Be The Hero

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The debut album from The Smoking Mirrors, released February 16, 2010. Recorded in bandmember Michael Robert Yanoska's home studio over the course of January 2010.

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released February 16, 2010

All music written, recorded and produced by Michael Robert Yanoska and Cory Jones.

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Track Name: 86
And in the end we'll find ourselves, conflicted and confused
We'll look up to our savior, he will only be amused
The hopes and dreams will be shattered, spread across the dirty floor
But little do they know that we don't need them anymore

Are you ready for a miracle?
Are you ready for something new?
I'll risk it all, I'll lose everything
Because all I need is you

The feeling running down your spine, it's the feeling of fears and lies
The truth that's being told to you, it was hidden in disguise

Everything that they took from you, it's yours, all yours
Everything that they told you, well there's more, much more
Everything that they keep from you, it's sad, so sad
And everything that they'll do to you

And in the end, she found herself conflicted and confused
She looked up to her savior, but he only seemed amused
Track Name: Satisfied
Wake up boy it's a brand new day, time to say hello
Wave to the masses, put a smile on, just act like you don't know
All them secrets buried in your soul, they're always on your mind
And when you think about them, tell me, why do you feel guilty every time?

Well we're sick of all your lies, and now we recognize
All the risks you take, all the rules you break, and we hope you're satisfied

Time for revolution, there's a cry for war, no place to run and hide
Thousands disappointed in the end result, it's time to take a side
Enemies of yours, now they're on the hunt, they're angry with your ways
They want answers, we want answers, well what're you gonna say?

Well we're sick of all your lies, and now we recognize
All the risks you take, all the rules you break, and we hope you're satisfied
Yeah we're sick of all your lies (YEAH WE’RE SICK OF ALL YOUR LIES)
And now we recognize (AND NOW WE RECOGNIZE)
All the risks you take, all the rules you break, well we hope you're satisfied

Here we go!

Well we're sick of all your lies, and now we recognize
All the risks you take, all the rules you break, and we hope you're satisfied
Yeah we're sick of all your lies (YEAH WE’RE SICK OF ALL YOUR LIES)
And now we recognize (AND NOW WE RECOGNIZE)
All the risks you take, all the rules you break, well we hope you're satisfied

All right!
Track Name: Be Mine
You and I were just two dumb kids running round, getting lost in this godforsaken town
I think you know exactly what I mean
I'd look at you and you would look away, I had to act like everything's okay
But deep down, there is something I have to say

Baby please be mine
Always and forever, starting with tonight
Take my hand, I promise you we'll be alright
Always and forever, starting with tonight
Take my hand, I promise you we'll be just fine

You were the one with whom I spent all my time, my source of reason, my goddamn peace of mind
I'd be insane if I ever let you go
Wondering what it's like to be in love, did it hurt when you fell from far above?
I know it’s crazy but I just have to know

Won’t you please be mine?
Always and forever, starting with tonight
Take my hand, I promise you we'll be alright
Always and forever, starting with tonight
Take my hand, I promise you'll be fine

When your skies are turning gray, and there's nothing left to say
You will find me standing right beside you every single time
When the walls are caving in, and our time is growing thin
You won't have to worry, I'll be there for you

So please be mine
Always and forever, starting with tonight
Take my hand, I promise you we'll be alright
Always and forever, starting with tonight
Take my hand, I promise you we'll be just fine

Always and forever, we'll be fine
Always and forever, you'll be mine
Track Name: Let's Start A Fight
Stuck in isolation and you're living in fear, stifled and deprived now for over a year
Going through the motions, dying slowly inside, time to take back everything that you've been denied
Breaking off the hand that is holding you down, time to get busy, stop messing around
You think you've got it figured out, you're not even close, so figure out the answer, start making the most

Of your life, of the life you want to lead, of the dreams you wanna believe
When the truth cannot be seen, you gotta know just what they mean
When they say you're out of time, and they expect you to fall in line
You better stand up for what's right, break these chains and start a fight

Tearing down the walls, yeah, that keep you in place, find out who's responsible and get in their face
It's time they recognize who is taking control, understand the madness that's consuming our souls
Breaking off the hand that is holding you down, time to get busy, stop messing around
You think you've got it figured out, you're not even close, so go out and rebel, start making the most

Of your life, of the life you want to lead, of the dreams you wanna believe
When the truth cannot be seen, you gotta know just what they mean
When they say you're out of time, and they expect you to fall in line
You better stand up for what's right, break these chains and start a fight
Yeah!

