[Chorus]
Are we growing up or just going down
It's just a matter of time until we're all found out
Take our tears and put them on ice
'Cause I swear I'd burn this city down to show you the light

We're the therapists pumping through your speakers
Delivering just what you need
We're well read and poised
We're the best boys
We're the chemists who've found the formula
To make your heart swell and burst
No matter what they say, don't believe a word

Cause I'll keep singing this lie if you'll keep believing it
I'll keep singing this lie
I'll keep singing this lie

[Chorus]

We're traveled like gypsies
Only with worse luck and far less gold
The kids you used to love
But then we grew old
We're the lifers here til the bitter end
Condemned from the start
Ashamed of the way
The songs and the words own the beating of our hearts

[Chorus]

There's a drug in the thermostat to warm the room up
And another around to help us bend your trust
I've got a sunset in my veins
And I need to take a pill to make this town feel okay

[Repeat: x2]
The best part of "believe" is the "lie,"
I hope you sing along and you steal a line
I need to keep you like this in my mind
So give in or just give up

Are we growing up or just going down

[Chorus]



Lyrics submitted by BrandNew1208, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year" as written by Peter Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman, Andrew Hurley

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  • +5
    General Comment:It seems to me this song is Fall Out Boy's way to retort to those involved in the speculation going around whether Fall Out Boy's second album, "From Under the Cork Tree" will be a success or not, which I assume was a lot since their Take This to Your Grave debut was really great. Hence, the title, "Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year" with "sophomore" referring to Fall Out Boy's second album.

    The first two lines of the song seem to back this up, "Are we growing up or just going down. It's just a matter of time until we're all found out."

    The second paragraph also seem to back this up:
    "We're the therapists pumping through your speakers
    Delivering just what you need
    We're well read and poised
    We're the best boys
    We're the chemists who've found the formula
    To make your heart swell and burst
    No matter what they say, don't believe a word"

    But the meaning could be taken several ways depending on which point of view you want the lyrics to be taken. When spoken through the mouth of Fall Out Boy, the second paragraph could be taken as a way for the band to back up their good name.

    However, the following line complicates things:
    "Cause I'll keep singing this lie if you'll keep believing it"

    What exactly is "the lie"?

    It could be everything from the second paragraph. So now, instead of the second paragraph sounding like the things that Fall Out Boy support, they sound like things that Fall Out Boy is against (that is, if the lyrics are spoken through the mouths of the "liars".

    I hope this sparks some good debate since I'm getting tired of going to SONGMEANINGS.NET and not getting any interpretations for the meanings of songs
    breadwithbutteron July 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i haven't heard this song yet, but it looks to be a lil like "i believe you, but my tommy gun don't" by Brand New
    i am parker lewison April 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Where the hell are people getting the lyrics from? Has the cd even leaked yet?
    KatieTheMofoon April 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i think fob has a special site with lyrics, album cover, other crapp in it too for fans that pre-order the cd or sumthing. but like 7 songs have been leaked.
    pukesthedayawayon April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:These lyrics have been on here since before the secret site was up, though.
    KatieTheMofoon April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song has to be my favorite off of the new album, and probably my favorite FOB song overall. There's just something about this song... I feel like I could listen to it over and over, all day long...
    starlight0229on May 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:holy CRAP
    this song is sweet. the lyrics rock. my favorite parts are "i'd burn the city down to show you the light" and "the best part of 'believe' is the 'lie' ".. pete is a genius with words. i don't know specifically what it's about though. but maaan. it kicks ass. fuct exceeded my expectations x1000000000000000000000
    dosedxbyyouon May 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! need i say more?
    gcpnk4evron June 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is the BEST!! ha.........i love it!
    buterflychick22on June 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This might be my favorite song on the album. It is just a fun song. My best friend and I have declared it 'our song' as we will be Sophomores this year. I love Fall Out Boy, they write loud, fun songs yet most have some deeper meaning. They are lyrical geniuses.
    ssocotyon June 30, 2005   Link

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