"The Bright Young Things" as written by Brian Warner and John Lowery....
We'll be the worms in your apple pie
Fake abuse for our bios
Blacken our own eyes
The grass isn't greener on the other side
We set it on fire
And we have no reason why.
Set fashion, not follow
Spit vitriol, not swallow
We set fashion, not follow
Spit vitriol, not swallow

We're
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
We know who we are and what we want to say
And we don't care who's listening
We don't rebel to sell
It just suits us well
We're the bright young things
I've got my villain necktie
And a mouth of hi-fi
So sharp, I'm bleeding
from my Judas Hole
I'm the Arch Dandy
No-goodnik and I'm headed
For Crashville.

I'm most monster with my groan box
In the "Meat Show."
We set fashion, not follow
Spit vitriol, not swallow
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
We know who we are and what we want to say
And we don't care who's listening
We don't rebel to sell
It just suits us well
We're the bright young things
Crashing the ether
We've got the loudest stereotype
Even neophytes deep 6 your pro-life.

We Don't need to move a single prayer bone
We're so beautiful and damned
Simply as a "still life."
Perpetual rebellion with absolutely no cause
Perpetual rebellion with absolutely no cause
Perpetual rebellion with absolutely no cause
Perpetual rebellion with absolutely no cause

Stop the song and remember what you used to be
Somebody that fucking impressed me
We know who we are and what we want to say
And we don't care who's listening
We don't rebel to sell
It just suits us well
We're the bright young things
We know who we are and what we want to say
And we don't care who's listening
We don't rebel to sell
It just suits us well

We're the bright young things
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad


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"The Bright Young Things" as written by Brian Hugh Warner John Lowery

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    General Comment"crash the ether" is slang meaning "to make a radio broadcast"
    laurelinwyntreon March 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about little "goth" children,
    who act that way in attempt to get attention.
    "Perpetual rebellion with absolutely no cause";
    I'm glad that he finally said something about
    those "bright young things".
    doombunnehon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is, in someways defending goths and outcasts... saying that it's not attention that were after, were just trying to be who we feel we are...IMO... best song on the CD thats for sure
    BurningScaron May 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyea this definitely is the best song off of G.A.O.G.
    KillMissAmericaon February 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbut i also agree w/ that its talking about "goth" kids who want attention-> "Fake abuse for our bios"
    KillMissAmericaon February 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe what doombunneh said about how he's mocking the goth's rebellion bullshit.

    "This is the new shit" is another song similar to this.
    dsgfsdgson March 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim not sure if manson's mocking goths. theres a film called the bright young things, and the lyrics relate to the film quite a bit. im not sure of the meaning myself but im sure if anyones seen the film they could work it out quite easily.
    esp77on March 25, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"We'll be the worms in your apple pies,
    Fake abuse for our bios.
    Blacken our own eyes.
    Grass isn't greener on the other side.
    We set it on fire.
    And we have no reason why"

    This verse may be a reference back to Manson's own autobiography, which critics flamed for the mixture of fact and fiction. Manson, of course, printed a disclaimer in the book, citing that many names and features had been changed, and that many characters were composites. But Manson has, and always will be, a master storyteller, and that is what originally made him a 'bright young thing.' The latter part of the verse is a direct reference to The Fight Song. As Manson stated to Kerrang Magazine back in August 2000, "The Fight Song is about someone who always thinks the grass is greener on the other side, but when he is finally a part of this perfect world he realizes that it's worse than where he came from. It's about creating a revolution with music." These lyrics suggest that the revolution is over. In fact, he destroyed the revolution, and moved on.


    "We set fashion, not follow.
    Spit vitriol, not swallow."

    Here, Manson addresses the criticism that he only copies from what has already been done, and reinforces his tendency to do so with fervor. Vitriol, technically another name for sulfuric acid (sulfur trioxide) also means the expression of bitter deep-seated ill will. Instead of merely swallowing such rancor, he spits it back into the faces of his critics.

    "We don't rebel to sell
    it just suits us well."

    According to Manson, these lines stab at the critics who claim the emotions behind his music exist only to increase record sales. "You can be pissed off and be good at it, and it doesn't have to be fake," he told the Las Vegas Review Journal in July, 2003.

    resnet.trinity.edu/ddamon/hierophant/lexicon/…
    Alexis507on September 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFake abuse for our bios.
    Blacken our own eyes.
    Grass isn't greener on the other side.
    We set it on fire.
    And we have no reason why

    ---

    Although I agree with what Alexis507 said, I like to say things myself as well. That verse above is my favourite, not just of the song, but the album too.

    I think it's sort of saying, 'we're like this so too bad.' I was shown this song by my friend and she told me that the first thing she thought of when she heard the song was me.

    A stupid little goth kid, as I'm called in school.
    bella___muerteon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti dont think this is mocking as such..
    more just the kids that are sick of authority and all, and aren't rebelling for anttention, but standing up for what they believe in.
    radcore.mjon April 06, 2007   Link

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