"This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" as written by Peter Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman and Andrew Hurley....
I am an arms dealer
Fitting you with weapons in the form of words
And I don't really care which side wins
As long as the room keeps singing
That's just the business I'm in

This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race
This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race
This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race
I'm not a shoulder to cry on, but I digress

I'm a leading man and the lies I weave are oh-so intricate, oh-so intricate
I'm a leading man and the lies I weave are oh-so intricate, oh-so intricate

I wrote the gospel on giving up (You look pretty sinking)
But the real bombshells have already sunk (Prima donnas of the gutter)
At night we're painting your trash gold while you sleep
Crashing not like hips or cars
No, more like parties

This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race
This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race
This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race
Bandwagon's full, please catch another

I'm a leading man and the lies I weave are oh-so intricate, oh-so intricate
I'm a leading man and the lies I weave are oh-so intricate, oh-so intricate

All the boys who the dance floor didn't love
And all the girls whose lips couldn't move fast enough
Sing until your lungs give out

This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race
This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race (Now you)
This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race (Wear out the groove)
This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race (Sing out loud)
This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race (Oh, oh)
This ain't a scene, it's a god damn arms race

I'm a leading man and the lies I weave are oh-so intricate, oh-so intricate
I'm a leading man and the lies I weave are oh-so intricate, oh-so intricate


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"This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" as written by Andrew John Hurley Andrew Hurley

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  • +6
    Song MeaningThis song is about the fight for popularity in the music world. Pete owns the label that produced bands like Panic! Th The Disco who were big at this time. It didn't matter who won the fight for popularity cause he would still get money.
    This is also a response song to non other than P!ATD's smash hit " I write Sins Not Tragedies."
    jayybuchananon April 09, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think all of the "I"s in this song refer to FOB as a whole.

    "I am an arms dealer fitting you with weapons in the form of words
    And (don't really care which side wins)
    As long as the room keeps singing that's just the business I'm in"

    This is basically saying that FOB is making different types of songs AND THEY KNOW IT.

    It also means that they don't give a f*ck about who wins the fight over whether it's a change for the better or it's selling out. They just care about the music and if it sounds good, not about who listens to it. I'M NOT SAYING THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THEIR FANS;

    I'm simply saying that as long as someone (be they rock fans, be they pop fans) is enjoying their music and they themselves like it, FOB is fine (and making money).

    "This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race"

    This could have more than one meaning. It may mean that FOB and their music are not a "scene" (uh, like one and only one style to be, ie. hip hop, emo, punk, etc.), they're just a band that's trying to make it all the way.

    And then again, it may mean that the "scene" that FOB is already representing is now full of phonies and they are all trying to be the, uh, "scene"est. If that makes any sense.

    That line could mean a lot more, but I like these two the most. They both seem to fit in at different places in the song, so maybe it's both ideas fused.

    "I'm not a shoulder to cry on, but I digress"

    This means that FOB is not the one to go and bitch and moan to about their 'drastic change'. The "but I digress part" just means, but I'm geeting off topic.
    You should know that. :/
    And if you still don't understand, here's an example. Say I was talking about bananas:

    A banana is a fruit. A banana is yellow. The sun is also yellow, but I digress.
    XD

    "I wrote the gospel on giving up (and LOOKED pretty sinking)
    But the real bombshells have already sunk (prima donnas of the gutter)"

    The lyrics are wrong.
    This means just what it says; FOB wrote the gospel on giving up and they got a lot of fans for it, but they never really "sunk". They're saying that the people that really gave up and the ones that were really, and I'm defining bombshell, explosive and wild have already "sunk", or hit their all time low. FOB is saying that these people are the Queen B*tches of the, for lack of better words, depressed teenage crowd.
    An example most should know is Jeffree Star. NO, I am NOT saying that FOB and J* have anything to do with each other!!! I'm just saying that J* is (or dubs himself the) the leader of 'mannequins' and cross dressers and such.

    "At night we're painting your trash gold, while you sleep
    Crashing not like hips or cars, NO more like p-p-p-parties"

    (Ahem, wrong again)
    I think this means that now their in the spotlight so more people know about their, uh, "scene" (which I think they referred to as trash). And that while they said they were all for doing one thing, they were doing another.
    Or it could mean that they're now going to polish up pop, so it gains some depth and meaning.

    "Bandwagon's full, please catch another"

    I think this means that they are tired of all of the phonies FOB fans that only like them because it's cool right now. This goes with my second idea about the part of the song that its title came from.

    "All the boys who the dance floor didn't love, and all the girls whose lips couldn't move fast enough, sing until your lungs give out"

    This...this is a bit vague. Who knows what the girls' lips couldn't move fast enough for?
    Not me. But I can guess. :]
    This line may mean that all of the people that didn't automatically side with one scene, and all the ones that haven't become the center of attention in their scene of choice, the ones that are on the outside looking in can see that THIS AIN'T A SCENE, IT'S A GODDAMN ARMS RACE!

