Hoobastank: Fight or Flight [2012]

Released September 11, 2012
Genre Post-grunge
Length 42:20
Label Open E Entertainment (EMI)
Producer Gavin Brown

Fight or Flight, is the fifth studio album by American rock band Hoobastank released on September 11, 2012, delayed from prior July 31, 2012 and August 28, 2012 dates.[2][3] Produced by Gavin Brown, the album features eleven new studio tracks including first single, “This Is Gonna Hurt.” On May 3, 2012 the band revealed the first single on their official website.[4]. The release of Fight or Flight marks the band’s newfound independence and the opportunity to move forward on their own terms. “We’ve been on this journey for a long time now,” says singer Doug Robb. “It’s like a clean slate, but not in a bad way—quite the opposite. We’re no longer trying to satisfy others, not even on a subconscious level; we’re comfortable in our own skin.”[5] In July 11, 2012 a tentative cover artwork was revealed in Hoobastank’s Facebook page, but in July 19, 2012 it was changed for the definitive cover artwork. 

Track listing

All lyrics written by Doug Robb.

No. Title Length  
1. This Is Gonna Hurt”   3:50
2. “You Before Me”   4:24
3. “The Fallen”   3:16
4. “Can You Save Me?”   3:55
5. “No Destination”   3:43
6. “Slow Down”   4:40
7. “No Win Situation”   3:46
8. “Sing What You Can’t Say”   3:23
9. “Magnolia”   4:09
10. “Incomplete”   3:12
11. “A Thousand Words”   4:01
Total length:
42:20  
Japanese bonus track  
No. Title Length  
12. “The Pressure”   4:05

Lyrics

1. This Is Gonna Hurt

I’ve been living for too long
With a feeling something’s wrong
Like a thorn stuck in my side
Just out of reach for me to pull it out
Now the picture’s crystal clear
I can see that the end is near
We no longer to have pretend
All things have got to come to an end

[Chorus:]
This is gonna hurt
This is gonna hurt you
This is gonna hurt you
More than it hurts me.
And I don’t wanna hurt
That’s why I’m gonna hurt you
That’s why I’m gonna hurt you
That’s how it’s gonna be.

And they say what doesn’t kill you
Well, I’m sure you know the rest
If you’d shut up for a second
I could get this off my chest
Cause I’ve been though way too much
And we’ve grown so out if touch
Now we can’t see eye to eye
It’s time to kiss it goodbye.

[Chorus:]
This is gonna hurt
This is gonna hurt you
This is gonna hurt you
More than it hurts me.
And I don’t wanna hurt
That’s why I’m gonna hurt you
That’s why I’m gonna hurt you
That’s how it’s gonna be.

This is gonna hurt you
That’s how it’s gonna be
This is gonna hurt you

Can’t you see the writing on the wall?
One more step before I end it all.
Closing my eyes, holding my breath,
Finish it now, get it over with.
Can’t you see the writing on the wall?
One more step before I end it all.
Closing my eyes, holding my breath,
Finish it now, get it over with.

[Chorus:]
This is gonna hurt
This is gonna hurt you
This is gonna hurt you
More than it hurts me.
And I don’t wanna hurt
That’s why I’m gonna hurt you
That’s why I’m gonna hurt you
That’s how it’s gonna be.

2. You Before Me

Tell me everything you need
All the secrets that you keep
Even if it takes all day
Even if it takes all night
I can put the world on hold
So you and I can be alone
Even if it takes all day
Even if it takes all night

I would do anything for you
I always will put you before me
You before me
And everything I’ll ask of you
I always will put you before me
You before me

Lay your head down next to mine
By your side I feel alive
Tell me that you’ll stay all day
Tell me that you’ll stay all night

I would do anything for you
I always will put you before me
You before me
And everything I’ll ask of you
I always will put you before me
You before me

Say the word and I’ll be there
Say the word and I’ll be there

Tell me everything you need
All the secrets we can keep
Even if it takes all day
Even if it takes all night

I would do anything for you
I always will put you before me
You before me
And everything I’ll ask of you
I always will put you before me
You before me

Say the word and I’ll be there

3. The Fallen

Everything I know will change, I’ll never be the same
So I’m told as a voice repeats “Again, again and again”
What if it doesn’t feel like everyone said it should?
What have I become?
How’d I fall so far, now no one can find me
Realise in a moment my ambition is a curse
‘Cause it hides all the best in me, but shows the worst
How’d I fall so far, now no one can find me
How’d I fall so far, now no one can find me
There’s nothing behind me, to take me back to start
Can someone remind me, of who that I used to be?
I can’t seem to wake up from this dream
I can’t catch my breath enough to scream
Be careful what you wish for
‘Cause your wishes may not be what they seem
How’d I fall so far now no one can find me
How’d I fall so far now no one can find me
There’s nothing behind me
To take me back to start
Can someone rewind me, to who that I used to be?
To who that I used to be
(What if it doesn’t feel like everyone said it should)
What have I become?

