Gone As Ghosts

by Heroes And Cons

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released December 21, 2010

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Track Name: You Were Right
I am the feeling right before your head hits the glass
I am the recollection of all the friends you've known in your past
I am the ink, I am the pen, I am the thought, I am the page
I'm each and every word you'll sing to accompany the changes
(Nothing ever changes!)

I am the memories you attach
To your favorite records playing back
I am the photo fading yearly
That you've not the will to throw in the trash
I'm every regret and everything
You wanted to say to make you strong
I am the voice inside your head
Saying you were right all along

I'm every harm you've ever wished upon your fellow man
I am the cries of the middle class struggling with payment plans
I am the suit that will be worn by the man of the year
I'm each and every policy that's been used to incite fear

I am the memories you attach
To your favorite records playing back
I am the photo fading yearly
That you've not the will to throw in the trash
I'm every regret and everything
You wanted to say to make you strong
I am the voice inside your head
Saying you were right all along

I am a disaffected youth, I'm a disgruntled old man
I am a beacon of truth, I'm too cowardly to take a stand
I am that final thought you have before you drift off to sleep
I am the handful of dirt dropped on a coffin six feet deep

I am the last you'll ever sing and all you'll ever know
I am the first sign of defiance that your children will show you
I am the anger built up in all your songs
Always knowing in your heart that you were right all along

You were right
Track Name: As The World Burns
Some people like to see themselves in a better place
Some people live to see themselves fading away
Some people want to know the truth, others prefer the lie
Some people can't accept the fact that some people die

Some people run for president, those people are dead
Some people run for senator and make money instead
Some people think that politics ain't none of my concern
Some people just want to watch the world burn
Let it burn

So scratch my skin
And peel back my eyelids
Count my sins
You'll pay for what I did

Some people wear their discomfort like a new favorite shirt
Some people don't know anything outside of getting hurt
Some people take their misery and wed it like a bride
They don their suits of armor and rot from the inside

Some people try to live their lives as honest as they could
Some people lie to full extent, made up of fire and wood
Some people don't have a motive nor memory to discern
These people exist solely to watch the world burn

So scratch my skin
And peel back my eyelids
Count my sins
You'll pay for what I did

You will, oh you will

So scratch my skin
And peel back my eyelids
Count my sins
You'll pay for what I did

As the world burns
As the world burns down
Track Name: Detached
And every time I lie, you can see it in my eyes
When I say that there's no place I'd rather be than here
(The truth is that) Every day I don't die is a tiny little victory
But every morning I wake up in this place, it feels more like defeat

I can't sit still in this place for too long
The more I wait here, the more time I waste here
When you see a sunrise, it's not what I feel like
Detached from where I am and anchored to where I'm not

I guess it's not my style to wear it on my sleeve
But if you wait a little while, you'll see just what I see
(And know what I mean)
I'm caught between the snow and the sound of the sea
So by the time you read this note, you won't know what's become of me

I can't sit still in this place for too long
The more I wait here, the more time I waste here
When you see a sunrise, it's not what I feel like
Detached from where I am and anchored to where I'm not

It seems you'll never know
This internal conflict
And time will surely show
What will become of it
The more I stand here
I feel my feet sinking
Before you know it, I can't breathe
And soon enough I'll be buried

I can't sit still in this place for too long
The more I wait here, the more time I waste here
When you see a sunrise, it's not what I feel like
Detached from where I am and anchored to where I'm not
Track Name: Black Hole
You are a silent cry for help at the edge of the dinner table
Your hands and knees buckle at the thought of making a mistake again
Well, I would like to know what went so wrong in your life
I would like to know what it is you're looking for

But I am merely a man and you're a black hole
Something tells me I'm not gonna make it out of this one alive

Well, you've got twin volcanoes underneath eyelids
And a calculator brain counting the damages done
And there ain't nothing that I can say that'll ease the pain
So I'll stay silent

So name one good thing about me that you can remember
Can you count the smiles over the scowls over time?
Well, I am the last person you should take it out on
I sincerely hope you find what it is that you keep bitching at me to do

But I am merely a man and you're a black hole
Something tells me I'm not gonna make it out of this one alive

Well, you've got twin volcanoes underneath eyelids
And a calculator brain counting the damages done
And there ain't nothing that I can say that'll ease the pain
So I'll stay silent

I hope you know when I say that no one will love you more than me
It doesn't mean you won't find someone better
They can be stronger, richer, smarter, funnier
Better all around
As long as I live, I'll be singled out

But I am merely a man and you're a black hole
Something tells me I'm not gonna make it out of this one alive

You've got twin volcanoes underneath eyelids
And a calculator brain counting the damages done
And there ain't nothing that I can say that'll ease the pain
So I'll stay silent
Track Name: Gone As Ghosts
A body in the road, a body in the bed
Your friends have grown cold, your friends are all dead
Underneath the ground, sifting beneath the lake
I hope you drown, at least for my sake

We're gone as ghosts
(We're all gone)
We're gone as ghosts
(We're all gone)
Gone as ghosts
(We're all gone)
We're gone as ghosts

The lights beyond the fog are slowly clearing out
Your name's down the dogs if there ever was doubt
So cut the noose you've laid and offer me a piece
Count the sins you need to pay to me

