It's these substandard motels on the (lalalalala) corner of 4th and Fremont Street
Appealing only because they are just that un-appealing
Any practiced catholic would cross themselves upon entering
The rooms have a hint of asbestos and maybe just a dash of formaldehyde
And the habit of decomposing right before your very (lalalala) eyes

Along with the people inside
What a wonderful caricature of intimacy
Inside, what a wonderful caricature of intimacy

Tonight tenants range from: a lawyer and a virgin
Accessorizing with a rosary tucked inside her lingerie
She's getting a job at the firm come Monday
The Mrs. will stay with the cheating attorney
moonlighting aside, she really needs his money
Oh, wonderful caricature of intimacy

Yeah (yeah)

And not to mention, the constable, and his proposition, for that "virgin"
Yes, the one the lawyer met with on "strictly business"
As he said to the Mrs. Well, only hours before
After he had left, she was fixing her face in a compact
There was a terrible crash (there was a terrible crash)
Between her and the badge
She spilled her purse and her bag, and held a "purse" of a different kind

Along with the people inside
What a wonderful caricature of intimacy
Inside, what a wonderful caricature of intimacy

There are no raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses.
It's sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses
At the shade of the sheets and before all the stains
And a few more of your least favorite things

Raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses
It's sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses
At the shade of the sheets and before all the stains
And a few more of your least favorite things

Inside, what a wonderful caricature of intimacy
Inside, what a wonderful caricature of intimacy

Raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses
It's sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses
At the shade of the sheets and before all the stains
And a few more of your least favorite things

Raindrops on roses and the girls in white dresses
And the sleeping with the roaches and the taking best guesses
At the shade of the sheets and before all the stains
And a few more of your least favorite things



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  • +7
    General Comment:"I love this song and the band, but the song isn't about a hooker who gets arrested.

    The song starts off with a motel that is run down and is the kind of place that condones prostitution. However the girl in the song is not a prostitute but a catholic virgin, who must sleep with her employer (the attorney) to get the job. The reason she wants this job so bad is because she doesn't want to be a prostitute. Meanwhile the lawyer's wife knows that her husband requires his employes to sleep with him, but she doesn't care because she's only with him for his money. He just tells her its "strictly business" and she turns a blind eye. After the lawyer and virgin sleep together the lawyer leaves the motel and leaves the virgin there. She cleans herself up when there was "a terrible crash" which was the police breaking into the room. They search her purse for money, assuming she is a prostitute, but do not find anything because she wasn't payed for her sex. Instead of having something in her purse, she has something in "the purse of a different kind" (a baby in the womb). "What a wonderful caricature of intimacy" refers to the different types of intimacy in the one situation (the pregnant woman, the greedy wife, the cheating husband) as well as the situation the child has been conceived in.

    To answer you question though:
    Raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses- something sweet and innocent and pure (the virgin)
    It's sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses- roaches represents the lawyer and the best guesses is she thought it would be best to sleep with him for the job rather than finding another job
    At the shades of the sheets and before all the stains- it's basically saying that he's done this with more than one girl (shades of the sheets; all the stains- both are plural)
    And a few more of your least favorite things- self explanatory
    So in summary: I hate how something terrible (roaches/the lawyer) can ruin something sweet and pure (girls in white dresses/roses/the virgin) and what's worse is that it happens all the time."
    -;TheCrazyBlah


    this... is what I feel it means..
    MaisonAdairon December 05, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:Alright... It's Obvious Enough That everyone who posted before me are total "Scene" Idiots who cant get a song meaning with the lyrics right in their faces.

    This particular song is about: A hooker ! (Caricature of intimacy)

    They set up the lyrics to tell a story about the routine a hooker goes through on a usual night.. but this one happens to be The night she got caught.
    "Tonight tenants range from a lawyer and a virgin" (keyword Tonight)
    "Moonlighting aside, she really needs his money
    Oh, What a wonderful caricature of intimacy. yeah"-Moonlighting :To work at another job, often at night, ( "what a wonderful caricature of intimacy")in addition to one's full-time job."( "what a wonderful caricature of intimacy")= Hooker.

