Tarzan wasn't a ladies' man
He'd just come along and scoop 'em up under his arm
Like that, quick as a cat in the jungle
But Clark Kent, now there was a real gent
He would not be caught sittin' around in no
Junglescape, dumb as an ape doing nothing

Superman never made any money
For saving the world from Solomon Grundy
And sometimes I despair the world will never see
Another man like him

Hey Bob, Supe had a straight job
Even though he could have smashed through any bank
In the United States, he had the strength, but he would not
Folks said his family were all dead
Their planet crumbled but Superman, he forced himself
To carry on, forget Krypton, and keep going

Superman never made any money
For saving the world from Solomon Grundy
And sometimes I despair the world will never see
Another man like him

Tarzan was king of the jungle and Lord over all the apes
But he could hardly string together four words: "I Tarzan, You Jane."

Sometimes when Supe was stopping crimes
I'll bet that he was tempted to just quit and turn his back
On man, join Tarzan in the forest
But he stayed in the city, and kept on changing clothes
In dirty old phone booths till his work was through
And nothing to do but go on home

Superman never made any money
For saving the world from Solomon Grundy
And sometimes I despair the world will never see
Another man like him
(2x)



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    General Comment:I would love to talk about how great this song is but the lyrics are so well written and so well spelt out I would just be wasting time. This song reminds me of my father and when we lost my mother. I was only 11 and my oldest brother 16. He just kept trucking even when our family hit some major problems financially. I am a strong individual but raising 3 teens, having your wife of 20 years die and then hit finacial problems because of your out of hand children. Anyways this song got me thru it and helped me understand that he does not have to do all that he is doing. There are worst fathers out there that would of gave up. I LOVE THIS SONG
    Camarueon November 30, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:I love this song. I think it is a perfect demonstration of how most of the time life is hard and it doesn't seem fair, and it depends on your strength of character how you will handle it. This song shows Superman's strength, not only as a superhero, but also as a decent person. The Tarzan reference shows how easy it would have been to just quit being Superman, and the reference to the "king of the jungle" who can't even talk brings to light the better person--not the one who is powerful but does nothing with that power, but the one who has lost everything but his power, which he uses for good. It makes you think--if I had the power to do anything I wanted, for good or for bad, how would I use that power? Superman had lost everything and he wasn't even from Earth, so it's not like he owed the planet anything. He just saw a need that he knew only he could satisfy, so he did it. I agree with the last line of the chorus. More and more, as I watch our world I despair the world will never see another man like him.
    SweetAndHoneston February 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Yes, i agree...
    Not only does this song have great music to it, but the lyrics are very deep and meaningful...(as is the case with most of the bands songs)
    It uses alot of common themes, but phrases them differently, like "Superman never made any money, for saving the world from Solomon Grundy"
    Brad Roberts is writing about how true heroes give without any thought of reward...i could go on for days about this stuff, but i spose i better stop. Its a fairly self-explanatory song anyway...If u haven't heard it...listen to it now...
    Arch Angel Azraelon March 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Great song, absolutely wonderful. I've thought about what an interesting story could be made from the ideas in this song - a movie or a short story. I think something would definitely be lost though.
    This song moves me.
    funkboyon April 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I don't really think this song is about Tarzan...or Superman for that matter...it's more about how society today is much less curtious, and generous, and will only do good for a reward. It's quite sad actually...he's just using Superman and Tarzan's as examples...it's not about how many people they've saved or whatever...it's trying to convey the sorrow of the world losing it's respect... ("Sometimes I despair the world will never see another man...like him") all the superman's out there are diminishing...and we are left with only Tarzan's. (Not that Tarzan was bad...he just has to have a comparison hero to show what everyone has become).
    Possibly Saneon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Good song, it shows that superman was a regular person too, not like Tarzan who was just tarzan he wasnt a hero and a person. First time I heard this was in a Canadian Television show, Due South: The Pilot. It showed that the main characters father was a mountie and a dad. The two were one.
    Skippy921on April 07, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Incredible, boy did the Smallville creators drop the ball by not using this during those first few "woe is me" seasons they had. It really would've been perfect.
    Foundation4lifeon December 07, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Half of this song is very good. The Superman part was very weel awritten with a good message. But I think he comes down too hard on Tarzan. Sure Tarzan had a great life, but it wasn't like he did nothing with it. He helped the animals in the forest and stopped poackers from poaching. Superman did his part in the cities - granted he probably did more, but he also had super powers. Tarzan was just a regular person who grew up in a different environment. He fell in love with that environment and did all he could to protect it.
    Tmo2199on April 02, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:First heard this on Due South too.

    Really, really nice song.
    Sirius1on May 31, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I just saw a documentary on Superman, and the part about Christopher Reeve made me think of this song. After he was paralyzed and he still went on couragously, funding research for a cure for paralysis and never showing a sign of giving up, only then did he really become the kind of hero this song talks about. Ironic in a really horrible way.. It shows you how it's not about the powers or the cape at all.. I think there was a biography about Christopher Reeve and it was called 'Super Man' and it's of weird, cause I don't think any other person who's played a superhero ever took on the identity so much in the public's mind.. it's almost like he *was* Superman, and when he died, they were playing this song and other songs with a Superman theme, it was like Superman had *really* just died... Just really sad, in every way.
    aclassiccaseon June 30, 2006   Link

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