If there’s one thing Fall Out Boy are known for, it’s intricate and emotive lyrics. We found some of the most elaborate excerpts to decode. Read on to not only get emo, but also get educated.
“Sugar, We’re Goin Down”
LYRICS: “A loaded God complex/Cock it and pull it”
WHAT IT MEANS: This is a play on the term “God complex,” an inflated sense of self. Here, it is juxtaposed against a “loaded gun,” something dangerous.
“I’ve Got All This Ringing In My Ears And None In My Fingers”
LYRICS: “I’m a canary/You’re a coal mine”
WHAT IT MEANS: Canaries were used by miners to detect toxic gases—if the canary would become ill, the miners would know to make a hasty exit. The speaker brings this metaphor to new levels to describe a toxic relationship.
“Young And Menace”
LYRIC: “Oops I, did it again, I/Forgot what I was losing my mind about”
WHAT IT MEANS: In an exclusive with Genius, Wentz talks fans through the entirety of FOB’s first release since American Beauty/American Psycho: “Young And Menace.” Maybe the most quirky aside: the Britney Spears reference. “Definitely a Britney Spears reference. Britney can be a mirror for our culture, where we built her up and tore her down… That’s what we all go through.” Check out the full video for Wentz’s insights on the entire song.
LYRICS: “Because the world is just a teller and we are wearing black masks/’You broke our spirit,’ says the note we pass”
WHAT IT MEANS: During a bank heist, a robber might slide a note to the teller as a mode of communication. Here, instead of asking for money, the note is about why the bank is being robbed.
“Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner”
LYRICS: “So wear me like a locket around your throat/I'll weigh you down, I'll watch you choke/You look so good in blue/You look so good in blue”
WHAT IT MEANS: Comparing the speaker to a locket is a simile for being a prize, compounded when the locket chokes the owner. “You look so good in blue” refers to turning blue due to lack of oxygen, but is also a commentary on vain culture and focus on appearances.