"No More Heroes" as written by Jean Jacques Burnel, Hugh Alan Cornwell, Brian John Duffy and David Greenfield....
Whatever happened to
Leon Trotsky?
He got an ice pick
That made his ears burn

Whatever happened to
Dear old Lenin?
The great Elmyra
And Sancho Panza?
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Whatever happened to the heroes?

Whatever happened to
All of the heroes?
All the Shakespearoes?
They watched their Rome burn
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Whatever happened to the heroes?

No more heroes any more
No more heroes any more

Whatever happened to
All of the heroes?
All the Shakespearoes?
They watched their Rome burn
Whatever happened to the heroes?
Whatever happened to the heroes?

No more heroes any more
No more heroes any more
No more heroes any more
No more heroes any more


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"No More Heroes" as written by David Greenfield Brian John Duffy

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    General CommentTrotsky was a hero because he was a communist who opposed Stalin, after he lost out to Stalin for leadership of the party he fled to Mexico where he hunted down and murdered with an ice pick
    Elmyr de Hory was exceptional forger of art
    Lenny Bruce was a brave, outspoken comedian who broke many boundaries of acceptability
    Sancho Panza is a character in the novel Don Quixote but i dont no why he is hero
    conveyoroftruthon March 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the greatest british punk anthems.
    The lyrics bemoan the lack of heroes in modern life.

    I've seen the line "all the shakespearoes" voted into the top ten of worst lyrics in many music magazines, but I love it! Very original.
    Boss Manon July 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSuch a catchy tune, never thought of themselves as Punk but rightly deserve their place as one of Britains best
    umpirestrikesbackon July 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe great Elmyra - Elmyr de Hory, an art forger so good that not only are his works collectible, but people have even tried to forge his forgeries!
    Dear old Lenny - I think it's dear old Lenin.
    There was something heroic about Lenin and Trotsky, whether or not you agree with them, they were larger than life figures who tried to remake the world through a combination of idealism and ruthlessness.
    jimqukon October 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song definitely a punk band you just have to listen to them in the context of the time. Definitely their anthem I think referring to certain people as heroes when the western world looks at them differently.
    jhendrix516on March 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlots of people think its dear old lenin but it is actually dear old lenny refering to lenny bruce the comedian who was arrested for several offences such as saying 'cocksucker' on stage.
    harryhazardon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAgreed hendrix.

    The true heroes are the ones that do it their own way.
    Dixierecton June 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLenny is Lenny Bruce

    See Bob Dylan - Lenny Bruce

    songmeanings.net/songs/view/90246/
    DJDiscoon June 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOn the subject of Sancho Panza; he is likely mentioned a hero because in 'Don Quixote', he is fooled into believing that he is the ruler of an Island. Completely unprepared for the post, he still manages to be a just and fair ruler, until he resigns from his post because the responsibilities become too much.

    Power easy come upon, used for good, then passed on. Heroic, yes?
    Chattermouthon May 11, 2013   Link

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