"Pavlove" as written by Peter Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman and Andrew Hurley....
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Something make my chest stir
Something make my head blur
(Oh, oh)
I'm not ready for a handshake with death, no
(Oh, oh)
I'm just such a happy mess, whoa

The drums are four on the floor
She's back to the bedroom for one more
I'm the invisible man
Who can't stop staring at the mirror, at the mirror

I want to make you as lonely as me
So you can get, get addicted to this
You can get, get addicted to this now

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

It's three things too late to talk to anyone but myself
(Oh, oh)
It's a three and two pitch to walk to anywhere else, no

The drums are four on the floor
She's back to the bedroom for one more
I'm the invisible man
Who can't stop staring at the mirror, at the mirror

I want to make you as lonely as me
So you can get, get addicted to this
You can get, get addicted to this now

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

I'm the invisible man
Who can't stop staring at the mirror, at the mirror

I want to make you as lonely as me
So you can get, get addicted to this
You can get, get addicted to this now

I'm the invisible man
(I'm the invisible man)
I'm the invisible man
(I'm the invisible man)
I want to make you as lonely as me
'Cause I'm the invisible man
I'm the invisible man


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"Pavlove [*]" as written by Joseph Trohman Andrew Hurley

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  • +4
    General CommentI don't know if there is a connection, but Pavlov was a russian physiologist who:

    "studied the digestive system of dogs, investigating the nervous control of salivation and the role of enzymes. His experiments showed that if a bell is rung whenever food is presented to a dog, the dog will eventually salivate when it hears the bell, even if no food is presented. This demonstration of what is known as a conditioned response prompted later scientific studies of human and animal behavior."

    I think the title "Pavlove" is a word-play on Pavlov's conditioned response study as it relates to human (male) behavior whenever a ridiculously hot girl is spotted.

    "Something make my chest Stir
    Something make my head blur"

    Basically saying, whenever I see a hot chick (presumably at a club, bar, church camp, NASCAR race etc.) I want to drink my face off to work up the courage to game that female.

    I'm not sure if this is the "conditioned response" or if it has something to do with looking in the mirrors or if I am completely off base.

    I'll stop now in case I'm butchering the meaning of all this.


    In any event this song makes my foot tap.
    Midnight_Cowboyon January 04, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think midnight cowboy is close, but I think he's missing a major chunk of the song that projects a lot of the play on pavlove's study.

    Also, its not about a chick, I'm thinking the song is clearly about drugs -- "she's back to the bathroom for one more" aka doing drugs in the bathroom of a show/concert.

    And "something make my chest stir, something make my head blur" -- drugs again (coke or uppers)

    And the mirror part is super important:

    "i'm the invisible man who can't stop staring in the mirror" - meaning he keeps looking for himself/trying to find himself, but can't see anything/cant see who he really is. I feel like THIS is the play on words for "Pavlov"
    Amb3LLiNaon April 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationerr. has anyone heard of the Russian Psychologist Pavlov? Well, he's the one who pioneered conditioned responses in behavioral psychology. I just can't help but relate this song to that.

    well, anyway. this is how I see things...

    -the person in the song is a very lonely man. and he uses everything in his surroundings to make himself used to the loneliness. but he just ended up doing self destructive acts. (alcoholism, as stated on the second verse, "It's three drinks too late to talk to anyone but myself" and promiscuity, as stated on the pre-chorus, "she's back to the bedroom for one more")

    -he apparently is addicted to his state ("...I'm just such a happy mess"), but he might be ill due to the vain attempts he had done to feel less pain from depression, and he may be dying.

    -as for the invisible man part, he can't see the person he was before all the shit started hitting the fan. He may be seeing something different from what he thinks he is. he may have seen that his reflection looks and feels better than he does. and now tells his own reflection that he's going to make it feel as bad as he was.

    I don't really see this song as something written for relationships. I see it as something written to describe how a person copes with the harsh reality he faces, and then ends up losing himself to the world.
    wtfyelon December 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this kind of screams drugs and how addiction ruins your life, and also how people are ignoring the problem "I'm the invisible man" and therefore ignoring people with this problem and drugs are the only way that those people can stop feeling so isolated.
    minimegooseyon December 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the first line is "something make my chest stir" not "hurt".
    MyFailingEmpireon December 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know if there is a connection, but Pavlov was a russian physiologist who:

    "studied the digestive system of dogs, investigating the nervous control of salivation and the role of enzymes. His experiments showed that if a bell is rung whenever food is presented to a dog, the dog will eventually salivate when it hears the bell, even if no food is presented. This demonstration of what is known as a conditioned response prompted later scientific studies of human and animal behavior."

    I think the title "Pavlove" is a word-play on Pavlov's conditioned response study as it relates to human (male) behavior whenever a ridiculously hot girl is spotted.

    "Something make my chest Stir
    Something make my head blur"

    Basically saying, whenever I see a hot chick (presumably at a club, bar, church camp, NASCAR race etc.) I want to drink my face off to work up the courage to game that female.

    I'm not sure if this is the "conditioned response" or if it has something to do with looking in the mirrors or if I am completely off base.

    I'll stop now in case I'm butchering the meaning of all this.


    In any event this song makes my foot tap.
    Midnight_Cowboyon January 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy haven't more people shown love for this song??? It's the best on the album!!! Fools...
    Midnight_Cowboyon April 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAs for the "invisible man" part, I think it can have two meanings. Vanity, like even though no one sees him, he's still obssesed with himself, or surprise, meaning he looked in the mirror and saw he wasn't there, so now he can't look away, because he just doesn't understand why he's dissapeared. I'm not really sure about anything else, it does sound like it's about drugs though.
    NewYorkEyeson April 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWow, I have such a different view on this. Now I know its not right but here's my point anyway.

    "I want to make you as lonely as me, so you can get, get addicted to this"
    I think of it as someone lonely, who is addicted to cutting. He feels like he is invisible and keeps trying to find himself

    "I'm the invisible man who can't stop starin' at the mirror."
    He wants everyone to feel the way he is right now "I want to make you as lonely as me..." For me that sounds like he's going to kill himself betray someone to make them lonely.

    "its a little to late to talk to anyone but myself"
    He's too depressed to talk to someone, because he's such a "happy mess"

    "I'm not ready for a handshake with death, no"
    He didn't want to die but there was no other way to go.

    Well this is my take on it, Maybe I was relating this song to me and thats where I pulled this from.
    aloveon October 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about life in general. The first part he's talking about how nothing seems to matter anymore, he needs something to make him feel alive again. And yeah, also about one night stands and drugs. That seems to be the only thing to wake you up for a little bit. "Get addicted to this" no idea. The song, lifestyle maybe?
    Bays1ckon March 18, 2011   Link

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