Sunday, December 25, 2005

Five For Fighting - Superman

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me

I’m more than a bird...I’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me

Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home I’ll never see

It may sound absurd...but don’t be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed...but won’t you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
It’s not easy to be me

Up, up and away...away from me
It’s all can all sleep sound tonight
I’m not crazy...or anything...

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
Men weren’t meant to ride
With clouds between their knees

I’m only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me
Inside of me
Inside me
Yeah, inside me
Inside of me

I’m only a man
In a funny red sheet
I’m only a man
Looking for a dream

I’m only a man
In a funny red sheet
And it’s not easy, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm...

It's not easy to be me
What attracts me most to any given comic book is simply how I can relate to one or more of the characters. X-Men was always a great comic simply because there were so many characters to choose from… I could really relate to almost each of them, but probably Wolverine the most. My inner demons could always relate easily to the Hulk. I could understand Peter Parker’s geekiness and teenage dilemmas. I know what it’s like to want to hide one’s ugliness and self-image like Dr. Doom. I understand how anger, hate, and revenge can take control of your life just a Batman. Etc...

Most of all I can relate to favorite comic character Superman… which is probably why he’s my favorite. No, I certainly can’t relate to the super-powers he has, but I definitely do understand the burdens that he must endure… the loneliness… being way different from everyone else… always being expected to be a source of strength for others… feeling that there’s really no one to run to when he’s in pain or is the one who needs to be saved… having one key weakness similar to kryptonite that can destroy him.

Anyway, I always thought that this song was great because I think it accurately tells the pain that Superman feels… the pain I feel.

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