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Tracklist

1. Cynics & Critics buy track
2. Nerves buy track
3. Sugar and Spice buy track
4. Hope of Morning buy track
5. Sorry About Your Parents buy track
6. Pop Culture buy track
7. Watch Me buy track
8. Slow Down buy track
9. Rock and Roll Thugs buy track
10. Think I'm Sick buy track
11. Fix Me buy track
12. Counting on Hearts buy track

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Icon for Hire’s self-titled sophomore album bristles with defiant attitude while trading in a pop-punk sound that’s both abrasive and catchy. The Decatur, Ill.–based quartet avoids the sophomore slump with a set of cheeky, sonically aggressive tunes loaded with airplay potential. Lead singer Ariel slinks, preens, and exhorts her way through these tracks, radiating the brassiness of Dale Bozzio fused with the kooky charisma of Gwen Stefani. “Cynics & Critics,” “Nerves,” and “Pop Culture” are typical of the swagger she brings to the band’s takedowns of superficiality and materialism. Her rapping skills are on full display in “Sugar and Spice,” a jittery yet buoyant tune loaded with electronic whooshes and guitar crunch. Angst spews freely in tunes like “Think I’m Sick,” tempered by the introspective balladry of “Rock and Roll Thugs.” The band displays a taut yet playful energy as it veers from the hard pop of “Sorry About Your Parents” to the metal-tipped techno of “Counting on Hearts.” Though its Christian-music beginnings aren’t always evident here, Icon for Hire still makes it clear that its rebel anthems are on the side of life, love, and spiritual honesty.

Artist: Icon For Hire
Label: Tooth & Nail Records
Release Date: 15-10-2013
Genre: Alternative

Available Lyrics

Cynics & Critics

We're not cynics, we just don't believe a word you say
We're not critics, we just hate it all anyway

If you're happy and you know it
Clap you hands like this
‘Cause the rest of us are wondering
What on earth we missed
If you're happy and you know it
Stomp your feet real loud
The rest of us could use some cheering up right now

Oh please, shoot us up
With something shiny and quick
We like our thrills dirt cheap
And our irony thick
Oh whatever, never mind
We're just crying for help
I guess we'll heal the old fashioned way
And do it ourselves

Oh this is all we know
Oh tragic and miserable
We're not cynics, we just don't believe a word you say
We're not critics, we just hate it all anyway
Oh this is all we've got
Oh we do what we've been taught
We're not cynics, we just don't believe a word you say
We're not critics, we just hate it all anyway

Sometimes I think we push your buttons just for fun
Sometimes I think our kind of crazy has already been done
We're a copy of a copy, everything we swore we'd not be
Yeah, the truth hurts, but it hasn't stung enough to stop me

Oh please, can't you give us
Something better than this
We've built up a tolerance
To all your veteran tricks
You're busy smiling on cue
When you don't have a clue
We're a mess and we know it
We want you to know too

Oh this is all we know
Oh tragic and miserable
We're not cynics, we just don't believe a word you say
We're not critics, we just hate it all anyway
Oh this is all we've got
Oh we do what we've been taught
We're not cynics, we just don't believe a word you say
We're not critics, we just hate it all anyway

If you're happy and you know it
Then there might be something wrong with you
What's the point in holding on
When all of us don't want you to
It'd make us feel better
Knowing you'd be stuck forever
Sick minds stick together
We can stay sick forever

Oh this is all we know
Oh tragic and miserable
We're not cynics, we just don't believe a word you say
We're not critics, we just hate it all

Oh this is all we know
Oh tragic and miserable
We're not cynics, we just don't believe a word you say
We're not critics, we just hate it all anyway
Oh this is all we've got
Oh we do what we've been taught
We're not cynics, we just don't believe a word you say
We're not critics, we just hate it all anyway

We're not cynics, we just don't believe a word you say
We're not critics, we just hate it all anyway

Nerves

I have a heart that gets on everybody's nerves
They don't want the truth, they just want the words
Blah blah blah blah and I can sing until I'm dead
And none of you'll remember a single thing I said

What's the point in being a voice when everyone's already sick of the noise?
Everyone's already sick of the noise, everyone's already sick of the noise
What's the point in trying to change when everyone's already stuck in their ways,
Everyone's happy with more of the same, more of the same, more of the same

