Real human being and a real hero

Back against the wall at odds
With the strength of a will and a cause
Your pursuits are called outstanding
You're emotionally complex
Against the grain of dystopic claims
Not thoughts your actions entertain
And you have proved to be
A real human being and a real hero

Real human being, and a real hero (x4)
Real human being


A pilot on a cold, cold morn'
One hundred fifty-five people or more
All safe and all rescued
From the slowly sinking ship
Water warmer than his head so cool
In that tight bind, knew what to do
And you, have proved to be,
A real human being and a real hero

Real human being and a real hero (x3)
A real human being (x3)


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  • +11
    Lyric CorrectionBe a human being ( being bein being... )
    And a real hero ( hero hero hero... )

    Back against the wall and odds
    With the strength of a will and a cause
    Your pursuits are called outstanding
    You're emotionally complex

    Against the grain of dystopic claims
    Not the thoughts your actions entertain
    And you, have proved, to be

    A real human being, and a real hero
    Real human being, and a real hero
    Real human being, and a real hero
    Real a human being ( being being being... )

    A pilot on a cold, cold morn'
    One hundred fifty-five people on board
    All safe and all rescued
    From the slowly sinking ship

    Water warmer than
    His head so cool
    In that tight bind knew what to do
    And you, have proved, to be

    A real human being, and a real hero
    Real a human being, and a real hero
    Real a human being, and a real hero
    Real a human being
    Real a human being ( being being being... )
    Real a human being.
    johnnyratbastardon January 13, 2012   Link
  • +11
    General CommentThis song is about Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III, the famed airline pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 who successfully made an emergency landing onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.
    Arrowsmithon January 15, 2012   Link
  • +6
    General CommentAside from Captain Sullenberger III, I think that this song is about the emotional and 'human' investment it takes to be a hero. You must be willing to look beyond peoples faults and misgivings in order to summon the will to save them.


    ALSO, DRIVE WAS AN AMAZING MOVIE!!! haha
    iDaydreamon April 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIndeed it seems both Arrowsmith and iDaydream are correct: I was looking for the same terms and stumbled on the US Airways flight 1549. The story of the song is that it's Electric Youth's grandpa who talked about the captain of this plane as a "real human being and a real hero". Then, in parallel, College made a song about lonely heroes such as Mad Max doing their own choices to save lives, and by chance both met and this gave birth to this song. I summarized from an interview of the song's authors here: hollywoodreporter.com/news/…

    So in the end, this song can be said to be a kind of a mix between a reference to a real event, and at the same an attempt to decipher the abstract notion of being a hero.
    gboon April 20, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan I just say how much I love the soundtrack from the movie, Drive? The 80sish synth music really characterized the movie and the Driver.

    This song is one of my favorites, and I liked the reference to the pilot, Sullenberger III in the second verse.
    In relation to Drive, the lyrics synchronize what the Driver does. He's a bit of an antihero, for sure. But he loves Irene and her son and he successfully cleans up the chaos her husband left behind.
    "And you, have proved, to be
    A real human being, and a real hero"
    KermodeBearon June 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionback against the wall and odds

    your pursuit are called outstanding
    majid6565on September 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile the postmodern context of the film "Drive" may twist the meaning of the lyrics for its own, arty benefit a lot, I still find it a bit hard to believe that people took the song meaning completely at face value, with no sardonic subtext. OK, it is a tribute to a pilot who made a fine job. But isn't it also a critique of society, saying that, while, yes there are people who act heroically (whatever it means, maybe the song writers don't think they fully know) this prevalent attitude in society is also rather absurd, in the way it is clung on to?

    "Your pursuits are called outstanding
    You're emotionally complex"

    Come on, it's not straight down the line here.

    "Water warmer than
    His head so cool
    In that tight bind knew what to do"

    To me this is the epitomé of intended ambivalence, a kind of paradox of reality where oppositional meanings are very strong in their own rights.
    le cochon1on January 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy interpretation of these lyrics is that they are speaking about people in general and saying that we all have the potential to do great, selfless and sometimes heroic things thus showing what it means to be human and proving that although the daily news is full of doom and gloom (dystopic claims) there really is good in the world. The 2nd verses uses Captain Sullenberger III as an example.

    When using the word great I am not just refering to saving lives but also to the small every day things like helping others and putting other peoples needs in front of your own.

    We all should strive to be the kind of people that this song refers to and hope that we to have proved to be real human beings.

    One of the most meaningful and Beautiful songs I've ever heard.
    luciferofnewon January 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@ Winterfit. So because a female is singing it's assumed that it was written from a female perspective? This song was written by two MEN: David Grellier & Austin Garrick!
    KnitterGalacticon August 26, 2014   Link
  • -2
    My OpinionNot only is this a fantastic movie sound track, it's also quite meaningful in my opinion.

    Most songs written from the perspective of a female are male bashing, for instance Lilly Allen etc but this song different because it is a celebration of masculinity, which makes a really nice change.
    WinterFiston September 26, 2012   Link

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