Well I met an old man dying on a train.
No more destination, no more pain.
Well he said one thing, before I graduate
"Never let your fear decide your fate."

[Chorus]
I say ya kill your heroes and fly, fly, baby don't cry.
No need to worry 'cause, everybody will die.
Every day we just go, go, baby don't go.
Don't you worry we love you more than you know.

Well the sun one day will
Leave us all behind.
Unexplainable sightings
In the sky.
Well I hate to be
The one to ruin the night.
Right before your, right before your eyes.

[Chorus]

Well I met an old man dying on a train.
No more destination, no more pain.
Well he said one thing, before I graduate
"Never let your fear decide your fate."

[Chorus: x2]


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"Kill Your Heroes" as written by Brian West, Aaron Bruno

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  • +11
    My InterpretationMy take is that this song was written as an litany against apathy and inaction. The foundational argument made here is that ultimately, our decisions are of no consequence, because the universe is greater than us and moves along entirely unaffected by the choices we make, and that there is much we will never know no matter how hard we search for answers.
    (Well the sun one day will
    Leave us all behind.
    Unexplainable sightings
    In the sky.
    Well I hate to be
    The one to ruin the night)
    He's sorry to bring it up, since its kind of a bummer of a statement, but ultimately the sun will swallow up the earth, and everything will be extinguished and irrelevant. This realistic outlook is freeing, and it informs his perspective and the point he is trying to make.
    This point is that you should strive to achieve your dreams and fulfill your passions, because in the long run there are no consequences to your decisions. (No need to worry, cuz everybody will die.)
    At worst, you and everyone you know will be gone and forgotten forever, and best case scenario, you fulfill your full potential and leave some of a legacy. But either way, in the sense of the big picture, the pressure of failure is off. So just go for it. Kill your heroes. Disregard the bar set by the people you hold up on a pedestal, and in doing so remove the power they have over you. Achieve all you can, regardless of what those who came before you have achieved. The pressure imposed by the successes of others only serves to limit your potential if you dwell on it.
    (I say ya kill your heroes and fly, fly, baby don't cry)
    (Everyday we go, go, baby don't go,
    Don't you worry we love you more than you know)
    So fly, reach new heights, go your own way, and don't be upset by the change. But don't go so far that you're out of reach, and know that you always have a grounding in the care that our loved ones have for us.

    As for the old man on the train:
    (Well I met an old man dying on a train.
    No more destination, no more pain.
    Well he said one thing, before I graduate
    "Never let your fear decide your fate.")
    A dying old man has no hopes or aspirations, and has only the present and his past to reconcile himself with. He's not in pain, and he has nothing to gain or lose, regardless of what he says. So he can say with 20/20 hindsight and complete neutrality that you should never let your fear decide your fate. Don't be limited by what is challenging and alien, because everything is temporary. Including the suffering induced by taking risks that don't pay off.

    Achieve your full potential, because no matter who you are, you truly have nothing to lose.
    splaineron August 20, 2012   Link

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