"20 Dollar Nose Bleed" as written by Peter Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman and Andrew Hurley....
Have you ever wanted to disappear
And join a monastery
Go out and preach on Manic Street?
Who will I be when I wake up next to a stranger
On a passenger plane?
(Passenger plane)

Oh,

[Chorus]
Permanent jet lag
Please take me back (please take be back)
Please take be back
(Oh) I'm a stray dog sick
Please let me in (please let me in)
The mad keys tripping
Singing vows before we exchange smoke rings

Give me a pen
Call me Mr. Benzedrine
But don't let the doctor in
I wanna blow off steam and
Call me Mr. Benzedrine (Mr. Benzedrine)
But don't let the doctor, don't let the doctor in

It feels like fourteen karats but no clarity
When I look at the man who would be king
The man who would be king goes to the
Desert to sing war his dad rehearsed
Came back with flags on coffins and said
We won, oh, we won

[Chorus]

Give me a pen
Call me Mr. Benzedrine
But don't let the doctor in
I wanna blow off steam and
Call me Mr. Benzedrine (Mr. Benzedrine)
But don't let the doctor, don't let the doctor in

Benzedrine
My, my, my Benzedrine
My Benzedrine now
My Benzedrine now

Only one more thing and that is the rest of the proof
Is on the television, on the

Call me Mr. Benzedrine
But don't let the doctor in
I wanna blow off steam and
Call me Mr. Benzedrine (Mr. Benzedrine)
But don't let the doctor, don't let the doctor in

Have you ever wanted to disappear?

It's not me, it's you
Actually, it's the taxidermy of you and me
Untie the balloons from around my neck and ground me
I'm just a racehorse on the track
Send me back to the glue factory
Always thought I'd float away
And never come back
But I've got enough miles on my card
To fly the boys home on my own
But you know me: I like being all alone
And keeping you all alone
And the charts are boring
And the kids are snoring
And the eagles in a sling
You say you're not listening
And I said I'm wishing
And I said, I said


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"20 Dollar Nose Bleed" as written by Peter Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman, Andrew Hurley

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  • +7
    General CommentI think this song is like a giant drug reference? Benzedrine is an amphetamine popular during World War 2, soldiars used to use it stay awake and active for long periods of time. It's similar to meth or coke. Coke is what the song title is referring to, as $20 is a cheap price for a few hits of bad coke at a party, and if you do too much your nose will bleed (this has happened to me and many of my friends) If you do that too often you can get a broken septum, which is why you shouldn't do coke until you can get something not cut with powdered suger or flour, like what is sold to the majority of teens. There's a more in-depth reference to that in another song, but I can't think of it at the moment, it's by third eye blind. Anyway, Benzedrine has since been sythesized differently and put into inhalers to prevent abuse, but you can still break the canisters open with a pen and eat the cotton rod inside the inhaler to get the high.
    SUbstance_Don December 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt feels like 14 carats but no clarity
    When I look at the man who would be king
    The man who would be king goes to the
    desert to sing war his dad rehearsed
    came back with flags on coffins and said
    we won, oh, we won

    Thats seems like a pretty obvious Bush reference. The man who would be King (Bush Jr) goes to the desert aka Iraq and the middle east in general for war. His dad (Bush Sr) rehearsed it because the US had the whole Persian Gulf War when he was President.
    MusiccMann88on December 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationLol when I first heard the ending of this I thought they were saying "My band's a dream" instead of "Benzedrine"
    taintedmonkeyon December 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation"Have you ever wanted to disappear?
    and join a monestary
    Go out and preach on manic street"
    --Almost positive this refers to Richie Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers mysteriously disappearing in 1995.

    "it feels like 14 carats but no clarity
    When I look at the man who would be king
    The man who would be king goes to the
    desert to sing war his dad rehearsed
    came back with flags on coffins and said
    we won, oh, we won"
    --I agree this has to do with Bush returning to iraq, which is where Bush sr. started desert storm.

    "Give me a pen
    Call me Mr. Benzedrine
    But don't let the doctor in"
    --Benzedrine was a perscription drug which originally came in an inhaler but later came in a tablet.
    Tablets are usually crushed and snorted, sometimes through a pen.
    I think "don't let the doctor in" refers to a recreational use of the drug, instead of using it for what it's prescribed for.

    chewenoeon August 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPretty positive that "Have you ever wanted to disappear and join a monastery, go out and preach on manic street?" is a reference to Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers, like other people have said. He disappeared in 1995 and is presumed dead as of 2008. Also, it's definitely not "preach young addicts straight." Listen CLOSELY, it doesn't sound a damn thing like that. I often think some of the people on this site don't have ears at all. Jesus christ.
    SeeingRedon September 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm hearing "permanent jetlag" not "born in a jetlag".
    aaron_kaumpon December 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's

    "Permanent jetlag"
    mj0122on December 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment(...)
    Please take me back, please take be back

    =

    Permanent jetlag
    Please take me back, please take me back
    shrodeson December 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone else love Brendon's addition to this song?
    sadpinkmidgeton December 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt the end I think it goes:

    "and keeping you all alone
    and the charts are boring
    and the kids are snoring
    and my ego's in a sling
    you say you're not listening and I said I'm wishing"
    mj0122on December 10, 2008   Link

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