This grin is shit-eating and fleeting like a catamaran.
It fits me better than a smile on a dead man.

Watch the hands of the ticking clock for emotional rock.

I’ve strangled necks of ages with the fabric of new words.
The bar withstood the raising which tastemakers allowed.
One fire to block the exit, two palms to block the sound as each bulb smashed from the ceiling at the lighthouse.

And with the weight of a monolith perched on a guiltless chest.
Once a witness you can’t shake the thought of 15 year old dick ornaments on kabuki faced jocks hair sprayed up the ass.

Wide open inviting the next pop rock star asshole.
Well I won’t be failed anymore and I won’t play fair anymore.

All eyes are on the lighthouse, collapsing.

I’ve strangled necks of ages with the fabric of new words.
The fires were amazing. Why would you put those out?
And what the gun was not erasing, these bare hands snuffed right out when each bulb smashed from the ceiling at the lighthouse.

You won’t be failed anymore.


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    General CommentI can't think of what it means, in a large sense. I see a lot of digs at the emo rock scene.

    I'm just curious, the title confuses me a little. Any ideas?
    dicklegzon October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is very abstract in describing a plan to demolish the model which spits out trends (popular or counter-culture) in music.

    "Strangled necks of ages with the fabric of new words," refers to the band's 10-plus year career (and possibly Trevor's endeavors before that) of being more talented, especially lyrically, than the bands popular at any given time. And they've outlasted a lot of them.

    "The bar withstood the raising, which tastemakers allowed," is referring to their current status in the punk community. They raised the bar with their musical talent, and record labels have finally paid attention.

    "Once a witness you can’t shake the thought of 15 year old dick ornaments on kabuki faced jocks hair sprayed up the ass." That refers to the annoyance that the band (and their true fans) feel when trend-following high school sluts (15 year old dick ornaments) and their counterpart Gerard Way wannabe boy toys (kabuki faced jocks, hairsprayed up the ass) start infiltrating shows simply because it's now "cool" to like the band.

    All references to the lighthouse, especially, "All eyes are on the lighthouse collapsing," refer to the desire to snuff out the trend-setters and force people to determine their own ways, not look to a "lighthouse" for guidance.

    Finally, I think "I won't be failed anymore" and "You won't be failed anymore" refer to the world post-lighthouse when bands can get by on their abilities without relying on someone else to tell everyone "It's ok to like them; they're cool."

    This song and this album have blown me away both musically and lyrically. Their best album yet, in my opinion.
    superman9kon November 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh, and as a guess to what the title means, I think it may be referring to what one does outside of work, after his/her 9-5 "day job" from 5-9pm. A lot of bands struggling to make it have members that are forced to work full-time jobs just to pay the money that they put into the band. On the other hand, some 9-5ers go home, eat dinner, and veg out after getting home from their day jobs. The musicians continue to work.
    superman9kon November 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNice writeup superman9k. You're right about the title, too:

    Straight from the horses (ahahaha.. The Horse? get it? ..ah..) mouth:

    "5 to 9 are our hours of operation. Emo scene's an easy target, couldn't help myself."
    Haanzon November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell cheers Superman9k, I would've had a hard time getting to where you did. Damn, this means they are lyrically even better than I already thought. I think what you say sounds pretty much right, yes.
    Mozaredon April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think you're pretty much spot-on, Superman. Except I think you got one line wrong, which is a very telling line: "The bar withstood the raising, which tastemakers allowed." To withstand means to fend off, essentially. So, in my opinion, it has more to do with the band trying to raise the bar, to bring more talent into music, but the community at large, and reviewers (for places like Rolling Stone, or the terrible Pitchfork), who are the tastemakers, have allowed a sort of dumbing down to happen. They hold the bar down where it is, instead of letting talented bands raise it.
    gofuckyourselfon July 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think you're pretty much spot-on, Superman. Except I think you got one line wrong, which is a very telling line: "The bar withstood the raising, which tastemakers allowed." To withstand means to fend off, essentially. So, in my opinion, it has more to do with the band trying to raise the bar, to bring more talent into music, but the community at large, and reviewers (for places like Rolling Stone, or the terrible Pitchfork), who are the tastemakers, have allowed a sort of dumbing down to happen. They hold the bar down where it is, instead of letting talented bands raise it.
    gofuckyourselfon July 15, 2012   Link

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