Waitin' For A Superman

(Is It Gettin' Heavy??)


Steven's quote from Staring At Sound:

"I would play it [his early melody for what would become 'Waiting For A Superman'] at the studio all the time, until Wayne finally asked what it was. I'd do that a lot if I had a tune that I was especially proud of, just keep playing it until he finally noticed and decided to put some words to it. I remember thinking, 'I hope that Wayne comes up with something really cool to sing with this.' I had no idea that what he'd come up with would drive the song so much more and take it to a place that I would never dream of."

Wayne based the lyrics for "Waitin' For A Superman" on his feelings about his father slowly dying. Specifically, the opening lines come from a conversation that he and his brother Kenny shortly before his father succumbed to cancer; he asked his brother "It's getting pretty pretty heavy with Dad, isn't it?" to which Kenny responded, "It's getting heavy? We're in it, this is as heavy as it gets."


Asked you a question, but I didn't need you to reply
Is it gettin' heavy?
But then I realized
Is it gettin' heavy?
Well I thought it was already as heavy as can be

Is it overwhelming to use a crane to crush a fly
It's a good time for Superman to lift the sun into the sky
'Cause it's gettin' heavy
Well, I thought it was already as heavy as can be

Tell everybody waitin' for Superman
That they should try to hold on best they can
He hasn't dropped them, forgot them, or anything
It's just too heavy for Superman to lift

Is it gettin' heavy?
Well I thought it was already as heavy as can be

Tell everybody waitin' for Superman
That they should try to hold on best they can
He hasn't dropped them, forgot them, or anything
It's just too heavy for Superman to lift

Live

"Waitin' For A Superman" has appeared in the setlist off an on since its release, making appearances during the Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi, and Mystics eras.

 

Live Performances

03/17/1999 Dallas TX USA Trees
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The Brain has documented 32 Live Downloads available
05/23/2013 London England BBC Radio 6 Maida Vale Studio Steve Lamacq Show Download Available
09/11/2012 Big Sur CA USA Henry Miller Memorial Library folkYEAH  
06/16/2012 Toronto ON Canada Yonge-Dundas Square NXNE  
02/21/2012 San Francisco CA USA Bimbo's 365 Club Noise Pop  
07/08/2011 Chicago IL USA Aragon Ballroom  
07/07/2011 Chicago IL USA Aragon Ballroom  
07/01/2011 London England Alexandra Palace All Tomorrow's Parties Don't Look Back  
06/14/2011 Hollywood CA USA Hollywood Forever Cemetery Download Available
05/29/2011 George WA USA The Gorge Sasquatch! Festival Download Available
05/20/2011 Atlanta GA USA Tabernacle  

 

Live Photos

Wayne Coyne - Las Vegas, NV 2007
Poolside At The Palm's Hotel
Las Vegas NV - USA
Wayne Coyne - Monolith Festival 2007
Monolith Festival
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison CO - USA
Wayne Coyne - Monolith Festival 2007
Monolith Festival
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison CO - USA
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
St. Paul MN - USA
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
St. Paul MN - USA

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