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Target Practice: Five For Fighting “Superman (It’s Not Easy)”

Target Practice

Welcome to Target Practice where bad popular songs of the past and present get shot. Superman is easily one of the best superheroes of all time, not because of the immense powers he possess, but because of how he uses those powers. He’s selfless and is willing to help anyone in need. Superman represents being an overall good person and is a role model for anyone who wants to do good. This attitude is best reflected in the first two Superman movies with Christopher Reeve, the 90s animated series, and a number of comics. Unfortunately, there are people out there who clearly misses the point and don’t understand Superman and how he functions. What does this have to do with music? Well, that brings us to today’s Target Practice. From singer-songwriter Five For Fighting, this is Superman (It’s Not Easy).


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

Why would Superman wanna go find out who he is? He knows he’s a Kryptonian sent to Earth by his parents when their home planet of Krypton was dying. He’s the last of his kind. And what kind of superhero hates flying? Are you afraid of heights?

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

“I’m a person, too. I have feelings and emotions just like you.”

I wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
‘Bout a home I’ll never see

Oh, my God. Even Batman is telling you, “Get over it. So your home planet is destroyed. You think you’re the only one who lost loved ones? … My parents.”

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

“I bleed once every month. Trust me, Clark. You should consider yourself lucky.”

Up, up and away, away from me
Well, it’s alright
You can all sleep sound tonight
I’m not crazy or anything

Of course, you’re not crazy. If you are, then we’re basically screwed (unless the Justice League steps in).

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

Maybe it’s because you’re not an ordinary man. You’re a SUPER MAN. Huh? Huh?

*crowd booing*
*crowd booing*

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 of me [2x]

Why are you digging for a substance that could potentially kill you? Either Superman is an emo or a complete moron.

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.
It’s not easy to be me.

“Seriously. Leave the brooding to me.”

This song is a journal of super whining. I seriously can’t stand how the writing depicts one of the most iconic comic book characters of all time. In this song, Superman is a super EMO. Whining about his existence, not knowing who he is, hell, it seems like he doesn’t want to be a superhero. Superman would never act like this. He was raised better than that. This doesn’t even sound like Superman, it sounds like it was written by Lex Luthor to make Superman look bad. You could read these lyrics in Linkara’s Superboy-Prime voice, that’s how whiny and emo this song is. There’s really not much to say about the rest of this song. The production is typical soft rock and the singer sounds whiny, which further makes the song even more emo. Now I know what some of you are thinking. “B-HOP, you’re taking this song too literally. It’s not about Superman.” Well, even if I did look at it metaphorically, it still doesn’t make the song any less whiny. Well, I finally did it. I made it through the whole thing without making a reference to Man Of Steel-GODDAMMIT!!

Next Target Practice, we look at a song from the man-child himself, Chris Brown.



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