"Time to Dance" as written by Brendon Boyd Urie, George Ryan Ross and Spencer James Smith....
Well, she's not bleeding on the ballroom floor
Just for the attention
'Cause that's just ridiculously odd
Well, she sure is going to get it
Here's the setting
Fashion magazines line the walls now
The walls line the bullet holes

Have some composure
And where is your posture?
Oh, no, no
You're pulling the trigger
Pulling the trigger
All wrong

Have some composure
And where is your posture?
Oh, no, no
You're pulling the trigger
Pulling the trigger
All wrong

Give me envy, give me malice, give me your attention
Give me envy, give me malice, baby, give me a break!
When I say shotgun, you say wedding
Shotgun, wedding, shotgun, wedding

She didn't choose this role
But she'll play it and make it sincere
So you cry, you cry
(Give me a break)
But they believe it from the tears
And the teeth right down to the blood at her feet
Boys will be boys
Hiding in estrogen and wearing aubergine dreams
(Give me a break)

Have some composure
And where is your posture?
Oh, no, no
You're pulling the trigger
Pulling the trigger
All wrong

Have some composure
And where is your posture?
Oh, no, no
You're pulling the trigger
Pulling the trigger
All wrong

Come on this is screaming photo op, op
Come on
Come on
This is screaming
This is screaming
This is screaming photo op.

Boys will be boys, baby
Boys will be boys
Boys will be boys, baby
Boys will be boys

Give me envy, give me malice, give me your attention
Give me envy, give me malice, baby, give me a break
When I say shotgun, you say wedding
Shotgun, wedding, shotgun, wedding

Boys will be boys
Hiding in estrogen and boys will be boys
Boys will be boys
Hiding in estrogen and wearing aubergine dreams


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"Time to Dance" as written by Brent Wilson Brendon Urie

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  • +4
    General CommentSong clearly about Invisible Monsters. First verse, Brandy Alexander bleeding out at the beginning of the book. There are a couple of allusions in the first chapter, and most likely when it's revisited later as well although I'm too lazy to look for them, about how even in a tragic event like this, the 3 characters are still vying for their share of the spotlight, vying for attention. Hence the reference to whether or not she's bleeding on the floor for the attention. "Here's the setting:..." is even kind of a direct lift from the very beginning of the book; "This is called scene setting: where everybody is, who's alive, who's dead."

    The chorus, the "Have some composure, where is your posture?" part, I think is an extension of the idea of such deep vanity that it extends to such a serious moment. Even when Evie is shooting someone, in her mind, she it is a superficial act for the attention, so to me it's either what she's saying to herself in the back of her mind, or it's coming from one of the other two characters present, scrutinizing her form while shooting Brandy for beauty and gracefulness.

    "Give me malice. Flash." is right there in the first few pages. I know I saw "Give me attention. Flash." at some point a bit deeper into it. "Give me a break. Flash." was definitely in there. I would be willing to bet "Give me envy" is in there somewhere too.

    "When I say 'shotgun', you say 'wedding'." is a clear reference to the shooting. Even though Evie used a rifle, the narrator describes Brandy as being "shotgunned, at the bottom of the staircase, bleeding to death." So, yeah. Obvious.

    Second verse could be about Shannon, as said. I would think it's about Brandy though, the same scene, her lying on the floor bleeding. "She didn't choose this role, but she'll play it an make it sincere." (For anyone who has read this book, think: Do what you LEAST want. Hence, she chose the person she became, but didn't in the sense that she didn't want to be that.) And it's talking about her fake emotion, the overly sentimental way she's asking Shannon to tell her what happened to this point, after which it has the "Give me a break. Flash."...so I think the "Give me a break" in the background after "You cry" is a clue as to what it's referring to, possibly.

    "Boys will be boys, hiding in estrogen and wearing Aubergine Dreams" is not about Seth or about a generality of gay men, as has been suggested by a couple of people. Definitely Brandy, since as someone pointed out, she used to be a man, and it references about a hundred times her "aubergine eyes" and even the particular shade of eyeliner she uses: Aubergine Dreams.

    "Come on, this is screaming 'photo op'." seems to just be a reflection of that superficial mindset in general, where everything is artificial. Could quite possibly also be a fairly directly lifted line from somewhere in the book.

    And yes, excellent book. Not his best though. Rant, people...read Rant. xD
    whisperingstarson July 18, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song totally makes me think of the book "invisible monsters" with the reference to shooting, attention, estrogen and aubergine.
    also the
    "give me ...." thing is kind of a writing theme in the book as will it will be like Flash. give me **insert emotion word here** so i'm guessing panic at the disco wrote this song inspired by chuck palahniuk's book.
    ulovesaboomboxxon April 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me it kinda reminds me of The lead singer of Anberlin's voice. but hey what do i know... I cant wait to read that book. I'm on my way to the library right now. I swear.
    logicalharmon September 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis entire song is an allusion to the book Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. i love it. the whole:
    shotgun wedding
    aubergine dreams
    estrogens
    etc.etc.
    read that book asap if you haven't already.
    even_stars_fadeon April 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't want to sound stupid here, but I was hoping someone could tell me what aubergine dreams are?
    flyingsealon June 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreatest song ever!
    ridiculously oddon November 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song intoxicating. Addicted the first time I heard it. Invisible Monsters refferences = Awesome
    idiotgirlon June 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti didnt choose this name for nothin ;)

    in the book her eyes are 'aubergine.' aka some shade of purple. aubergine dreams.
    ridiculous_lyon July 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot HER eyes, ie: the main character. Brandy's eyes are lined with a color named Aubergine Dreams, and it's refferenced throughout the book. Aubergine is a purple color.
    idiotgirlon August 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks, idiotgirl, I had already gone back and read the book again and figured this out, but you would have helped if I was too lazy to do this.
    flyingsealon August 16, 2005   Link

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