LYRIC

[Verse 1]

You know me

I used to get caught up in everyday life

Tried to make it through my day so I could sleep at night

Tried to figure out my way through the maze

Of rights and wrongs, but like you used to say

Nothing feels like it's really worth it

Forget perfect

I'm trying not to be worthless

Since I last saw you I've been looking for a purpose

Well, I met this kid who thought like I did

He had a weird way of looking at it

This is what he said:

[Hook]

"Slip out the back before they know you were there

And at the worst, you'll see nobody cares

Cause you don't wanna be around when it all goes down

Even heroes know when to be scared

Slip out the back before they know you were there

And at the worst, you'll see nobody cares

Cause you don't wanna be around when it all goes down

Even heroes know when to be scared"

[Verse 2]

Now

I don't remember where I met him or remember his name

But he walked funny, like he was just too big for his frame

Just over five foot, but he weighed a buck fifty

And what he said just seemed so right, it stuck with me

Listen, it's like poker you can play your best

But you got to know when to fold your cards and take a rest

And know when to hold your cards and hold your breath

And hope that nobody else is stacking the deck because

I don't need to tell you that life isn't fair, it doesn't care

It arbitrarily cuts off your air, and like

You I want someone to say it's okay

But in the truest parts of our hearts everybody's afraid

We just under-appreciated and overwhelmed

Fighting so hard to hide our fear that were scaring ourselves

You understand when I'm saying, cause you always did

But it's different in the words of a cowardly kid (who said)

[Hook]

"Slip out the back before they know you were there

And at the worst, you'll see nobody cares

Cause you don't wanna be around when it all goes down

Even heroes know when to be scared

Slip out the back before they know you were there

And at the worst, you'll see nobody cares

Cause you don't wanna be around when it all goes down

Even heroes know when to be scared"

[Bridge]

I'm no hero, you remember how I was, you know

All I ever did was worry, feeling out of control

To the point where everything was going end over end

I'm spinning around in circles again

This is where you come in

All of this to explain to you why

I had to separate myself away from yesterday's life

Please remember, this isn't how I hoped it would be

But I had to protect you from me

[Hook 2]

That's why I slipped out the back before you knew I was there

I know you felt unprepared

But every single time I was around I'd just bring you down

And I could tell that it was time to be scared

That's why I slipped out the back before you knew I was there

And I know the way I left wasn't fair

I didn't want to be around just to bring you down

I'm not a hero, but don't think I didn't care

[Verse 3]

I also represent anyone on the receiving end of those jokes you offend

I'm the nightmare you fell asleep and then woke up still in

I'm your karma closing in with each stroke of a pen

Perfect time to have some remorse to show for your sin

Nope, it's hopeless, I'm the denial that you're hopelessly in

When they say all of this is approaching its end

But you refuse to believe that it's over

Here we go all over again

Back's to the wall, I'm stacking up all them odds

Toilets clogged, yeah cause I'm talking a lot of shit but I'm backing it all up

But in my head there's a voice in the back and it hollers after the track is demolished

"I am your lack of a conscience"

I'm the ringing in your ears

I'm the polyps on the back of your tonsils

Eatin' your vocal chords after your concerts

I'm your time that's almost up that you haven't acknowledged

Grab for some water but I'm that pill that's too jagged to swallow

I'm the bullies you hate

That you became with every faggot you slaughtered

Coming back on you, every woman you insult, batter but the double-standards you have when it comes to your daughters

I represent everything, you take for granted

Cause Marshall Mathers the rapper's persona's half a facade

And Matthew and Stan's just symbolic

Of you not knowing what you had 'til it's gone

Cause after all the glitz and the glam

No more fans that are calling your name

Cameras are off

Sad, but it happens to all of 'em

I'm the hindsight to say, “I told you so”

Foreshadows of all the, things that are to follow

I'm the future that's here to show you what happens tomorrow

If you don't stop after they call ya

Biggest laughing stock of rap who can't call it quits

When it's time to walk away, I'm every guilt trip

The baggage you have but, as you gather up all your possessions

If there's anything you have left to say

'Less it makes an impact, then don't bother

So 'fore you rest your case

Better make sure you're packing a wallop

So one last time

I'm back, before it fades into black and it's all over Behold the, final chapter in a saga

Trying to recapture that lightning trapped in a bottle

Twice, the magic that started

It all, tragic portrait of an artist tortured trapped in his own drawings

Tap into thoughts blacker and darker

Than anything imaginable, here goes a wild stab in the dark, uh

As we (I) pick up where the last Mathers left off

I'm no hero, you remember how I was, you know

All I ever did was worry, feeling out of control

To the point where everything was going end over end

I'm spinning around in circles again

This is where you come in

All of this to explain to you why

I had to separate myself away from yesterday's life

Please remember, this isn't how I hoped it would be

But I had to protect you from me

That's why I slipped out the back before you knew I was there

I know you felt unprepared

But every single time I was around I'd just bring you down

And I could tell that it was time to be scared

Eminem, Linkin Park - Heroes - lyrics


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