"Hero" as written by Alien Jourgensen, Paul G. Barker and William Frederick Rieflin....
They get you ready to fight
The fuse is ready to blow
You shoot to kill on sight
They call you G.I Joe
You never wanted to stop
The smell of burning flesh
The hero marches alone
Across the highway of death

It's not a matter of rights
It's just a matter of war
Don't have a reason to fight
They never had one before
You're just a killing machine
He's come to take you down
We take the gas that we need
And pump the blood on the ground

They're gonna set you up
So they can take you down
They're gonna suck you dry
They've left the blood to be found
They're gonna rip you apart
You're gonna burn at the stake
Cause when it's time to collect
It's only heroes who pay

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"Hero" as written by Alien Jourgensen Al Jourgensen

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  • +3
    General CommentWith most forms of protest music being to my taste, I've heard a lot of anti-war songs... "Hero" takes the cake as being the most cynical, though. What's the line about old men starting wars and young men dying in them?
    Edoon July 20, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about how Americans tend to hate the Middle East so much and you're considered a hero if you go over and kill a bunch of them - "We take the gas that we need and pump the blood on the ground" which is actually really true, people shouldn't be so surprised when we get attacked. After all, it's basically our fault for provoking it.
    SilentAenimaon September 07, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about how intense war seems to take the populace at first. We forget that the people we're killing are humans, and those that go over and slaughter our opponents are at first hailed as heroes... Then, all those people that stood beside you suddenly see what you have done, and turn around, calling you a monster. Note when he's talking about the "hero" doing his job, the chorus is accompanied by people cheering. But when he gets to "it's only heroes who pay", the cheers are gone.
    Reaverboton December 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentExcellent song, especially the version on the "SphincTour" live CD. In that version, instead of "rip you apart" Al says "fuck you up". Funny how he changes the lyrics after a song has been out a while.
    hercteryxon January 04, 2011   Link

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