"Checkmarks" as written by William Beckett and Michael Carden....
So there you are, and here I stand,
As far as I remember you weren't half bad.
Your bedroom behavior was never more then checkmarks on bedposts.
For I remember we never had.

[Bridge:]
You get me out of the rain, you get me out of my clothes.
You hope I don't make a sound, you hope that nobody knows.
You get me out of the rain, you get me out of my clothes.
You hope I don't make a sound, you hope that no one...

[Chorus:]
So suck your so called pity down.
Hey, that's not so bad, is it?
So take your cold, cold heart and drown
and don't forget to take deep breaths.
So suck your so called pity down.
Hey, that's not so bad, is it?
So take your cold, cold heart and drown
and don't forget to take deep breaths.

[Chorus]

So don't explain cause I know exactly what your going to say.
Big words, recycled phrases, and the bittersweet taste of other boys on your lips.
So now just sit here and talk about how you wanted it all.
So now just sit here and talk about how you wanted it all.

[Bridge]

[Chorus]

Do you miss looking up from the floor at my face on a stage in a crowded room?
Well it's not the same.
I bet you're still a sucker for those famous faces.
Downtown, looking down, down, looking over the crowd, I hope you're out there, look at me now.
Well it's not the same.
Just look at how we've changed.

[Chorus]


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"Checkmarks" as written by William Beckett Michael Carden

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    General CommentThis song is awesome! I think it is about a guy that was going out with a girl who cheated on him, and he is going through the stage of the break up where if they see each other they still have sex. and it gets the guys hopes high, but he knows excatly what she is going to say thus the lyric "So don't explain cause I know exactly what your going to say. Big words, recycled phrases, and the bittersweet taste of other boys on your lips."

    just my opinion though, could be wrong:P

    awesome band, hands down.
    applebuttazon December 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti loove the academy is...i saw them last night and they were awesome! i met william and got his autograph and a hug:):) it was the most amazing thing everrrr
    teenagepoetryon January 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti must say This hit me out of nowhere... TAI just um got Talented? and I mean breathtakenly...
    ADimeADexteron January 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure what this song means "check marks on your bedpost" seems to say all he was to her was a mark on a bed post, i have just listened to "juneau" by FFAF tho, mite have swayed me.... anyways i think its cool that i have a post so high up the board, cos i figure soon this message board is gona b huge wen this band catches on, and it should
    ImetLazzaraon January 30, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Your bedroom behavior was never more then checkmarks on bedposts." to me means all the people she's slept with that's the "check mark on their bed post"... and "she wasn't half bad", means she was a "Good Fuck"... but "For I remember we never had" she seems to sleep with everyone while they are together or w/e they are... I'm probably totally wrong
    ADimeADexteron January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlright, this is what the song means in my opinion... I could be wrong. *shrugs* It's worth a try =P. Breaking it down bit by bit:

    "So there you are, and here I stand/ As far as I remember you weren't half bad./ Your bedroom behavior was never more then checkmarks on bedposts/ For I remember we never had." Basically, he's remembering a girl that he used to sleep with. As far as he remembers, she wasn't half bad in bed. And also he was "just" another person she slept with... another checkmark on her bed to check him off as just another person. And because of this, he realizes they never had a real relationship... just sex and no love.

    "You get me out of the rain, you get me out of my clothes./ You hope I don't make a sound, you hope that nobody knows." She gets him out of his depression, and sleeps with him. She hopes that he dosen't say anything about sleeping with her and that nobody finds out.

    "So suck your so called pity down./ Hey, that's not so bad, is it?/ So take your cold, cold heart and drown/ and don't forget to take deep breaths." He's telling her to basically get rid of the "pity" she has for him because it's not real. Also he's basically telling her to go and die... He dosen't want her to use him anymore... take her cold heart that has no feeling and drown. "And don't forget to take deep breaths" basically means kill herself quickly.

    "So don't explain cause I know exactly what your going to say./ Big words, recycled phrases, and the bittersweet taste of other boys on your lips./ So now just sit here and talk about how you wanted it all." He's telling her to save her breath and not tell him things he's already heard her say. She'll also tell him about other guys she's been with, basically proving she's using him. He's also saying "talk about how you wanted it all" and how she'll lie to him once more and say she really wanted love from him.


    "Do you miss looking up from the floor at my face on a stage in a crowded room?/ Well it's not the same./ I bet you're still a sucker for those famous faces." He's saying that since they broke up, does she miss looking up at him and realizing she's with someone "famous" and that she's still looking for "famous" guys to sleep with.

    "Downtown, looking down, down, looking over the crowd, I hope you're out there, look at me now./ Well it's not the same./ Just look at how we've changed." He's basically saying that he hopes she's out there realizing that he's fine without her, as he's playing on stage, and basically he realizes he dosen't need her. Aka. They've both changed.

    Well, that's my opinion. So share your opinions so I can see how close I am =P. The Academy Is... rocks meh socks
    Porkulaon August 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think porkula got it. HAHa
    kathrynnnon October 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Porkula. But maybe the 'famous faces' parts means she'll sleep with guys just because they are in bands? So later when they get famous she'll be able to say she slept with them and will have the checkmarks on her bedpost to prove it? So she noted down how many band members she had slept with? Don't know...
    elflady00on January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about groupies.
    I read it in an interveiw
    I sorta makes sense. "I bet you're still a sucker for those famous faces"
    Yup, I saw them on warped. Totally awesome live
    IHeartRainbowsX13on January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've had the CD for a few months now but i JUST recently discovered how good this song is while taking my 5 year old brother to school. We started listening to TAI and he mentioned he liked THIS song (Checkmarks), i played it once and i ended up liking it as well... lol
    0verdoseon February 02, 2006   Link

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