"Centuries" as written by Michael J Fonseca, Andrew Hurley, Patrick Stump, Kumari Raja and Jonathan Rotem....
Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me for centuries
And just one mistake
Is all it will take
We'll go down in history
Remember me for centuries
(Hey yeah, oh hey, hey yeah)
Remember me for centuries

Mummified my teenage dreams
No, it's nothing wrong with me
The kids are all wrong
The stories are off
Heavy metal broke my heart

Come on, come on and let me in
The bruises on your thighs like my fingerprints
And this is for tonight
I thought that you would feel
I never meant for you to fix yourself

Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me for centuries
And just one mistake
Is all it will take
We'll go down in history
Remember me for centuries
(Hey yeah, oh hey, hey yeah)
Remember me for centuries

And I can't stop 'til the whole world knows my name
'Cause I was only born inside my dreams
Until you die for me, as long as there is a light
My shadow's over you 'cause I am the opposite of amnesia
And you're a cherry blossom
You're about to bloom
You look so pretty, but you're gone so soon

Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me for centuries
And just one mistake
Is all it will take
We'll go down in history
Remember me for centuries
(Hey yeah, oh hey, hey yeah)
Remember me for centuries

We've been here forever
And here's the frozen proof
I could scream forever
We are the poisoned youth

Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me for centuries
And just one mistake
Is all it will take
We'll go down in history
Remember me for centuries
(Hey yeah, oh hey, hey yeah)
We'll go down in history (hey yeah)
Remember me for centuries


Lyrics submitted by Sapherd, edited by gerardday, Johann4u, theSyd16

"Centuries" as written by Patrick Stump Peter Wentz

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  • +12
    My InterpretationThis song sounds a lot like it's in the POV of a school shooters or it's about them. How many of them have written or have said that they want to be remembered forever? This person sounds damaged "No, it's nothing wrong with me/The kids are all wrong", "The bruises on your thighs like my fingerprints"

    "Until you die for me, as long as there is a light, my shadow's over you" - the Columbine Killers talked about feeling like a God as they walked over students and deciding whether or not to kill them.

    This whole song sounds like being remembered for something notorious.
    girlwithcoffeeon October 31, 2014   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think it's about a person who did something he/she knows was wrong. They know that it was horrible but it was told wrong. Worse than it actually was, and they will be remembered for something a lot worse that it was. Tell my if you think I'm off but please no insults
    ten10868on December 09, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think that this track could be about Fall Out Boy's changing sound. The 'legends' can 'turn to dust/gold' could reference their earlier stuff and how everyone seemed to love it, tracks like 'sugar, we're going down', 'dead on arrival' and 'saturday'. These songs have really turned into classics/legends now, compared to their newer music in the eyes of some fans. They are no longer the alternative, emo-punk band they used to be, FOB are now much more mainstream and poppy- and that's okay.

    It also sounds like 'heavy metal' could have influenced the band, and led to the development of their signature earlier sound (love Andy Hurley so much). The bit about not stopping til the world knows your name might be about having to eventually change your sound as a band to conform to mainstream musical interests and sounds, so there is almost a sense of inevitability about it all.

    I agree with ten10868 in the sense that the song may well describe an event that was described much worse than it was, and it could be the change in sound and approach to music. To be honest, I love everything Fall Out Boy have ever done and I think that Centuries, Immortals, American Psycho and My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark are amongst the most catchy songs around- but I can see why the lack of their traditional, cymbal-heavy awesomeness could leave some fans disappointed.

    That's my 2 cents... all the way from the UK :)
    Drums91on December 19, 2014   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningIts from the point of view of school shooters.

    Some legends are told
    Some turn to dust or to gold
    But you will remember me
    Remember me for centuries
    And just one mistake
    Is all it will take
    We'll go down in history
    Remember me for centuries
    (Hey yeah, oh hey, hey yeah)
    Remember me for centuries

    Lots of school shooters want to be remembered. They don't want to be just another of the countless ordinary anonymous kids there are. They want to be something special.


    Mummified my teenage dreams
    No, it's nothing wrong with me
    The kids are all wrong
    The stories are off
    Heavy metal broke my heart

    'Mummified my teenage dreams' means that they've given up all of their dreams. All the dreams of being popular, having a boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.. They've just accepted that they can't have that. 'The kids are all wrong the stories all off' means that they believe the kids at school are wrong, as in they don't feel like they fit in. A lot of school shooters say they were bullied or felt left out, and that's what that part means. The kids and there stories about them were wrong. The heavy metal bit is sarcasm, as the Columbine Massacre was blamed on Marilyn Manson by some, and obviously this is ridiculous.

