"Superman's Dead" as written by and Maida/lanni....
Do you worry that you're not liked
How long till you break
You're happy cause you smile
But how much can you fake
An ordinary boy an ordinary name
But ordinary's just not good enough today

Alone I'm thinking
Why is superman dead
Is it in my head
We'll just laugh instead

You worry about the weather and
Whether or not you should hate
Are you worried about your faith
Kneel down and obey
You're happy you're in love
You need someone to hate
An ordinary girl an ordinary waist
But ordinary's just not good enough today

Alone I'm thinking
Why is superman dead
Is it in my head
We'll just laugh instead

Doesn't anybody ever know that the world's a subway

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"Superman's Dead" as written by Michael Maida Arnold Lanni

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  • +5
    General Commentaccording to raine maida, this song is about the idea of superman, and how it is dead. he said it's about the idea of the stereotypical 1950's, being a gentleman, morals and such, and how they are dead in today's society. for example, you never see a bunch of kids go out to toss around a football anymore. all our innocence is gone and there's no one to protect us anymore.
    muahahaon May 18, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think this song is basically what everyone else has said, but i think the thing about "an ordinary girl and ordinary waist" is the main key to the song. In this day and age people don't believe in superheros etc, but focus more on popstars and models so girls feel the need to look like them to be happy, when they dont :) i dno :P it cud be interepreted differently but when i listen to the song i think about how i have an ordinary body and shud be happy with my life and myself and what i am :)
    Princess |\/.\/|on June 20, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love this song. i defintately see the bullying interpretation, but the first time i heard the song it made me think of something else. I interpreted "superman's dead" as meaning that there is no one to save you from yourself. I thought the other phrases were talking about never being good enough for yourself and trying to pretend like you're fine when you're far from it.
    chorts29on April 30, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is about how the internet, particularly sites like Youtube, mitigates achievement. The first verse is line-for-line describing how people seek acceptance and recognition through appearance, but an ordinary appearance just isn't good enough today. Internet (media) has promoted insecurity, and so we now turn to faking it. "Superman" is every one of us, used to having an effect on people but now "dead" since there is always someone on the internet doing it better or more effectively. Our 'superpowers,' be it playing Dragonforce pretty well on expert or selling a pretty affordable local product, have been undercut by the internet. If we have local superpowers, are they still real or just superficial ("in my head")? Either way we laugh it off and concern ourselves with mundane details like the weather; after all, you can't compete on the internet unless you're the world's best of the best.

    The second verse addresses the internet directly, instead of the user. "Faith" in the internet, in "love" with the internet, so who can we "hate"/blame for its drawbacks? Maybe its us, we laugh and discuss the weather but "ordinary's just not good enough today."

    I agree with the previous interpretations for the outro: the subway is the fast moving, one-way path of technological development, anonymity and collective obscurity. I thought this was very profound for 1996.

    There is no right/wrong song interpretation, folks.
    Adesazzon August 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was really into this song when I started seriously doubting my religon that I was deeply immersed in. I related Superman being dead to everything I once believed in as a total fabrication. And I saw the false happiness as the blind, image-conscious behavior I was living as a member of my church. The ordinary name and ordinary waist deal I related to problems with eating disorders and low self-esteem. I guess I was really off on the true meaning of the song, but that's the great thing about music: anyone can bring their own interpretation into it. Who knows, maybe I'm just stupid.
    swellmelmelon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the first songs i have heard from our lady peace...a favorite of mine
    .paradox.on December 03, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, this song is about bullying.
    I thought this song was about the person doing the bullying, not the person being bullied, but who am I to say.
    The point is, there's always someone whose bigger and thinks that they're better than you and will do anything and everything to show that, or someone whose beneath you who you can do the same to and push around. Either way, through all your fake happiness for the sake of getting by and not proving weak, in reality each day is tougher than the previous. For the targeted, by superman's dead, i think he's showing a limit where he (or she) can no longer take it, and doubt is shadowing over everything. Or if it’s the person who is bullying, again, it comes down to their self-described happiness or lack thereof, just dealing with yourself instead of passing it on to others to hide it.
    “we'll just laugh instead
    you worry about the weather and
    whether or not you should hate”
    realizing it, that’s when it sucks and that’s what I think the song is about.
    long and confusing, sorry.
    risthesttingstaron April 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so amazing! its probably the first real rock song i ever liked back in 96 or whenever it came out. OLP is the one of the most underrated bands in history. Its a shame there starting to break through internationally when there music is worse than when they were only big here in Canada
    sic n twistedon May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree that OLP is underrated, I loved them when I first heard Supermans Dead, and I bought the cd, and NO one knew who they were!
    Chelseaon May 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also think that this song is about bullying. Some of the lines lead me to believe that it is about the bully, not the person who is being bullied. To me, "superman's dead" is the bully questioning him/herself. The bully was upholding a kind of bravado of emotional and physical strengh. His/her own personal idea of 'superman'. Then he/she realized that they weren't strong at all, instead they were the epitome of weak. Superman is dead, and they are empty.
    iheartnitzon May 18, 2002   Link

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