"Kelly's Heroes" as written by and Paul Everton Leveridge Shaun Ryder....
Don't talk to me about heroes
Most of these men sing like surfs
Jesus was a black man
No Jesus was Batman
No, no, no, no, not at all
That was Bruce Wayne

Who got the biggest
Who got the biggest
Who got the biggest brain
For a year I did bang her
And Dennis sleeps fucked off
He'll surface again

Don't talk to me about heroes
Most of these men sing like Surfs
Don't talk to me about your big big heroes
Most of these men sing like surfs


He never a sad man
Or so call mean bad man
Or that's just down to the strain
Well he hand out fish man
With his centred parted sun tan
Then cut all the lame

Who got the biggest
Who got the biggest
Who got the richest brain
Jesus was a black man
No Jesus was Batman
No, no, no, no, fuck
That was Bruce Wayne

Don't talk to me about heroes
Most of these men sing like Surfs
Don't talk to me about your big big heroes
Most of these men sing like surfs

We lead double lives
We deal in sex and beautiful women
Contemplating

Don't talk to me about heroes
Most of these men sing like Surfs
Don't talk to me about your big big heroes
Most of these men sing like surfs



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"Kelly's Heroes" as written by Shaun Ryder Paul Everton Leveridge

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    General Commentgreat effort... and great song. i was surprised to discover that there was only two of their songs in the database. they should be more popular
    PiKueloon June 12, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI also think that the line is "most of these men seem like serfs" since a serf is essentially a slave. Makes a lot more sense.

    Additionally, I think that start of the 2nd stanza/verse is:
    Whose got the biggest
    Whose got the biggest
    Whose got the biggest brain

    And, I think that later, the lyrics are:
    Well he handed out fish man
    With his center parted sun tan
    Then cured all the lame

    I don't agree that it doesn't have any meaning. I think it's very clearly saying that hero worship is stupid.
    tetsuo29on January 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYes, Shaun Ryder did change his lyrics, just evidentally, you got them wrong too. Shaun wanted to say initially "Most of these GUYS SNORT cocaine" (you can't smoke coc'). He then changed it to "most of these men seem like SURFS". Which Ryder firstly wanted to say "Smurfs" but he had a slight fear of a copyright breech.
    Nailzon December 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentall my own work and consequently it's probably wrong. I’m still not sure if he’s saying, surfs, subs, suggs? I doubt its got any particular meaning, its just a quality load of nonsence
    rivieraon April 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBetter lyrics than I could have done Riviera! I'm going with "sink like subs" rather than "sing like surfs" though. Will we ever know? And does it really matter?
    Bratton March 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeen wondering what that song was about for years: The lyrics to single Kelly's Heroes had to be changed for the album. The original line `Don't talk to me about heroes, most of these men smoke cocaine' had to be changed to `Don't talk to me about heroes, most of these men sink like subs'. Why? Because the song also contains the lines `Jesus was a black man, No Jesus was bat-man'. Recording execs were worried that this might be taken to imply that Jesus smoked cocaine. Black Grape always sang the `cocaine' version of the lyrics live, including on MTV, where they were edited out. PEACE
    psykool8on June 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentin Shaun Ryder's autobiography, he says it's actually "stink like subs"

    he tells a funny anecdote where someone was asking him why he didn't like Serbians and he was puzzled until he realized they thought he was singing "stink like Serbs"
    rentbwoyon November 16, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was sing like Suggs cos Suggs just kinda speaks...
    noelcommenton March 21, 2014   Link

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