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This is about the heroes Foo Fighters guitarist and lead singer Dave Grohl had in his life, ordinary people who did extraordinary things.
Grohl: "You know, I think like people that had an impression on him - Not the 'heroes' a lot of teenagers have nowadays and had then, that are people like rock stars, etc. you know, famous people." He is basically saying that his heroes as a kid were ordinary people, and that's how it should be. (thanks, Anna, CA, for above 2)
Many people mistakenly believe this was written about the late Kurt Cobain. Dave Grohl was a member of Nirvana, and Pat Smear performed with Nirvana during their MTV Unplugged show.
This was used in the movie Varsity Blues. (thanks, Jules - w bloomfield, MI)
The video shows a young man rescuing many things from his home which is on fire while the band performs in it. The man's face is never shown, probably to imply that heroes are everyday people. (thanks, Sam - Portsmouth, WA)
Republican nominee John McCain used this song during the 2008 US presidential campaign. When the Foo Fighters learned through news reports that this was happening, they denounced his use of the track. The band said in a statement: "The saddest thing about this is that 'My Hero' was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song."
The Republicans replied that they had obtained and paid for licenses from performing rights organizations to play this song, along with millions of others.
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