"The Scene is Dead; Long Live the Scene" as written by and Gabe Saporta....
I'm not playing this game no more
I'm not a medicine, so call the medics
You're all as dumb as you were before
Don't ask me questions
I won't explain it
It should be fun, but it's getting old
I take my medicine to be your favorite man

You think you understand but you don't
You've got no idea at all
And in between the sentence
There's still assemblance
Intelligently screwed

Oh yeah, it's all right
'Cause I got a pretty face
I guess that I can sing all right
Oh yeah, it's all right
I can love you like a sailor
I can make you dance all night

Maybe you'll understand when I'm gone
That you had no idea at all
That in this very second
I'll never mention the dreams I keep from you

Oh yeah, it's all right
'Cause I got a pretty face
I guess that I can sing all right
Oh yeah, it's all right
I can love you like a sailor
I can make you dance all night
Oh yeah, it's all right
'Cause I got a pretty face
I guess that I can sing all right
I can be your favorite man

Don't mean to sound like a rotten boy
For all my blessings, I'm surely grateful
'Cause I'm the dream you've been waiting for
I always dreamt that I would be your favorite

Oh yeah, it's all right
'Cause I got a pretty face
I guess that I can sing all right
Oh yeah, it's all right
I can love you like a sailor
I can make you dance all night
Oh yeah, it's all right
I got a pretty face
I guess that I can sing all right
I can be your favorite man


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"The Scene Is Dead; Long Live the Scene" as written by Gabe Saporta

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  • +2
    General CommentSince nobody seems to get the real meaning of the song...
    To my knowledge this is NOT about a girl like some people thought.
    I could be wrong, maybe this song has more than one meaning, but if it has anything to do with a girl, that is not the main meaning or the most important one.

    On absolutepunk.net, there is a user named anamericangod. From what I've noticed during my time on that site he's fairly popular on the site and very opinionated, especially when it comes to music.
    He wrote a blog called "The Scene is Dead. Long Live the Scene" where he gives his opinions on the current bands and how they care more about their image than the music they make, and how a lot of music these days lacks sincerity and integrity because many of these bands mostly care about making money. You can bet that Cobra Starship is one of those bands he's referring to (just read the blog and you'll see what I mean).

    After Gabe Saporta helped the Millionaires get a deal with decaydance that says they'll release their next album (contrary to popular belief they were never actually signed to the label), Joe (aka anamericangod) called Gabe Saporta out on this in one of Gabe's tumblr posts, he ended his comment with "but hey, it's just rock 'n roll, right?". Gabe responded to this, and obviously read Joe's blog because he ended his response with "but hey, the scene is dead, right?"

    This song is definitely in response to Joe's blog.
    example: "it's all right
    'Cause I got a pretty face
    I guess that I can sing all right"
    and the title is also pretty good evidence.

    I should also add that Joe makes some really good points in this blog that I agree with, and considering the fact that cobra starship's new album is absolutely terrible in my opinion and the opinion of many others, you cobra fans might want to check out his blog. Just google the scene is dead absolutepunk.net and it'll probably come up in your search. Also, I apologize if I got any of the facts wrong and feel free to correct me if I did.
    PS. If anyone comments on the irony of my username, I already know I need to change it considering I only like one or two of the bands on Fueled By Ramen's current roster now.
    fueledbyrebeccaon August 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfueledbyrebecca is pretty much on point. Some time ago I wrote a blog expressing my current thoughts on the "scene" or whatever you would like to call it. Long story short, it was a comparison from how things are now, compared to how they used to be. Image versus sincerity. Gimmick versus talent.

    That was a fair amount of time before Gabe wrote a blog defending the Millionaires issue. Gabe made some comments that upset a lot of people saying things like "I'd rather listen to this than guys cry about their girlfriends" or something along those lines. This, coming from the former lead man of Midtown, was ironic, and a real slap in the face to the people who had supported him for many many years. So I wrote him a reply, and the last line I wrote was indeed "but hey, it's just rock 'n roll, right?" in an obvious reference to the Midtown song. He replied to me, ending with, "but hey, the scene is dead, right?" He even invited me to participate in the absolutepunk.net interview, which I did, and it was very interesting, but has yet to be published.

