Superman (It's Not Easy)" is a song written and recorded by American singer Five for Fighting. The lyrics focus on the iconic hero Superman, specifically how despite his immense power his life as a hero is surprisingly difficult. It was released in April 2001 as the second single from his album . The song was first released in 2000, and debuted on the America Town chart at number 38 on October 27, 2001. It managed to peak at number 14 on the chart. The song was nominated for a Billboard Hot 100 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002.
Music video [ edit ]
The music video was directed by Ramaa Mosley and premiered in June 2001. A scene from this video was filmed at Yonge Street and Richmond Street in Toronto, Ontario. At the end of the song's music video, John Ondrasik lies in bed with his own wife and son.
Covers and use in popular culture [ edit ]
The song was covered by shadow musician Catman Cohen in 2005 via CD,
How I Want to Live: the Catman Chronicles 2.  The song was covered by
Boyce Avenue in 2011 via YouTube music video.  The song was featured in the Superman TV series
in episode "Stray" (1.16) in season 1. Smallville In his 2010 comedy tour,
Conan O'Brien sang a cover of the song by himself before Jim Carrey appeared in a Superman suit and the two men sang a duet.  The song is also featured in on
in season four, episode two, and on the second Dawson's Creek Dawson's Creek soundtrack. The song was the backing track to BBC Match of the Day's "The Story So Far", bringing the group stages of the World Cup to an end.
An anonymous cover was played on the
seventh series of after Liam Payne's audition. The X Factor The singer of this version was speculated to be  Joe McElderry, the winner of the previous series.  This turned out to be true when the tracklist for his debut studio album  Wide Awake was revealed. McElderry's version reached number 56 in the UK Albums Chart on album downloads alone. The song also appeared in the cartoon
, in the episode "The Third Leg of Justice". Bighead plays the song, causing Ace and Gary to dance and to cry in empathy. The Ambiguously Gay Duo Australian comedy rock group
The Axis of Awesome released a parody called "Birdplane". The song, as well as
Five for Fighting himself, is proeminently mentioned throughout the episode "Little Orphan Hero". Drawn Together The song was chosen as
Nicholas McDonald's 'winner's single' in the 2013 series of , and was performed by him in the final on December 15, 2013. The X Factor The song appeared on the TV show
. Hindsight The song was featured in the 2006 film
"Superman (It's Not Easy)" became popularized by the aftermath of the
September 11 attacks and during its release was used to honor the victims, survivors, police and firefighters involved in the attacks.
Other uses [ edit ]
'It's Not Easy' was the song which backed the
Vancouver Canucks' pre-game tribute video to Rick Rypien, following his death at the age of 27 in 2011.
References [ edit ]