In the middle of a gun fight
In the center of a restaurant
They say, "Come with your arms raised high"
Well they're never gonna get me
Like a bullet through a flock of doves
To wage this war against your faith in me
Your life will never be the same
On your mother's eyes, say a prayer
Say a prayer

Now, but I can't
And I don't know
How we're just two men as God had made us
Well, I can't
Well, I can
Too much, too late, or just not enough of this
Pain in my heart for your dying wish
I'll kiss your lips again

They all cheat at cards and the checkers are lost
My cellmate's a killer
They make me do push-ups in drag
But nobody cares if you're losing yourself
Am I losing myself?
Well, I miss my mom!
Will they give me the chair?
Or lethal injection, or swing from a rope if you dare?
Oh, nobody knows all the trouble I seen

Now, but I can't
And I don't know
How we're just two men as God had made us
Well, I can't
Well, I can
Too much, too late, or just not enough of this
Pain in my heart for your dying wish
I'll kiss your lips again

To your room
What they ask of you
They'll make you want to say, "So long"
But I don't remember
I remember you

"Do you have the keys to the hotel?
'Cause I'm gonna string this motherfucker on fire (fire)"

Life is but a dream for the dead
And well I, I won't go down by myself
But I'll go down with my friends
Now now now now (I can't explain)
Now now now (I can't complain)
Now now, yeah

Ow, ow, ow. ow, ow, ow

Lyrics submitted by Mike NJSS, edited by suus105904, SmashingDestiny

You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentI think the meaning is obvious, in concerts Gerard says "THIS SONG IS ABOUT BEING SODOMIZED IN JAIL!", and on the CD cover Gerard writes, "BERT FOR BEING MY CELL MATE"; so my conclusion is that the song is about Gerard getting fucked in the ass by Bert
    uranus182on February 27, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General Commentvery interesting SSAUnsub, gerard's a brilliant songwriter, i say it again. he uses fantasy and metaphors beautifully as landscapes while expressing personal relationship angst.
    reebliteon April 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCan we actually get over the whole conversations about how amazing the used are or how good MCR is in concert and just actually get on with the song meanings? It is called, not "ohmyeffinggodthey'", people!

    Anywho, yes this song is amazing. This CD is a concept album, and I think this is referring to how he gets sent to jail after killing a bunch of people to try to bring his girlfriend back to life (which is the concept of the entire album) but that's just me...-shrug-
    ashoincognitoon August 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commento submitted without the meaning! yea its just part of the concept album.
    After killing a bunch of people in an attempt to bring his love back to life, he is caught and ends up in prison. the rest of the song is just about the lame rapeness of prison.. and how upset he is about prison clothing.. its so drag..
    mechatanneron July 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWow this song rocks. I know I'm not helping with the fucking lyrics but...GOD THIS SONG IS SO AMAZING! especially tht little laf gee does at the end! its so cute! ^^ just like him

    well ppl tht hate mcr r like...retarded
    i think tht they shud officially die. just fall down a cliff onto a billion shards of broken sea glass. And the waves crash over their faces as they desperatley try to breathe ovr and ovr but nvr succeed. nd then they end up drowning and red water flows thruout the rest of the ocean. Then sharks come and eat their heads, giv them to me, and then i stick them in jars of em-bombing fluid nd stic them on my desk to remind me of all the hatrs so tht i will nvr EVR giv up on tellin them 2 GO FUCKIN KILL THEM SELVES.
    or fall off a cliff :3

    okay thts all i hav to say :D
    good day long and goodnite...
    ha, cuz actually, its nite rite now wher i 4 like, the first time..tht actually makes sense!!!! YAY. k c yhs
    mcr4lifeon July 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. i first heard it on, and i ran out and bought the CD. this is by far my favorite song. MCR rocks my socks, and frank rocks my bedpost.
    whyremberyou13on June 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like this song.
    This is a new form of rock music -- extra spicy.
    It's not like common emo song. It has dignity, I think.

    Tempo and raging din.
    Gerard is genius.
    Even though . . . I don't like this 'gay idea'.
    And I think the guitar sound will be better in heavier distortion.
    Heil Gerard Arthur!!
    ChadChandraCainon February 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot many may figure this. After all, This song has "prison" in the name. It is somewhat a metaphor for death, or kind of being in huge pain before death, or purgatory, in my honest opinion. One of my favorites because of Gerard's emotion in the way background: "I miss my mom" that part made me cry last night. I had been crying already just a little, but... That much emotion is powerful.
    Mskibajr51on March 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is awesome...the lyrics are great...theyre so different. I think they played this song live at S&S about a month ago...
    VanishingActon June 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso does gerard :-D
    whyremberyou13on June 23, 2004   Link

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