Overthrowing all the crime, that insults you every time
Break this habit of panic and fear, for the new age is finally here
It's time to make something of your life, be the hero in someone's eyes
Are you willing to die for what you believe? Get out and show them what you can be!

So start making the most of your life

Of the life you want to lead, of the dreams you wanna believe
When the truth cannot be seen, you gotta know just what they mean
When they say you're out of time, and they expect you to fall in line
You better stand up for what's right, break these chains and start a fight
Let's start a fight
Let's start a fight!
Track Name: Understand
Seems like every morning's a chance to start again
Look into those lovely dark brown eyes
Superstitious, over-ambitious, the story of my life
You'd think that I'd be over it by now

Well everything you thought
You always understood
It's time to throw it out the window

Holding onto every memory of my past
Seems to me like nothing's quite the same
Feeling so ungrateful for the one that keeps me sane
Only now do I know just how it feels

Well everything I never thought
That I would ever know
It's time to understand the truth

Well everything you thought
You always understood
It's time to throw it out the window

Well everything I never thought
That I would ever know
It's time to understand the truth
Track Name: Story Of An Old Friend
Jackpot, not a lot, don't you know who's right and wrong?
Masquerading, hiding out, been away for much too long
Superficial suicide, success deserves the blame
Who's our latest victim of the glory and the fame?

Sacrificing friendships and connections over time
Crumbling under pressure, turn from passion, turn to crime
Holding off and holding back from love and sympathy
Shoot the messenger, take it all, and mourn the soon-to-be

So damn sad, yet so damn old
Why the hell have we turned so cold?
Of all the stories we could have told
Why the ones we already know? (2x)

Revelations, revolutions, resurrections, resolutions
No one knows but we all have a choice
Implications, interruptions, hit parades and self destruction
No one seems to know to use their voice
Deadly poison, deprivation, detrimental activation
Crisis growing every single day
Mysteries and mass corruption, multiplying loud disruptions
Life's too short to throw it all away

So damn sad, yet so damn old
Why the hell have we turned so cold?
Of all the stories we could have told
Why the ones we already know? (2x)

(solo)

So damn sad, yet so damn old
Why the hell have we turned so cold?
Of all the stories we could have told
Why the ones we already know? (2x)
Track Name: Say Nothing
Who’s the problem? Who’s the answer hiding from the world?
When the ax comes swinging down, we’ll know just who to throw in front of its way

Why can’t we just sing along in peace and harmony?
Why must we be so contagious to catastrophe?

Spending half a lifetime sitting silently while watching you drift
Slowly out of reach and growing farther away from me, say anything to me please

I can’t believe that you were playing games with all our minds
I can’t believe that none of us could ever see the signs

Spending half a lifetime sitting silently while watching you drift
Slowly out of reach and growing farther away from me, say anything to me please
Track Name: Reality
Every day, the same thing
No escape, don't relate, can't function
Simple ways, reality
No life, no right, dysfunction

But when I close my eyes
And I see the light
I know, there's more
Time for me to face reality

Either way, I hate the day
Underlined, paralyzed, discretion
What a fail, setting sail
Getting out, holding out for better

But when I close my eyes
And I see the light
I know, there's more
Time for me to face reality

But when I close my eyes
And I see the light
I know, there's more
Time for me to face reality
Track Name: Get Closer
Pretty girl, why don't you come over here?
Come sit beside me, come whisper something in my ear
I caught you looking, why don't you act on your actions?
I know you feel it, I know you feel the attraction

Get closer, get closer to me girl! I said
Get closer, get closer to me girl!

Pretty girl, in the blood red dress
Why don't you help me? Why don’t you fill in the rest?
You look like one of them, one of them who could help me out
And yes I know it, and I ain't got no doubt

Get closer, get closer to me girl! I said
Get closer, get closer to me girl!

