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The Ballad Of The Tragic Hero (Pity And Fear)

This song is by Harvey Danger and appears on the single Flagpole Sitta (1998).

Remember Pericles?
He democratized the city with his mind,
A little wisdom never hurt any one,
Tell that to Socrates,
Telling the citizens what they needed to hear,
But still they fed him hemlock,
Now the Greeks don't speak my language,
I don't get the relevance,
I am irreverence,
I have no reverence,
Show me no deference,
I'll do the same for you,
La la la la.

Did you ever know you are my tragic hero,
You be the pity, I'll be the fear,
And every subscriber will know,
What a truly great man you are.

In the conference room he said to me quote,
"Avoid your generations,
Proclivity for irony and negativity held so commonly,
Don't let me down son."

There was a car the wheels came off it,
And I know that nobody ever made a profit,
Centre your gravity, boy,
I'm counting on you to be my protégé,
Ha ha ha ha.

Cast it off with wrist flips,
Your foot steps are filling up,
Every time you turn around,
You can see the idols,
And you'll be knockin' 'em down,
One, two, three, four,
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Did you ever know you're my tragic hero?
You be the pity, I'll be the fear,
And every advertiser will know,
What a truly great man you truly are.

Some with it, politics like Andorra,
Some take it on like a mantle,
Some can't hold a candle,
Some touch, some damn it,
But not you!

Such a tragic hero,
You're my tragic hero,
Tr-tr-tragic hero,
He's my tragic hero.


Written by:

Sean Nelson, Jeff J. Lin, Aaron Huffman & Evan Sult

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