4. Can You Save Me?

I’ve been here before and I don’t like it
I’m trying to find where I went wrong
‘Cause I never want to feel the way I do right now ever again
Totally lost and all alone

Can you save me?
Can you save me from myself?
Cause I’ve lost it all again
And I think maybe
You’re the one who can pull me out
Of the holes I always dig
I said it before and always mean it
I promised this time will be the last
‘Cause just when I thought that I’ve come so far from who I used to be
There’s no escaping from my past

Can you save me?
Can you save me from myself?
Cause I’ve lost it all again
And I think maybe
You’re the one who can pull me out
Of the holes I always dig

You’re the one who can pull me out

One step forward
Two steps backward
One step forward
Two steps backward

Why, do I do this to myself?

Can you save me?
Can you save me from myself?
Cause I’ve lost it all again
And I think maybe
You’re the one who can pull me out
Of the holes I always dig

5. No Destination (Fight Or Flight)

I run away
Through the dark and empty space
Where the wind will erase your memory
Here in the black there is no turning back
It’s the only place where I can get away

This is where I know I’m safe
The Road is my escape
A hiding place from you under the sky
There’s nowhere else I’d rather be
The moonlight blankets me
The stars will be my company tonight

The further I run
The more that I become
Weightless and numb to hurting
Worries and fears hold no gravity here
It’s the only place it all makes sense to me

This is where I know I’m safe
The Road is my escape
A hiding place from you under the sky
There’s nowhere else I’d rather be
The moonlight blankets me
The stars will be my company tonight

No destination
I have found the core inside the storm
No destination
I have found the core inside the storm

This is where I know I’m safe
The Road is my escape
A hiding place from you under the sky
There’s nowhere else I’d rather be
The moonlight blankets me
The stars will be my company tonight

No destination
I have found the core inside the storm

6. Slow Down

Sometimes I forget to breathe
Life can be overwhelming
Always pushing and pulling on me
Away from what really matters
And I keep forgetting to remind myself
I keep forgetting to remind myself
I keep forgetting to remind myself

Slow down
No one ever said this journey was a race
What’s the hurry?
Slow down
I’ll go anywhere I want at my own pace
Without a worry
I’ve gotta slow down

It’s never easy letting go
When the feeling is so familar
Of always being in control
Maybe it’s an illusion

Slow down
No one ever said this journey was a race
What’s the hurry?
Slow down
I’ll go anywhere I want at my own pace
Without a worry

Slow Down
Let go now
Slow Down

Slow Down
Let go now
Slow Down

I hope that it’s not too late
‘Cause everything’s all a blur
On and on
On and on

I hope that it’s not too late
‘Cause everything’s all a blur
On and on
On and on

I keep forgetting to remind myself

7. No Win Situation

I love the way that you show me
The way you show me you love me
The way you always break me down
Manipulate and control me
Because you think that you owe me
Like you’re the one who wears the crown

Not a day goes by I can be without you
But you’re driving me insane

So tell me why can’t I just let you go
Damned if I do, damned if I don’t
I’m trapped in a no win, a no win situation
I know that you’re no good for me
Poisonous but I can’t leave
I’m trapped in a no win, a no win situation
I hate the way I forgive you
I wish that I could forget you
But my addiction takes control
I’m sick of making excuses
For all your lies and abuses
I’d be better off alone

Not a day goes by I can be without you
But you’re driving me insane

Why can’t I just let you go
Damned if I do, damned if I don’t
I’m trapped in a no win, a no win situation
I know that you’re no good for me
Poisonous but I can’t leave
I’m trapped in a no win, a no win situation

Damned if I do
Damned if I don’t
I can’t let you go

Not a day goes by I can be without you
But you’re driving me insane

Why can’t I just let you go
Damned if I do, damned if I don’t
I’m trapped in a no win, a no win situation
I know that you’re no good for me
Poisonous but I can’t leave
I’m trapped in a no win, a no win situation

8. Sing What You Can’t Say

Right now it’s hard for me
To let go and open up
To tell you how I feel
And what I’m thinking of
I know it hardly shows
It doesn’t mean that I’m not trying

