"Superman" as written by and Gavin Rossdale....
Crucified
For eternal sins
Re-invent myself
Shape my alter skin

Try to break the mold
Severed hold
First you find your threshold bevels
Breathing out your toxic levels

Long slow rope is hangin'
Now we know what's comin'

Oh superman
Where have you gone
With a little more time
And a six leaf clover
Just a little more head
To make you bolder
Just a little more sound

Been playing tricks you know
She got sucked so dry

We destroy ourselves
To rise again
Open up yourself
Like a Jesus son

Only way out is through
Way past you
First you get to human levels
Run right through your bullshit pedals

Long slow rope is hanging
Now we know what's coming

Oh superman
Where have you gone
With a little more time
And a six leaf clover
Just a little more head
To make you bolder
Just a little more sound
Just a little more sound
Just a little more sound

Been playing tricks you know
He got sucked so dry and you oughta know how to lose

Long slow rope is hanging
Long slow rope is hanging
Long slow rope is hanging
Long slow rope is hanging

Oh superman
What have you done

With a little more time
And a six leaf clover
Just a little more head
To make you bolder
Just a little more sound
A little more sound
Just a little more sound
Just a little more sound
Just a little more sound
Just a little more sound
A little more sound
A little more sound


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"Superman" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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    General Commentthis song is okay. It ia about our crazy, fucked up world, and how we need a superman to save us.
    ashley007on March 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSUPERMAN, HELP!
    killsforpieon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNightcrawler is better, he would help us...... :)
    insulatedsoulon May 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentPertty muchwhat ashley said, althoughthisis be far my favorite work from bush
    cadillac4lifeon June 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentno no no no no. you guys are dumb and unimaginative.

    he's saying nothing can save us, not even Superman.
    "with a little more time and a six-leaf clover." you've been here for so long and you need something that doesn't exist to save you. you're kidding yourself thinking time will make it better.
    "just a little more head to make you bolder." a lot of people remedy their miserable lives with sexual pleasure. 'getting head will make you able to go on' or something like that.
    "you only know how to lose" self explanitory.
    "only way out is through, way past you." either he means only you can help yourself get through life, or that Superman can do it. but he's obviously not real. "oh superman, where have you gone?" I believed in you when I was younger but now my spirit is dead. aaahhh, enlightening.

    shame on everyone who's heard this song for not commenting on it. it's fantastic.
    sixstringshredderon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSeems like a parody about losers, those kind of losers who do stupid stuff to be accepted, and act or try to act like Supermen so other people notice them;
    "Crucified
    for atonal sins re-invent myself
    Shed my alter-skin
    Tried to break the mould"
    In this part seems that the guy was "crucified" for something he did, and he is trying to change to please other people.
    (right now I just read a sentence that I didn't remember, which supports my theory: "And you only know how to lose")
    Also, it seems the guy seeks approval from society for everything he does - with the aim to be a superman!
    Dificult to put it in writing...
    Great, great song, anyway!!!
    Schumieon August 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSchumie, I really like your approach. However, I thought these two lines were a little intense. Sounds like they're about to hang the guy:

    "Long slow rope is hanging
    Now we know what's coming"

    I love the description though. Bush writes beautiful things. This is my favorite song on the album.
    CowFighton February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song...kinda reminds me of the Superman movie that just came out. The lyrics coincide with the movie...amazing coincidence. "Superman, where have you gone?" perfect.

    A little more head to make you bolder indeed
    gmazcaon July 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just had to comment on tis one. I don't see how everyone can miss that this song is about Jesus! "Crucified for *eternal* sins" (*listen to the song it says "eternal"*) This is what Jesus did for man. "re-invent myself, shed my alter-skin" This refers to resisting the humanity and sin that lives in all of us and following a higher calling. "try to break the mold, severed whole" again breaking away from ourselves and man's nature to sin even though it is like severing our bodies. "first you find your threshold *level*, breathing out your toxic level" (*again a typo, but regardless either way*) This speaks of how we as humans try to push the boundaries of what is right with God and with what satisfies our desire to sin but still keeps our sanity. Thus, breathing out on to the world the lifestyle that is toxic to others as they see and follow or think it's o.k. "long slow rope is hanging, now we know what's coming" This is the guilt we all feel. We know we will have to pay for our sins, we know what's coming...judgement, we need a superman. "oh superman where have you gone?" Superman is Jesus who once walked the earth and taught us how to deal with sin and by dying has saved us from the "long slow rope", he is calling out to Jesus. The next four lines are descriptions of how we block out the guilt of our morality: more time, a six leaf clover (the impossible chance of God just forgetting we ever sinned), more *head* (*beer head* refering to the drugs we take to drown our guilt), and lastly sounds (music, or even voices of those that try to justify our actions claiming that we don't need a savior at all). Yes we are all like babys playing tricks with ourselves and we have sucked ourselves dry of hope or faith (and that is exactly where the world wants us). "We destroy ourselves to rise again,
    Open up yourself like a Jesus sun" Here he shifts to speak to the listener about how to be saved. This comes from Jesus himself. We need to be born again pulling ourselves away from our own desires and opening our lives to God's will...like a Jesus *son* who has lived an example life to lead us. "Only way out is through way past you, First you get to human level run right through your bullshit pedals" The only way for salvation is to break away from ourselves, humbling ourselves, accepting God's way and not feeding ourselves lies and bullshit that get in the way of our salvation. "Long slow rope is hanging, now you know what's coming" because we are running out of time, we don't live forever and the "long slow rope" is hanging. "Oh Superman, what have you done?" Here he is shouting to God asking why he has made it to be this way. Then the song goes into the chorus again that I explained before, but at the end this time he says "you only know how to lose" Speaking to those that rely on the drugs, or sounds, or 6 leaf clovers, telling them that this is why they always fail and will continue to do so as long as they ignore the truth that is already in all of us.

    So thank you for reading if you have gotten this far. Sorry it was so long, but I love this song and wanted to do it justice. Let me know if you like my comments or if you would just like to inquire.Thanks again...
    killab6420on April 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYour approach to the song is great, killab. To be honest, the first time i tried to really understand this song, the theme Jesus came to my mind. But after a while, it became too bovious, and I tried a diferent approach: a sarcastic song about losers.

    Even if it may be too obvious for a Bush song, i believe your understanding on the song is probably the most correct one.

    Also, your ideas are very well explained.

    BTW, don't you want to write what you think about "Synapse"? It's probably my favorite song of all times.

    Thanks.
    Schumieon August 28, 2007   Link

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