    Purse of a different kind = Black book. black book: a little note pad often used to write down names of clientel, or important dates and times. " Along with The people inside "

    "There are no
    Raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses
    It's sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses
    At the shade of the sheets before all the stains
    And a few more of your least favorite things"- Textbook lyrics for a sad life...

    The terrible crash is when the cops came in and busted her...

    The end.
    AaronBrownon October 11, 2005   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation:Real Meaning

    "It's these substandard motels on the (lalalalala) corner of 4th and Fremont Street.
    Appealing only because they are just that un-appealing
    Any practiced catholic would cross themselves upon entering.
    The rooms have a hint of asbestos and maybe just a dash of formaldehyde,
    And the habit of decomposing right before your very (lalalala) eyes.
    Along with the people inside"

    The motels are substandard beacause it's the sort of place that condones prostitution.

    "Inside, what a wonderful charicature of intimacy
    Tonight tenants range from: a lawyer and a virgin
    Accessorizing with a rosary tucked inside her lingerie
    She's getting a job at the firm come Monday."

    The first chorus is a sarcastic rendition of sex nowadays.
    This particular night is different because the girl isn't a prostitute, but a young, catholic woman, a virgin, who has sex with her boss (the attorney) to get the job at the firm.

    "The Mrs. will stay with the cheating attorney
    moonlighting aside, she really needs his money.
    Oh, wonderful charicature of intimacy.Yeah (Yeah)
    And not to mention, the constable, and his proposition, for that "virgin"
    Yes, the one the lawyer met with on "strictly business"as he said to the Mrs.
    Well, only hours before,after he had left, she was fixing her face in a compact.
    There was a terrible crash (There was a terrible crash)
    Between her and the badge
    She spilled her purse and her bag, and held a "purse" of a different kind.
    Along with the people inside
    What a wonderful charicature of intimacy
    Inside, what a wonderful charicature of intimacy

    The wife knows about her husband's affair, unbeknowist to him. She just stays with him for the money. He simply tells her that the meetings withe woman are "strictly business".
    After the deed is done, she cleans herself up. "fixing her face in a compact is simply a metaphor for putting a face on: trying to forget what happened by putting make-up on, or by just covering up her problems, which is what she's doing.
    The constable (cop) raids the room, breaking down the door (there was a terrible crash". He makes a proposition in the booklet after "a purse of a different kind". It says:
    And here is where he entertains that proposition:arrested on posessionor
    (now if this were you)
    Think of what you wouldn't want to happen.
    They ended up... well, making love isn't exactly what I'm looking for.
    But. You. Get. The. Picture.

    He gives her a choice. Either he arrests her for postession of the money the attorney gave her, or she has to sleep with him.
    She drops her things in shock, but she hold a different "purse" (a baby in the womb)
    "What a wonderful caricature of intimacy" refers to the conditions of how the baby was conceived.

    "There are no raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses.
    It's sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses
    At the shade of the sheets and before all the stains
    And a few more of your least favorite things."

    The second chorus: "the raindrops and roses" refer to when a girl bleeds when she loses her virginity and "girls in white dresses" symbolize a "pure" virgin.

    I don't really want to go into the other stuff. The whole song is basically about how sex and intimacy are A carature, or joke, in present times.



    JADSon January 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Ok, here we go:

    It's these substandard motels on the (lalalalala) corner of 4th and Fremont Street.
    Appealing only because they are just that un-appealing
    Any practiced catholic would cross themselves upon entering.
    The rooms have a hint of asbestos and maybe just a dash of formaldehyde,
    And the habit of decomposing right before your very (lalalala) eyes.

    This line refers to a sleazy motel where prostitutes meet with the men they're going to have sex with.

    Along with the people inside
    What a wonderful charicature of intimacy
    Inside, what a wonderful charicature of intimacy

    Pretty obvious. Intimacy, in this case, means an affair, so it's an egzagerated(Spelled it wrong, sorry) affair.

    Tonight tenants range from: a lawyer and a virgin
    Accessorizing with a rosary tucked inside her lingerie
    She's getting a job at the firm come Monday.
    The Mrs. will stay with the cheating attorney
    moonlighting aside, she really needs his money.
    Oh, wonderful charicature of intimacy.

