Foo Fighters: My Hero Meaning
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Song Released: 1998
My Hero Lyrics
Take your pictures down and shake it out
Truth or consequence, say it aloud
Use that evidence, race it around
There goes my hero
Watch him as he goes
There goes my hero
Don’t the best of...
Randomlink Jul 7th, 2005 7:30pm report
I agree that this song is NOT specifically about Kurt Cobain. It is about those people who are not conventional heros (famous and popular), ordinary people, yet who are heros to him (or to anyone else with his mindset) for who they are or what they have done. I'm sure Kurt is ONE of these heros because in Dave's world Kurt is a real person who clearly acheived a lot and was an amazing individual - but the true meaning of the song is not as specific as the "church of Kurt" would say.
anonymous May 6th, 2016 5:01pm report
Okay! Another Foo Fighter song meaning from a 13 year old! So, this song to me is about Dave's 'Rock Heroes' But in my heart, I'd sing this to America's soldiers. Just think for a moment. I hear this: "There goes my hero, watchin' as he goes. There goes my hero, he's ordinary!" and this is what I picture in my head: Soldiers in a Chinook that is close to the tree line. You look up and see soldiers in the back of the Chinook. You smile, knowing that these people are America's heroes and their doing anything for their country! I hope this helped! When they played this song at my first concert, I never sang so loud before. I was the happiest girl EVER! :D
Keep on Rockin', Foo fans!
anonymous Feb 29th, 2012 2:31pm report
This song is about George Carlin.
anonymous Feb 29th, 2012 2:40am report
its funny how the guy who wrote the song can publicly state that the song is NOT about kurt kobain... but yet people refuse to believe it. ignorance is bliss i guess
anonymous Dec 6th, 2011 12:07am report
I always thought it was the complete opposite of what everyone else here is saying - 'heros' or public figures behaving disgracefully. Too alarming, the unexpected poor behaviour. Take your hero's pictures down and move on (shake it out). Using truth as a weapon to secure one's way. The big shot egotists battling it out, bleeding a situation for all its worth, while the pawns fall by the wayside. He's ordinary, not so great after all. Watch him go, falling from grace, leaving his position of positive role model, true colours now exposed. Its not Kurt bloody Kobain, either! Maybe its Peter Garrett (now I'm just stirring).
anonymous Apr 13th, 2011 4:49pm report
I honestly dont think its about kurt cobain....when it first came out everyone kept saying it was,but I saw dave grohl say during vh1 story tellers that it wasnt. Then again I guess if you want it to be about kurt then go ahead and think of him when you listen to it......thats what great music/lyrics do they make you think with your mind and isnt spoon fed to you.....and isnt about just making big bucks....
anonymous Apr 11th, 2011 4:55pm report
Dave Grohl said on the Stern show the song is about Pete Stahl a childhood friend he was in a band with. when asked if it was about Kurt Cobain Dave said "no not really"
anonymous Jun 27th, 2010 6:01pm report
Many people have said it's not about Kurt Cobain and many have said it is. But this song is about everyday people who save lives and the one's who've changed them. I'm pretty sure Kurt Cobainis one of those heros even though many people disagree.
anonymous Nov 30th, 2009 11:18am report
Even as recently as this week Dave has said my hero is about ordinary everyday hero's, saying 'you dont have to be in kiss to be a hero'
But it has always been about jurt for me. Especially as the first thing I did upon finding out he was gone was to run away from the friend who told me and to tear the posters off my walls.
"Too alarming now to talk about
Take your pictures down and shake it out "
"Don’t the best of them bleed it out
While the rest of them peter out "
Sounds so like the "better to burn out than fade away" lyric kurt quoted. . .
But I just think that's circumstatial. It was one of those 'new songs' that the foo fighters created during warm ups on tour, at the time the words meant not much, but in hindsight say so very much.
Maybe on a subliminal level it is about Kurt, but dont think it was conciously written for him
anonymous May 26th, 2009 5:09pm report
The song wasn't directly about Kurt but Dave had said many years later that every song is about his experiences so of course there would be apart of Kurt in some songs.
anonymous Dec 14th, 2008 12:32am report
its funny to see that any song about death of someone close or any sad or more suttle song by the foo fighters is immediatly interpreted as a song for kurt, im sure there could be a refrence about him in atleast one song but not every single one, point being this song is just about the everyday average working man and respecting them to show that it doesnt take superpowers to be a hero, actualy foo fighters were pissed at John Mcain for using this song in one of their ad campains without artist approval, it was explained on the news and dave grohl explained what the song was about.
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