"Make Out Kids" as written by and Joshua Allen Cain Justin Pierre Courtney....
They carved the message deep within our broken hearts that failed to mend:
Make out kids never had a chance to be best friends.

He's into math and magazines,
Director's cuts and gray-sell green
Armed with her knife and contradictions,
She sees completely through me.

I'm fond of twin peaks,
Afternoons,
Inexpensive wine,
With cordon bleu..
Armed with a plethora of insecurities, we keep each other amused..

Headed for the madness, we are better by design,
It's all we'll ever have to say goodbye..
Say goodbye.

Flown in, sleep over winter break,
Cocktails and miniature mistakes,
Lights out, we're covered in each others' warm embrace..

And we sing..
Headed for the madness, we are better by design,
It's all we'll ever have to say goodbye,
Say goodbye. [x2]

If we keep swimming, maybe this will never die.

We fail to keep in touch these days,
As I'm liquid cold, she's motor grey,
We're hollowed by circumstance that pushed us both away.
We carved a message deep within our broken hearts that failed to mend:
Make out kids never had a chance to be best friends.


Lyrics submitted by AllStarMe, edited by bmo16, WaterFromDust

"Make Out Kids" as written by Joshua Allen Cain Jesse Mack Johnson

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    General Commentbefore i work with the opening verse, i wanna get to the rest of the song and explain at the bottom.

    "She's into math and magazines,
    Director's cuts and gray cell green
    Armed with an eye for contradictions,
    She sees completely through me."

    the way i see it, this phrase is first describing her, with the math and magazines, and she also likes extended movies and grey cell green the band.
    the next two lines describe (possibly?) why he likes her so much; she sees all his contradictions and sees completely through the bullsh*t.

    "I'm fond of Twin Peaks afternoons,
    Inexpensive wine with cordon bleu..
    Armed with a plethora of insecurities,
    we keep each other amused.."

    here i find it too indubitable that he uses "armed with (adj + noun)" in both the first and second verses; he must have meant something by them. so here he's saying they both are self-conscious and use them as satire against each other, but in a playful way. and the obvious first two lines of this verse mean he likes the marathon shows and eating cheaply.

    "Hooray for the madness, we are better by design,
    Let's hope we'll never have to say goodbye..
    Say goodbye."

    too obvious here. He loves the instability or what appears to be instability in his relationship, but they balance each other and are "better by design" together than apart; they hope they never lose each other.

    "They carved a message deep within our broken hearts that failed to mend:
    Make out kids never had a chance to be best friends."

    now, at the beginning of the song, without the rest of the song, it seems that this can be taken literally as they have no chance of friendship because they are "make out friends"
    with a little deeper thinking and seeing the rest of the lyrics, as well as the use of this line at both the beginning and end of the song, it almost seems as if he tries to first convey that first message, but then goes on to say no, because of all these situations that we've been through together, we are so much more than just make out friends. the end line just means to me that hes kind of throwing it back in the faces of those who doubted and argued.

    but, as others have said, this is all pure speculation without the original writer's full detailed analysis.
    derekmanke2on October 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAbout the swimming references..

    I'm pretty sure MCS is referring to the "Sink or Swim" concept. It's pretty simple, when you're swimming, you have to keep on swimming to stay afloat, or else you'll drown. Also, you can't swim forever without any help.

    Every time "swimming" is referenced in MCS's music, the context that it's in usually describes the ability to keep a relationship going, or lack thereof.

    "If we keep swimming maybe this will never die" -Make Out Kids
    "I'll swim backwards" -Better Open the Door
    "Busy hands keep swimming, they don't like swallowing" -Autographs & Apologies
    "I can't swim in the silence of your skin" -My Favorite Accident
    Etc.

    The sink or swim concept is what MCS is all about. Knowing that things aren't what they should be, but constantly putting up with it for that small hope that it will be all right.
    Montay17on February 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor me, this song has always been about the stupidity of young love. How we tend to rush into a relationship to enjoy the physical aspects of it, without getting to know someone. And then we mistake the sex for love, and think we'll be together forever. And sure, for awhile we feel invincible: But then, there's the realization that you don't really know the other person, because you two were never "best friends," (basically, you never took the tme to get to know each other.) And so, this epiphany coupled with a changing enviroment can tear a relationship apart...

    ...but despite all of that, you'll never forget them...

    "We fail to keep in touch these days.../Hollowed by circumstance that pushed us both away"
    UsuallyTinyon June 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about two people who rushed into a physical relationship before they really got to know eachother. They try to make it work still, but after the physical part fades they don't have anything to go on anymore. Maybe they could have had a meaningful relationship if they had taken it slower, but it turns into a friends with benefits kinda thing and they're just going though the motions until they eventually move on and lose touch.

    This has been my favorite song for years and yet I still ended up in a relationship exactly like it. I guess I should take MCS's advice!
    allison0439on August 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt the Warped Tour, Justin Pierre prefaced this track by saying "this is a song about kids who eat breakfast".... take that for what it's worth haha.
    cmi0616on October 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat's "Gray-sell green" ?
    O_o
    KatieTheMofoon April 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe refers to the color 'grey' all the time because thats the last name of his girlfriend
    hurricaneKon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthere is a song by ned's atomic dustbin called grey cell green. i don't know if that has anything to do with anything.
    dancemotherfuckeron July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Comment... double-you-tee-eff, what the flip is this song about? someone help us out?
    nazzy06on July 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti always thought that "grey-sell-green" ment movies. i mean since he says "director cuts" right before it, and since Justin Pierre wanted to make movies (he even worked in a video store) before MCS happened.

    i even read this little things on AP on how Justin was making/already made a short film called "karen". and the name of MCS album was even 'i am the movie'
    HannahTheGreaton August 06, 2005   Link

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