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Idol
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Length: 3:54
Released: July 31, 2020
Writers: J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears,
Tech N9ne
Producer: Matt Good
Album: New Empire Vol. 2
Last single: Empire
Next single: Coming Home
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Idol is lead single from the band's seventh studio album, New Empire Vol. 2.

Music video

The music video of the song was released on August 20, 2020, and was directed by William Felch.

Speaking on the new video, Johnny 3 Tears says:

"I think the video best represents the chaos and turmoil of the song itself. Organized and introspective. But something insidious always right below the surface."

Reception

It peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart and #7 on the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart.

Official Lyrics

J-Dog: I think I'm an angel, but I am cursed
Riding so painful, ghost-whipping the hearse
My secrets are shameful, my secrets are faithful
My life is no fable, I'm an archangel

Fiends and I'm filling 'em drugs and I'm dealing 'em
Pack the shit up, the orders, I’m filling ‘em
Load the clip up ‘cause I stay drilling ‘em
What did you say? Slow down, son, you're killing 'em
What do you do? They look up to you
A porcelain doll, an idol, a tool
You dropped outta school, you're burning up fuel
An angel of death, the face of a ghoul

Johnny 3 Tears: I ain't your idol, kid, I'm just a gangster
I cannot save you, son, I ain't no savior
I ain't your idol, kid, and I'm full of hatred
I cannot save you now, I ain't no savior

I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid

No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol

Tech N9ne: I'm gonna be killing 'em without any airplay
'Cause I dare say everything not their way
Fuck politically correct and the scared way
They don't want this angel demon bringing muerte
Not imagining me dumping a magazine
Thought that you had a dream but really have a king
But this one is splattering, battering
On a mission traveling, protected by Mazikeen
I'm talking extremities with enemies, obscenities to you, I'm exactly what a rival is
If you're not finna be my synergy infinity, I'm then wishing you suicidal shit
I'm homicidal, bitch, and I puff a lot of medijuana but I run up on 'em and it got a vital kick
If you're not up on the damage the Bible did, I ain't your idol, kid

Johnny 3 Tears: I ain't your idol, kid, I'm just a gangster
I cannot save you, son, I ain't no savior
I ain't your idol, kid, and I'm full of hatred
I cannot save you now, I ain't no savior

I ain't your idol, kid

Looking at me, well, what do you see?
The vision of something that you'll never be
The kingdom will come, they'll come for the king
What do you want? What do you need?
I'm an addict with a habit
I'll blow your fucking head off
Goddammit, can't stand it
The look on your face, the desperation
I cannot take it, I feel it again
The needles are pushing up under my skin
I cannot speak but the voices within
That evil is good and the virtue of sin
Who are you? What do you need?
Are you sure you wanna be like me?
Gotta pay up, nothing is free
A deal with the devil, a deal with me

I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid

No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
No, I ain't your idol, kid
And I cannot save you, son

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Other
  • Tech N9ne - vocals
  • Matt Good - engineering, production


Trivia

  • Johnny 3 Tears makes a reference to their song Glory with the line "A deal with the devil, a deal with me."
  • The official lyrics provided in the description of the music video and in the lyric video have some discrepancies with the actual song:
  • The official lyrics indicate Johnny says “I cannot speak but the voices within/Tell me evil is good and the virtue of sin” although he doesn’t say “tell me” in the song
  • The official lyrics indicate Johnny says “Well, pay up, nothing is free/A deal with the devil is a deal with me” when he actually says “Gotta pay up, nothing is free/A deal with the devil, a deal with me.”

Idol
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Length: 4:07
Released: December 4, 2020
Writers: J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears,
Sushi
Producer: Matt Good
Album: New Empire Vol. 2

Idol is an alternate version featuring Sebastian "Sushi" Biesler of Ghøstkid.

Official Lyrics

J-Dog: I think I'm an angel, but I am cursed
Riding so painful, ghost-whipping the hearse
My secrets are shameful, my secrets are faithful
My life is no fable, I'm an archangel

Fiends and I'm filling 'em drugs and I'm dealing 'em
Pack the shit up, the orders, I’m filling ‘em
Load the clip up ‘cause I stay drilling ‘em
What did you say? Slow down, son, you're killing 'em
What do you do? They look up to you
A porcelain doll, an idol, a tool
You dropped outta school, you're burning up fuel
An angel of death, the face of a ghoul

Johnny 3 Tears: I ain't your idol, kid, I'm just a gangster
I cannot save you, son, I ain't no savior
I ain't your idol, kid, and I'm full of hatred
I cannot save you now, I ain't no savior

Johnny 3 Tears and Sushi: I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid

Johnny 3 Tears: No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol

Sushi: Hast dir so oft gewünscht jemand anders zu sein, viele sterben so jung
Erfolg führt zu Einsamkeit, nur noch Fassade
Nimmst es in Kauf kannst keinem vertrauen
Niemand holt dich hier raus
Was siehst du in mir? Verstehst du es nicht?
Du hast scheinbar alles, doch alles heißt nichts
Wolltest nie Fame und auch nie das Geld
Nicht tausende Freunde von denen keiner zu dir hält
Willst so viel sagen, doch niemand hört zu
Musst nur funktionieren ihr Segen, dein Fluch
Hast alles versucht, es war nie genug
Machst trotzdem weiter denn irgendwer muss es tun
Sag wer bist du wenn dich jeder vergisst?
Schlafwandelst im Tagtraum, nur wach für den Augenblick
Chaos im Kopf, Gedanken ertränken
Kein Anfang in Sicht ohne tragisches Ende

