A Chance To Be A Hero
Engelbert Humperdinck Lyrics


Jump to: Overall Meaning ↴  Line by Line Meaning ↴

When I was young at heart, I never had much money
But I never let faith depart, I kept it right beside me
When I was only seventeen, I knew just what I wanted to be
On the stage, on the front page with the spotlight shining
The spotlight shining on me

Take a chance to be a hero, a chance to play in this game
A chance to be somebody who you're gonna recognize my name
A chance to be a hero, a shot at the big time
A chance to be somebody new, a chance to be a hero

Funny, how time can fly right through you fingers
When the parade passes by, you know it's too late then
When your lifelong fantasy floats underneath the door
Down the stairs, out on the street, it won't be coming back
It won't be coming back anymore

Take a chance to be a hero, a chance to play in this game
A chance to be somebody who you're gonna recognize my name
A chance to be a hero, a shot at the big time
A chance to be somebody new, a chance to be a hero

When your lifelong fantasy floats underneath the door
Down the stairs, out on the street, it won't be coming back
It won't be coming back anymore

Take a chance to be a hero, a chance to play in this game
A chance to be somebody who you're gonna recognize my name
A chance to be a hero, a shot at the big time




A chance to be somebody new, I only wanna be
Only wanna be, I wanna be a hero

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Engelbert Humperdinck's "A Chance to be a Hero" talks about a young, hopeful dreamer who aspires to be famous and successful one day. Even though he was not born into riches, he kept his faith and determination alive, knowing that he had what it takes to shine. He was only seventeen when he knew what he wanted, and that was to be on the stage, in the spotlight, with people watching him.


The lyrics then speak about the fleeting nature of time and opportunities, with the metaphor of a parade passing by. The dream that once floated through the door won't be coming back anymore. The writer urges the listener to take a chance, to seize the moment, to play the game and become a hero. The song exemplifies the classic struggle of one man's journey towards success from humble beginnings, giving the listener an uplifting, aspirational message.


Line by Line Meaning

When I was young at heart, I never had much money
Despite my scarcity of resources in the past, I always held on to hope and positivity.


But I never let faith depart, I kept it right beside me
Faith was always a constant companion to me, a source of strength and comfort in hard times.


When I was only seventeen, I knew just what I wanted to be
At the age of seventeen, I already had a clear image in my mind of who I wanted to grow up to be.


On the stage, on the front page with the spotlight shining
My dream was to dazzle audiences and gain recognition and praise for my talent, to be in the limelight.


Take a chance to be a hero, a chance to play in this game
I encourage you to embrace the opportunity to become a hero, to take part in the adventure of life.


A chance to be somebody who you're gonna recognize my name
By taking this chance, you can create a reputation for yourself that people will remember, and you will become somebody of importance.


A chance to be a hero, a shot at the big time
This chance is the perfect opportunity to achieve success and reach the top, to make a name for yourself.


A chance to be somebody new, a chance to be a hero
Taking advantage of this chance will allow you to embark on a new journey, to become somebody different and better than you were before, to be a hero.


When the parade passes by, you know it's too late then
Time flies and waits for no one. When opportunities present themselves, there is no time to waste, or you will miss your chance.


When your lifelong fantasy floats underneath the door
Sometimes, a fleeting opportunity presents itself unexpectedly, and if you're not attentive, you'll never discover it.


Down the stairs, out on the street, it won't be coming back
Once that opportunity's gone, you'll never get it back, so it's crucial to take advantage of it when it's still there.


Take a chance to be a hero, a chance to play in this game
I urge you to take that chance to become a hero, to participate in life's adventure.


A chance to be somebody who you're gonna recognize my name
By taking that chance, you can establish a name for yourself as a person of substance and achievement.


A chance to be a hero, a shot at the big time
This chance could well be your shot at greatness and success.


A chance to be somebody new, I only wanna be
This chance could be your chance to make a fresh start, and I only want to be that hero I've always dreamed of becoming.


Only wanna be, I wanna be a hero
Becoming a hero is all I've ever wanted, and I'm urging you to take that same chance for yourself.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: PAUL B. BROWER

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found
Comments from YouTube:

anando mukerjee

What a crisp voice. A really inspiring pick me up song by Engel. A full bodied warm brandy approach to the song! Well done sir.

Waltraut Ardizzone

So ein schöner Song.So eine traumhafte Stimme.👏❤🌹😘

Kattra Kee

Just heard this on a performance in 2021 recorded live ….first time I’ve ever heard it … what a beautiful song, absolutely ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

Lyndon Sequeira

Some day I'll hope I can cover this song, this song is like my story Engelbert is the best

More Versions