We were born kicking and screaming
Until we learned to turn it down

Took our dreams and got in line
Held our breath and hoped to die
Fade on
And all along, we got it wrong
Live a slow and painful life
Put our heart on hold inside
Fade on
And all along, we got it wrong
Oh we keep it hush hush hush
Have you had enough, have you, have you had enough?
Took our dreams and got in line
Held our breath and hoped to die
Fade on
And all along, we got it wrong

I have a heart that gets on everybody's nerves
They don't want the truth, they just want the words

Oh I hate your static pace, you ask no questions, let things be
All you people never learn, and your heart gets on my nerves
And your heart gets on my nerves, and your heart gets on my nerves

We were born kicking and screaming
Until we learned to turn it down

Took our dreams and got in line
Held our breath and hoped to die
Fade on
And all along, we got it wrong
Live a slow and painful life
Put our heart on hold inside
Fade on
And all along, we got it wrong
Oh we keep it hush hush hush
Have you had enough, have you, have you had enough?
Took our dreams and got in line
Held our breath and hoped to die
Fade on
And all along, we got it wrong

But no one listens, 'cause no one cares
If you're alive at all let me see you stare
[x2]

I have a heart that gets on everybody's nerves
They don't want the truth, they just want the words
[x2]

Took our dreams and got in line
Held our breath and hoped to die
Fade on
And all along, we got it wrong
Live a slow and painful life
Put our heart on hold inside
Fade on
And all along, we got it wrong
Oh we keep it hush hush hush
Have you had enough, have you, have you had enough?
Took our dreams and got in line
Held our breath and hoped to die
Fade on
And all along, we got it wrong

We keep it hush hush hush

Sugar and Spice

I don't want your sugar and spice, sugar and spice
I don't want your sugar and spice, sugar and spice

Sometimes I say really dumb things
'Cause it's hard to talk and at the same time think
At the same time, I feel like I should have that down,
I should've figured out the conversation by now
There's a lot of time wasted hating the way I act,
Social skills I'm not sure I have
The list of what's wrong runs way too long
And I had no idea 'til you came along

Over and over
Track on repeat
There's something wrong with me
There's something wrong with me

Got me, they got me, they got me hooked so good
High fructose Hollywood

I don't want your sugar and spice, sugar and spice
Sugar and spice and everything nice
I poured down the drain of my life last night
[x2]

I'm not stressing, obsessing over who I'm not impressing
I know perfection's infectious or is it more like infection
It gets under your skin because you know I'm ignoring you
Wouldn't you rather be broken than boring too?

Over and over
Track on repeat
There's something wrong with me
There's something wrong with me

Got me, they got me, they got me hooked so good
High fructose Hollywood

I don't want your sugar and spice, sugar and spice
Sugar and spice and everything nice
I poured down the drain of my life last night
[x2]

Over and over
Track on repeat
There's something wrong with me
There's something wrong with me

I don't want your sugar and spice, sugar and spice
Sugar and spice and everything nice
I poured down the drain of my life last night
[x2]

Over and over
Track on repeat
There's something wrong with me
There's something wrong with me
[x3]

Hope of Morning

My mind's a kaleidoscope, it thinks too fast
Blurs all the colors 'til I can't see past
The last mistake, the choice I made
Staring in the mirror with myself to blame
Sometimes I'm afraid of the thoughts inside
Nowhere to hide inside my mind
I'm scared that you'll compare and I'll look a lifetime past repair
I second guess myself to death, I re-solicit every step
What if my words are meaningless? What if my heart's misleading this?
I try to capture every moment as it comes to me
Bottle up the memories and let them keep me company

When the hope of morning starts to fade in me
I don't dare let darkness have its way with me
And the hope of morning makes me worth the fight
I will not be giving in tonight

