Supersonic Soul: Retcon

by Shane Carey

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The hero's ascension didn't free him from the karmic wheel. Is the reason hidden in his back-story? The Supersonic Soul trilogy concludes.

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released July 22, 2015

Written and performed by SHANE CAREY:
Vocals, guitar, NS/Stick®, programming

Guest narration by CONNOR MITCHELL

Co-produced by CLIFTON GRAY
Cover art by SHANE CAREY

Thanks: Tommy Cannon, Bill Binder, Dawn Gilpin, Maria Konopken, Nadia Torres

Special Thanks to Clifton Gray

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Track Name: The Wheel
So the wheel comes 'round again
A start always follows from an end
So many lives lived by a single soul
So many stories to cover up the holes

The last seemed to find a solution
Acceptance and resolution
But the soul was not unbound
From the wheel still turning 'round
We rewrite
We review
And the story starts anew

Now I once again play the role
Of writing the stories of Supersonic Soul
And oh! What a hateful part to play
To know what's been given and taken away
He struggled with his demons, accepted and found peace
But still the wheel turned, he still was not released

My wish, my one and only goal
Has always been to help the Supersonic Soul
I'm free to change his past
Could something be rewritten to set him free at last
I'll find it in his history
I hope it can be done
I start my re-reading
With issue number 1...
Track Name: City's Got Soul
This City's Got Soul

You can feel it in the air
You can feel it in the ground
On the radio and TV
Even in the traffic sounds

It's got a rhythm
This city's got a groove
It needs a hero who can keep up with every move
I'm supersonic so I can hit that goal
The people don't know it yet, but
This city's got Soul

The police do all they can
Cleaning up the street
It's harder in a city
That's too big for the beat

Living free and happy
The rights we all expect
A city like this, it takes more power to protect
Now I know my purpose
Now I know my role
Now I have the power
and now, this city's got Soul

Tonight I stopped a car the police could not outrun
Saved a woman named Ana being held up with a gun
Stopped a cop from being shot on a routine patrol
The city is slowly finding out
They've got the Supersonic Soul
Track Name: Let Me Be Your Hero
Out of the ocean
onto the shore
A giant reptile rises with a terrifying roar
The city panics
as the creature draws near
They're about to find out
They've got nothing to fear

Now I'm about to show them that they can depend on me
I will not fail to tip the scales
This lizard is going back to sea

Let me be your hero
I won't let you down
Let me be your hero
Protector of this town

Surviving the pressure
at the bottom of the sea
It's tougher than hitting
cold blood is the key
My supersonic scream
heats the air with sound
The creature's eyes go glassy
and it falls to the ground

So now I'm sure they understand what I'm really all about
They're sure to see the need for me
I'm the hero they won't wanna be without

Let me be your hero
I won't let you down
Let me be your hero
Protector of this town

I don't need congratulations
or rewards to save the day
Just to know I have a place here
where they're glad to have me stay
Track Name: What's It Gonna Take
What's it gonna take
To prove myself to you
What's it gonna take
To show you my heart is true
Will I ever be good enough
What's it gonna take to be your man


Can't eat, can't sleep
I'm lonely and I'm miserable
No matter what I do
I feel invisible
Will I ever be good enough
What's it gonna take to be your man

Don't want to try too hard
But I can't let it go
So I keep on trying harder
But I wish you'd let me know
Will I ever be good enough
What's it gonna take to be your man

What's it gonna take
To prove myself to you
What's it gonna take
To show you my heart is true
Will I ever be good enough
What's it gonna take to be your man


Are you gonna say something
Don't you see me trying
Are you gonna say nothing
Just leave me crying
Will I ever be good enough
What's it gonna take to be your man

Did I do something wrong
Is there something I missed
Am I outta your sight
Do you know I exist
Will I ever be good enough
What's it gonna take to be your man

What's it gonna take
To prove myself to you
What's it gonna take
To show you my heart is true
Will I ever be good enough
What's it gonna take to be your man

What's it gonna take
To prove myself to you
What's it gonna take
To show you my heart is true
Will I ever be good enough
What's it gonna take to be your man
Track Name: Push The Pusher
I look around and see the signs
I see the cases, see the weapons
I can read between the lines