    The lawyer is meeting with the virgin to have sex. The Mrs. is "working" (Having sex) for the attorney, and she doesn't like it, but she needs the money, so she stays.

    And not to mention, the constable, and his proposition, for that "virgin"
    Yes, the one the lawyer met with on "strictly business"
    as he said to the Mrs. Well, only hours before,
    after he had left, she was fixing her face in a compact.
    There was a terrible crash (There was a terrible crash)
    Between her and the badge
    She spilled her purse and her bag, and held a "purse" of a different kind.

    Ok, try to follow me here, this is where it gets tricky. A constable is a cop, for all of you who don't know. I'm sure you can guess what his "Proposition" is. They put quotes around virgin because she's not actually a virgin. "Strictly Business" refers to what the lawyer might have said to anyone who ask what they did together. They may have known this girl what a prostitute, and he doesn't want to look bad, so he's telling people they met on "Strictly Business". A "Terrible crash" is when the police break in and arrest the virgin. "Between her and the badge she spilled her purse ans her bag" means she took her clothes off, because in this case, a "Purse" is a vagina. Then she and the constable had sex, because the constable was saying "Have sex with me, or I'm going to arrest you.

    There are no raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses.
    It's sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses
    At the shade of the sheets and before all the stains
    And a few more of your least favorite things.

    A play on the song "My Favorite Things" from the movie "The Sound of Music". It mean all of the stuff they refer to in this song is just a fantasy, and doesn't really exist.


    Love this song. Panic at the Disco kicks ass.
    Raka73on August 17, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:Alright your all sort of right except for Aaron Brown who's just an idiot...

    I've met Brendan and Spencer and they are good christian guys as much as some people may doubt it... This whole album was about irony in their lives. Screwed up situations that show how screwed up the world is becoming. This song in specific shows how sex and money can corrupt just about anyone. The virgin is not a euphamism...the character Brendan is referring to really was a virgin "believe me I've asked him" and she did what she did for money...period...the message shows how money corrupts and ruins good people. This situation is ironic because the lawyer is taking part in an act that he usually puts people in jail for.

    As for interpretation there are three key signs that the girl described was a virgin prior to this: First of all prostitutes don't typically carry a rosary, second a prostitute would not have any clue what a compact was; only a strict catholic would use one "in this case out of guilt", and finally throughout the whole song Brendan refers to her as THE VIRGIN!!! Don't doubt the song writer...the guy is a poetic genius and he exemplifies it through his understanding of reality! As for the part involving the constable...it wasn't just karma that she got caught the lawyer set her up after paying her to have sex with him and henceforth she will never assume her position in his office.

    As I said before this whole album has to do with how screwed up our world is becoming some of the best examples of it are Time to Dance, But It's Better if You Do, and of course I Write Sins Not Tragedies. If you think any of the information I just relayed is based on heresay read the titles of the songs: BUILD GOD THEN WE'LL TALK is like a flashing beacon that says LOOK human falacy is all over this song. Any questions...email me.
    ShadowS25on April 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:"It's these substandard motels on the (lalalalala) corner of 4th and Fremont Street
    Appealing only because they are just that un-appealing
    Any practiced catholic would cross themselves upon entering
    The rooms have a hint of asbestos and maybe just a dash of formaldehyde
    And the habit of decomposing right before your very (lalalala) eyes"

    This is setting up the scene for the location of this song. A sleezy hotel that is probably infamous for its location of prostitution "any practiced catholic would cross themselves upon entering..."
    People may have died here "formaldehyde" and it was poorly built "asbestos"
    And its so unmaintained its falling to pieces right before your eyes.


    "Along with the people inside"
    T
    he morality of of the people inside is falling apart along with the structure.


    "What a wonderful caricature of intimacy
    Inside, what a wonderful caricature of intimacy"

    this is meant to be a sad sarcastic comment about how it is infact NOT a wonderful caricature of intimacy


    "Tonight tenants range from: a lawyer and a virgin
    Accessorizing with a rosary tucked inside her lingerie"

    A prostitute is who is sarcastically referred to as a virgin is staying with a lawyer for the night. The fact that she has rosary tucked inside her lingerie refers back to "any practiced catholic would cross themselves upon entering..." as a joke and also may point out that she does not want to do this and feels shame for it.


