Heroes

Album: Us And Them (2005)
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  • Stare in wonder
    Who's here to bring you down?
    Find your martyr
    I'm sure you've made the crown
    So light a fire under my bones, so when
    I die for you, at least I'll die alone

    Ain't nothing for me to end up like this
    There's no comparing me this time

    All my heroes have now become ghosts
    Sold their sorrow to the ones who paid the most
    All my heroes are dead and gone
    But they're inside of me
    They still live on

    Dark devotion in a beacon Paradise
    Shows no emotion to a willing sacrifice
    You can put a man on trial, but you can't make the guilty pay
    And you can cage an animal, but you can't take away the rage

    Ain't nothing for me to end up like this
    There's no comparing me this time

    All my heroes have now become ghosts
    Sold their sorrow to the ones who paid the most
    All my heroes are dead and gone
    But they're inside of me
    They still live on

    All my heroes have now become ghosts
    Sold their sorrow to the ones who paid the most
    All my heroes are dead and gone
    But they're inside of me
    They still live on

    They're all dead and gone Writer/s: BRENT SMITH, JASON TODD, TONY BATTAGLIA
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 6

  • Sgc from Chattanooga, Tennessee I agree with it being about dead rock stars, particularly grunge because they are post grunge/hard rock and it sounds a lot like Soundgarden’s Spoonman to me however this was 2005 and several of them were dead. Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley most notably. However I may be bias because they are my heroes and 91-96 was the peak in mainstream rock imo. Nirvana to Local H.
  • Angie from Eugene, OregonI feel that maybe this song is about 9/11.

    "Stare in wonder, Who's here to bring you down?" this is referring to everyone watching the news or staring up at the towers.

    "Find your martyr I'm sure you've made the crown"
    Referring to “martyrdom.” Catholic Church Believes Those who suffered violence at the hands of this world, who bled and died because of their commitment to their faith along side all those who die for their kingdom wears a “martyrs crown.”

    "Sold their sorrow to the ones who paid the most" Could me the solider that let their saddness go inorder to fight for the Ones that paid the most "the lives distroyed that day"

    "Dark devotion in a beacon Paradise
    Shows no emotion to a willing sacrifice
    You can put a man on trial, but you can't make the guilty pay" I think this refers to Bin Laden and his Faithful followers "Suicide Bombers"
  • Kellin from Right Here Where I Am, AlHm. I always thought this song was about rock legends that are "dead and gone," though the "dead" is more figurative than literal. The line "sold their sorrow to the ones who paid the most" makes me think of tabloids.
  • [p3yt0n} from Somewhere, InI think the song means that the people he looked up to fell apart, had a breakdown, not necessarily died. And now he has no one to look up to.
  • Joe from Lincoln, NeAfter listening to the lyrics intensely, I have decided that the song is about dead soldiers, specifically those who died fighting for their country. A true hero.
  • Jeff from Casa Grande, AzIt sounds like his "heroes" have "let him down," or more poetively spoken . . . a "shine down."
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