We're gone as ghosts
(We're all gone)
We're gone as ghosts
(We're all gone)
So clutch your throat
(And let me go)
Gone as ghosts

So live with guilt and live with God
Self-righteous while you hang yourselves upon that cross
Hang yourselves upon that cross
Go on and hang yourselves upon that cross

You pray to angels, I pray to ambulances
I live in the airwaves and starve the artists
Track Name: Vices And Virtues
We've all got vices, we've all done wrong
We're all sinners, we've been saints all along
We all are voiceless but we have a song
It gives us the strength to carry on

You've got a gift, so use it
The blood in your veins proves that you're human

We've all got virtues we've given up
We'll eat our fill, we'll never get enough
I'm here to destroy what you hold true
I'll make sure that this never belongs to you

You've got a gift, so use it
The blood in your veins proves that you're human
Well, you've got a gift, so use it
The blood in your veins proves that you're human

And everything we thought we knew
Turned out to contain nothing like truth
And we deserve the life we've earned
To make use of the things we've learned
And I exist because of this
Despite the faith you so easily dismiss
You can put my body in the fucking ground
But I'll find a way to climb back out
Track Name: All We Are
My grandfather was a surgeon of mechanical organs
And on the day he left, all of the green gardens died
But now he's dead and so am I
We're both victims of our own led lives
Responsible, not accountable

And all our lives we spend
Chasing after those that mean the most
On that same abandoned road
And though you're by my side, well I feel
That I will always walk alone

My mother was an artist that molded lives
Of everyone that she had the pleasure to know
But she doesn't smile anymore
We've become burdens on her feet
We're slowly dragging down the one person
Who's loved us the most

And all out lives we spend
Chasing after those that mean the most
On that same abandoned road
And though you're by my side, well I feel
That I will always walk alone

And all out lives we spend
We're chasing after those that mean the most
On that same abandoned road
And though you're by my side, well I feel
That I will always walk alone

I will walk alone
I will always walk alone
Track Name: Poem
There is a song you cannot sing
It speaks of truth and wicked things
You keep it locked up in a spiral notebook
Its words are scratched but legible
Calls of events regrettable
A simple story of what you foresook

There is a priest above your grave
He is at loss of what to say
Confirmations of a saviorless faith
The wind blows through your empty house
And whips the ghosts trying to get out
At night those ghosts, they swim inside your head

There is a man outside your house
His arms are long and grace the ground
You dare not speak his name for he might hear you
Your eyes are strained but dare not shut
The lights outside have all but
Abandoned you to this dreary mess

There is a poem written in ink
It lies unfinished near the kitchen sink
You wish to finish but it won't let you
You learned to tie a noose today
In case you ever need an embrace
The God you pray to simply lets it all happen

There is a tree with a single swing
It stands deserted until spring
When all the children, they will end this winter
You use to play there years ago
But now it's gone and no one knows
What you did or where it went, but I do

And there is a thought inside your head
Leaving questions left to be fed
You try so hard but you fail all your tests
The sounds you make are deafening
The silence of a reckoning
You leave me no choice but to bury your memory

These are the words you wished you said
Track Name: The River
You've got a porcelain face and fragile heart
I can't lie, I've loved you from the start
You've got eyes that shine through the dark
So lovely, I will tear apart

Break my fingers, snap my neck
Twist my legs and bound my hands
And throw me in the river
Just so I won't escape
The more I see, the less I feel
Faking smiles for you to steal
Drown myself in the river
Just to get away from you

Well, you've got a soul that shields scars
And a want for love that leaves you starved
You've got a voice that breaks my heart
So lovely that I will tear apart

Break my fingers, snap my neck
Twist my legs and bound my hands
And throw me in the river
Just so I won't escape
The more I see, the less I feel
Faking smiles for you to steal
Drown myself in the river
Just to get away from you

And the river is rising, its waters are cold
And it won't ever let me go
So fill my lungs with fragile air
And pray that I won't find you here

I'll tear you apart
I swear I'll tear you apart

(I'll tear you apart, please don't make me)
So drown me, so drown me
(We're gone as ghosts, we're gone as ghosts)
I swear I'll tear you apart
(I'll tear you apart, please don't make me)
So drown me, so drown me

(We're gone as ghosts, we're gone as ghosts)
I swear I...
I swear I...
Track Name: Something Tells Me
Something tells me we're not gonna make it back in one piece
I think we lost ourselves in the snow on our way back to the sea
We've become detached from our homes
These anchors weigh heavy on our bones
Something tells me that you were right all along

All we are is the weight of our words
Measured against the weight of our actions
Surgeons and artists, mannequins and mechanics
In love with black holes
We fed our lies to the stage and have settled upon our fences
Something tells me we should've just stayed on our own side

And you know where fallen idols go
It's not where we want to be
The ghosts have all gone and grown
And the river is no place for me

Something tells me when I see my father
He won't like what he sees
My hands are all worn out
From burning down the world I once believed in
My cynical has become an umbilical cord
That's wrapped around my neck
My body lie with all but vice
I'll need it all to give me strength

And you know where fallen idols go
It's not where we want to be
The ghosts have all gone and grown
And the river is no place for me

This is not the end
(This is not the end)
This is not the end
(This is not the end)
Well, this is not the end
(This is not the end)
Well, this is not the end
No, this is not the end