Hero

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"Hero"
Hero cover
Single by Weezer
Album Van Weezer
Released May 6, 2020
Recorded 2019
Length 3:56
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo, Daniel Bedingfield, Dave Basset, David Charles Marshall Biral, Denzel Michael-Akil Baptiste, Daniel Omelio
Producer Suzy Shinn
Status officially released
Live debut May 2, 2020 (Rivers on piano)
Weezer singles chronology
"The End of the Game"
(2019)
"Hero"
(2020)

"Hero" is the third track from Weezer’s fourteenth studio album Van Weezer.

Overview

"Hero" was first hinted at in the promotional game "The End of the Game" Game, released on March 26, 2020. Upon clicking the text "Contest Rules", players were linked to an online dictionary entry for "Hero".

On April 15, the song was listed as the third track on the Google Play listing for Van Weezer. When asked about the song during a Zoom webinar with fans, Rivers Cuomo confirmed that "Hero" was the next single after The End of the Game and stated it was coming "very soon". Cuomo publicly debuted the song by performing it on piano during another webinar on May 2.

On May 4, Weezer's official social media accounts confirmed that the date of May 6 previously teased on May 1 was indeed for the release of "Hero" [1].

Music video

The music video for "Hero" was directed by Brendan Walter and Jasper Graham and released alongside the single on May 6. On April 9, Karl Koch put out a request on the Weezer Fan Club Facebook group for video footage from hospital workers. Said Koch, "We are looking to create a video as tribute to the doctors and nurses on the front lines of COVID-19. If you or a family member or anyone you know has footage of them that could be useful as a tribute we would love to use it. Anything works, them getting ready, with their families, at work, wearing their PPE, etc. Anything will help. Thanks!" On April 24, however, Koch created a new post, clarifying that the plans for the video had changed, and requested that fans simply submit a video of themselves passing a piece of folded paper from the left side of the video to the right.

Lyrics

When I was a kid I thought I'd save the world
Runnin' 'round and chasin' all the criminals
Swingin' on a web, flyin' in the sky
Shootin' lasers from my eyes
But now I know it never was my destiny
It's not my place in life, not who I'm meant to be
And I don't need the glory, I don't need the fame
And I don't wanna wear this cape

'Cause on the inside
I know it won't last
On the inside
I'm an outcast

Well, everybody needs a hero
But I'm not everybody else
I walk alone
Yeah, I walk alone
Yeah, I walk alone, yeah

Y'know I tried to be your hero
But I was lying to myself
I walk alone
Yeah, I walk alone
Yeah, I walk alone, yeah

They build you up and then they gonna tear you down
They love you then they hate you if you wear a crown
It's not that I don't love to solve a mystery,
But life is hard enough with one identity

If silence is the voice of the new generation
Then I could live up to all of your expectations
I'd hammer down hard like I'm Iron Fist
Then disappear like I don't exist

And on the inside
I know it won't last
On the inside
I'm an outcast

Well, everybody needs a hero
But I'm not everybody else
I walk alone
Yeah, I walk alone
Yeah, I walk alone, yeah

Y'know I tried to be your hero
But I was lying to myself
I walk alone
Yeah, I walk alone
Yeah, I walk alone, yeah

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