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" as written by Mick Jones Lou Gramm

Lyrics © SOMERSET SONGS PUBLISHING INC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentThe 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

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