"Heroes" as written by Alexander William Gaskarth and John William Feldmann....
Not gonna miss you when you're dead and gone
Not gonna talk about you over and over and over
Not gonna find you under latest nostalgia, not happily ever after

Not gonna listen 'til you play that song (play that song)
Don't wanna think about you over and over and over
Not gonna read about the latest fads on your trendy blog
I want nothin' to do with that
'Cause you've made a mess of everything
(And I'm not listening)

You're not a hero, you're a liar
You're not a savior, you're a vampire
Sucking the life out of all the friends you've ever known

You're just a train wreck, not a winner
Up on your soap box preaching down to the sinners
The saints without a cause, we're not listening, we're not listening

I'm gonna a start a revolution
Of convoluted disillusion
(Start a revolution)
I'll need a war with no conclusion
And in the final hour I'll be a confident coward
'Cause if we stand for nothing, we'll fall for anything

You're not a hero, you're a liar
You're not a savior, you're a vampire
Sucking the life out of all the friends you've ever known

You're just a train wreck, not a winner
Up on your soap box preaching down to the sinners
The saints without a cause, we're not listening, we're not listening

Now this is moving in the same direction
But I'm a little too spent to care
'Cause it's a battlefield 'til it blows over
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

The time is now 'til we live and pass out, singin'
We talk shit like it's a cross to bare
You're only relevant 'til you get older
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer (enemies closer)

They're gonna miss me when I'm dead and gone
They're gonna talk about me over and over and over
They're gonna find me under latest nostalgia, happily ever after

But I'm not a hero, I'm a liar
I'm not a savior, I'm a vampire
Sucking the life out of all the friends I've ever known

We're a train wreck, not winners
On a soap box preaching down to the sinners
The saints without a cause, we're not listening, we're not listening
We're not listening, we're not listening


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"Heroes" as written by Alex Gaskarth John Feldmann

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    General Comment"Not gonna miss you when you're dead and gone
    Not gonna talk about you over and over and over
    Not gonna file you under latest nostalgia
    Nor happily ever after

    Not gonna listen to your played-out songs
    (Played-out songs)
    Don't wanna think about you over and over and over
    Not gonna read about the latest fads on your trending blog
    I want nothing to do with that

    'Cause you've made a mess of everything
    (And I'm not listening)"

    So basically he's talking about bands that have "sold out" and how he's not going to listen to them or what they have to say because they "sold out".

    "You're not a hero
    You're a liar
    You're not a savior
    You're a vampire
    Sucking the life out of all the friends you've never known
    You're just a train wreck
    Not a winner
    Up on your soapbox, preaching down to the sinners
    A saint without a cause
    We're not listening"

    He's probably trying to say the "sell outs" are the people they present themselves to be and they're, in fact, sell outs.

    "I'm gonna start a revolution
    Of convoluted disillusion
    (Start a revolution)
    I'll lead a war with no conclusion
    And in the final hour, I'll be a confident coward"

    I think now he's talking about wanting to change the industry and failing to do so.

    "Cause if we stand for nothing, we'll fall for anything"

    He's trying to say that the band has to stand for what they believe in or they'll fall in between the cracks.

    "They're gonna miss me when I'm dead and gone
    They're gonna talk about me over and over and over
    They're gonna file me under latest nostalgia
    And happily ever after"

    I think he's implying that he thinks he's better or different than the others.

    "I'm not a hero
    I'm a liar
    I'm not a savior
    I'm a vampire
    Sucking the life out of all the friends I've never known
    We're a train wreck
    Not winners
    On a soapbox, preaching down to the sinners
    Saints without a cause
    We're not listening"

    Then he turns the finger back to him/the band. I think he might be mocking the people who've hated on them for "selling out". It lies somewhere in between sarcasm and the truth, I think.
    sowrongitserinaon May 28, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionTo me this song has something to do with their previous song "Hometown Heroes; National Nobodies".
    Maybe then when they weren't really "out there" with their major label (not saying they're sellouts) they were just heroes in their hometown and not worldwide since they weren't that famous. And I guess like the comment before me the ending is somewhat talking about themselves, how they "sold out" in the eyes of most of their old fans, maybe even themselves. But they're "not listening" 'cause they know what they're doing and what they want.
    suburbianpizzaon June 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this is kind of acknowledging that people are calling them sell-outs. The music is more on the lines of some of their older stuff yet keeping the new "pop" sound they are playing now. So in a way they are saying we dont care about people talking trash on us cause they arent listening. yet they are listening by writting this song. its a mind fuck.
    citycowgirl11on June 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHere's a little thought. I believe they are writing about hoe everyone thinks they are selling out but what if they have wroten this in the point of view of the fans.
    TaraBaraZon July 14, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationNot gonna miss you when you're dead and gone
    Not gonna talk about you over and over and over
    Not gonna file you under latest nostalgia
    Nor happily ever after

    [I think he's kind of talking to himself, and these are his worries of the future]

    Not gonna listen to your played-out songs
    Don't wanna think about you over and over and over
    Not gonna read about the latest fads on your trendy blog
    I want nothing to do with that

    [He keeps listening to their old songs and seeing how they changed because everyone is calling them "sell-outs" but he just wants to stop thinking about it and seeing it all over the internet]

    Cause you've made a mess of everything
    (And I'm not listening)

    You're not a hero, you're a liar
    You're not a savior, you're a vampire
    Sucking the life out of all the friends you've ever known
    You're just a train wreck, not a winner
    Up on your soapbox, preaching down to the sinners
    A saint without a cause
    We're not listening
    We're not listening

    [He's pretty much insulting himself and pointing out his flaws, as well as thinking that the fans have stopped listening.]

