"Superhero" as written by and Ani Difranco....
Sleep walking through the all-nite drug store
Baptized in fluorescent light
I found religion in the greeting card aisle
Now I know hallmark was right
And every pop song on the radio
Is suddenly speaking to me
Art may imitate life
But life imitates t.v.
'Cuz you've been gone exactly two weeks
Two weeks and three days
And let's just say that things look different now
Different in so many ways

I used to be a superhero
No one could touch me
Not even myself
You are like a phone booth
That I somehow stumbled into
And now look at me
I am just like everybody else

If I was dressed in my best defenses
Would you agree to meet me for coffee
If I did my tricks with smoke and mirrors
Would you still know which one was me
If I was naked and screaming
On your front lawn
Would you turn on the light and come down
Screaming, there's the asshole
Who did this to me
Stripped me of my power
Stripped me down

I used to be a superhero
No one could hurt me
Not even myself
You are like a phone booth
That I somehow stumbled into
And now look at me
I am just like everybody else

Yeah you've been gone exactly two weeks
Two weeks and three days
And now I'm a different person
Different in so many ways
Tell me what did you like about me
And don't say my strength and daring
'Cuz now I think I'm at your mercy
And it's my first time for this kind of thing

I used to be a superhero
I would swoop down and save me
From myself
But you are like a phone booth
That I somehow stumbled into
And now look at me
I am just like everybody else


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"Superhero" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General CommentI see this as being a sorta Taming of the Shrew kind of deal where you have this strong woman that nothing can touch and no one can affect and then you have someone come into her life and pretty much mess everything up and make her subservant and no longer the person she use to be.
    ovariescanbefunon January 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about losing control. it is about once being numb to everything, holding in your emotions, feelings, not only telling, but believing yourself that they don't exist that you don't care. now you are vulernable to the hurt and the pain, but mayb this means you'll let youself get close to someone...you now want what you had so instinctly been blocking out and pushing away
    trasta119on January 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about losing control. it is about once being numb to everything, holding in your emotions, feelings, not only telling, but believing yourself that they don't exist that you don't care. now you are vulernable to the hurt and the pain, but mayb this means you'll let youself get close to someone...you now want what you had so instinctly been blocking out and pushing away
    trasta119on January 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so great.... when youre with someone for a long time and suddenly they arent there you feel like youre less than you were before... at least i think thats what she is saying...
    whyareyouallsostupidon August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is just so true.

    I feel on top of the world when I am feeling love, whether it be with a person or an activity, but especially when with another person. And when that love-feeling goes away, for whatever reason, I feel crushed. All of the sudden who I am and what I am feeling rests on that other person - I have no more control over my emotions, and that is so frickin' scary. I hate it. And I want to confront everyone who knows this person, and tell them how horrible they are making me feel, because somehow I think that is the only way to gain my power back.
    kaleidoscopeeyes8on June 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentshe used to being so tough-not wearing her heart on her sleeve and this guy (i assume this is her guy phase) hurt her and she's pissed about it
    (tell me what did you like about me
    and don't say my strength and daring
    'cause now i think i'm at your mercy
    and it's my first time for this kind of thing)
    vanrumon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBefore I broke up with my ex, i never cried. Now, a year later, I cry when I laugh, I tear up when I'm happy and I cry when no one's watching. At this point, it doesn't even have anything to do with her, but now, I'm just weak.
    RageMoreJackoon July 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgain - live through it, and suddenly it makes sense in a whole new way.

    To me, this is about the fact that by locking away your ability to be emotionally attatched to somebody - ANYBODY - or more you care, but in a detatched, they-can't-hurt-me kind of way... you're untouchable, nobody can hurt you - how can they, when there's not enough grip for them to do anything to you... it's a sort of addictive sense of invincibility... And then, out of the blue, someone comes along and somehow gets through all your walls and your defences, and you're stripped down, defenceless, and no matter how much you love this person, no matter how much you care, you can't help but rail against it and almost hate them for doing this to you and leaving you so vulnerable - "Tell me what did you like about me? And don't say my strength and daring..."

    This song completely blew me away when I first heard it, it was the first DiFranco song I'd ever heard.... it's just 4 minutes of raw, untempered emotion... WOW!!
    lxa601on June 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentListening to this song right now. very wicked

    Like others, I think this song is about how a woman use dto be so much stronger than everyone else, and now is an emotional wreck after being hurt by an ex. bf
    River Wolfon February 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe loved her and made her feel invincible, like a superhero - basically a metaphor for giving her confidence. now she's broken and insecure again.
    missmeon September 05, 2008   Link

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