"Skeptics and True Believers" as written by William Beckett and Michael Carden....
Don't be so scared, we will not lead you on like you've been doing for weeks.
So you're selfish, and I'm sorry.
When I'm gone you'll be going nowhere fast.

[Chorus:]
Would you believe me if I said I didn't need you,
'cause I wouldn't believe you if you said the same to me.
Near death, last breath, and barely hanging on.
Would you believe me if I said I didn't need you?

Don't be scared to take a second for reflection,
to take a leave of absence, see what you're made of.
So I'm selfish, and you're sorry.
When I'm gone you'll be going nowhere fast.
So who's selfish, and who's sorry?

[Chorus]

Someone, somewhere said some things that may have sparked some sympathy, but don't believe.
Don't believe a word you've heard about me.
Don't be so scared. It's harder for me.

[Chorus]

Someone, somewhere said some things that may have sparked some sympathy, but don't believe.
Don't believe a word you've heard.


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"Skeptics and True Believers" as written by William Beckett Michael Carden

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    General CommentI think if you look closer this is a very clever song. The title refers to Rene Descartes' Meditations, specifically Meditation number One. In the Meditations, Descartes attempts to use foundationalism, an architecture analogy to indicate that all knowlege we have, and in the case of this song, all relationships are based on a hierarchy of experience from a more basic source. We must ensure that the foundation of what we hold dear is strong before attempting to build knowledge and relationships off it. Descartes used methods of doubt to construct the foundation. He said we should doubt EVERYTHING and that which stands the test of doubt is certain and everything else must be cast aside. Those that remain dubious of all knowledge and relationships are called skeptics. Those that have faith in things, such as self and knowledge become the true believers. This whole song is a series of doubts about the relationship followed by a reassuring voice "Don't be so scarred to take a second for reflection, see what you're made of" The point of the song is that he's trying to find out if the relationship is worthy of being a foundation of life or not through philosophical skepticism. Pretty awesome song.
    thesecretch0rdon December 03, 2008   Link
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    General Comment<--- Best Song On The Album. The End. I think he's in a relationship where the guy wants more out of it than the girl does...
    ADimeADexteron February 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song is AWESOME.

    Well, since when I first heard this song I was going through a rough spot with my friend I related it to that. It seems that the person he is talking to is scared for the friendship/relationship (how ever you want to look at it.) and he is saying, "what does it matter, you couldn't get by with out me anyway, so stop questioning things, I'm the one taking care of you."

    But, again, I am sort of biased as to the meaning because I interpretted it according to my personal situation.

    No one knows about this band yet, but they seem like the mainstream type. I'm guessing they are going to be big. :)
    belladonna_on April 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDeffinatly a relationship song, myabe talking about whether or not it will last, hence the name "skeptics and true believers"
    MySensesHavFailed35on April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove song. i think the song title kind of sums it up "skeptics and true believers" like as in love. are you a true believer in love? that kind of thing.
    sheslikeohsoemoon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, it seems like a couple that's caught up in rumors and people trying to tear them apart. He's holding on and making sure that this girl trusts him and loves him as much as he obviously does her. At least that's one of the ways I see it... I can kinda see how this song could be interpreted a few different ways.
    strbrstcylon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGoregous song. I really love it and now I want to write 'Would you believe me if I said I didn't need you?' in this one guy's yearbook at the end of the year. I love the lyrics.
    elflady00on January 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think that its about a rlationship, definately. i think that maybe, the girls been leading him on ("Don't be so scared we will not lead you on
    Like you've been doing for weeks.") But still, she needs him in a way. ("Would you believe me if I said I didn't need you?
    Cause I wouldn't believe you if you said the same to me,") I dunno, does that make sense to anyone else, cause my friend didnt get what i was trying to say...
    loonyloonylunaon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti definately agree with strbrstcyl, mostly because when i first heard this song i could really relate to that situation.

    "Don't be so scared to take a second for reflecion,
    to take a leave of absence to see what your made of." i think that part is kind of saying "You need to find yourself and just go with your gut feeling" i don't really know.

    music is poetry and good poetry can be interpretted in a lot of different ways so interpret it however you want i suppose. x3
    offwhitepinstripeson March 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhoa did u get ur name from Panic! At The Disco, offwhitepinstripes? wow, if ne of u don't know that band check them out
    compulsiveslackeron April 27, 2006   Link

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