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We Are
We Are
Length: 4:34
Released: December 9, 2012
Writers: Danny, J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears, Danny Lohner
Producer: Danny Lohner
Key: D minor
Tempo: 87 BPM
Album: Notes from the Underground
Last single: Levitate (Rock Mix)
Next single: Dead Bite
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We Are is the first single by Hollywood Undead off of their third album, Notes from the Underground.

Background

Johnny 3 Tears explained its meaning: "The song is about collective resistance. It's the silent majority, but we're using Los Angeles as the backdrop. Every time we work with Danny, he takes our music to the next level. He's willing to go as far outside the box as we are. As a whole, it's a good introduction the album because it encompasses the band idealistically. Think of it as an ode to our misled youth."

Music video

The song's music video was directed by Shawn "Clown" Crahan, drummer and founding member of the heavy metal band Slipknot. The video was filmed at 'Linda Vista Hospital' which is said to be the most haunted place in California

Official Lyrics

Danny: We are, we are, we are made from broken parts
We are, we are, we are broken from the start
And our hearts, our hearts, they were beating in the dark
'Cause we are, we are, we are built from broken parts

Johnny 3 Tears: If you can lose it all, then welcome to Broadway
Silicone dreams and your name on the Marquee
And I can hold it up, but I hold it up hardly
It's hotter here in hell, but it's getting real dark, see?

So all you sick and the bitterness of the lonely
To all you overdosed and you miles of coke fiends
'Cause every step, another step, you're walking on my dreams
'Cause every breath, another breath, you're breathing when I breathe

I watched 'em all come, gotta watch the rest go
I'm married to the devil in the city of angels
So come, all you wicked, to the world of the empty
I know I need it all, so baby, don't tempt me

I'm knocking on your door, nope, nobody sent me
Just checking all you bitches like I'm checking this check sheet
So put your hats on, Lohner, don't get soft
You can see God when I take my mask off

Danny: We are, we are, we are made from broken parts
We are, we are, we are broken from the start
And our hearts, our hearts, they were beating in the dark
'Cause we are, we are, we are built from broken parts

J-Dog: The fame is your best friend, you love it, no questions
Beating down the door is the face of rejection
And once again, it's a tragedy anthem
We never wanted more, we never needed your blessing

Who could give a fuck about a kid with a dream?
'Cause stories aren't told about the ones unseen
With a gleam in his eye, his middle finger to the sky
Crooked smile on his face, he doesn't think he could die

So grab a pick and an axe 'cause we try, we cry
Into the bottle of Jack, then we die inside
So when you look in his eyes, what you see now?
Murder the monster you've made and watch him bleed out

We're in a life where it's kill or lose
Just lie, motherfucker, till you hear the truth
From the under the street, through the gutters of youth
Just cry, motherfucker, yeah, I'm talking to you!

Danny: We are, we are, we are made from broken parts
We are, we are, we are broken from the start
And our hearts, our hearts, they were beating in the dark
'Cause we are, we are, we are built from broken parts

Danny: (No one!)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: From the city of angels
Danny: (No one!)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: An empty vessel of devils
Danny: (Can take away what's ours!)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: Is there no one to save us?
Through my eyes, see the world that you gave us

Danny: (No one!)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: From the city of angels
Danny: (No one!)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: An empty vessel of devils
Danny: (Can take away what's ours!)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: Is there no one to save us?
Look through my eyes, see the world that you gave us!

Danny: We are, we are, we are made from broken parts
We are, we are, we are broken from the start
And our hearts, our hearts, they were beating in the dark
'Cause we are, we are, we are built from broken parts

(We are, we are)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: From the city of angels
An empty vessel of devils
Danny: (We are, we are)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: Is there no one to save us?
Through my eyes, see the world that you gave us

Danny: (And our hearts, our hearts)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: From the city of angels!
An empty vessel of devils!
Danny: ('Cause we are, we are)
Da Kurlzz and J-Dog: Is there no one to save us?
Look through my eyes, see the world that you gave us!

Alternate Version

There is a slightly altered version heard during the "Making of" of the We Are music video that was released into the internet. In this version, Danny's vocals have additional backing vocals giving his voice a more aggressive sound. The end of the bridge is also different only having Danny silently singing rather than also having backing vocals from the chorus, unlike the final version.

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional
  • Keith Armstrong - assistant engineer
  • Nik Karpen - assistant engineer
  • Chris Lord-Alge - mixing
  • Andrew Schubert - additional assistant engineer
  • Brad Townsend - additional assistant engineer

Trivia

  • This song was recorded by Danny Lohner at Castle Renholder, Laurel Canyon, CA.
  • This song was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge at Mix LA.
  • In the music video, during J-Dog's scene at the altar. All of his masks to that point make an appearance. His American Tragedy mask is hung on the middle of the cross at the front of the altar and his Swan Songs and Hollywood Undead masks are hung on the candle holders just outside.
  • A line from this song mirrors a line off of Dead Bite.
    • This line is "I watched 'em all come, gotta watch the rest go," said by Johnny 3 Tears in both songs.
  • The version of this song released as a single cuts out part of the bridge for unknown reasons.
    • The music video also has part of the bridge cut, this may have been done to fit the footage.

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