Standing in the rain
With his head hung low
He couldn't get a ticket
It was a sold out show
Heard the roar of the crowd
He could picture the scene
Put his head to the wall
And like a distant scream
He heard one guitar
It just blew him away
He saw stars in his eyes
And the very next day

He bought a beat up six string
In the second hand store
Didn't know how to play it
But he knew for sure
That one guitar
Felt good in his hands
It didn't take long
To understand
Just one guitar
Slung way down low
Was a one way ticket
Only one way to go
So he started rockin'
And he's never gonna stop
Gonna keep on rockin'
Someday gonna make it to the top

And be a jukebox hero
(Got stars in his eyes)
He's a jukebox hero
He took one guitar
(Jukebox hero)
(Stars in his eyes)
Jukebox hero
(Stars in his eyes)
He'll come alive tonight

In a town without a name
In a heavy downpour
Thought he cast his own shadow
By the backstage door
Like a trip through the past
To that day in the rain
And that one guitar
Made his whole life change
Now he needs to keepa rockin'
He just can't stop
Gonna keep on rockin'
That boy has got to stay on top

And be a jukebox hero
(Got stars in his eyes)
He's a jukebox hero
(Got stars in his eyes)
Yeah, jukebox hero
(Stars in his eyes)
With that one guitar
(Stars in his eyes)
He'll come alive
Come alive tonight

Yeah, he's gotta keepa rockin'
Just can't stop
Gonna keep on rockin'
That boy has got to stay on top

Lyrics submitted by angelvamp13

Jukebox Hero song meanings
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  • +4
    General Comment
    This song is actually a true story, The band showed up to the concert running late because of bad weather and got off their bus at the back of the venue and there was a kid standing in the rain with his head up against the wall listening to the opening act. The band went in and Lou Gramm the lead singer stopped and felt sorry for him because he was so dedicated to hear the concert that he took him in the building and put him in the front row right in front of the stage.... Afterwards they took him backstage and the kid said how he wanted to be a rockstar so bad. The song was written right after. The part about buying the beat up six string were just referring to him saying he wanted to be a rockstar someday
    coty84on November 20, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment
    He heard one guitar!... mindblowing. Makes my hairs stand on end
    medavidon September 06, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment
    this song kicks ass, and the song, as to what i think is about a dude that loves rock and roll, and his 1st time at a concert he decides to be a rock star.
    njrockstarbanditon May 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment
    olex is right. no metaphorical value at all. just read the lyrics. by far, my most favorite song of all time.
    jukeboxheroon October 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment
    The song's the story of a Jukebox Hero. He's standing outside, couldn't get a ticket but wanted to experience the show so badly he stands in the rain to listen from outside. The very next day he buys a beat-up six string guitar from a pawn shop, and the kid can feel his destiny in his hands when he holds it. So he started rockin (mateo - there's where it says he actually plays the guitar). Much later in his life, when he's made it big, he thought he PASSED his own shadow (not "cast") on his way in the backstage door - another kid, from the middle of nowhere, standing in the rain to hear some real rock. He flashes back to that fateful day in the rain in which he realized what he wanted to do with his day. And now he needs to keep rocking to stay on top and keep his dream (which he is now living) alive.
    johnfactorialon February 08, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment
    This song is fun, classic, and awesome.
    xmakesherflyxon August 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    hey, let him think what he wants. He did, after all, say "To him" it was about that.
    Atomskon December 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    To me, this song is one long metaphor about being down about anything in your life. There is always something, although it may not be the best thing in the world, that you can use to get yourslef back up. The trick is that you need to always be on top of your game to get to the top
    questor842on March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    Ok questor842 Live in your own little world, this has no metphorical value whatsoever I mean it might have been one of the bandmembers expirances, but I am quite sure it has no metaphorical value.
    Olexon June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    Some people look to far for a simple meaning, a guy can't get into a concert so he stands outside listening then gets inspired to play the guitar himself. Its that simple.
    slipknot_slayeron January 07, 2005   Link

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