"Give 'Em Hell Kid" as written by Stephen Paul David Morris, Peter Hook, Bernard (gb 2) Sumner and Gillian Lesley Gilbert....
Oh baby here comes the sound!
I took a train outta New Orleans
And they shot me full of ephedrine
This is how we like to do it in the murder scene
Can we settle up the score?

If you were here
I'd never have a fear
So go on live your life
But I miss you more than I did yesterday

You're beautiful!

Well I'm a total wreck and almost every day
Like the firing squad or the mess you made
Well don't I look pretty walking down the street
In the best damn dress I own?

If you were here
I'd never have a fear
So go on live your life
But I miss you more than I did yesterday
You're so far away
So c'mon show me how
'Cause I mean this more than words can ever say

Some might say we are made from the sharpest things you say
We are young and we don't care (oh woah ow)
Your dreams and your hopeless hair (oh woah ow)
We never wanted it to be this way
For all our lives
Do you care at all?

If you were here
I'd never have a fear
So go on live your life
But I miss you more than I did yesterday
You're so far away
So c'mon show me how
'Cause I mean this more than words can ever say

(What'd you call me?)
(Well, there's no way I'm kissing that guy)


Lyrics submitted by autumns_gone, edited by evediniz, SmashingDestiny

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    General CommentThis song is most definitely about teenage pregnancy.

    "I took a train outta New Orleans
    and they shot me full of ephedrine.
    This is how we like to do it in the murder scene"

    ...... ephedrine is a drug used as a diet pill and bronchodilator and when it is taken in excess, it can kill a woman's baby. I'm guessing she either had an actual abortion, killed her baby on purpose with her drug, or definitely thought about it.

    "If you were here,
    I'd never have a fear.
    So go on live your life.
    But I miss you more than I did yesterday."

    ..... basically, the guy left. She wants him to live his life normally, but she still misses him like hell.

    "(you're beautiful!)"

    ..... she's remembering what the guy told her. He tells her she's beautiful, and it's probably an empty statement and she knows it, but she can't help but love and miss him.


    "Well I'm a total wreck and almost every day.
    Like the firing squad or the mess you made."

    ...... she's saying that because she's pregnant, she's a total wreck like "the mess you [the guy she's talking to] made"- the mess is getting her knocked up.

    "Well don't I look pretty walking down the street
    in the best damn dress I own?"

    ...... she's probably saying here that she can no longer fit in her best dresses, that she's so broke from the baby needing care that she can't afford a nice one, or that because she (a)either had an abortion or (b) killed her child with an overdose of ephedrine, so she still is thin and as pretty as she was before this whole mess.

    "We are made from the sharpest things you say.
    We are young and we don't care.
    Your dreams and your hopeless hair.
    We never wanted it to be this way.
    For all our lives.
    Do you care at all?"

    ..... She's saying that they're both young and that if they had the baby, they would have to give up their dreams and their childish worries like "your hopeless hair." Neither of them wanted her to become pregnant. Now that the guy left, she's doubting he even cares.

    Just wanted to add my theories.

    Cheers! ~ just_another_cog
    (in the murder machine)
    just_another_cogon June 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd the title? What does it refer to?

    If we consider the "teen pregnancy" theory, we might agree with the one who's said the chorus is sung by the
    dead boy from his grave. The title might be referred to him: Give'em hell (to your parents), boy (the aborted one).

    Just my opinion.
    ale5875on June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt the end of the song he yells sometihng along the lines of "Would you wanna call me? Cuz I'd never kiss that guy!!" sometihng like that but im not too sure.. aslo at the last show he said" this is a song about the day i was born.."
    Pitchfork_Redon September 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyup thats he says that, and a few other words after it but you can't really understand it.

    fucking great song,
    autumns_goneon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmmmm this song is the shiot.
    XXSTOMPTHEBUNNIXXon October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentps..i can't believe there aren't any more comments on this song!
    XXSTOMPTHEBUNNIXXon October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPitchfork Red, when did you see them in concert? Most of what Gerard says when he's on stage shouldn't be taken literally. He was wasted for almost every show this summer on the Warped Tour. He's recently cleaned up. He likes to make shit up a lot too. LoL I love him for it.

    Great song, great album.
    MajinCloudon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThanks MajinCloud, I'm glad that we finally have G's best friend dropping in for insights on here. It's about time that someone who followed him around all summer is finally speaking up.
    Pitchfork_Redon October 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentok my post isnt' really about this song parsay- but whats all this about a "concept album"...i don't know what that is. And also i have read stuff about Gerard "making a deal with the devil to kill 1000 men" so some chick can be brough back to life...whats up with that?
    UrEm0Princesson October 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh and if you know what i'm talkin about, or want to help me out with that stuff- email me
    theverypinkmonkey@hotmail.com
    UrEm0Princesson October 23, 2004   Link

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