"Golden" as written by Peter Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman, Andrew Hurley and Wesley Eisold....
How cruel is the golden rule
When the lives we lived are only golden plated?
And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me
And though I carry karats for everyone to see

And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
And all the lovers with no time for me
And all of the mothers raise their babies
To stay away from me

Tongues on the sockets of electric dreams
Where the sewage of youth drowned the spark of my teens
And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me
And though I carry karats for everyone to see

And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
And all the lovers with no time for me
And all of the mothers raise their babies
To stay away from me
And pray they don't grow up to be


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"Golden" as written by Peter Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman, Andrew Hurley, Wesley Eisold

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  • +3
    General CommentFirst of all, it’s not carrots because that would make no sense. It’s karats, like in gold. You have so many gold karats in an earring or a ring.

    I think it’s basically about how ‘cruel’ the golden rule is, because no one really takes into consideration if you’re actually following it. Like you could ‘do unto others as you would wish for them to do unto you’ all you want yet it’d only make you ‘golden plated’. Everything just becomes too heavy. I think the chorus is just talking about how no one accepts him because of all of this.
    I think the second verse is how time is ruining all of the hopes and dreams he had when he was younger. It kind of applies because they’re talking about disappointments and how the ‘golden rule’ has been misused and destroyed.

    I’m guessing there might be an even deeper meaning, but this is what I think of when I listen to this song.

    Probably one of my favorite songs by them.
    iWrittenon July 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs on the album, for sure. A lot of people have said to me that they don't like it, but I think it's amazing. It's full of emotion and passion, and sounds unlike anything they've done before.

    A fucking plus.
    _hideandseekon January 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy mistake, i spelt karats/carats wrong. Both with the same meaning of gold.

    @ tjwells: this is the new fall out boy... if you think this is the worst song on the cd, then hop off the new bandwagon and go listen to someone else instead of complaining.
    timmy_no7on January 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCORRECT LYRICS:
    How cruel is the golden rule
    When the lives we lived are only golden plated
    And I knew the lights of the city were too heavy for me
    Though I carried karats for everyone to see

    And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
    All all the lovers with no time for me
    And all the mothers raise their babies to stay away from me

    Tongues on the sockets of electric dreams
    When the sewage of youth drowned the spark of my teens
    And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me
    And I carried karats for everyone to see

    And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
    All all the lovers with no time for me
    And all the mothers raise their babies to stay away from me
    And pray they don't grow up to be me

    Everyone keeps getting the line 'When the sewage of youth drowned the spark of my teens' wrong. it's teens, not tears.

    It also makes much more sense with teens, because that would suggest bullying (sewage of youth) and how it ruined his teen years.
    molsonthemaggoton February 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe carries himself around like he's the shit but he's really got nothing to show for it or back himself up. He's crumbling inside. He wants people to stay away from him, but he wants them to look at him and say, "You're a good person".

    I don't really know what the electric dreams/sewage line is supposed to mean, except perhaps they had something stunt their growth into adulthood by starting this band.

    Like someone else said about the god line, too, it's like he's looking at himself and his actions from a new perspective, from his enemies' eyes, and seeing how he was wrong.

    I am pretty sure the mother line has to do when that one mother sent a letter to their labeling company complaining about Pete saying that people who couldn't be respectful to homosexuals and the like needed to return their merch and leave. The mom was mad that he shared his "political views" with pre-teens and that she didn't pay for her to daughter to hear him cuss with his sailor mouth and give his opinions; that she and her daughter were there to listen to their music and nothing else.
    Insane_Lion February 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhew!
    what an amazing song!
    this song rips me inside out everytime i hear it.
    IOH wouldnt be complete without this song!
    LOVE IT!
    CONGRATS FOB for being so damn ambitious.
    master_erkon August 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLYRICS:

    How cruel is the golden rule,
    When the lives we lived are only golden plated,
    And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me,
    And though i carry carots for everyone to see

    And I saw god cry in the reflection of my enemies
    And all the lovers with no time for me
    And all of the mothers raise their babies,
    to stay away from me

    Tongues on the sockets of electric dreams
    When the sewage of youth drown the spark of my tears

    And I knew the lights of the city were too heavy for me (too heavy for me)
    And though I carry carots for everyone to see (everyone to seeeeee)

    And I saw god cry in the reflection of my enemies
    And all the lovers with no time for me
    And all of the mothers raise their babies,
    to stay away from me
    and pray that they don’t grow up to be
    timmy_no7on January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love this song, it is so far from what they usually do, and it is so deep and with fantastic lyrics.

    The first verse I think refers to how everyone/himself is living a lie, being fake, only rich on the outside when really they're hiding their true selves and they can't really handle it (lights of the city too heavy), and he carries carots (of gold) for everyone to see that he's made it.

    I'd like to think that "and i saw god cry in the reflection of my enemies" is the person having to look through so much, when a person in life doesn't like to look at their enemies, but this person looks at their reflection, and sees god crying... finally seeing that he's doing the wrong thing?

    I'd love to know what everyone else thinks of this line because it is the most haunting on the album and I love it to bits.

    "Tongues on the sockets of electric dreams, When the sewage of youth drown the spark of my tears" - Trying to get somwhere, make a dream come true through ideas, but with the "sewage" everyone is now throwing out there and the ideals that they are living, these dreams are 'drowned'??

    Let me know what you guys think.
    timmy_no7on January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Carrots" is probably "karats" because as he's using metaphors like "golden plated" it would make sense t carry on the theme and talk about "karats", as in diamonds and things of that nature.
    soagnosticon January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Timmy_no7.
    When I first heard this song,
    IMy head spun.
    I couldn't believe it was FOB.
    But I didn't necessarily hate it.
    I actually, like Timmy_no7 stated, found it to be very deep.
    The vocals are amazing in this.
    Brandanwithanaon January 24, 2007   Link

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