Johnny 3 Tears: I ain't your idol, kid, I'm just a gangster
I cannot save you, son, I ain't no savior
I ain't your idol, kid, and I'm full of hatred
I cannot save you now, I ain't no savior

Johnny 3 Tears and Sushi: I ain't your idol, kid

Johnny 3 Tears: Looking at me, well, what do you see?
The vision of something that you'll never be
The kingdom will come, they'll come for the king
What do you want? What do you need?
I'm an addict with a habit
I'll blow your fucking head off
Goddammit, can't stand it
The look on your face, the desperation
I cannot take it, I feel it again
The needles are pushing up under my skin
I cannot speak but the voices within
That evil is good and the virtue of sin
Who are you? What do you need?
Are you sure you wanna be like me?
Gotta pay up, nothing is free
A deal with the devil, a deal with me

Johnny 3 Tears and Sushi: I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid

Johnny 3 Tears: No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
No, I ain't your idol, kid
And I cannot save you, son

Translation of Sushi's verse

So often you've wished to be someone else, many die young
Success leads to loneliness, everything's just a facade
Just accept it, can trust no one
Nobody's gonna help you out
What do you see in me? Don't you understand?
You seem to have it all but "all" means nothing
You never wanted neither fame nor money
Not a thousand friends who don't stand behind you
You want to say so much but no one listens
You just have to function, their blessing's your curse
Tried everything but it was never enough
Still keep going 'cause someone has to
Tell me, who are you if everyone forgets you?
Sleepwalking in daydreams, only awake for the moment
Chaos in your head, drowning thoughts
There's no beginning in sight without a tragic ending

English Version

An english version of the song was released only on physical media. It features a completely different second verse by Sushi.

Sushi: I was the hero, became my worst enemy
Saints become demons, they'll send you to sleep
Living the dream, it's not worth its price
Life's just a game, Devil's rolling the dice
What do you see? There's nothing in me
The glamorous got an appearance of the real
The person will see just the product of this
Dusts off the cover, now wants me under it
They turn off the lights in the onerous space
They keep their headstone and they give me some graves
They're searching the place they hate to call home
But now it's too late 'cause it's just a wrong turn
So who are you? What do you need?
Are you sure you wanna be like me?
Well, pay up, nothing is free
The deal with the devil is signing with me

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Other
  • Matt Good - engineering, production
  • Sushi - vocals

Trivia

  • Johnny 3 Tears makes a reference to their song Glory with the line "A deal with the devil, a deal with me."

Idol
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Length: 4:07
Released: December 4, 2020
Writers: J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears,
KURT92
Producer: Matt Good
Album: New Empire Vol. 2

Idol is an alternate version featuring KURT92.

Official Lyrics

J-Dog: I think I'm an angel, but I am cursed
Riding so painful, ghost-whipping the hearse
My secrets are shameful, my secrets are faithful
My life is no fable, I'm an archangel

Fiends and I'm filling 'em drugs and I'm dealing 'em
Pack the shit up, the orders, I’m filling ‘em
Load the clip up ‘cause I stay drilling ‘em
What did you say? Slow down, son, you're killing 'em
What do you do? They look up to you
A porcelain doll, an idol, a tool
You dropped outta school, you're burning up fuel
An angel of death, the face of a ghoul

Johnny 3 Tears: I ain't your idol, kid, I'm just a gangster
I cannot save you, son, I ain't no savior
I ain't your idol, kid, and I'm full of hatred
I cannot save you now, I ain't no savior

I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid

No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
KURT92: (Yeah, yeah, c'mon)

Да, я не ангел, я больше как дьявол
Прожжённый мой Prada, со мной baby, как Миногарова (Машка)
Я - по притонам, скурил я вагоны
Прокашлялся поном
В сумках Vuitton'а патроны и порох
Нет, я не икона, скорее подонок
И ты не волнуйся, блять, это не гонор
Чувствуй: я холодный
Опускал водный, в руке виски с колой
Тут каждый день праздник, не нужен мне повод
Бегу я за дропом по знакомым тропам
Утолил свой голод
Другая порода, стреляю ведомых
Дай хлеба и зрелищ народу, а толку?
Они не готовы, слышишь?
Они не готовы

Johnny 3 Tears: I ain't your idol, kid, I'm just a gangster
I cannot save you, son, I ain't no savior
I ain't your idol, kid, and I'm full of hatred
I cannot save you now, I ain't no savior

I ain't your idol, kid

Looking at me, well, what do you see?
The vision of something that you'll never be
The kingdom will come, they'll come for the king
What do you want? What do you need?
I'm an addict with a habit
I'll blow your fucking head off
Goddammit, can't stand it
The look on your face, the desperation
I cannot take it, I feel it again
The needles are pushing up under my skin
I cannot speak but the voices within
That evil is good and the virtue of sin
Who are you? What do you need?
Are you sure you wanna be like me?
Gotta pay up, nothing is free
A deal with the devil, a deal with me

I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid
I ain't your idol, kid

No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
No, I ain't your idol, kid, your idol
No, I ain't your idol, kid
And I cannot save you, son

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Other
  • Matt Good - engineering, production
  • KURT92 - vocals

Trivia

  • Johnny 3 Tears makes a reference to their song Glory with the line "A deal with the devil, a deal with me."

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