The opening lyrics were triggered by Kiwanuka thinking about what it takes to become full-blown musical legend. He asked himself whether he has to create an alter ego or brand like Elton John or David Bowie for people to really sit down and listen to his music.Am I a hero?
Am I a hero now?
The thought of coming up with an alternative persona does not appeal to Kiwanuka. "I've taken so long just to be really happy with myself - the last thing I want to do is try to make up this new character," he explained to New York Times
. "So 'Hero' is kind of posing that question: If I do all of these things, will I become this iconic big singer?"