Whatever Happened To The Heroes?
from The Prequel To The Sequel
© Kieren King, 2012

In '77 The Stranglers asked "Whatever happened to the heroes?"
At the same time Robert De Niro was asking "You talkin' to me?"
Then punk kicked off and its attitude reflected
The disaffected
The rejected
The disrespected
Who wanted the freedom to choose
To do what they wanna do
When they wanna do it
And when that freedom of choice found its voice
You couldn't ignore it
But then rebellion became a target market
 
Fast forward to today - Whatever happened to the heroes?
 
Johnny Rotten seems to have forgotten
He was once the clown prince of punk
And since he's sunk
In my estimation straight to the gutter
Nowt better to do than advertising butter
 
Nevermind the Bollocks - Whatever happened to the heroes?
 
Joe Strummer's dead
Tony Wilson' dead
Joey Ramone's dead
Kurt Vonnegut's dead - so it goes
There's no more heroes
 
Except
 
A punk in attitude only standing lonely
Leonard Cohen's still going
But who'll replace him that won't sink but swim?
For me the outlook's looking grim
 
Now I've got my own mind
I don't need anyone to follow
And I'd like a John Lydon
But I'm just stuck with Bono