You're getting ready to invade
This sickly city like a cancer
With your parasitic trade

You think you have the upper hand
You've got the muscle, got supply
And you'll create the demand

Not gonna happen in this town
Before you fill a single grave
I promise I will take you down

I'm gonna push the pusher
Push him right outta this town

This neighborhood is filled with doubt
That poverty, discrimination,
and their luck leave no way out

From in the shadows you speak
Like the serpent to the sick
the poor, the hungry, and the weak

I look for weakness too
Go where I'm needed to protect the weak
From predators like you

I promise you by all that's right
I'll follow you into the gutter
Drag you up into the light


I will be staying here
'Til I have stopped you selling evil
poison, sickness, crime, and fear

Won't let it happen in this town
They'll see it written on my face
The minute that I take you down
Track Name: Can't Do Right
By saving this community
I've made many enemies
Who wait to get back at me
With patience and enmity

And when an old friend in a low place
Can be bought for my disgrace
I start to hear

You're no better than us
Who are you to tell us
Are you jealous?
Overzealous?
What are you trying to sell us?

You can't do right by the people
Without people dragging you down

Oh, how heroic to have to hide
the human every hero has inside

A statement accusing me
of hiding a history
of wild delinquency
that ended in custody

Photographs of his face and mine
Both smiling, laughing at the time

All it proves is that I knew him
But they say

That's his face, all right
Our guiding light
You can see they were tight
Guess he's not such a white knight

You can't do right by the people
Without people dragging you down
(Oh, how heroic to have to hide
the hero...)
Track Name: The Mask
Outside I'm smiling, laughing
Nothing seems to worry me at all
Inside I'm full of fear
Shivering and curled up in a ball

It's nothing I can't handle
I can keep my inside to myself
We'll all be better off
If I pretend I'm someone else

The work that I do
is good for me and you
And all that it takes is to agree
That you'll never ask
to look behind the mask
At the truth no one should ever have to see

Outside I'm charismatic,
cool, collected, really super guy
Inside I'm terrified
someone might find out it's all a lie

If anyone could see
The truth inside of me
Then everything I have would go away
So I put on the mask
And no one ever asks
'Cause they don't want to know anyway

Nobody needs to know
Nobody needs to see
Nobody wins if I take off the mask
It's just the real me

Outside I'm bulletproof
so go ahead and give me all you've got
It's only inside that a word can wound as badly as a shot

With the mask I can hide
The weakness inside
And no one has to see it on my face
And I can overcome
I'm starting to get numb
The real me is slowly being erased

I can be brave
I can be strong
I can be a hero
Behind the mask
Hide what I think
Hide what I feel
Hide what I need
Behind the mask
I relax
I forget
I disappear
Behind the mask
Track Name: The Perfect Team
There you were
just a blur of fists and fury
Anyone on your bad side ought to worry
So fast, so strong
So cool in a fight
You and I could do a lot of good tonight

And I say
Ooh, oh,
Want to make a duo with you
Whoa
'Cause I think you would work well with me
(hee)
Far as I can see
If you are everything you seem
We'll be the perfect team

I'm not saying you can't do this on your own
But aren't you tired of spending every night out there alone
Don't you want to be with someone who's looking out for you
Two heads are better than
Four fists are better than two

And I say
Ooh, oh,
Want to make a duo with you
Whoa
'Cause I think you would work well with me
(hee)
Far as I can see
If you are everything you seem
We'll be the perfect team

It's not a crime so don't fight it
The perfect team
A fuse waiting for us to light it
The perfect team
2 flames burn brighter united

The way we move
We're totally in sync
It's like you're hearing every little thing I think
I'm thinkin'
I'll always watch your back
Never let you down
Together you and I are cleaning up this town

And I say
Ooh, oh
We're the perfect duo, and you
Whoa
You were meant to team up with me
(hee)
Anyone can see
We're better than I dared to dream
We are the perfect team
Track Name: Drawing The Line
She jumps in a shower of sparks on the back of a tin man
As the last one hits the ground without a head
Her face is full of rage and concentration
But I know she's thinking
of the boy at home in bed

A Russian mad scientist by the name of Doktor Konquest
With a robot army made to enforce his rule
But while we stop his plans for world domination
I know she's thinking
about the call she got from school

