We'll be the worms in your apple pie
Fake abuse for our bios
Blacken our own eyes
The grass isn't greener on the other side
We set it on fire
And we have no reason why.
Set fashion, not follow
Spit vitriol, not swallow
We set fashion, not follow
Spit vitriol, not swallow

We're
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
We know who we are and what we want to say
And we don't care who's listening
We don't rebel to sell
It just suits us well
We're the bright young things
I've got my villain necktie
And a mouth of hi-fi
So sharp, I'm bleeding
from my Judas Hole
I'm the Arch Dandy
No-goodnik and I'm headed
For Crashville.

I'm most monster with my groan box
In the "Meat Show."
We set fashion, not follow
Spit vitriol, not swallow
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
We know who we are and what we want to say
And we don't care who's listening
We don't rebel to sell
It just suits us well
We're the bright young things
Crashing the ether
We've got the loudest stereotype
Even neophytes deep 6 your pro-life.

We Don't need to move a single prayer bone
We're so beautiful and damned
Simply as a "still life."
Perpetual rebellion with absolutely no cause
Perpetual rebellion with absolutely no cause
Perpetual rebellion with absolutely no cause
Perpetual rebellion with absolutely no cause

Stop the song and remember what you used to be
Somebody that fucking impressed me
We know who we are and what we want to say
And we don't care who's listening
We don't rebel to sell
It just suits us well
We're the bright young things
We know who we are and what we want to say
And we don't care who's listening
We don't rebel to sell
It just suits us well

We're the bright young things
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad
Good for nothing but being
Everything that's bad


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    General CommentFirst off, it's extremely wishful thinking to believe this song is saying "be who you are no matter what!" when the narrator is clearly superficial and manipulative:

    "Fake abuse for our bios/Blacken our own eyes", "We set it on fire/
    And we have no reason why" and then Manson switching narrative voices to comment "Stop the song and remember what you used to be/Somebody that fucking impressed me"

    While I doubt the song is aimed specifically at "goth kids" or Manson's fans in particular, it clearly mocks clueless rebellion which exists for its own sake. From Wikipedia's entry on the album (_The Golden Age of Grotesque_): "...takes a parody to the idea that living life to the fullest has led us into a nihilistic stupidity, hence the 'rebel to sell' references within 'The Bright Young Things"

    Bright Young Things was a phrase used to describe a group of early 20th-century artists/writers known for their "sake of it" rebellion; "beautiful and damned", a line in the song, was also used to describe this group and was the title of a book by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Another of these authors, Evelyn Waugh, wrote a novel satirizing the scene under the working title "Bright Young Things" but he feared the phrase was becoming clichéd and so changed the title to "Vile Bodies". (However, the 2003 film based on the book used the old title of "Bright Young Things".)
    Rachel Summerson November 30, 2007   Link

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