"Hero" as written by and Joe Keefe....
Let me go
I don't wanna be your hero
I don't wanna be a big man
Just wanna fight like everyone else

Your masquerade
I don't wanna be a part of your parade
Everyone deserves a chance to
Walk with everyone else

While holding down
A job to keep my girl around
And maybe buy me some new strings
And her and I out on the weekend

And we can whisper things
Secrets from my American dreams
Baby needs some protection
But I'm a kid like everyone else

So let me go
I don't wanna be your hero
I don't wanna be a big man
I just wanna fight like everyone else

Ooh
Ooh

So let me go
I don't wanna be your hero
I don't wanna be a big man
I just wanna fight with everyone else

Your masquerade
I don't wanna be a part of your parade
Everyone deserves a chance to
Walk with everyone else


Lyrics submitted by limecrayon, edited by mcchibi, Devilsbane, jesse10301

"Hero" as written by Joe Keefe

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  • +12
    General CommentWhat a lovely song. To me it is about the pressure a young person feels to grow up and move into the world of adult responsibilities, especially in American culture where adult life can conflict with youthful, idealist values.
    spark29on March 10, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who just wants to be normal and average. Its a song about coming into adulthood and the pressure to be somebody. There is often a pressure for youth to come out of school, get a great job, make big money, do great things, etc. This song is about wanted to just be average for while.

    When I listen to this song I picture a high school senior talking with a guidance counselor or parents about the future. Parent and child talking about the career track the child should head down, the responsibilities ahead. I see the parents reminding the child that a good job is a must for success, having the American dream, etc. A imagine a child that is not ready for that yet, it is not something they want. They want the parent to understand what they want and deserve at this point in their life.

    Let me go
    I don't wanna be your hero
    I don't wanna be a big man
    Just wanna fight like everyone else
    --- He is saying that he wants to be who he wants. He is asking the person that is pressuring him to be more (maybe a parents, teacher, etc) to let him go be his own man. He doesn't want to a responsible adult right now in a high powered life of job. He just wants to be carefree for a bit. He doesn't want to be a hero or a big man (ie - responsible, settled down, etc).

    Your masquerade
    I don't wanna be a part of your parade
    Everyone deserves a chance to
    Walk with everyone else
    --- He doesn't want to conform to what others think he should. He is talking about a masquerade, or hiding who he really is, he does not want that. The listener is given the image of a parade, which is usually a group of people walking in a line, from point A to B (can be compared to how adult life can sometimes be - wake up, kids to school, work, pick kids up, grocery store, home again, make dinner, etc). He wants that laid back life for now. He doesn't want to put on a suit and tie(masquerader), and "parade" off to work and through life. He is saying that everyone should have the right to "walk with everyone else" for be like everyone else is they choose.

    While holding down
    A job to keep my girl around
    And maybe buy me some new strings
    And her and I out on the weekend
    --- He wants a job that pays enough to get him and his girlfriend out on the weekends, and afford him some new guitar strings if he needs them. He wants the average lazy job, enough to get by.

    And we can whisper things
    Secrets from my American dreams
    Baby needs some protection
    But I'm a kid like everyone else
    --- He has his own "American dream". At the moment it is not about a high paying powerful job, its something simpler. He is not ready to be an adult yet, he is still holding onto the carefree nature of childhood.
    Orion510on April 27, 2014   Link
  • +3
    Song FactThis song is on the soundtrack for the the movie Boyhood and is used to really awesome effect in the film.
    BuckWilderon July 28, 2014   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI sobbed during boyhood, in the scene where Patricia Arquette's character wonders what's left in her life besides dying, now that her son is going away to college. That sad feeling increased when this song started playing immediatly after that. I thought about my loved one too, I thought about all the roads we must travel and where they will lead to.
    LuigiPon October 20, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst off, I agree with spark29 and what they say.
    Secondly, I feel that he's not really talking to a specific person, but rather society in general. It's not a love song, but a song about growing up and taking on responsibilities. He knows that he has to grow up, he sees it's coming towards him, and he's kind of frightened. He's being up front in saying that he won't be able to do everything perfectly, so don't expect that of him. Even if what he does isn't perfect, he wants to do things on his own (not in the sense that he pushes everyone away, but in the sense that whatever he does, it's from him- no one else).