    "This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race
    (Now You)"

    When he says "Now You" he points to a character from the "A Little Less Sixteen Candles..." video. Then the character lip synchs "this ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race". This matches up with my first idea about that part.

    "I'm the leading man
    And the lies I weave are oh so intricate, oh so intricate"

    I skipped this part until now for a reason. This, to me, says:

    We, Fall Out Boy, started this crowd, and we did it by saying al lot of things that only sounded pretty.


    I personally think this song is wonderful, from the beginning to the end.

    (I think it's kinda funny how a lot of people say that don't like the beginning and in the video, FOB was being made fun of until the "I'm the leading man" jazz started, haha. That seems like something a band that listens to its fans would do. :])

    (I also like how in the very end of the video, they're preforming for their "scene", and saying the part about lying and then he dives into the crowd. Great symbolism.)
    youresillyon November 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just heard this song for the first time tonight. It's so different than anything on any of their previous albums but it's Fall Out Boy. Like, no matter how they grow and change, you can always pick them out of a crowd. Personally, I'm not positive if I love it yet, but I'm glad they took a chance and did something different, instead of making the same album over again. At least their trying, and you gotta give them credit.
    ssocotyon November 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy would FOB make a song about the gangster/rap/hip-hop scene? To me this is definitely about the pop/punk scene.

    Hey parker, if you don't like the song why comment on it? What a "GAY" thing to do.
    pretorbenon November 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really don't think this is ALL that different from their old stuff. And who cares, it's still Fall Out Boy. ANYWAY. If you don't like it just because it's different, shove it up your ass, no one wants to hear it. Don't bother commenting on things you don't like; it wastes everyone's time and it's just going to spark arguments [[kind of like this]]. Nobody's going to like every song they hear; what's the point of going and starting something like this? Just to get debate and disagreement? POINTLESS. Personally, I love this song. I think it's amazing. It is a little poppy, but it's still a good song. Besides, no offense to a lot of pop music fans, but I'm not sure that half of them even know what the word intricate means. I have a feeling they might end up claiming to like it, but have no idea of what the song actually means.
    xLadYofSorrowZxon November 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't get what everyone's saying about this being overly poppy. So it's not TTTYG or FUCT. Isn't that supposed to be...oh I don't know...GOOD? It's different, but really, it's got the same elements as every other single of theirs that was eqaully poppy: "Grand Theft Autumn", "Sugar, We're Goin' Down", "Dance Dance", "A Little Less Sixteen Candles", and "Saturday" (My favorite) : A good hook, an extremely catchy chorus, a drum beat that won't quit, incredible background vocals, and some great guitars...so don't be saying they've gone pop this time. Because it's just like before. So until they start rapping or singing stuff the record label wrote for them (Fall Out Boy CLEARLY wrote this, and no, Guitarpunk150, it's not "completly abandoning what you stand for to let record companies force you to write completely radio friendly songs") It's Fall Out Boy. It's maturity. It's growth. They're expanding into new sounds. I think they call it being creative or something. Now I'll get off my soapbox. The meaning: I think this one line sums it up "Bandwagon's full, please catch another," telling people/bands etc to stop jumping on the bandwagon. Because really, FOB was the first of the 'scene' to make it mainstream that I know of. And now all these other bands are making music exactly like theirs. Yeah, I'm done with my rant. Sorry for length.
    flashspeed1992on November 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningDoes the quote, "My pen is the barrel of my gun remind me of which side you should be on," come to mind? Arrogance of how much his words can do comparing it to weapons which is a great concept because these days words can kill i.e. wiki-leaks.
    glowinthedark47on January 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"All the boys who the dancefloor didn't love,
    and all the girls whose lips couldn't move fast enough"

    I always took these lines as people being uncomfortable with their gender roles.

    -The boy, who's been told his whole life that he should be self-sufficient and emotionless is alone on the dance floor (and possibly self-conscious about that)

    -The girl, who is being hit on by some creepy dude, is trying to talk her talk her way out of the situation (and possibly, darker themes, as her lips 'couldn't move fast enough')

    i don't know, those are just my thoughts :>
    strideon December 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^How can you say this song is a "Justin Timberlake club hit"? It's a well made pop song, and I'm sorry if you think that it automatically makes it for fans of Justin.
    I love this song. It's so catchy, the lyrics are fun to yell and it will be their next hit.
    I'm so excited for this album.
    _hideandseekon November 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is new. it's way better than sugar. who cares if it's different from before? you want to buy the same album again? beginning reminds me of "what's this?" from the nightmare b4 christmas album..
    gymclass42on November 22, 2006   Link

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