He's been sent home for fighting; been suspended
Something will have to be done when this invasion is ended

On the way
I heard her say

It stops here
It ends now
I'm drawing the line
You will get what you deserve

Surrounded by several at once, I lose sight of my partner
The trail of metal bodies makes her easy to find
She holds the Doktor against the wall, eye to eye
But I know she's seeing
the scene replaying in her mind

The smile dying in his eyes when she says, "I have to go"
He says, "Be careful mom," and his voice is sad and low
He's not surprised; this is nothing new
He doesn't blow the candles out 'cause wishes don't come true

And she cries

It stops here
It ends now
I'm drawing the line
You will get what you deserve

A hero makes enemies that won't just forgive and forget
So when Sarah retired, Shockwave had to die
We met one last time at her grave, she had her arm around the boy
They looked happy
happy to say goodbye

It stops here
It ends now
Track Name: Waves
I would have taken more pictures
If I'd known you wouldn't stay
But memories and photographs both fade
So I guess it doesn't make a difference anyway

And when you said hello
I should have known you'd say goodbye
Next time I will remember this
So I won't sit here wondering why

Waves wash away from the land
We build our castles in the sand
You can play inside
Just remember the tide
The waves will wash in when it's high
So sooner or later, goodbye

I might have told you you mattered
If I thought it could make you stay
Now I have to thank you for the lesson learned
Though I guess that it's a debt I never can repay

I'll never say forever
I know it's a promise I can't make
Next time I will remember this
Won't make bonds I can't afford to break

Waves wash away from the land
We build our castles in the sand
You can play inside
Just remember the tide
The waves will wash in when it's high
So sooner or later, goodbye

There are beautiful things in my life today
That I didn't know about yesterday
What's gone tomorrow
Brings me no sorrow
I know nothing's here to stay
Even loneliness goes away
Track Name: This Is War
(Let's see...)
I'm holding nothing
You've got guns
You outnumber me 10 to 1
So here's the deal - I'm willing to pay
a whole dollar to anyone who walks away
Can anyone break a twenty?
Oh- never mind
I can see I'm keeping this 'cause none of you is walking out of here
on two broken legs
so let me just say what I came to say

Supersonic Soul is back
Like nothing you've faced before
This is not a push
No mercy, no quarter
This is war

What's the point of wrong and right
and good and bad and black and white
If hiding in the dark is making
fools and victims of the light?

I'm not afraid of shade
The jaded scum who make the dumb mistake
of waiting for day to fade
become my prey

I opened my eyes and analyzed the violent side
Standing by in silence
now it wants to come out
A certain satisfaction when I put a guy in traction
No harm in a broken arm
No one we should care about

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood
Somebody's gonna get beaten good
and left to bleed
in a neighborly way
as a message and warning
to anyone who comes my way
Can you beg for mercy?
I knew that you could
I can see you're offering
to tell me nearly anything
to make the pain go away, but
I like you just the way you are

No need to show restraint
There's no reward for being a saint
The notion of a pure and noble hero fighting clean is quaint

Gave up naivete
To cease to cave or look away
I meet the craven evil and depraved halfway

No more mask
I got nothing to hide and nothing to lose
A name and a mission
Nothing you can use

So look at my face
Look into my eyes
Memorize, realize, whatever you do

I will come for you
Track Name: On Trial
The clock ticks and I wait
I got the time and date
Of a major transaction
A wide open space
The perfect place
For some violent action

Time to kick off the night
I step into the light
But nobody tries to run
They're all standing their ground
They start moving around me
I see it's supposed to be a trap for me
Oh! This is gonna be fun!

