"Teenagers" as written by and Frank Iero Bob Bryar....
They're gonna clean up your looks
With all the lies in the books
To make a citizen out of you
Because they sleep with a gun
And keep an eye on you, son
So they can watch all the things you do

Because the drugs never work
They're gonna give you a smirk
'Cause they got methods of keepin' you clean
They gonna rip up your heads
Your aspirations to shreds
Another cog in the murder machine

They said all
Teenagers scare
The living shit out of me
They could care less
As long as someone'll bleed
So darken your clothes
Or strike a violent pose
Maybe they'll leave you alone
But not me

The boys and girls in the clique
The awful names that they stick
You're never gonna fit in much, kid
But if you're troubled and hurt
What you got under your shirt
Will make them pay for the things that they did

They said all
Teenagers scare
The living shit out of me
They could care less
As long as someone'll bleed
So darken your clothes
Or strike a violent pose
Maybe they'll leave you alone
But not me

Oh yeah

They said all
Teenagers scare
The living shit out of me
They could care less
As long as someone'll bleed
So darken your clothes
Or strike a violent pose
Maybe they'll leave you alone
But not me

All together now

Teenagers scare
The living shit out of me
They could care less
As long as someone'll bleed
So darken your clothes
Or strike a violent pose
Maybe they'll leave you alone
But not me

Teenagers scare
The living shit out of me
They could care less
As long as someone'll bleed
So darken your clothes
Or strike a violent pose
Maybe they'll leave you alone
But not me


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"Teenagers" as written by Frank Iero Bob Bryar

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  • +13
    General Commentif we ignore the concept for a moment, we have a song about todays teenagers, who are conditioned to be 'perfect citizens' remove orginality etc etc.we're put on drugs (antidepressants) and told how to act. in rebellion we apparently either turn goth (darken ur clothes) or go postal with weaponry (strike a violent pose). and then we have gun violence in schools, revenge with a gun because teenagers have too much pressure from society to be perfect adn to cope with multiple role expectations. the chorus reminds me of old people who hate and are scared of teenagers - it makes me laugh!
    now for the concept..hmm...hard one...we've just come from sleep adn nightmares to teenagers, social commentary from the dead? or he's scared for teenagers who all seem desperate to be dead, adn he doesn't want them suffering what he is? nah, too soppy...the patient is becomming extroverted maybe? pulling his head out of his own ass?
    septimusphoenixon October 30, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentUmmm... I think it's *cog* in the Murder Machine, not cock.... "Cock in the murder machine" would either not make sense or be very, very rude.
    Gaz_182on October 21, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThey gonna clean up your looks,
    With all the lies in the books
    To make a citizen out of you
    Because they sleep with a gun
    And keep an eye on you son
    so they can watch all the things you do

    -I think this means they're trying to corrupt all teenagers [us] into "acceptable" people. And they're watching everything they do to make sure they don't fcuk themselves over. But they're saying, we have guns, and our weapons are stronger than yours.

    Because the drugs never work
    They gonna give you a smirk
    'Cus they've got methods of keeping you clean
    Their gonna rip up your heads,
    Your aspirations to shreds,
    Another cog in the murder machine

    -It could be saying we've done so much sh*t in your life already that for the teenagers, the drugs are just a costly addiction with no effect. And then evil 'Keep Off The Drugs' man comes in and says, too bad, so sad, no more. Then you get too mad for your own good.

    They said now
    Teenagers scare,
    The living shit out of me
    They can care less as long as,
    Someone will bleed
    So darken your clothes,
    Or strike a violent pose,
    Maybe they'll leave you alone
    But not me

    -Now this is saying, you know, we're going ot do something about this, but they're fighting back in their own way. But Gerard, he's saying, if you act all goth or whatever, it's not going to stop me telling you drugs are bad, because I've been there and I've done that.

    The boys and girls in the clique,
    The awful names that the stick,
    Your never gonna fit in much kid
    But if your troubled and hurt,
    What you got under you shirt,
    Will make em pay for things that they did!

    -This is like, society rejects me, so I'll reject them back and blow their heads off. I've got a gun under my shirt, but it'll be too late when they find out. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.

