You're trying to understand, I told you your brother had been killed,
Yet here he stands in the very shadow of the man you came here to destroy.
You came here to avenge His death, you came here to save mankind...
And you see now, you cannot do both.

Tell me now, is there a man among you here,
Is there no one who will stand up and try to fight?
Tell me man, is there not one in all your ranks,
Is there no one who values courgage over life?

They looked to me once, now they turn to you
Do you understand now, do you see that the truth is
They don't want to change this, they don't want a hero
They just want a martyr, a statue to raise

I've given everything I can, there are no heroes left in man.

So it begins, no matter which one of us wins
The ground we're standing on will crack and blow away.
You will fight, and when you fight you fight alone,
And in the end you'll see there was no other way.

I've been here before, I've stood where you stand,
They called me their hero, the Hero of Man
But why should we save them, when they stand for nothing;
If they deserve life, let them stand for themselves.

We've given everything we can, there are no heroes left in man.
They'll watch you die to save their lives,
They will not stand here by your side.


We've given everything we can, there are no heroes left in man.
So let them watch as we decide
The very fate, of all mankind.



Lyrics submitted by E-Mack, edited by Faradan

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    General CommentMy absolute favorite Protomen song.

    The spoken bit at the beginning is Dr. Light explaining the situation to Megaman- that he cannot both save mankind and avenge Protoman's death, because the one he seeks to destroy and the one he seeks to avenge are indeed the same man... robot... whatever. They're both Protoman.

    Protoman, then, tells Megaman to give up on saving humanity because the people are all cowards who will rely on a "hero", and would let Megaman die just as they had let Protoman "die" in the first song.

    ((And by the way a few corrections:

    Line #4 is "And you see now, you cannot do both."
    Line #19 is "They called me their hero, the Hero of Man"
    Line #21 is "If they deserve life, let them stand for themselves."
    Line#26 is "So let them watch as we decide"))
    L33tsaberon August 25, 2006   Link

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