    Come on, come on and let me in
    The bruises on your thighs like my fingerprints
    And this is for tonight
    I thought that you would feel
    I never meant for you to fix yourself

    This bit is about how the shooter had a friend/girlfriend/boyfriend like them, but who got 'better' from feeling the way they did about everything. The shooter feels betrayed, and is angry that their friend fixed themselves and they couldn't.

    Some legends are told
    Some turn to dust or to gold
    But you will remember me
    Remember me for centuries
    And just one mistake
    Is all it will take
    We'll go down in history
    Remember me for centuries
    (Hey yeah, oh hey, hey yeah)
    Remember me for centuries

    And I can't stop 'til the whole world knows my name
    'Cause I was only born inside my dreams
    Until you die for me, as long as there is a light
    My shadow's over you 'cause I am the opposite of amnesia
    And you're a cherry blossom
    You're about to bloom
    You look so pretty, but you're gone so soon

    This is about how the shooter craves recognition, and feels like they're only relevant in their daydreams. The shadow bit is about the actual shooting, and the amnesia bit is to do with the way your life is supposed to flash before your eyes before you die. The shooter is acknowledging their victims beauty, but knows they will soon be dead.

    Some legends are told
    Some turn to dust or to gold
    But you will remember me
    Remember me for centuries
    And just one mistake
    Is all it will take
    We'll go down in history
    Remember me for centuries
    (Hey yeah, oh hey, hey yeah)
    Remember me for centuries

    We've been here forever
    And here's the frozen proof
    I could scream forever
    We are the poisoned youth

    The shooter knows that kids before them have shot up schools, and kids after them will. The youth of today, yesterday, and tomorrow, have been her forever, in disillusionment, they are the 'poisoned youth'.

    Some legends are told
    Some turn to dust or to gold
    But you will remember me
    Remember me for centuries
    And just one mistake
    Is all it will take
    We'll go down in history
    Remember me for centuries
    (Hey yeah, oh hey, hey yeah)
    We'll go down in history (hey yeah)
    Remember me for centuries
    LoudSilenceson September 25, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me, this song is about someone who is very determined to be remembered, though not necessarily in a bad way. It reminds me of someone who wants to be famous, and here's why I think that:
    'Mummified my teenage dreams' - Like they want to preserve it, as to mummify something would be to preserve something that would otherwise just rot away. They preserved their teenage dreams of being famous, in my head.
    'The kids are all wrong' - This has two meanings to me, either that the kids were saying he couldn't do it, but he could, or when coupled with the line 'The stories are off' It makes me think of all the things they're told, all the 'legends' and stuff, but he believes they're wrong, and that they shouldn't be looking up to these people, but someone who has more to offer, like him.
    'And I can't stop 'til the whole world knows my name, 'Cause I was only born inside my dreams' - He feels like his dreams are the only thing that gives him meaning, the only thing he wants in his life, and he just can't stop until he gets it.
    'And just one mistake, is all it will take' - He only needs to mess up once to not be able to influence people in the way he wants to, he has to be careful of the name he gets for himself.

    These are just a few reasons why I think it, perhaps you have the same idea too!
    HutcherJayon April 11, 2015   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think this song is talking about Fall Out Boy in the music business. They do not want to be a legend that will turn into dust, instead, they want to be turned into gold. And they want their fans to remember them for centuries. As for ' and just one mistake is all it will take, we'll go down in history' they are telling the story of their not-so-sucessful album, Folie a Deux, that they made a mistake about it and they went down in history and disbanded. The rest of the lyrics are either how their hearts got shattered or what some people thought about them when they started to change their image.
    loverfobon June 26, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentforgot the opening part...
    chancehugaboomon February 05, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionWith the vast complications the future may hold. No one 2 or 3 centuries from now will one remember or give two fucks about any one of us.
    This song truly inspires the misanthropic side of me...
    Arrogant carbon based anatomy!
    opethfanon March 06, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song...! Will be using this as an entrance song to our wedding!
    mrsarmstrong10on May 31, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGuys (and girls), HOW is it possible that not one of you, who read and interpret the song, noticed that something's off here? Let me explain:
    "I thought that you would feel" <- completely wrong. Now, as much as I'd like to be completely sure, I'm not. I can only give my opinion on whathe they actually sing there; "The darkness that you felt" (possibly without 'the')
    ThePhoenix94on June 07, 2015   Link

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