No matter what you try to do
Nothing can stop me
You know I'll be coming for you
Can't even slow me down
I only need a little while
You're gonna get it
To put you on trial
Cause I'm the judge jury and executioner in this town

The smile's hard to resist
When faces hit my fist
So much fun I just can't take it
I'm so far in the zone
It feels like every bone
is telling me the perfect place to hit to break it

From behind, a wall of sound
knocks me to the ground
A good hit, and points for surprise
I get up and turn around
I see a familiar frown
And I'm shocked to realize

He's wearing her colors
He's wearing her mask
He has his mother's powers
I shouldn't have to ask but
After all she gave up for you
Don't you feel ashamed
I will beat that costume off of you
And make you give up that name

No matter what you do
Nothing can stop me
You know I'll come for you
Can't even slow me down
I just need a little while
You're gonna get it
To put you on trial
Cause I'm the judge jury and executioner in this town

Hold up
Better think this through
Gotta be sure about what I'm about to do
Do I really want to tussle with Sarah's kid
Knowing 'xactly how he ended up the way that he did
He was already sad, already mad, already in a bad way
already full of pain and violence and doubt
So I'll cut him some slack, hold a bit back
But that doesn't mean I won't knock him the hell out

Then Sarah's standing next to him
with sadness in her eyes
She says,
"Please don't fight us
we're the good guys"

And I'm so confused
She says, "Take another look around"
and I notice all the badges
on the bodies on the ground

Something's wrong with you
I'm here to help you
You're out of control
If justice still matters to you
Please let us take you in
Get you the help you need
Put you on trial
For the harm you've done to the people of this town

Something's wrong with you
And I'm running...
You're out of control
I'm running away...
Track Name: Everything I Know Is Wrong
Hiding in the dark,
in the shadows and the alleys like a criminal
So this is what it feels like
to be wanted

I tried so hard to use my powers for good
Like I thought I should
But no one really noticed
Now I'm doing all I can to keep myself out of sight
To avoid the light
I'm finally who they're looking for

I tried to lead the weak through the valley of shadow
Tried to help them grow
But they didn't want to follow
Now I have to always keep moving
And cover my tracks
I can never relax

Everything I know is wrong
Everything I know is wrong
All the people I've tried to be
Piece by piece I've lost the real me

I tried so hard to connect to something more
Greater than I was before
But connection never lasts
Now I have to keep away from any reaching hand
'Cause I understand
I won't escape its grasp

I told myself I went into the darkness where the law couldn't reach
With a lesson only violence could teach
But I was lying to myself
Instead of stopping crime, I committed a lot
I thought I was a good guy; I found out I'm not
I used to know what makes a hero, but I guess I forgot

Everything I know is wrong
Everything I know is wrong
All the people I've tried to be
Piece by piece I've lost the real me

My thoughts are scattered
My heart is shattered
My soul is lost but I guess it doesn't matter now
Everything I know is wrong

When all is said and done
There's a way around every problem
except one
This is my last issue
Track Name: Apocatastasis
READER:
So, after every page went black
The time came for me to bring him back
I wanted to write the hero of my youth
Bring back the light, the beauty, love, and truth

SS:
It's your fault

Right away I saw it
As Sonic Supersoul
The song was incomplete because
the past was still not whole

You modernize the character
The time and facts are changed
The history's rewritten
But the feelings still remain

Ghosts of emotions
Trapped in pain that cannot heal
From lives no longer real
Ghosts of emotions
Life felt like this before
But this is not that life any more

I know you meant well
Trying to set me free
From a complicated history, but
You did this to me

From a single page in issue 1
An incidental part
You invented a relationship and
Ana stole my heart

READER:
I thought it would be better
But now I understand
Why you felt more deeply
Than even I had planned

The stories were discarded
The memories were gone
But in your love and pain
Sarah lives on


SS:
So I return once again
To fix the beginning
To unfix the end

The ghosts must be freed at last
The present becomes dissonant
When cut off from the past

We already know resolution is the key
Accepting and embracing my entire reality
You don't have to save me from my own memory
The past and present give the song
Continuity

The timeline isn't perfect but
it will work out somehow
I'm breaking Logos open wide
it's all coming back now
Track Name: Vow
I've been lost more than I've been found
I've been up but mostly I've been down
I've been hurt
and I'll get hurt again

Life ain't about avoiding pain
Every scar's a lesson
and strength that you gain
I'm never hoping for heartbreak
But sometimes
that's what it's gonna take

I tried to be someone else
All I did was lose myself
And the other guy that I was
Was miserable too

I don't know if there's a happy end
But I know it won't come from trying to pretend
No more forgetting
From now on I'll try
to know who I am and not a lie

So this is my goal and my solemn vow
To embrace it all, my past, future, and now
My power's greatest when the parts become whole
Connected by love, and sound,
to my Supersonic Soul