Pretty girl, it's such a long way home
And I can't get there, I can't get there all alone
It's such a long night, the end is nowhere near
But I won't leave you darling, oh baby have no fear

Get closer, get closer to me girl! I said
Get closer, get closer to me girl! Alright
Get closer, get closer to me girl! Yes I said
Get closer, get closer to me girl!
Track Name: Poison Apple
Heaven forbid what you already did
Don't you realize how I feel?
Your selfish ways are so contagious
You know

Losing my faith in you, oh why did I wait for you?
It's like you never cared
The complications kept reducing my patience
You know

So why don't you sail off into the sunset and leave me behind
I've taken my final bite of your poison apple

Hoping the best for you, yet running away from you
I can't make up my mind
There's somebody out there, who's so unaware
It's you who they will find

And if it was me, you know I'd already be devoting
All of my time to you
But thankfully, I'm no longer wasting my time
I've learned from my mistakes

So why don't you sail off into the sunset and leave me behind
I've taken my final bite of your poison apple

Losing myself in the
Waters of your ways
Fighting to find my way
out of this twisted maze

Hoping for just one break
From all this desecration
Can't seem to take my mind
Off all this devastation

So why don't you sail off into the sunset and leave me behind
I've taken my final bite of your poison apple (2x)
(Losing myself in the waters of your ways, just one more mistake
Fighting to find my way out of such a twisted maze)
Track Name: Tourmaline (Interlude)
All I need is just one chance so, let me sweep you off your feet
Just one chance

Cuz when I saw you across the lane, I knew that it had to be only you
Yes its true

And while you were just a princess then, to me, I gotta say, you looked just like a queen
Yes to me

And all I have is a simple question
Would you be the one with whom I fall in love?
Fall in love
Fall in love
Fall in love
Fall in love
Track Name: And I Fall
Every night, it kills me to say goodbye
When all I wanna do is spend my life with you

Well if I ever asked you to, do you think you'd ever feel the same?
I wonder if you could
Or would you throw me out the door, would you forget my face, forget my name?
Deep down I know you would

I tried my best, but the way you look at me, it suggests
That i never meant anything, and all your ungratefulness stings

But when you do the things you do, I wonder if you think it's some kind of game
The way you strut around
I know the things you've done before, and I gotta say its really such a shame
What I've found

And I fall
And I fall
And I fall, over and over and over and over again

I wonder why I've stuck around and I, I guess I had to see if you could change
And clearly I was wrong
And now i really know the truth and I gotta say it seems so very strange
Being clueless for so long

So I guess I'll break away and I'll, say goodbye and send you on your way
I can't believe that I
I can't believe that I fell

In love with you (and I fall)
In love with you (and I fall)
In love with you
Track Name: I Was Only Dreaming
Running from my mind on the great divide, but I keep getting lost
Dreaming of a reason to stay awake, but I'm drowning in my thoughts
Never, I never thought I'd end up turning into somebody like you
But it was just a matter of time

Finger on the trigger and let it go, it's all that you can do
Did you ever think of the consequence, did you ever think it through?
Always, I always believed that we'd turn out alright
But nothing stays the same

Sympathetically, I gotta admit, there were times when it was fun
And I thought in the back of my mind that you could be the one
Sitting solid in a sea of delusion, frozen to the core
You cut me down, I cut you out, and now I don’t have to see your face no more!

How did it feel when I told you I was leaving you for good?
I couldn't tell by your blank expression, I never understood
You had to give me something, girl, it was nowhere near enough
I know by the way that you act that you think you're so damn tough

Well you never thought (NO YOU NEVER THOUGHT) no you never thought
That I would be the one to pull the plug on everything after all this time

I've given up, now I'm out the door, don't bother calling my name
I left behind all the things that you did, cuz they only brought me shame
I saved my dignity, that's all I need, and I'll make it my own way
My dream is coming true, you never knew that I would be OK

Well you never thought (NO YOU NEVER THOUGHT) no you never thought
That I would be the one to pull the plug on everything after all this time

Never thought that I would think it through (whoever thought that it would happen to you)
Understand that I am taking control (something simple, something that I don't know)
Cut the cord, make amends and then, find my replacement and do it again
My only hope is that you sympathize while you rip out the hearts of the ones who adore you
(I don't know x16)

Sympathetically, I gotta admit, there were times when it was fun (I was only dreaming)
And i thought in the back of my mind that you could be the one (I was only thinking)
Sitting solid in a sea of delusion, frozen to the core (It seemed so appealing)
You cut me down, I cut you out, I won't see you anymore (I don't need a reason) (4x)