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Artist: Rush
Album: Counterparts

Words by Neil Peart, Music by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

I knew he was different, in his sexuality
I went to his parties, as a straight minority
It never seemed a threat to my masculinity
He only introduced me to a wider reality

As the years went by, we drifted apart
When I heard that he was gone
I felt a shadow cross my heart
But he's nobody's ---

Hero --- saves a drowning child
Cures a wasting disease
Hero --- lands the crippled airplane
Solves great mysteries

Hero --- not the handsome actor
Who plays a hero's role
Hero --- not the glamor girl
Who'd love to sell her soul
If anybody's buying

I didn't know the girl, but I knew her family
All their lives were shattered
in a nightmare of brutality
They try to carry on, try to bear the agony
Try to hold some faith
in the goodness of humanity

As the years went by, we drifted apart
When I heard that she was gone
I felt a shadow cross my heart
But she's nobody's ---

Hero --- the voice of reason
Against the howling mob
Hero --- the pride of purpose
In the unrewarding job

Hero --- not the champion player
Who plays the perfect game
Not the glamor boy
Who loves to sell his name
Everybody's buying

As the years went by, we drifted apart
When I heard that you were gone
I felt a shadow cross my heart

by unamed Rush fan # 345,687 on 5/12/2009 8:13pm
excellent song that really just stirkes home. Lovin' it.
by Dale on 11/16/2009 7:26pm
There aren't many songs that I love because of the meaning of the song, but this is one of them, but this is one of them
by Kevin on 8/21/2010 3:41am
What an incredible song!!!! One of the best I've ever heard.
by Anon on 8/7/2011 7:55pm
Truely the work of real heros! One really haunting song.
by Ryan on 8/8/2011 6:47am
One of the strongest messages in a Rush song. Love it!
by Doesn't matter on 5/17/2012 8:23am
by JPS on 1/11/2013 3:48pm
Tugs at my heart every time that I hear it.


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