Hear you got your troubles or so I've been told
Maybe just a couple but I'm not quite sold
I'm indifferent to the difference 'tween tomorrow and today
Less an indiscretion than a lesson I've been paid
The stages of recovery can signify your age
Like rings around a stump

That's something I know a little bit about, child
Maybe it's been getting a little bit crazy
I don't wanna be complaining, complaining, oh

All my friends go to bed dreaming up a reason they should weep
And all my friends go to the ends of the earth for secrets they don't wanna keep

Well, this is my confession: yes, yes
This is me confessin': god bless
The sad and selfish--stay helpless

'Cause I've always been stronger than that
All the weight of the world on my back
It's just love, selfish love
Love, selfish love

I've got nothing to confess, yes
I've got nothing to confess, yes

It is too easy to be scared sometimes, I'm not gonna lie
And I don't understand
It's like the whole world is jumping off a bridge
And you don't want to be the one
Standing on the ledge

All my friends go to the ends of the earth for secrets they don't wanna keep

Well, this is my confession: yes, yes
This is me confessin': god bless
The sad and selfish--stay helpless

'Cause I've always been stronger than that
All the weight of the world on my back
It's just love, selfish love
Love, selfish love

I've got nothing to confess, yes
I've got nothing to confess, yes


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    General CommentSome of the lyrics are off here. I think it should be "the stages of recovery can signify your age,
    like rings around a stump." Then, "all my friends go to bed dreaming up a reason they should weep." And,"God bless the sad and selfish, stay helpless."

    And in an interview Patrick said, "You know, a lot of people ask me why I don't have a Twitter. It's sad that people really go out of their way to tell everyone everything about themselves. Our country has verbal diarrhea. It's really sad -- there's no mystery, no surprise. "Love Selfish Love" is just about that. It would be nice to go on a first date with somebody and not be able to know everything about them from their MySpace or Facebook profile. There's no first impressions anymore. You go to a job interview and they'll probably Google you. It's a shame -- people should play it a little closer to the chest as far as what information they release to the world. If I'm angry about something I'm not going to take to my Twitter. The whole record explores that idea."
    AndThatsOkay3on March 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAs I mentioned on another song, I love Patrick's ability to point out society's flaws. This song is all about that.

    "And all my friends go to the ends of the earth for secrets they don't wanna keep."
    Everyone seems to think that they need to know everyone else's business. Gossip, gossip, gossip. People can't get enough of it. They want to know all your dirty little secrets, but they don't want to keep them to themselves, they want to be the one who gets to broadcast it.

    "It's like the whole world is jumping off a bridge and you don't want to be the one standing on the ledge."
    People are sheep. No one knows how to make their own decisions or just be their own person anymore. People are doing that ? Well, you'd better do it too.

    Those are just the two lines from the song that really stand out to me. n_n Love it !
    lakeffectkidon March 25, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationMy Interpretation
    hear you got your troubles or so I've been told
    maybe just a couple but I'm not quite sold
    I'm indifferent to the difference 'tween tomorrow and today
    less an indiscretion than a lesson I've been paid
    the stages of recovery can signify your age
    like rings around a stump

    -I believe This talks mainly about how he believes everyone around him exploits thereselves about there troubles, and there problems into society, in referance to twitter. and how there's a drama or problem marked like rings around a stump each day.

    all my friends go to bed dreaming up a reason they should weep
    and all my friends go to the ends of the earth for secrets they don't wanna keep

    - I believe he's talking about how he's friends make reasons for their own problems and try to create there own life that is consumed by love, like they expose thereselves for the high life. how each lie or drama is created just to make an audience and show how damage and how selfish there love for attention can be.

    -Added notes. The idea that love can be so controlling and it can make even the most desperate crave just the idea of not being loenly, and indulging in not being selfish. what's brought across as a final message is don't remain like everybody else, and don't be like everybody else because your scared that your be alone, stay who you are. and remained unscared.


    =)
    laurenclareon April 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about someone who is trying to have something wrong. There is a girl that is trying so despretly hard to be like me, she's taken up listening to the same music i do. she used to be this nice christen girl but now she's a wanna be emo(I'm not emo btw)who is listening to music, that just a few months ago said i was going to hell for listening to. i love the line "stay helpless"
    IamPrefomeron May 12, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is only my personal interpretation here, but I have an odd feeling he's kind of expressing his disbelief towards Pete Wentz's 'honesty' in his lyrics:

    "Hear you got your troubles or so I've been told
    Maybe just a couple but I'm not quite sold"
    -obviously everyone hears about Pete's problems but Patrick isn't quite convinced.

    "All my friends go to bed dreaming up a reason they should weep"
    -he feels like Pete kind of dreams up why he should be depressed in the way he is.

    "And all my friends go to the ends of the earth for secrets they don't wanna keep"
    -Pete acts like he doesn't want to have these 'secrets' but tries so hard to make them for himself.

    "Well, this is my confession: yes, yes
    This is me confessin': god bless
    The sad and selfish--stay helpless"
    -here he is confessing - the sad and selfish (Pete acts so depressed but is a massive media whore) stay helpless (it's not that you can't be helped, but you won't let anyone help you).


    Anyway, not really an in depth interpretation but this is what I always think of when I hear this song, maybe it reflects the fall out (hey hey) between Pat and Pete.

    I'm a massive fan of Fall Out Boy and Patrick by the way so please don't think this is some personal attack.
    JScott95on May 19, 2014   Link

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