Three little words
One simple thing
I never get it right

So here I am
Singing what I just can’t say
Need you to understand
I love you doesn’t quite explain
So I’m gonna sing what I can’t say

I’m not the type to wear my heart upon my sleeve
I’m not an open book for everone to read
And I hope you don’t confuse
My silence for just not caring

Three little words
Should say it all
They just won’t do tonight

So here I am
Singing what I just can’t say
Need you to understand
I love you doesn’t quite explain
So I’m gonna sing what I can’t say

It’s such a simple thing to say
Somehow it doesn’t quite explain
No it never comes out right

So here I am
Singing what I just can’t say
Need you to understand
I love you doesn’t quite explain
So I’m gonna sing
Here I stand
Singing what I just can’t say
I’ll do the best I can
I love you doesn’t quite explain
So I’m gonna sing what I can’t say

9. Magnolia

I watch and wonder
As you discover
I’m hoping that I find
Something that reminds me of myself
And I keep hearing
How these days are fleeting
So I try to lock away
Every memory

Magnolia
Magnolia
These days won’t last forever
Magnolia
Magnolia
So the moments we’re together
Mean everything

And with every blessing
Night and day I’m asking
Oh for just a little more
There never is enough
Magnolia
Magnolia
These days won’t last forever
Magnolia
Magnolia
So the moments we’re together
Mean everything

It’s like there’s no one around
When you’re holding my hand in a crowd
It’s like there’s no one around
When you’re holding my hand in a crowd

No one

And I know there’ll be a day
I’ll be giving you away
Until then I’m holding on

Magnolia
Magnolia
These days won’t last forever
Magnolia
Magnolia
So the moments we’re together
Mean everything

Magnolia
Magnolia
Magnolia

10. Incomplete

Haven’t known you long enough
But now I’m seeing why
You’re always on my mind
No one else has ever made me open up my eyes
You’re the one that made me realize, realize

I’ve been incomplete
Missing a part of me
Blinded by the fear of something new
But now I see
All along what’s missing has been you

Try to find a missing piece
To fill a hole in me
A lonely mystery
Thought I had it figured out
But then you came along
And with just a look
I knew that I was wrong, I was wrong
I’ve been incomplete
Missing a part of me
Blinded by the fear of something new
But now I see
All along what’s missing has been you

I’m feeling things I never knew existed
And now I know I’ll never be the same
This changes everything

Haven’t known you long enough
But now I’m seeing why
You’re the one that’s always on my mind
You’re the one that made me realize
Realize

I’ve been incomplete
Missing a part of me
Blinded by the fear of something new
But now I see
You were all that’s missing
And you’re here with me
I’m no longer incomplete
I can see the clear and simple truth
For me to be
Complete I only have to be with you
For me to be
Complete I only have to be with you

11. A Thousand Words

It’s hard to say goodbye
And leave a part of me
These walls will hold so many memories
Underneath my smile
Holding back a scream
Packing up a box of broken dreams

A thousand words
Trapped inside of me
A thousand words
A thousand words

In the rear view mirror
I slowly disappear
On this road the dust they never clear
I wish I had a choice
I wish that I could stay
I wish I had a voice so I could say

A thousand words
Trapped inside of me
A thousand words
A thousand words

A thousand words
Trapped inside of me
A thousand words
A thousand words

A thousand words
Trapped inside of me
A thousand words
A thousand words

A thousand words
Trapped inside of me
A thousand words
A thousand words

12. The Pressure

I can still remember when
At the tender age of ten
Mother told me I could be anything at all
Then when I was seventeen
Someone made that choice for me
And if I disagreed
I would end up on the street
Out on the street

We’ve been told for all our lives
This is who you have to be
Close your eyes, go back to sleep
Don’t ask questions
Don’t ask why
Just do exactly as they say
But I don’t think that I can take
The pressure
The pressure

Looking back at twenty-one
I just wanted to have fun
But first I had to go make a name for myself
Now lately everywhere I go
Somebody wants to know
If something’s wrong with me
Because I’m not like them
I’m not like them

We’ve been told for all our lives
This is who you have to be
Close your eyes, go back to sleep
Don’t ask questions
Don’t ask why
Just do exactly as they say
But I don’t think that I can take
The pressure
The pressure
The pressure
The pressure

Tired of justifying who I am
I long to ask for something
More than what we’ve all been told to
Do you think there’s something wrong with me

We’ve been told for all our lives
This is who you have to be
Close your eyes, go back to sleep
Don’t ask questions
Don’t ask why
Just do exactly as they say
But I don’t think that I can take
The pressure
The pressure
The pressure
The pressure

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