"Death Valley" as written by Peter Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joseph Trohman and Andrew Hurley....
I wanna see your animal side
Let it all out
I wanna see the dirt
Under your skin
I need your broken promises

I want the guts and glory baby yeah, baby yeah
This town is wasted and alone

But we are alive
Here in death valley
But don’t take love off the table yet
'Cause tonight it’s just fire alarms and losing you
We love a lot
So we only lose a little
But we are alive, we are alive, we are alive

I wanna see your animal side
Let it all out
Oh there you go, undress to impress
You can wear the crown but you’re no princess, yeah yeah yeah

So put the “D” in dirt now baby, baby
Let’s get you wasted and alone

'Cause we are alive
Here in death valley
But don’t take love off the table yet
'Cause tonight it’s just fire alarms and losing you
We love a lot
So we only lose a little
But we are alive, we are alive, we are alive

We’re gonna die
It’s just a matter of time
Hard times come
Good times go
I’m either gone in an instant
Or here til the bitter end
I never know
What I’ve got will make you feel more alive
I’ll be your favourite drug I will get you high
I will get you high

'Cause we are alive
Here in Death Valley
But don’t take love off the table yet
'Cause tonight it’s just fire alarms and losing you
We love a lot
So we only lose a little
But we are alive, we are alive, we are alive


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"Death Valley" as written by Joseph Trohman Andrew Hurley

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  • +6
    My InterpretationI think this song is about a dysfunctional relationship.

    "I wanna see your animal side
    Let it all out
    I wanna see the dirt
    Under your skin"
    The dirt under her skin is all the shit she has done, all the mistakes she's made, and her animal side is her wild albeit agressive side.
    I believe they both get in fights with each other often.

    "I need your broken promises
    I want the guts and glory baby yeah, baby yeah"
    He knows she's no good for him, but he still wants it all, the bad and the good things.

    "This town is wasted and alone
    But we are alive
    Here in death valley
    But don’t take love off the table yet"
    The town / Death Valley is a metaphor for the point of no return in their relationship. Still, they are 'alive', meaning that they know their relationship can't work out, but they are still trying.

    "We love a lot
    So we only lose a little"
    They love a lot; but not each other, they sleep with other people, one betrays the other. But they can't really call the other out on that, because both are unfaithful.

    "Oh there you go, undress to impress
    You can wear the crown but you’re no princess, yeah yeah yeah"
    She tries to make everything up to him by sleeping with him. I believe he is wealthy or something, a status symbol for her, thus she wears the crown by being his lover. But it's all fake, her feelings aren't real, not really ; she's no princess.

    "We’re gonna die
    It’s just a matter of time
    Hard times come
    Good times go"
    Dying is a metaphor for breaking up -> their relationship will die one way or another. They have more hardships than good times, no nice moments can make up for the turmoil.

    "I’m either gone in an instant
    Or here til the bitter end
    I never know"
    He can either choose to leave her, or try fixing their relationship and die trying. He isn't sure which way to go.

    "What I’ve got will make you feel more alive
    I’ll be your favourite drug I will get you high"
    This refers to sleeping with each other again, they can't really have a healthy relationship per se, but maybe they can stay friends with benefits. They are each others 'favorite drug' after all, but drugs are also dangerous, deadly even.

    That's what I've got^^
    I love FOB, their lyrics are so complex and there are so many ways to interpret them!
    I hope my try to make sense of the lyrics was understandable; English is not my mother tongue, thus I was probably just ranting... <3
    Kerryneson October 29, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the sound of this song and honestly it would be my favorite ever, but it has been killing me since i heard it the lyric "Let’s get you wasted and alone". That is obviously an allusion to 'date rape' and its really gross for fall out boy. It does play off the lyric "this town is wasted and alone" but they could have just repeated the lyric instead of being rape-y in the first place.
    lesbifobfanson March 28, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favourite song from the new album so far :D
    Ryno023on April 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel kinda like this song is somewhat about gambling, maybe even Vegas? I dont know. Can anyone interpret "So put the D in dirt" cuz that line... I can't...
    LampyTheLampon September 15, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think some people misinterpret the line "let's get you wasted and alone". I think he's saying that it doesn't take much for her to cheat on him, just to be drunk and alone with someone, and I think that because of others' comments on how this girl has done and keeps doing all these things, and I also have personal experience with this kind thing, so it really hits hard.
    reconfreak2on February 22, 2016   Link

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