I got it in the mail one morning
There was no return address
Just my name in gold leaf on the front
There was no time or location
There was really no info at all
No date no place no time no RSVP
But it said:
You are invited by anyone to do anything
You are invited for all time
I didn’t think much about it
It seemed like a really dumb joke
But later that week it was Friday—once again
So I took it down to a disco
That wouldn’t have me in am million years
I flashed it once and I was inside with a drink
I really didn’t stay too long there
‘Cause no one was having much fun
I made my way to a party all the way across town
It was thrown by the friend of an ex-thing
I wasn’t sure if I should go
But when I got in the place there were smiles all up and down
I grabbed my ex in the kitchen
I told her I was sorry I came
But she looked at me with a glazed smile and said:
You are invited by anyone to do anything
You are invited for all time
You are so needed by everyone to do everything
You are invited for all time
I headed home kinda early
The party wasn’t all that great
I saw my neighbor out crying on his front porch
I stopped to see what his deal was
I didn't catch much through the sobs
Something about a party and he didn’t go
I thought about it for a second
With the invite in my hands.
I threw it down at his feet and I said:
You are invited by anyone to do anything
You are invited for all time.
You are so needed if you really want to go
You are invited for all time
For all time
For all time
For all time


Lyrics submitted by 66exeter, edited by ashamsa

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  • +1
    General Commentwhat? pervasive energy of exuberance?
    which dismemberment plan songs give you that idea?
    i could point out a sense of optimism..but exuberance?

    and while i do agree with you on the idea of free will
    i strongly agree with the others that this song is
    imbedded with a feeling of disillusionment for the protagonist.

    don't be pretentious.
    (i'm pretty sure there's some irony in me saying that)

    :-/
    FBIlocanoon December 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Basically an allegory of thinking that you want something and ultimately realizing that it won't make you feel any happier after you get it. And now that you're enlightened, you put someone else on that same path you just followed [that second person might as well be our protagonist at the beginning of the song, so it's cyclical]."

    Totally agree with this. We never really know what we want.

    He feels excluded and powerless at first, ostracized from the popularity and successfulness he has always wanted.
    Then I think the invitation is a symbol of something that suddenly empowers him (although he probably had that ability all along)...
    And once he is able to "play the game" successfully of being a socialite, he realizes it isn't what he thought it was anyway.

    Really reminds me of the party mentality and disillusionment that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about in the 1920s.

    And then this song transitions perfectly into Gyroscope in the narrative scheme, because the girl in Gyroscope is already "in" with the crowd, but not any happier with the "losers".
    bcontraton March 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentemsquared: "I feel this song is about the fact that you can do whatever you want with your life, the "invite" is just a metaphor for free-will and being an adult, but it is your responsibility to make it happen."

    I agree.
    yibbittaon October 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the most well-written songs I've ever heard. A real way with storytelling. Dismemberment for life.
    staygoldon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow... these guys really impress me
    ColKlinkon August 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'll agree with staygold. An internet friend recommended The Dismemberment Plan to me a while back... I was kind of expecting some sort of death metal, but was pleasantly surprised with intelligent rock.

    This is without question my favorite song off Emergency & I. It puts me in a good mood every time I hear it, especially when he describes meeting his ex-girlfriend at the party. The beat changes, and when she smiles and tells him he is invited the song just breaks open.

    Not much mystery in this song. He gets a symbolic invitation that gives him confidence and a feeling of empowerment.

    Just heard it recently, but no doubt one of my favorite songs.
    PBCrunchon September 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is about this person being a in a position where he could go anywhere he want and hypothetically do anything he wanted, but he still felt empty and lacked happiness.

    so i think the song is saying that even with the power to do anything we ever wanted, we'd still be dissapointed.
    kazbonauton May 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is really great song, on an awesome album, by an amazing band. I agree with PBCrunch in that it's great when he's describing meeting his ex-girlfriend at the party and when she says he is invited the whole song opens up. I also agree with kazbonaut as to what the song is about but I also think that it's saying that though having everything might not be good for us, we could cheer someone else up with that power.
    Biscuitson July 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentEverything everyone has said here has given me a different point of view, and like any great art, it can be interpreted in lots of different ways.

    The picture I got from the song was of a guy who wasn't fully satisfied, yet he had the ultimate invitation to any social event. He only seemed really content when he gave it to the guy who was worse of that him.

    Great compassionate story told in the beautiful Dismemberment Plan way.
    dismembermenton July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe drum machine and syth sound build-up is crazy as hell. i love when they rock out at the climax, when the chorus hits. such an amazing song!
    tukoon May 01, 2004   Link

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