Song of the Day #1,695: ‘Action Hero’ – Fountains of Wayne

sky_full_of_holesOne of the things I love about Fountains of Wayne is their eclectic subject matter.

It seems 85% of songs I hear these days are about finding love or losing love. Worthy topics, no doubt, and topics that have resonated since a caveman wrote the first song and will resonate when we’re writing songs in space.

But I like character sketch songs just as much, the kind Ben Folds, Randy Newman and, yes, Fountains of Wayne write so well.

‘Action Hero’ is about the sort of fellow you don’t generally encounter in pop music. He’s a middle-aged family man with a bad heart and delusions of grandeur.

This is a poignant song about somebody who feels real and familiar over the course of just a few lines. More like this, please.

Sometime after sunset he is on his hands and knees
He is searching for his keys
At a small Vietnamese
Place on East 11th Street

His daughters both at once say,
Can we just get going please?
As his wife begins to sneeze
And his son is throwing peas
And eating with his feet

He’s an action hero
And he should be fighting crime
Leaping between the buildings
And racing against time
He’s an action hero
He’s an action hero
In his mind
In his mind

He drops by Mount Sinai
Where they’re running through some tests
And they’ve taped things to his chest
And they’re all doing their best
To make him feel at ease

The doctor says it’s really just an educated guess
I suggest you get some rest
Try to cut back on the stress
Cause I don’t like what I see

But the action hero
Swears he feels just fine
He’s got to finish saving
The world for all mankind
He’s an action hero
He’s an action hero
And he’s racing against time

He’s racing against time
There goes the action hero
He’s racing against time


One thought on “Song of the Day #1,695: ‘Action Hero’ – Fountains of Wayne

  1. Dana says:

    Yes, I agree with you. More songs like there please.

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