"Waiting for a Superman (Flaming Lips cover)" as written by Michael Ivins, Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd....
I asked you a question
But I didn't need you to reply
Is it getting heavy?
But then I realize
Is it getting heavy?
Well, I thought it was already as heavy as can be

Is it overwhelming
To use a crane to crush a fly?
It's a good time for Superman
To lift the sun into the sky
'Cause it's getting heavy
Hell I thought it was already as heavy as can be

Tell everybody waitin' for Superman
That they should try to hold on best they can
He hasn't dropped them, forgot them, or anything
It's just to heavy for Superman to lift

Is it getting heavy?
Hell I thought it was already as heavy as can be

Tell everybody waiting for Superman
That they should try to hold on best they can
He hasn't dropped them, forgot them, or anything
It's just to heavy for Superman to lift

Lyrics submitted by pikachu1559

"Waitin' for a Superman" as written by Steven Drozd Michael Ivins

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    General CommentI have to say that I disagree with the God interpretation. No offense.

    I think the potency of this song comes from the fact that Superman is just a man. Everyone depends on him because they think that he can do anything... but he can't. He has his flaws and limits just like anyone.

    Maybe the difference of oppinion is because I only see one person in this song. I think that the "you" is Superman. The "I" asks him if he thinks he can handle it and then says it's a "good time for superman to lift the sun into the sky" like "Come on Clark Kent. It's time to drop the fake weakness and step up." Then he realizes that Superman just isn't strong enough. So he's like "just tell everyone."

    The whole song is beautiful because it parallels life so well. We're always going to find ourselves looking for someone else to help. But when we find ourselves being called upon to be "a superman" (nice distinction in the title there) we realize there isn't always someone who can help us. We're alone with the weight of the world.
    spiffypurplecowson January 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow - this song blows me away. It's melancholy - taps into that feeling most people have at some point of wanting to be rescued - "waiting for Superman" - life does get heavy. He leaves us a little hope - we're not forgotten, but some things are even too heavy for Superman.

    Sad but sweet.
    thoughtson March 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm waitin' for a superman.
    and I know he hasn't dropped me, forgot me or anything

    it's just too heavy for superman to lift

    this song breaks my heart
    the lyrics are incredible.
    Handon October 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe no one else has commented on this song. This is my latest favorite song. I can't stop listening to it.

    I have to hear it many times in a row. Of course, I thought my life was as heavy as could be and yet it's been getting heavier.

    I am waiting for superman . . . I'm holding on best I can.
    thoughtson March 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful but very sad song.
    i love the lyrics.
    zilla877on May 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou can find this song on some compilation CDs like "Sounds Eclectic 3" or "Yeti". Good luck finding those.
    a town like parison October 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnce again (as he did with Such Great Heights) Sam provides a cover better than the original.
    TheSlimViperon May 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think Superman is God.

    when he asks "is it overwhelming to use a crane to crush a fly" i think he is angry at God for allowing this person (who is most likely dead or dying) to suffer so much pain and to die in such a way.

    "its a good time for Superman to lift the sun into the sky" i think this means it's a good time for God to bring some new hope or happiness into his life.

    and "it's just too heavy for a Superman to lift" i think this is an answer to the "can God create a rock so big he cannot lift it?" question. the writer feels like yes, God can and has done this with the person who is suffering. I think this song is about losing hope and faith in God, and losing a deeply loved one.
    truthforasongon August 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@ theBKwhopper sorry to be a pill but the song is a cover. the lyrics may have significance to beam but he didn't write them. i don't know if this is one of those times when the background of the author can be brought in.
    spiffypurplecowson January 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe Flaming Lips wrote this song for 1999's The Soft Bulletin. They wrote it after Elliott Smith passed out of pain and frustration and before tonight, at the Sasquatch Music Fest where they played the entire album, they had supposedly only played it once before because of the weight that the lyrics have behind them. Check out npr's website and they should have the performance up for a while...
    jonnyschaabon May 30, 2011   Link

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