When I'm old and grey, or thirty, or whatever happens first,
I'll need you to reassure me I didn't waste a verse
Or worse, what if my life's work is reduced to just myself
Like never let you get a word in, while I dissect my mental health
Or lack thereof, whatever, there's too many things to track
I really can't remember if I'm insane or insomniac
Nowadays, all the kids want crazy, wanna diagnose themselves
Straight up made up epidemics, pass around prescription pills
But my disorder can't be cured by a bottle, blade, or dose
Self-disgust and selfishness tend to hold me awfully close
But I don't wanna let you see that, I don't want my friends to know
Self-disgust and selfishness take me everywhere I go

When the hope of morning starts to fade in me
I don't dare let darkness have its way with me
And the hope of morning makes me worth the fight
I will not be giving in tonight

Try as I might to keep it together
Why is recovery taking forever?
Fool the whole world, just until I get better
I'm terrified I'll be faking forever (Faking forever)
On and on, I wonder what went wrong inside my head
I don't have to have the answers, but tonight I wish I did
All the pain I can't explain away won't fade
All the secrets silenced by the shame
Don't make me say it [x7]

When the hope of morning starts to fade in me
I don't dare let darkness have its way with me
And the hope of morning makes me worth the fight
I will not be giving in tonight

Sorry About Your Parents

I'm sorry about your parents, they sound like bad people
Your daddy sounds like a jerk
I guess your mama didn't know the gift she got when she got you
I'm sorry about your life, you had it pretty rough
Bending over backwards, never good enough
You poor thing, it must suck to be you
And I know it's not your fault, it never is, is it?

I know what it's like staying up all night nursing wounds
It takes more than I have, pick fights with the past, I always lose
Oh, don't you know? That's no way to live
I know what it's like staying up all night nursing wounds

I get it, give me a little credit
I remember when I was that pathetic
Wear my scars on my sleeve, for all the world to see
Like look what they did to me quick, lay on the sympathy thick
You probably have the right to feel how you do
You were mistreated and cheated out of the childhood you needed
And now you'll never succeed if you're so convinced you're defeated
If you're obsessed with your yesterday then you're destined to repeat it
And I know it's not your fault, it never is, is it, is it, is it?

I know what it's like staying up all night nursing wounds
It takes more than I have, pick fights with the past, I always lose
Oh, don't you know? That's no way to live
I know what it's like staying up all night nursing wounds
[x2]

Pop Culture

And the beat goes on, drone drone like a metronome
Day in and day out I know how the story gonna go
Typical, typical, tongue tied and weak willed
Stuck on the sedative, evidently to sleep well
But I haven't slept in days, I haven't dreamt in nights
I've been busy building theories I just can't wait to try
See, I think the beat's made to drown out the sound of the boom boom
While they shoot our last hope down

Pop culture does nothing for me
The American dream mainstream just bores me
'Cause I'm not like you, I'm immune, I'm immune
Say it over and over until it comes true
Pop culture does nothing for me
The American dream mainstream just bores me
And we all act like we see right through it
When we all know we're addicted to it

And the beat goes on, drone drone like a metronome
Day in and day out I know how the story gonna go
And the beat goes on, drone drone like a metronome
Day in and day out I know how the story gonna go
Check out them men in suits, they're working overtime,
Memorizing what you buy, analyzing what you like
I think the beat's made to clash and distract while they cha ching
Try and buy our loyalties back

Pop culture does nothing for me
The American dream mainstream just bores me
'Cause I'm not like you, I'm immune, I'm immune
Say it over and over until it comes true
Pop culture does nothing for me
The American dream mainstream just bores me
And we all act like we see right through it
When we all know we're addicted to it

Counting down the minutes 'til my heartbeat stops
Fooling myself is a full-time job
[x3]

Pop culture does nothing for me
The American dream mainstream just bores me
'Cause I'm not like you, I'm immune, I'm immune
Say it over and over until it comes true
Pop culture does nothing for me
The American dream mainstream just bores me
And we all act like we see right through it
When we all know we're addicted to it

Counting down the minutes 'til my heartbeat stops
Fooling myself is a full-time job
Pop culture does nothing for me
The American dream mainstream just bores me

Watch Me

Watch me get it get it wrong at the top of my lungs
While you front for every one, while you tip toe for fun
I can scream until your ears bleed, you're gonna never hear me
You hear what you want, but you never wanted me
[x2]

