Surprise, surprise - you know those pages you'd write?
One night, you were out, I was inside feeling sorry for myself
I drank from any bottle I could find...
I broke into your room, I tried on all your clothes, and I read every note

Well, what the fuck happened to us?
What the fuck happened to us?
We used to be something - I can't remember just what...

We were born into the chandeliers like troubadours and saints
I said, I don't mind if it takes time, just wanna get away
I wanna take it back to all the days when we would stay in bed
I'd lay my head upon your lap, I hope you never take it back...

To my surprise, well, all those pages were bled white
So I stand corrected and relieved, drunk and uncomfortable in heels
I suppose that it makes sense you'd never run and tell your pen...
Oh, that you left too soon, found me dolled up in your room - I know just what you'd say

What the fuck happened to us?
What the fuck happened to us?
We used to be something...

If I could name just one thing that's gonna haunt me
That's gonna bleed me dry, that's gonna bruise
It'd have to be the look upon your face when Nattie came to pick you up, take you away
You just stood there in the hall waiting for me to call it off

What kind of selfish piece of shit would base a life on no regrets?
Would let the only one who ever understood me walk alone?
And I closed the door; I made it halfway down the hall
Something caught my eye and I fell apart.

Well, there's a picture on your dresser drawer and it doesn't even look like me
But I swear to God, when the bulbs went off, I wish we could have shined forever
I was there in the suit you made, you were beautiful, it was your birthday
And only for a night, we believed in magic.

Do you remember when I woke you up to tell you I love you?
Do you remember when I woke you up to tell you I love you?...

Well, I still do.

What the fuck happened to us?
What the fuck happened to us?
What the fuck happened to us?
What the fuck happened to us?

We used to be something - I can't remember just what.


Lyrics submitted by tauntingthepavement, edited by dustonthedash, VetPen22, ginnifer, Lero

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  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionIt should be "only for a night we believed in magic"

    It can't be moment.
    There's only one syllable.
    dustonthedashon September 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningalso some comments on the actual lyrics:

    I'm pretty sure this entire song is addressed to Rachel Antonoff. the first verse sounds like a panic attack where she's out late and he has some sort of mental breakdown and goes through all her stuff. he reflects on their past for the next couple verses.

    "So I stand corrected and relieved, drunk and uncomfortable in heels
    I suppose that it makes sense you’d never run and tell your friend...
    Oh, that you left too soon, found me dolled up in your room - I know just what you’d say"--
    I think that has something to do with both of them being insecure that Nate is so feminine. A couple years ago Nate told a story where he was at a bar in New York and someone called him a fag so Rachel told them off. (Nate said she beat him up but I'm pretty sure he was overexaggerating.) There was an online chat on absolutepunk I think where Nate said he loves to dress in drag. A lot of people questioned his sexuality before they found out he was dating Rachel, so I feel like that's probably a sore subject for both of them.

    The next two verses make it sound like they got in a fight about it and he's walking out of her apartment about to leave. He's torn because he still loves her but he's also very hurt. He reflects back to another time when they almost broke up and he remembers seeing a painful look on her face. He's leaving sad and angry but he sees a picture and completely loses it remembering how much he loves her.

    " Well, there’s a picture on your dresser drawer and it doesn’t even look like me...
    I was there in the suit you made, you were beautiful, it was your birthday"
    Rachel is a designer. She made the suits he and The Format wore at the Mayan Theater show in 2007 (she worked for Mooka Kinney...the DVD credits say so). That show was on June 14th, the day before her real life birthday. She must have a picture of him at that show framed in her room. He sees it and remembers his old life (he did look quite different back then) and all that they've been through together.

    "Do you remember when I woke you up to tell you I love you? Well, I still do." Again, thinking back to a specific moment in their relationship.

    Basically, this entire song is about the ups and downs in the history of their relationship and how no matter how many fights they get in they still come back to loving each other. It's probably really personal to him which is why I'm kind of doubting that it'll be released by Fun.....
    dustonthedashon December 14, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with ThisDesert's interpretation.

    I wasn't aware of Nate's crossdressing, so I assumed that he meant he tried on all the clothes she made to remind himself of when she made those suits for The Format.
    DropTheCupon January 29, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSome of these lyrics are wrong. It's "when we would stay in bed" not "when we were staying back." "Run and tell your pen" not "your friend." "When Nattie came to pick you up," not "When I came back" (this one is clear in the recent performances).
    ginniferon September 15, 2013   Link

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