Lyrical Analysis: Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead

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Toronto – Everyone who grew up as a teenager or a preteen in the 90s had Our Lady Peace‘s second record, Clumsy (except Paul, apparently). Nevermind the fact that the band has spent the past decade trying to be Canada’s crappier version of U2 (and abandoning the older fans in the process), this album was pretty damn good in it’s hey day.

If you are like me, you were probably always wondering – what in the holy hell was Superman’s Dead about?

Lets take a look at the lyrics:

do you worry that you’re not liked
how long till you break
you’re happy cause you smile
but how much can you fake
an ordinary boy an ordinary name
but ordinary’s just not good enough today

Chorus:
alone I’m thinking
why is superman dead
is it in my head
we’ll just laugh instead
you worry about the weather and
whether or not you should hate

are you worried about your faith
kneel down and obey
you’re happy you’re in love
you need someone to hate
an ordinary girl an ordinary waist
but ordinary’s just not good enough today

Chorus

doesn’t anybody ever know
that the world’s a subway…

Going to the always accurate SongMeanings.net, the general consensus is that the song is about bullying because the word “superman’s dead” implies that there is no one to rescue the said person. Maybe it’s about expectations or female imagery in the media, as the line “an ordinary girl an ordinary waist, but ordinary’s just not good enough today”. Maybe Raine Maida was just really high. Maybe OLP was just trying to be very topical, since it was around the time when DC killed off Superman and returned with those five different guys. I really don’t know.

What does the line “the world’s a subway” mean?

- moves very fast?
- you can get on and off?
- every year, gets more expensive?
- not available to third world countries?

Maybe it’s referring to the restaurant chain, and the world is about how you have limited selections?

Some of these mysteries will never be solved, but it’s still good to think about occasionally, what’s your take?

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3 Responses to Lyrical Analysis: Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead

  1. Gord

    Really liked this writeup, Ricky. I always thought this song was about the end of a male-centric society?

  2. Paul

    Yeah, I was never that big of a fan of OLP, but that death of superman storyline in the comics was kind of awesome. ’90s Superboy was ridiculous with his mushroom cut, round flip-up sunglasses and leather jacket. And the black Superman would later be played by Shaq in Steel, which was a pretty horrible movie.

  3. Ricky

    Gord..thats an interesting take, any reason

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