Careful, you don't wanna mess up, do you?
Fake brave face, I see right through you
Standing in place 'cause
Denial is the way to go, at least that's what you told me, so
Cover you ears when you don't wanna know
For whatever you hear you're held responsible

Are you scared you might open your mouth
And feel the horror if nothing comes out?
Do you think you're safe, frozen in place?
Run for cover just in case

I am not afraid to fall
You can watch me lose it all
I'll get it wrong, 'til I get it right
At least I'm making scenes in the meantime

Watch me, watch me
Watch me get it get it wrong at the top of my lungs
While you front for every one, while you tip toe for fun
I can scream until your ears bleed, you're gonna never hear me
You hear what you want, but you never wanted me

All eyes on you, we're watching you
It's too bad you're too stuck to move
Too bad you wouldn't know what to do
If the right thing walked right up to you
It's none steps forward, none steps back
No harm, no foul, you play like that?
Your game sucks, you need a new one
Your game sucks, make a new one up
Up the ante, up the drive,
Slow down - is this how you feel inside?
Torn in the middle like you can't decide,
Can't step up to save your life
I'm calling it, you're full of shhh
More scared to make noise than you care to admit

Are you scared you might open your mouth
And feel the horror if nothing comes out?
Do you think you're safe, frozen in place?
Run for cover just in case

I am not afraid to fall
You can watch me lose it all
I'll get it wrong, 'til I get it right
At least I'm making scenes in the meantime
[x2]

Watch me, watch me

No time left to play it safe, no time to bend
The worst mistake you'll ever make is trying to blend
[x2]

Are you scared you might open your mouth
And feel the horror if nothing comes out?
Do you think you're safe, frozen in place?
Run for cover just in case

I am not afraid to fall
You can watch me lose it all
I'll get it wrong, 'til I get it right
At least I'm making scenes in the meantime
[x2]

Watch me

Watch me get it get it wrong at the top of my lungs
While you front for every one, while you tip toe for fun
I can scream until your ears bleed, you're gonna never hear me
You hear what you want, but you never wanted me

Slow Down

Take me all the places that we used to go
The starlit city, our make-shift home
I'm not scared to hold your hand
On the streets of our own land

Slow down, just breathe,
All we have is all we need
Slow down, just breathe,
All we have is all we need

We don't have a dollar to our name you know
But you've never seen me smile this big before
(I am lost here, I am lost with you)
And I'm not scared to lose it all
When all I've got is beautiful
(I am lost here, I am lost with you)

Slow down, just breathe,
All we have is all we need
Slow down, just breathe,
All we have is all we need

Tomorrow holds no promises
Except the ones we've made
We'll go far with hearts like ours
'Til then we've got today
[x2]

Slow down, just breathe,
All we have is all we need
Slow down, just breathe,
All we have is all we need
Slow down, just breathe,
All we are is all we dreamed

(I am lost here, I am lost with you)
And I'm not scared to lose it all
When all I've got is beautiful

Rock and Roll Thugs

The music is in my blood, you don't understand
The music is in my blood, you don't understand

Sleepless nights at the black and white keys
I'll let my fingers say it for me
Sometimes my spirit's still so scared
Once I put it in a melody it means so much more to me
Fate sealed, I guess this is how I feel
Sometimes I swear the lyrics write me
The lyrics write me

The melody a remedy to calm me down
You never did approve of the fix I found

Bury all the records in the backyard,
When you're not looking I'll go dig them back up
You can bury my body in the backyard,
When you're not looking I'll go dig myself up
And I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music, I know, I know
I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music

And the preacher at church must've told you about them too
'Cause you came home dead set on what you had to do
You said the demons and drugs hide in rock n roll thugs
If I wanna grow up nice, I better give the music up

The melody a remedy to keep me right
You never did approve of my sleepless nights

Bury all the records in the backyard,
When you're not looking I'll go dig them back up
You can bury my body in the backyard,
When you're not looking I'll go dig myself up
And I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music, I know, I know
I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music

Oh the words unwind, my hands rebel
I hide behind these notes too well
I can't pretend anymore

You're not listening, you don't understand
You're not listening, you don't understand
You're not listening, you don't understand
You're not listening, you don't understand