    I'm gonna start a revolution
    Of convoluted disillusion
    (Start a revolution)
    I'll lead a war with no conclusion
    And in the final hour, I'll be a confident coward

    [He wants to make music that is different, so even though people think they are "sell-outs" he'll try to prove them wrong]

    Cause if we stand for nothing, we'll fall for anything

    [He wants his songs to mean something or else they won't stand the test of time]

    You're not a hero, you're a liar
    You're not a savior, you're a vampire
    Sucking the life out of all the friends you've ever known
    You're just a train wreck, not a winner
    Up on your soapbox, preaching down to the sinners
    A saint without a cause
    We're not listening
    We're not listening

    Now this is moving in the same direction
    But I'm a little too spent to care
    Cause it's a battlefield till it blows over
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

    [He thinks that the band is straying towards the way that other so-called "sell-out" bands were going, and he's just getting tired out of it so he wants to try to pull the fans closer, but manages to somewhat prove what they were saying]

    We're throwing stones, though we live in glass houses
    We talk shit; it's a cross to bear
    You're only relevant until you get older
    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
    Enemies closer

    [They're doing bad things they really shouldn't be doing, and talking shit constantly. 'You're only relevant until you get older' is confronting Alex's biggest fear, he stated in an interview that his biggest fear is becoming irrelevant.]

    They're gonna miss me when I'm dead and gone
    They're gonna talk about me over and over and over
    They're gonna file me under latest nostalgia
    And happily ever after

    [Pep-talking himself that people do like him, and he won't become irrelevant]

    I'm not a hero, I'm a liar
    I'm not a savior, I'm a vampire
    Sucking the life out of all the friends I've ever known
    We're a train wreck, not winners
    On a soapbox, preaching down to the sinners
    Saints without a cause
    We're not listening
    We're not listening
    We're not listening
    We're not listening

    [Truly accepting all of his faults, and then saying that they're aren't listening to people who are calling them "sell-outs"]
    PanicAtTheStarr13on December 01, 2011   Link
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    General Commentonly good song on the album. being a songwriter i can tell this song serves as a reminder/savoir for himself. they made it catchy pop punk esque because he wanted the crowd to sing it back to him so every night he performs this song it encourages him to do what he's talking about in the song and no longer be the sell out he's become. i think the next album from this band is going to blow this one out of the water and be like more like the earlier albums (i could be wrong).i think how the first two chorus' is for the fans to sing to him, and the last chorus being directly about him somewhat exists to prove that the song is in fact about himself. the first verse is about not wanting to be forgotten and by being unoriginal he's becoming easily forgotten, which he wants to stray away from

    i think most of you are on the right track about the meaning of him wanting to change the music scene but failing to do so despite how bad he wanted to do it (in the final hour i'll be a confident coward)

    mark my words the next abum will be amazing and nothing like this
    -sincerely mr hopeful
    herestolife1000on December 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOh, you're listening alright. And I hope it hurts so you begin to learn empathy...that's what I think the sequel to this song should be :D
    Thisaintozkidon December 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of a few people i know..
    erika64298on April 18, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationWell I don't listen to All Time Low much, so I can't relate to all of the people saying this song is about them selling out, etc. I'm sure that might be possible though, thinking of bands that I do fallow and who have sold out. They probably did write this song thinking about that, but as all songs, it can be taken more than one way.

    Listening to this song, I thought of a completely different interpretation...

    To me, it seems as though they are refering to suicide, saying that people who commit suicide are not the strong ones, and instead of paying so much attention to them and thinking of them as saviors, we should help the people who are still alive and need help.
    starting with "Now this is moving in the same direction" it switches talking about a personal experience with suicide.

    "They're gonna miss me when I'm dead and gone
    They're gonna talk about me over and over and over
    They're gonna find me under latest nostalgia, happily ever after"
    That part is thinking what goes through ones mind when they want to commit suicide (well obviously the are depressed and many different things are going through their mind, but sometimes part of the reason why someone might choose to commit suicide is knowing that people will actually care about them then.

    "But I'm not a hero, I'm a liar
    I'm not a savior, I'm a vampire
    Sucking the life out of all the friends I've ever known
    We're a train wreck, not winners
    On a soap box preaching down to the sinners"
    Saying that committing suicide wouldn't be a good decision, it wouldn't actually make the majority of people learn anything important, and he wouldn't be making life better for anyone.

    "On a soap box preaching down to the sinners, but noones listening"
    Wikipedia- "A soapbox is a raised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech"
    So he is trying to talk to people and change their lives with his words, but as he said before, he isn't a savior, people won't listen.

    Overall, people often think that the only thing they can do to make people care about them and make right decisions in their life, is to commit suicide. But when you do, people don't change (well the people very close to you that love you are very effected, but in a bad way anyway).
    greenday68on November 03, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"And in the final hour I'll be a confident coward" makes me think of Doctor Who at the end of the Time War.
    CDWARSon December 11, 2012   Link

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