"(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" as written by Ray Davies and Serge Lama....
Woke up this morning, started to sneeze
I had a cigarette and a cup of tea
I looked in the mirror what did I see
A nine stone weakling with knobbly knees
I did my knees bend press ups touch my toes
I had another sneeze and I blew my nose
I looked in the mirror at my pigeon chest
I had to put on my clothes because it made me depressed
Surely there must be a way
For me to change the shape I'm in
Dissatisfied is what I am
I want to be a better man

Superman superman wish I could fly like superman
Superman superman I want to be like superman
I want to be like superman
Superman superman wish I could fly like superman

Woke up this morning, what did I see
A big black cloud hanging over me
I switched on the radio and nearly dropped dead
The news was so bad that I fell out of bed
There was a gas strike, oil strike, lorry strike, bread strike
Got to be a superman to survive
Gas bills, rent bills, tax bills, phone bills
I'm such a wreck but I'm staying alive

[look in the paper, what do I see,
Robbery, violence, insanity.]

Hey girl we've got to get out of this place
There's got to be something better than this
I need you, but I hate to see you this way
If I were superman then we'd fly away
I'd really like to change the world
And save it from the mess it's in
I'm too weak, I'm so thin
I'd like to fly but I can't even swim

Superman superman I want to fly like superman
Superman superman wish I could fly like superman
Superman superman wish I could fly like superman
Superman superman I want to be like superman
Superman superman I want to fly like superman


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"Superman" as written by Serge Lama Ray Davies

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  • +1
    General CommentPretty simple. The line "Gotta be a Superman to survive" pretty much says it all. Life's too hard for any normal person to surivive it alone.

    I disagree, but it still a good song.
    TheSilverNobleon April 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about the Winter of Discontent in Great Britain in 1979-1979, when this song was written.

    There was a gas strike, oil strike, lorry strike, bread strike
    Got to be a superman to survive

    There were tonnes of strikes in that year, at that brought Marageret Thatcher into power. Ray was aying that the world was so f-ed up in 1979, that you needed super-powers to get things done.
    pandatronicon April 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the simplicity of the lyrics.
    Yeah it's obviously about the Winter of Discontent In Britain
    "There was a gas strike, oil strike, lorry strike, bread strike
    Got to be a superman to survive"
    Pretty straight forward.
    comedancingon September 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's too easy to say this song is just about the Winter of Discontent. That may be what the second verse is about, but what about the first? And the last?

    The singer is completely disillusioned with himself, disgusted by himself, and his weedy physical state, but it's treated with a comical lightness of touch, which lends itself to sympathy for the character.

    I love this song, and it's great to listen to first thing in the morning, and to think, oh good, it's not just me. The world is f*cked. I'm f*cked. You'd have to be a Superman just to survive. Genius.
    FishesWillLaughon March 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me think he's referring to the book "1984" with such a gray and hopeless world. Just like in 1984, he hopes to escape that nightmare with his mate, as in "Hey girl we’ve got to get out of this place", and just like the book, no joy - life will continue to be a nightmare.
    DocMessengeron September 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, that makes sense. Pretty decent song.
    Drdestructoon August 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove it!
    I think it's amazing how this band made so many different kinds of songs. Such a great song
    xSiddersxon January 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have NO idea what this song is about but I LOVE IT...
    alexishivaon January 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song
    padderon June 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has a strong disco beat, which is why most of my friends hated it at the time. The line "I'm staying alive" is obviously a reference to the Bee Gees. At the time I thought the line "Hey girl we gotta get outta this place" meant leave the disco where the song was being played.
    mike2on June 13, 2011   Link

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