    They said now
    Teenagers scare,
    The living shit out of me
    They can care less as long as,
    Someone will bleed
    So darken your clothes,
    Or strike a violent pose,
    Maybe they'll leave you alone
    but not me
    whoa yeah!

    -Now I think this part is going on about how Gerard thinks that he won't give up no matter how much people like me scare him with our dark clothes and stuff, because he wants to let us know what's right.

    They said now

    Teenagers scare,
    The living shit out of me
    They can care less as long as,
    Someone will bleed
    So darken your clothes,
    Or strike a violent pose,
    Maybe they'll leave you alone
    but not me

    All together now!

    Teenagers scare,
    The living shit out of me
    They can care less as long as,
    Someone will bleed
    So darken your clothes,
    Or strike a violent pose,
    Maybe they'll leave you alone
    but not me

    Teenagers scare,
    The living shit out of me,
    They can care less as long as,
    Someone will bleed
    so darken your clothes,
    Or strike a violent pose,
    Maybe they'll leave you alone
    but not me

    ---

    That's basically what I think the songs means (not the part in the story, the actual song) and I think that although not the best song on the album, it's pretty funny and entertaining. It gets stuck in your head too.
    (And I fixed up the lyrics a bit too, for example. It's Strike a violent pose, not stike.)
    bella___muerteon October 29, 2006   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationAenema91 is right on. This song is about the kids who dress in black and don't want to conform, and get bullied by their envionment from parents, teachers and other kids in the "popular crowd".

    "What you got under your shirt will make them pay for the things that they did" is a reference to school shootings. The verse is describing a kid getting bullied by the clique and then bringing a gun to school.

    when he sings "maybe they'll leave you alone but not me" I believe the singer means that the kid can act violent and dress differently to try and intimidate their surroundings to leave them alone, but the singer understands where he is coming from and can empathize. He is saying even though you kid feel alone, I have been there once too, and I understand the problems.

    I'd like to echo those trying to correct the lyrics: "DARKEN your clothes OR strike a violent pose" These are the lyrics that make contextual sense and furthermore it's what he actually sings.
    Rannugon September 20, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionAren't the lyrics to the choruses "So darken your clothes, or strike a violent pose. Maybe they'll leave you alone, but not me."

    Pretty sure there's no "dock in" or "tuck in" your clothes, or "I'll strike a violent pose."
    rebeccaann08on December 22, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"'What you got under you shirt' could mean fat(lol)"

    Uhhmm I think he's talking about a gun under his shirt lol.
    EvilZombieon October 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about the cruelty that goes on between teenagers in modern society and the impact that it's under because of controlling higharchy in society, telling younger people all the things they can and can't do, because that's when they're most rebellious.

    By the "what you got under your shirt" thing I think he means the way that kids have been picked on come to school strapped with a bomb and make the popular kids "pay" for all the teasing, just generally the way society nods its head at whatever the hurt the American teenagers can think to inflict upon themselves.
    SnowNinjaon June 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI LOVE THIS SONG!I havent heard too many of their other songs but i really like this one..

    r anymore of their songs like this or as good as these??? :)
    emogurl13on November 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI LOVE THIS SONG!I havent heard too many of their other songs but i really like this one..

    r anymore of their songs like this or as good as these??? :)
    emogurl13on November 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think it's directed at most of the fans and other "emo kids". He's saying how most of his fans get away with not fitting in because they'll just be "emo". ("So darken your clothes, or strike a violent pose). Gerard is directing himself when he was younger or an outcast kid. This kid is staying true because he's not becoming "emo" (maybe they'll leave you alone but not me). "What you got under you shirt,
    Will make em pay for things that they did!" could be referring to a gun, but I always thought it was referring to his heart <3. Anyway, I believe this song is generally about Gerard talking to the fans that don't like My Chem. b/c they're emo, but solely because they like the music. All the popular kids will watch them to tease them ("They gonna clean up the looks,With all the lies in the books,To make a citizen out of you,Because they sleep with a gun,And keep an eye on you son
    so they can watch all the things you do". I think the chorus is directed at his "emo kid" fans. Maybe not. Thanks <3333 XD
    kerrycoke25on June 26, 2011   Link

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