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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  • +8
    General Comment:I 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
  • +3
    General Comment:Pretty 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
  • +2
    General Comment: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

    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
    General Comment:I absolutely love the line 'Singing vows before we exchange smoke rings'. There is no reason as to why... I just do.
    This is my favorite song off of the new album.
    dork4lifeon December 25, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This song sounds like something for the bush administration just a bit
    "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"
    George W. goes into the desert(Iraq) and has war.
    and after the soldiers came back dead he had his Mission Accomplished speach saying yes we won.

    Also 20$ nose bleed reffers to the Benzedrine as it cost 20 dollars to get the bennies and after taking them your nose bled.
    Because "Give me a pen" reffers to opening an inhaler which is were benzedrine was originally coming from and you would eat the strip in the benzedrine making you high. I'm guessing benzedrine gives you nose bleeds prompting the songs name.
    randomocityon January 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:The Man Who Would Be King is a short story by Rudyard Kipling, I haven't read it and don't know if it's relevant to the song but he did also write the Jungle Book and the kid's named Mowgli, so perhaps?
    part3on April 07, 2009   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
    Lyric Correction:Okay, instead of "The wonderful feeling that is the rest of the proof...", it's actually "Only one book really matters the rest of the proof..." possibly refering to the Bible
    Adriennason November 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:am I the only one who caught the Fight Club refrence? "where will I be when I wake up next to a stranger on a passenger plane"- where the narrator meets Tyler for the first time...
    jax99on November 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i'm hearing "permanent jetlag" not "born in a jetlag".
    aaron_kaumpon December 07, 2008   Link

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