I've got a secret.
It's on the tip of my tongue, it's on the back of my lungs.
And I'm gonna keep it.
I know something you don't know.

It sits in silence, eats away at me.
It feeds like cancer. This guilt could fill a fucking sea.
Pulling teeth, wolves at my door.
Now falling and failing is all I know.

This disease is getting worse.
I counted my blessings, now I'll count this curse.
The only thing I really know: I can't sleep at night.
I'm buried and breathing in regret.
Yeah!
The only thing I really know: I can't sleep at night.
I'm buried and breathing in regret.

I've got a secret.
It's on the tip of my tongue, it's on the back of my lungs.
And I'm gonna keep it.
I know something you don't know.

I've got a secret.
It's on the tip of my tongue, it's on the back of my lungs.
And I'm gonna keep it.
I know something you don't know.

I may look happy, but honestly dear,
the only way I'll really smile is if you cut me ear to ear.
I see the vultures, they watch me bleed.
They lick their lips, as all the shame spills out of me.

Repent! Repent! The end is nigh!
Repent! Repent! We're all gonna die!
Repent! Repent! These secrets will kill us!
So get on your knees, and pray for...

Repent! Repent! The end is nigh!
Repent! Repent! We're all gonna die!
Repent! Repent! These secrets will kill us!
So get on your knees, and pray for forgiveness!

We all carry these things inside that no one else can see.
They hold us down like anchors. They drown us out at sea.
I look up to the sky, there may be nothing there to see.
But if I don't believe in him, why would he believe in me?
Why would he believe in me?
Why would he believe in me?
Why would he believe in me?
Why would he believe in me?

Ruh!

I've got a secret.
It's on the tip of my tongue, it's on the back of my lungs.
And I'm gonna keep it.
I know something you don't know.

I've got a secret.
It's on the tip of my tongue, it's on the back of my lungs.
And I'm gonna keep it.
I know something you will never know.
You will never know.
I know something you don't know.


Lyrics submitted by LNDMIASMA, edited by fuckxyouxcunt


Chelsea Smile song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentThis song, in my mind, has completely redeemed this band.
    I've never held them in great esteem, but hoooly.

    Songmeaning wise, i think the whole song smacks of the saying 'every person has a heavy burden to bear'.
    You can know someone inside out, and yet not even touch on what pains them the most in every day life.
    raisedbywolveson August 19, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI have an interesting take on this song. I believe this song is a sequel to Pray for Plagues from the girls point of view.
    Depending on how you interpret Pray for Plagues it all basically comes down to Oli knowing a whore and how it messed up her life. If you look closely he uses some of the same words.

    Pray For Plagues= "Eradicate this disease"
    Chelsea Smile= "This disease is getting worse"

    Pray for Plagues= "Count your fucking blessings"
    Chelsea Smile= "I've counted my blessings, now I'll count this curse"

    Pray for Plagues= "Pray for plagues"
    Chelsea Smile= "Pray for forgiveness"

    Before Oli says, "Eradicate this disease" he says "Christ I'm asking you for just one thing." That one thing would be to help the whore he knows.
    In Chelsea Smile when he says, "I look up to the sky, there may be nothing there to see. But if I don't believe in Him, why would He believe in me?" I believe it's from the girls point of view and her internal conflict with God and His existence and/or His love for her.

    Furthermore, when Oli says, "I may look happy, but honestly dear, the only way I'll really smile is if you cut me ear to ear. I see the vultures, they watch me bleed, they lick their lips as all the shame spills out of me." I think the girl is saying how she regrets her actions so much it's almost impossible to make her smile/happy. I think the vultures he talks about are men who see she's filled with shame and see her as an easy target to be taken advantage of. "They lick their lips, as all the shame spills out of me." Maybe the girl is venting her problems to a man and all he sees is an easy target as he licks his lips.

    Sorry if I wasn't clear on anything but I really love this song and thought I'd throw this out. I don't know if it's correct but I'd love to read more interpretations.

    theendisnighon November 30, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentWell, The song name comes from the form of torture in-which the victim gets a credit card inbetween there lips to form a small cut then the victim is kicked or put in pain to make them scream so that they get a scar from ear to ear which looks like a smile.
    jamesrulestheworldon August 24, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentChelsea Smile is a song about how keeping secrets can cause people to go insane!

    "It sits in silence: eats away at me.
    It feeds like cancer, this guilt could fill a fucking sea.
    Pulling Teeth, Wolves at my door."

    "I counted my blessings, now i'll count this curse."

    keeping secrets (possible about cheating on someone) can cause you to get corrupted like a "curse"

    "I may look happy, but honestly dear, the only way i'll really smile is if you cut me ear to ear."

    A chealsea smile is also known as "Glasgow grin".
    A person cuts a persons face from the courners of their mouth to the ears, and stabs/socks/kick them in the stomach or groin so the screams will rip their face open. the scars made from this resembles a smile.

    Look it up on wikipedia.

    this song is all about how keeping secrets cause people to go insane.
    koopastaron September 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhy do people on this site relate EVERY song to religion
    do you honestly think this band is in any way religious?
    and its pathetic of you wanting him to convert for whatever stupid reason
    BMTH fucking own!
    parkwayyon October 05, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song title Chelsea Smile is a double meaning the Chelsea smile is a torture method in which the mouth is cut from "ear to ear" this is what the song refers to. This song is about the torture of secrets and the utter madness it an cause.
    TheGirlIn4CNeverSawItComingon March 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust to point out
    this is not about a girl called chelsea or anything like this.
    a chelsea smile is a type of gang torture
    the gang or group will attack the person targetting and beat them to the floor
    like this isnt enough they will cut with a knife or blade half way into the flesh of the person from each corner of their mouths to the ears.
    they will then torture the person so that they eventually scream, creating the cut to go all the way through the flesh.
    therefore after stiches and medical attention, once it is healed
    you will have a huge scar for life unless removed by surgery from the corners of the mouth to the ears.
    looking like a smile
    therefore: the chelsea smile torture method
    NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR NAME YOU IDIOTS!
    bethiixon October 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment++ hence in the song it says 'the only way i'll really smile is if you cut me ear to ear.'
    understand now dingbats?
    bethiixon October 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just got the new AP magazine with bmth on the cover, and in the interview oli said that this song was about a fucked up thing that happened to him that would drive the band apart if people found out about it. he also said that this song pretty much summed up what suicide season was about, and that he didn't understand what could drive someone to suicide until the moment that whatever happened to him did.

    fucking great song though, I guess it's sort of a confession for him
    xxSweetNut33xxon January 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningA"chelsea smile" is a torture method, where the torturer cuts their victim with a credit card at the edges of their mouths and beat them to make them scream, widening the cuts until it reaches the corners of their ears.

    The first few lines of the song relate to not being able to speak because of the cuts.

    I really can't be bothered to put the rest of the lyric meanings down, so I KNOW SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW :D

    lool xx
    jameslikeshoverbaconon August 10, 2010   Link

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