    "She's getting a job at the firm come Monday"
    Either that's what the Lawyer is telling his wife is that he's doing interviews or as another user suggested they are role playing as an interview


    "The Mrs. will stay with the cheating attorney"

    The Lawyer is married and will retun form his life after this


    "moonlighting aside, she really needs his money
    Oh, wonderful caricature of intimacy"

    The Prostitute has another job but its not enough so she does this to get more money not really caring about her relationship with her clients



    "Yeah (yeah)

    And not to mention, the constable, and his proposition, for that "virgin"
    Yes, the one the lawyer met with on "strictly business"
    As he said to the Mrs. Well, only hours before
    After he had left, she was fixing her face in a compact"

    I think that this is an exchange between the Lawyer and his wife on reason he's leaving to interview and Possibly that he's abusive or that she is trying to look more attractive OR she's cheating on him as well "After he had left, she was fixing her face in a compact" as she is putting on make up. Or she was crying. She's "fixing her face" so. yeah



    "There was a terrible crash (there was a terrible crash)
    Between her and the badge
    She spilled her purse and her bag, and held a "purse" of a different kind
    Along with the people inside
    What a wonderful caricature of intimacy
    Inside, what a wonderful caricature of intimacy"

    this goes back to the prostitute and after the Lawyer had left the cops break in her purse fell on the ground and out spilled all her money (a purse of a different kind" and also a list of all the men she slept with


    "There are no raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses.
    It's sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses
    At the shade of the sheets and before all the stains
    And a few more of your least favorite things"

    This being a play on words from the Sound of music is reflecting on how early in life you expect everything to be great and then you end up in these terrible places. I think its pretty self explanitory.
    meaghann42on March 14, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:"There are no
    Raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses
    It's sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses
    At the shade of the sheets before all the stains
    And a few more of your least favorite things"

    is definately a play on "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things"

    Also I love how the singer ennunciates the words... I feel it makes it more clear and you pay attention to the words more than usual.
    OriginalNameon September 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Man, you guys are mean. Feel free to tear this apart, as you're all so want to do.

    It's not just a "caricature of intimacy," it's a caricature, period. The "virgin" isn't really a virgin at all and is willing to set up the guy she's sleeping with, the upstanding lawyer is cheating on his wife, and the loving wife is willing to stay with her husband for the money he brings in(The Mrs. will stay with the cheating attorney, Moonlighting aside, she really needs his money)

    The "virgin" set up a deal with the constable to bust the lawyer(be it for the "virgin" is a hooker or just for drugs, is still up for discussion..aparently). After all the sex, the virgin is 'fixing her face' and the constable busts in. It may be a suprise, or intentional, but the virgin has drugs on her(I agree with a 'purse of a different kind' being drugs)

    It can be both, guys. A hooker setting up the lawyer for lesser charges. And contrary to what some may think, two crimes CAN happen at the same time.
    sonofhickson October 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I partly agree with AaronBrownIm not sure if the girl is a hooker by profession because she's trying to get a job at the firm...she has sex with the lawyer for that position and a bit of cash. I think theyre using the song to mainly describe how low even respectable people can be and how filthy we all really are no matter what our jobs are or how we present ourselfs to other people in public. Then it focuses on that girl and after she sleeps with a few people she gets busted by the cops (There was a terrible crash between her and the BADGE) and i think the purse of a different kind was her kissing up to the cops or maybe just a different type of facial expression...such as pursing ones lips...
    titlenregistrationon November 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:(Sigh.)

    When I wrote about this song previously, I interpreted everything anally.

    There is not a wrong or right answer to what the song is about, which makes it such a good song. It's whatever you interpret it to be.

    I hate that people actually said "You all are stupid. It's obviously (insert some redundant remarks here)"

    In conclusion, this IS a SONGMEANING website. Please don't post anymore comments like "OMG OMG. I love this song!!! && this band!! LOLZ."

    Touche.
    i_heart_p!atdon July 18, 2006   Link

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