Fall Out Boy have had a successful near 20 years in the music business with seven albums under their belt. In this span of time, some of their songs still remain a mystery to fans, as the band are famous for deep lyrics that aren’t always pronounced perfectly. In fact, there are whole YouTube videos and Reddit threads dedicated to this particular phenomenon.
They aren’t the only band with misheard lyrics, however. blink-182’s Mark Hoppus once had to correct fans who were singing “What’s My Age Again?” and “Feeling This” wrong. Truthfully, there’s a myriad of misheard lyrics in scene music.
Have you ever belted out Fall Out Boy tracks only to find out you were completely off on the words later? Check out 10 times we misheard FOB lyrics from songs spanning their career.
“Sugar, We’re Goin Down”
What we heard: “We’re going down, down in euuuahh out”
What they said: “We’re going down, down in an earlier round”
This From Under The Cork Tree banger is a forever hit in Fall Out Boy’s discography. However, deciphering the chorus has always been impossible without the CD insert full of lyrics. Either way, as one of the scene’s best vocalists, Patrick Stump sounds brilliant, even if he makes no clear differentiation between consonants.
“The Take Over, The Breaks Over”
What we heard: “Wouldn’t you rather be a weirdo than a diva seed?”
What they said: “Wouldn’t you rather be a widow than a divorcee?”
The option we heard sounds a little more fun than the actual lyrics shared in their dog-themed music video and Infinity On High track. However, what Stump sings makes significantly more sense. Many of us may still identify with the word “weirdo,” though.
What we heard: “I don’t know much about lexicon, but I’ve got a lot of friends talking as it comes”
What they said: “I don’t know much about classic cars, but I’ve got a lot of friends stuck on classic coke”
Despite it being hard to hear exactly what Stump is saying when you first listen to the song, this Folie À Deux single will always remain a “classic,” too.
“20 Dollar Nose Bleed”
What we heard: “Please take me back/I’m straight toxic/Please let me in”
What they said: “Please take me back/I’m a stray dog/Sick, please let me in”
This 2008 track just happened to share nonexistent Britney Spears vibes with this misheard lyric. We may or may not have been singing this wrong for 12 years.
“Bang The Doldrums”
What we heard: “I can’t commit to a thing/Be it hot or hot speedo”
What they said: “I can’t commit to a thing/Be it heart or hospital”
Few of us could commit to a speedo, especially during the winter months like these Midwestern guys from Chicago. Fortunately, that’s not actually a problem. Did anyone else completely miss the word “hospital” and think dirty thoughts instead?
What we heard: “Hey, I’m back, doesn’t it feel like our time is running out?”
What they said: “Hey young blood, doesn’t it feel like our time is running out?”
“The Kids Aren’t Alright”
What we heard: “All the world like the carnivores been set free”
What they said: “Maul the world like the carnival bear set free”
The misheard lyric from this American Beauty / American Psycho song feels like the band were trying to communicate chaos. This track even shares the same title as the Offspring’s 1998 hit from Americana.
“This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race”
What we heard: “I’m a lenient man and the lies I weave are oh so weird you can”
What they said: “I’m a leading man and the lies I weave are oh so intricate”
Many of us sang this classic out loud with the uncensored version when we were feeling crazy. Being able to understand every lyric in this particular song makes you a certified Patrick Stump whisperer.
“Lake Effect Kid”
What we heard: “Until I hear you bickering like boys and girls/The heat is off, it’s open, the shade is dead”
What they said: “Until I hear you bickering like bugs and birds/The heat is off, gate’s open, the shade is down”
You know how chatty those bugs and birds get outside. Bold of us to assume that boys and girls are doing the talking in “Lake Effect Kid” off the EP of the same name.
“A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me’”
What we heard: “Get all the signs and the moves just right”
What they said: “Get all the sighs and the moans just right”
Many of us were probably too distracted by Pete Wentz as a vampire in this awesome cameo-packed music video to learn every word exactly right. From Under The Cork Tree music videos really were just that good.
Have you misheard any other Fall Out Boy songs? Let us know what you heard in the comments below!