    The song is about all of that, as well as how we as listeners don't know everything we think we do about Gabe, his life, or his career. It's also about how he absolutely hates giving interviews and answering the same questions over and over. It's tongue in cheek to the people who don't give him any credit. It's a song about his attempt to move on, to be the person he's always wanted to be, and to separate the "old Gabe" from the "new Gabe."
    anamericangodon August 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hear 'i can lOVE you like a sailor'

    and does anyone else hear the same beat (the 'oh yeah, it's alright') from this old song that goes 'oh yeah alright, take it easy baby, make it last all night, she was, an american girl'

    hahah. maybe it's just me but i can really hear it. lol.
    lovevictoriaaon August 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what I've come up with:

    I'm not playing this game no more
    I'm out of medicine, so call the medics
    You're all as dumb as you were before
    Don't ask me questions
    I won't explain it
    It should be fun, but it's getting old
    I'll take my medicine and be your favorite man

    You think you understand but you don't
    You've got no idea at all
    And in between this sentence
    There's still a semblance
    intelligently screwed

    Oh yeah, it's all right
    'Cause I got a pretty face
    I guess that I can sing all right
    Oh yeah, it's all right
    I can love you like a sailor
    I can make you dance all night

    Maybe you'll understand when I'm gone
    That you had no idea at all
    But in this very second
    I'll never mention the dreams I keep from you

    Oh yeah, it's all right
    'Cause I got a pretty face
    I guess that I can sing all right
    Oh yeah, it's all right
    I can love you like a sailor
    I can make you dance all night
    Oh yeah, it's all right
    'Cause I got a pretty face
    I guess that I can sing all right
    I can be your favorite man

    Don't mean to sound like a rotten boy
    For all my blessings, I'm sure grateful
    'Cause I'm the dream you've been waiting for
    I've always dreamt that I would be your favorite

    Oh yeah, it's all right
    'Cause I got a pretty face
    I guess that I can sing all right
    Oh yeah, it's all right
    I can love you like a sailor
    I can make you dance all night
    Oh yeah, it's all right
    I got a pretty face
    I guess that I can sing all right
    I can be your favorite man


    At some points though, it does sound to me like he's saying "I can't be your favorite man."

    And I do agree, the "oh yeah, it's alright," part does remind me of Tom Petty. Haha.
    reptarisredon August 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentquestion:
    what does "i can love you like a sailor" mean, exactly?
    marliegirlieon August 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe "I can love you like a sailor" line is basically Gabe alluding to the "impermanence" of what a sailor does. A sailor comes and goes from port to port, with no permanence to where they are or what they are doing there. They do the job, and then move on to the next place. He's saying he's here now, he's going to do what he loves, he's going to make other people love what he's doing, and then when the time comes he'll go along to the next thing. He will "leave the port" so to speak.

    It's pretty much saying live for the moment and love what you have, because things change and nothing lasts forever.
    anamericangodon August 24, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commentso far this is one of the only songs of the album I like.
    but that's just listening to it once through.
    when I get the whole album and listen a couple times, then idk.
    but this song is really good, it sounds like their old stuff.

    Now here's what I got for a meaning from this song...

    He was acting like someone he's not, to keep the interest of this girl. "It should be fun, but it's getting old, I take my medicine to be your favorite man" But now he's decided that he's just going to be himself. "I'm not playing this game no more, I'm out of medicine, so call the medics" She thinks she understands him, but she really only knows the 'fake' him. "You think you understand but you don't, You've got no idea at all" Now that he's acting like his true self now, he starts to see the good things about himself. "Oh yeah, it's all right, 'Cause I got a pretty face, I guess that I can sing all right" Now here's the main theme in a lot of Cobra songs, that if they just keep dancing everything will be fine. But I don't understand the sailor part..? "Oh yeah, it's all right, I can love you like a sailor, I can make you dance all night" He hopes that when the 'fake' him is gone, she'll see that he was just pretending to be someone who he wasn't. "Maybe you'll understand when I'm gone, That you had no idea at all" He sees that the 'real' him is really an alright person, and he just wants to be himself, and hopes that the girl still loves him. "Don't mean to sound like a rotten boy, For all my blessings, I'm surely grateful, 'Cause I'm the dream you've been waiting for, I always dreamt that I would be your favorite" So yeah, if that made any sense, that's what I got out of this song..
    taylormarieon August 05, 2009   Link

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