I don't want to be like old George Reeves
Stuck in a Superman role.
I've got a long way to go in my career
And some day my fame will make it clear
That I had to be a Superman

Verse 1
He came from another place deep in his mind
As far as the planets in space.
As galaxy's mysteries start to unwind
Some changes are bound to take place.

Though gravity constantly weighs on my travels
My mission is close to adrift
Though I can be strong when my power unravels
I still come to you for a lift.


Verse 2
I know I can fly when my plane hits the sky
I believe I've got nothing to lose.
But when I'm alone with the bed and the phone
I get the terminal metropolis blues

I flew to the coast where Superman's Ghost
Lay shot on the bedroom floor
He said "Watch out for TV it crucified me,
But it can't crucify me no more."


Verse 3
"I'm red white and blue, I've got justice to do
I'm the man of your fantasy dreams
But I'm an alien man from an alien land
Who's alive on your orthicon screens.
I once ruled the world and when flags were unfurled

I performed for you live not on tape.
But the public is cruel when played for a fool
As you see by the blood on my cape."


Verse 4

"Well I never was real or stronger than steel.
I'm a figment of Freudian need.
And the video screen is a psychotic scene
And it's all done with mirrors and green

My agent just called, the talks have been stalled
I soon will be pulled from the air.
But the image persists in the video mists
That a Superman still will be there!"


Lyrics submitted by sakebox

Superman's Ghost Lyrics as written by Don Mclean

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentWell, the song is about George Reeves (obviously) who after playing Superman on television for many years, became typecast and was unable to get roles in any other fashion. He supposedly killed himself partly due to this. I'm not sure if this was written before American Pie (ironic), or if it is a commentary on it, but this represents Mclean as well. All the public wanted from this beautiful man was American Pie, disregarding all of the other wonderful beautiful songs he wrote. Unfortunately that still stands true today. Don Mclean should be remembered as the greatest singer/songwriter of all time, but all anyone ever does it talk about that damn song.
    Foundation4lifeon July 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA great title. I never heard this song so, not having heard the music, i won't comment on it, except to say that that's a great title: Superman's Ghost
    TheThornBirdson February 04, 2009   Link

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