Bury all the records in the backyard,
When you're not looking I'll go dig them back up
You can bury my body in the backyard,
When you're not looking I'll go dig myself up

Bury all the records in the backyard,
When you're not looking I'll go dig them back up
You can bury my body in the backyard,
When you're not looking I'll go dig myself up
And I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music, I know, I know
I know all about the drugs they hide inside the music

Think I'm Sick

I'm sick I think I'm sick
Sometimes I think I get like this
I bite my tongue, I clench my fists
Resist at first and then reverse
The night knows me by name
Its shadow trained to dull the pain
All the black begins to blur
Resist at first and then immerse
[x2]

It tires me, it makes me sad
To think of all the nights I've had
Eyes shut tightly, I shut down
Won't be that much longer now
In the quiet, in the dark
All my ideals fall apart
When they come for me again
Resist with everything I am

It tires me, it makes me sad
To think of all the nights I've had
Eyes shut tightly, I shut down
Won't be that much longer now

I'm sick, I think I'm sick
Sometimes I think I get like this
I bite my tongue, I clench my fists
Resist at first and then reverse
Life's a war, you pick your fight
I think mine picks me first most nights
If I should wake before I die
Then promise me you'll never get this sick inside

Can't undo a word I said
Years of struggle still ahead
All the trouble in my head
I wish I were good instead
[x2]

I'm sick, I think I'm sick
Sometimes I think I get like this
I bite my tongue, I clench my fists
Resist at first and then reverse
My adversary knows me well
She's out for blood, too soon to tell
If I'll outsmart these lies of hell
And think my sick self back to health

Fix Me

Another day, another waste of my heart
It only beats when it wants to
Another step, and I've learned to hold my breath
Still scared to want you

I'll be the mess, you be the medicine
I'll be the mess, you play the medicine

Why don't you fix me?
I can't help myself
Why don't you fix me?
You know I'm fading still

I have tried to be better inside
We both know how it kills
I've tried to heal myself so many times,
But we both know that I'm still ill

I'll be the mess, you be the medicine
I'll be the mess, you play the medicine

Why don't you fix me?
I can't help myself
Why don't you fix me?
You know I'm fading still
[x2]

And you know how I try, fight to survive
My hands are bloody from holding myself too tight
You know how it hurts
You know what the pain will be worth

Every scar one day will heal
Every tear one day will dry
[x4]

Why don't you fix me?
I can't help myself
Why don't you fix me?
You know I'm fading still

Why don't you fix me?
Don't you leave me here
Why don't you fix me?
I'm fading faster and faster

Why don't you fix me?
Why don't you fix me?

Counting on Hearts

I'm counting on hearts like yours to keep me burning
To keep me up 'til two in the morning
You be bright when I'm starting to rust
You be why behind the what
I'm counting on hearts like yours to help remind me
Keep ignoring the white noise behind me
Don't ever let them water me down
I'm counting, I'm counting on you now

Oh I remember that feeling, I must be dreaming

Am I just wasting our time?
Feel like I'm feeding you lines
Nothing left to say
Losing fire and growing tired, uninspired
But I will never let go
Never let up my hold
'Cause I know
Once you feel it you can't unfeel it,
Once you dream it you can't undream it

I'm counting on hearts like yours to keep me crazy
To rough me up 'til nothing can phase me
Will you tell me when it isn't enough?
And never let me live halfway
I'm counting on hearts like yours to get me through it
I'm a fighter now let me prove it
Don't ever let me water it down
I'm counting, I'm counting on you now

Oh I remember that feeling, I must be dreaming

Am I just wasting our time?
Feel like I'm feeding you lines
Nothing left to say
Losing fire and growing tired, uninspired
But I will never let go
Never let up my hold
'Cause I know
Once you feel it you can't unfeel it,
Once you dream it you can't undream it

Some things are not as they seem
Holding on tight to yesterday's dream
Some things are worth fighting for
All we need are hearts like yours
[x2]

Am I just wasting our time?
Feel like I'm feeding you lines
Nothing left to say
Losing fire and growing tired, uninspired
But I will never let go
Never let up my hold
'Cause I know
Once you feel it you can't unfeel it,
Once you dream it you can't undream it
[x2]

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