    All in all this song is very beautiful and simple and I love it! :}
    wicked333on April 21, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationMy Interpretation of this song is a lot like the ones before me.

    I think this song is basically talking about a teenager feels this pressure, to grow up, to become someone more mature, and all he wants to do is be... free, I guess.

    Take this set of lyrics for example:

    And we can whisper things
    Secrets from my American dreams
    Baby needs some protection
    But I'm a kid like everyone else

    I think he isn't necessarily talking to one person, but he isn't trying to shout it out from the rooftops.

    It's kind of like his secret. That he doesn't want to grow up, that he wants to stay a kid, hence the part about whispering secrets from his American dreams. He doesn't want anyone else to hear, but yet he wants everyone to hear.

    Not only is he talking to society and assuring them that he doesn't have to grow up, but he also trying to assure himself.

    Now, onto the part about being part of someone's masquerade.

    This is another one of those great lyrics that can be interpreted in two ways, and either one of them works, but one is a little bit better, a little bit mind boggling.

    You could either think:

    1. Someone is sick of being in a relationship where all they do is tag along, all they do is stay in the background whilst someone shines in the spotlight.

    2. Someone has to live with the idea of one day growing up. Becoming part of the "parade" that adulthood is.

    I think in this case #2 is the one that is a little bit more, unique.

    So in general I think this is a secret play on society, but is covered to seem like it would be a love song or something of that sort at the beginning and the only way you figure out what it is actually singing, is to actually look at the lyrics and take the double meaning and analyze them.
    stormyreenaon February 03, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about life or perhaps society. He has a great relationship with a girl already and wants to treat her to a night out on the weekend. So it is not about that kind of relationship. Just the pressure to be more or something else other than what you really are.
    5280on March 15, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about people of war returning to civilian life. They don't want to be glorified as heroes, they just want to be seen like others. But also they want to be able to fight for their country.
    shy333on April 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSome songs just hit you. I'm a lyric driven guy, but do attach to melodies. So, it's complicated to describe, but sometimes they just fit. This song has that.

    To me - this song actually has a military theme. I think the song is basically about a kid who is serving his country, but doesn't want to credit. He's a real hero.

    I'll break down the lyrics:

    Let me go
    I don't wanna be your hero
    I don't wanna be a big man
    Just wanna fight like everyone else (here I just think he's saying he wants to go fight)

    Your masquerade
    I don't wanna be a part of your parade (I'm thinking this line has to do with military parades)
    Everyone deserves a chance to
    Walk with everyone else (the hero acknowledges that everyone should be in the parade, no just him)

    While holding down
    A job to keep my girl around
    And maybe buy me some new strings
    And her and I out on the weekends (This is about the economy)

    And we can whisper things
    Secrets from my America dreams (this line is about dreaming...)
    Baby needs some protection (...and providing for loved ones...)
    But I'm a kid like everyone else (...while keeping your real dreams alive)

    So let me go
    I don't wanna be your hero
    I don't wanna be a big man
    Just wanna fight with everyone else (I think this chorus reinforces that the hero wants to enlist)

    Ooh
    Ooh
    13inleton February 18, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi view the song as a person who is slowly making that transition from youth to adulthood. he is telling his parents tat he doesn't want to be the reason that they live and always have to be thinking about what his parents expect him to be doing. he just wants to live his life and have his own experiences, make his own mistakes. i can imagine that his parents are telling him everything he should and should not be doing, and he's just like- I'm young, i want to be able to figure things out for myself. the kid wants to have his own life and doesn't want to have the responsibility of having to be what their parent wants them to be. he doesn't want to be put on parade as being the center of his parents' life.
    gmakion February 28, 2015   Link

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