the search has begun
this is page one
men meet your maker
i give you the author...

he may seem familiar because he looks like your mirror
you've lied like a lawyer, but don't deny it
when you're...
face to face with demons
dancing off mirror images reflecting all that you wanted...
so far from perfect.

onward, we will strive
take it for what it's worth
this truth that you've realized
you're not who you thought you were
it's time you see the other side of...
what you have become,
nothing but your single serving selfish chapters
of sacrificial moral standards
no stranger to apathy in bold situations
take your time to make it happen
leave your mirror and spare your excuse as a self-serving actor
so close to perfect

it's all the same, no face or complexion
you're not worth what you're spending
when you're screaming "danger, danger!"
don't stop, go on alone
desperate endeavor
you've got to take it or leave it
if you will
not so convincing that you're the only one here who can't be like me

the search has begun, leave your letters but it won't matter
take back what is left before your death
but is it really you that they suspect
you take shots, who's the figure before the flame
it's not hard to spark, but it's hard to master
so look for the answer

single serving selfish chapters on your condition
lust and liars
so get out, stop dreaming, if you're one for breathing
sacrificial moral standards of two reflections...
truth and fire
something you'll live for
so close to perfect

it's all you've got, one chance for conviction
lies fuel fires, and your suspect won't walk
you're screaming "danger, danger!" don't, don't stop
just go on alone
desperate endeavor
you've got to take it or leave it
if you will
not so convincing that you're the only one who could be like me

from this point on, the way you thought it would all work out
but we've hit autumn, just follow the story
the fall of the author
just one more year, and you'll cease to regret
one on one to repent, all eyes are fading
sleep alone

Lyrics submitted by Seanie

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    General CommentI ♥ this song.
    I can't explain it though, but I love it.
    IHeartRainbowsX13on January 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite song by them; it just sums up life for me. i took my username from it. the first song i had heard by the academy is..., it made me fall in love.
    thexauthoron January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. I feel like every The Academy Is... song is always written so precisely that if you change ONE WORD... the whole meaning of the song would change.

    I think this song is about fakes and identity searching. "The Author" I believe is yourself. You write your own book (aka- your life). "he may seem familiar because he looks like your mirror" totally gave away the whole author thing... i think that is the best line in the whole song.

    Continual repetition of words like "actor", "mirror", "stranger" all help to suggest the idea of identity/identity searching.

    The song may also have a hint of religion. Demons are mentioned and your maker is mentioned too.
    lightUPon March 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe author is yourself, "the search has begun/ this is page one" is basically showing the start of every person's life, when they start to find out who they really are and show the rest of the world that person. the part about the lying is saying that you may have been trying to fit in with certain peoples or have been trying to change who you are so it has a certain effect/gain. the part about the mirror is showing that you may see yourself as something, but no matter how much you alter your image you'll always be the same person and you'll never achieve complete and total change into something that is completely different from yourself. the song just shows you that you should always be yourself and stick with your ideas and stand up for what you believe in, instead of trying to be something that you are not, because you'll just end up lonely if you do that.

    I love this song so much. It just may be my fave by them.
    unwarychildon June 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow i love this songg
    i love the academy is...
    more than anything in the
    ♥ ♥ ♥
    tacademyis123on December 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentuntil id heard this song I knew he was a beautiful lyricist but when i heard this i realized it was an entire different level. beautiful.
    musicnerrdon July 29, 2010   Link

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