"Nobody's Hero" as written by and Geddy Lee Weinrib Neil Peart....
I knew he was different, in his sexuality
I went to his parties, as a straight minority
It never seemed a threat to my masculinity
He only introduced me to a wider reality

As the years went by, we drifted apart
When I heard that he was gone
I felt a shadow cross my heart
But he's nobody's

Hero - saves a drowning child
Cures a wasting disease
Hero - lands the crippled airplane
Solves great mysteries

Hero - not the handsome actor
Who plays a hero's role
Hero - not the glamor girl
Who'd love to sell her soul
If anybody's buying
Nobody's hero

I didn't know the girl, but I knew her family
All their lives were shattered
In a nightmare of brutality
They try to carry on, try to bear the agony
Try to hold some faith
In the goodness of humanity

As the years went by, we drifted apart
When I heard that she was gone
I felt a shadow cross my heart
But she's nobody's

Hero - the voice of reason
Against the howling mob
Hero - the pride of purpose
In the unrewarding job

Hero - not the champion player
Who plays the perfect game
Not the glamor boy
Who loves to sell his name
Everybody's buying
Nobody's hero

As the years went by, we drifted apart
When I heard that you were gone
I felt a shadow cross my heart


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"Nobody's Hero" as written by Gary Lee Weinrib Neil Elwood Peart

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT LP

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    General CommentThis song is about heroism. A "hero" is not a singer, actor or athlete, but people who really make a difference in the world, either in a global way or in a personal way. Example of the first are scientists who cure diseases, people who save lives, etc. The second are people who, often in a subtle manner, enhance the lives of people around them - like the gay person mentioned in the first verse who expanded the lyricist's reality. The murder victim was one of the Karla Homolka/Paul Bernardo's victims, whose family knew one of the band members.
    clarkon December 27, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always imagined this song was about Freddie Mercury...
    gabrielle_Xon June 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's meant to show the difference between heroes and role models.
    Blahblahblah9on August 12, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation"As the years went by, we drifted apart
    When I heard that he was gone
    I felt a shadow cross my heart "

    - To me, this is the key lyric in the song. It's important that the dead friend, isn't really a friend any more. The chorus mentions how the person is "Nobody's hero" - in that their death won't effect the rest of the world. Although, I suspect this is a reflection of the personal guilt felt in the song. The guilt derived from knowing that the person's death won't make a difference to the narrator's life, in any way, since they haven't been a close friends for a while.
    Droogiesteveon November 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about a friend of Geddy's who passed away...correct me if i'm wrong
    shed27on June 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song tells us about those who make the difference in the world. The heros that step up to the plate, take the world head on so that others can live a better life.

    I think it goes a bit beyond that though, to show the view that those who DON'T land the crippled airplane can never be considered a hero, even though they greatly expanded the people around them, brought them to know a great deal about themselves, about the world, about... well, lots. I'd consider these people heroes, in my opinion, but I'm sure dozens wouldn't. Sad, I know, but that's the fact of it all.
    kailkayon August 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis has been one of my favorite Rush song's since it came out. It really does make you think about who real heroes are. Everytime I've ever heard it, I think about those who I know that have passed on, and it always makes me think about the heroic attributes they've had (everyone has a few). Tonight it got me thinking about my most recent hero:

    A few months ago, there was a mass murder in my area (Utah, Trolley square shootings)... My ex girlfriend's father was one of the casualties, and her brother was seriously injured... They were the first two people shot in the attack... The way the story has been told to me is that as soon as the father saw the gun, he immediately turned to cover his son. His son got shot first, and he jumped on him and covered him from the shooter. He took 5 bullets in the back and the head, giving his life so that his son had a chance to live.

    That, my friends, is a hero.
    badutahboyon June 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is aobut who the public sees as a hero.

    The rue heros are listed in the song. they are out there curing diseases, They are the firefighters, the doctors, the policeman. But we sledom call them ehroes unless they, say doe something spectacular. You don't call a cop a hero just for doing his job. The same applies for everyone. All the people who work hard for the sake of it. Who show up to work and do their job heard. We don't think of them as heroes. We see ehroes as the actors, athletes, and other famous people, but they aren't the real herops, the real heros are in fact, Nobody's hero.
    FF_Killaon June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song.
    NUMBER 4on June 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song examines the difference between what popular media calls a hero (ie: the handsome actore, glamor girl, etc.) and what should really be considered a hero (scientists, people who save others lives) but all too often are forgotten about.
    Rushofhipposon June 08, 2008   Link

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