Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The psychology of super heroes

I remember hearing someone once point out that unlike Batman, Spiderman, or the Green Lantern, Superman actually was his superhero identity and his assumed identity was his average, bumbling Joe fascade, Clark Kent. Which is an interesting insight into how the character regarded humanity.
Recently I was loading some Crash Test Dummies onto my MP3 player and I was thinking about this take on Superman. Then I remembered the Five for Fighting Superman song and spent an utterly ridiculous amount of time pondering this while mowing my lawn yesterday.
So after I finished mowing I decided to check Youtube.

Tarzan wasn't a ladies' man
He'd just come along and scoop 'em up under his arm
Like that, quick as a cat in the jungle
But Clark Kent, now there was a real gent
He would not be caught sittin' around in no
Junglescape, dumb as an ape doing nothing
Superman never made any money
For saving the world from Solomon Grundy
And sometimes I despair the world will never see
Another man like him
Hey Bob, Supe had a straight job
Even though he could have smashed through any bank
In the United States, he had the strength, but he would not
Folks said his family were all dead
Their planet crumbled but Superman, he forced himself
To carry on, forget Krypton, and keep going
Tarzan was king of the jungle and Lord over all the apes
But he could hardly string together four words: "I Tarzan, You Jane."
Sometimes when Supe was stopping crimes
I'll bet that he was tempted to just quit and turn his back
On man, join Tarzan in the forest
But he stayed in the city, and kept on changing clothes
In dirty old phonebooths till his work was through
And nothing to do but go on home
Superman never made any money
For saving the world from Solomon Grundy
And sometimes I despair the world will never see
Another man like him.

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 meWish 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 right...you 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 meInside me
Yeah, inside meInside 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...
Its not easy to be me.

I guess if you are looking for reasons to be angsty everyone and anyone can find them! Now quit wasting time pondering the mental well being of nonexistent people and get something done, would you??


S said...

You'll excuse me while I duck into this phone booth and put on my tights and cape......

lime said...

of course now you'dve started me on this whole line of thought. it is your fault if i don't accomplish anything useful today...

Diesel said...

And don't forget the Spin Doctors' Pocketful of Kryptonite, and Three Doors Down's Kryptonite.

Seamus said...

Who you calling "pondering", hmmmm?

Logophile said...

Susie~ leave my red towels alone, dang it, I just washed that!

Lime~ Consider it my special gift to you :p

Diesel~ Ok, I will give you Three Doors Down, good addition. But Pocketful of Kryptonite is about Jimmy Olsen having a thing for Lois, Superman is just a supporting character :p

Seamus~ Ponderous man, ponderous. Now, don't you have some yard work to do, hmm? Never mind that, come sit down here, have a glass of tea and chat, that sounds way more fun.

goldennib said...


tsduff said...

I'd say I can ponder and do something useful at the same time, like - uh, well you know, er... well, never mind. Besides, I like that song about the funny red sheet.

neva said...

well, i'm not gonna spend an inordinate amount of time pondering... but i have to say i'm a tad bit depressed at the moment. where are all the heroes, anyway? *scratches head*

that said, if "everyman" can be "Superman", maybe we're not in such bad shape, after all, eh? *feels hopeful*

thanks for sharing -- lovely tunes, both of 'em! ; )

Logophile said...

Goldennib~ As long as you are having fun, that is the important thing.

TS~ I can ponder and mow, that is about as well as I can do.

neva~Hello! They are in mental wards for trying to fly around with silly red capes! Just not right in the head :p