Fall Out Boy is one of those bands that will stay with you long after you get older and start to forget who you used to be. Everyone who lived and died by the words written by Pete Wentz and spun into melody by Patrick Stump knows that some songs just speak to you on a level that nobody can ever understand.
Here are the Fall Out Boy lyrics that tugged at my heart strings, and made me feel like I wasn't alone. No matter what happened the headphones delivered the words I couldn't say.
Miss Missing You / Save Rock and Roll
Aside from the brilliant wordplay and incredible melody, this lyric from Miss Missing You ended up defining a point in my life where I had to let go of two important people in my life. Boyfriends come and go, but the pain still lingered, and this song was there to help communicate what I was feeling. I remember listening to it on repeat, remembering what I had screwed up. Things were never the same.
When you're hurt, and you still have feelings for that person, it can feel like you're putting your life on the line.
Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year / From Under The Cork Tree
This is the high school feeling most of us had, all wrapped up in one concise package. A lot of people who listened to Fall Out Boy felt some kind of disconnect, and some of us still do. In the haze of new psychology, the idea that "there's something wrong with everybody" and the notion that we aren't all the same, this song filled the gaps between us and them.
Growing up in a small town can take a lot out of people who feel like they're "different" and this lyric nails that.
Thriller / Infinity on High
This lyric became our unofficial battle cry as fans. It gave all of the misguided and underestimated young fans something to cheer about, that our heroes were just as conflicted as we were. And now, looking back, this song still holds great meaning to me. It chronicles the rise of the band, and that no matter what people will come and go out of your life. You have to always be prepared for the worst, and even if you're a car crash, you can still come out swinging.
Disloyal Order Of Water Buffalos / Folie A Deux
The first line of this song is "I'm falling apart at the seams / pitching myself for leads in other people's dreams."
This entire song is perfection. You have those lyrics that speak to you, and then you have an entire song. It centers on the idea that nothing you ever do is good enough, that you're just trying to improve yourself so you can screw up again. The elements of constantly falling down, while constantly setting yourself up for failure completely embodies the feeling I've been trying to express through my songs, writing and other mediums for my entire life. The fact that Fall Out Boy can say it so concisely is just amazing.
"I'd promise you anything for another shot at life." A lyric, perfect for those times when we can't imagine continuing on the same path.
The Phoenix / Save Rock And Roll
This entire song is another one that you can identify with. It's a complete barn burner. It can pump you up for nearly anything and honestly, I can't imagine a better lyric than, "Time crawls on when you're waiting for the song to start, so dance alone to the beat of your heart." to encourage you to stand on your own.
"Put on your war paint"
She's My Winona / Folie a Deux
This pretty much defines my ethos as a human being. The Clash called it "death or glory" and honestly, for me, there is no other way to live. If you don't wake up each day with the thought that today could be the day everything changes, then why do you even try? It's a mentality that has led me down some snakey roads, but honestly I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Don't You Know Who I Think I Am / Infinity on High
I was hired on as a freelance writer for a lot of places that just wanted me for the car crash. Like people would be really interested in someone who was going downhill fast, it's a vicarious living through someone else's pain. The thoughts of a persona responsible for constant chaos, in my writing, haunt me to this day. This lyric really hit me and helped me understand why people were rooting for me to fail. I'm glad that I discovered what the real message behind my writing should be: to help people understand that just because you fuck up, doesn't mean you're an evil person. And there is always another chance if you want it.
The Kids Aren't Alright / American Beauty/American Psycho
Fall Out Boy's latest album came out when I was just about to graduate from college. A lot of things were changing and I think this line in "The Kids Aren't Alright" hit me especially hard, because I was leaving all of my friends, and my entire world behind. I still wanted to play music and act, but I couldn't keep doing it the same way I had been. I was going through a time of transition with my career, my physical being and my mental health. Sometimes things feel horrible, but hopeful at the same time.
Bonus: Saturday / Take This To Your Grave
One of my favorite FOB songs of all time. Saturday is all about missed opportunities and realizing that you haven't really lived. Hopefully we've all caught ourselves missing out, and still have the opportunity to fix it. Fall Out Boy reaffirms the belief that it's never too late.