations. Mostly, (as I see it) it's about a relationship that has changed you and helped mold you over the years, possibly with an older partner, a person you admire that has opened you up to many new things, and while the relationship is moving into a new direction, there is always the appreciation and sense of fondness for what it was and where it has brought you.

    Lyrically, this has to be one of my favourite Johnette/CB pieces.
    Phanta5manicon December 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is about how people affect you in the most intimate and overpowering ways, the loss of that relationship and how empty and changed life is because of the loss. Reminds me of a college love that I thought would never die. She actually told me many times that she worshipped me in everyway. A few months later, it paled compared the way "the ways of love have been abused"
    You have to love johnette.
    TIMMANon June 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA perfect love song, in my opinion.
    SailorPon April 29, 2009   Link

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