"Time to Dance" as written by Brendon Boyd Urie, George Ryan Ross and Spencer James Smith....
Well, she's not bleeding on the ballroom floor
Just for the attention
'Cause that's just ridiculously odd
Well, she sure is going to get it
Here's the setting
Fashion magazines line the walls now
The walls line the bullet holes

Have some composure
And where is your posture?
Oh, no, no
You're pulling the trigger
Pulling the trigger
All wrong

Have some composure
And where is your posture?
Oh, no, no
You're pulling the trigger
Pulling the trigger
All wrong

Give me envy, give me malice, give me your attention
Give me envy, give me malice, baby, give me a break!
When I say shotgun, you say wedding
Shotgun, wedding, shotgun, wedding

She didn't choose this role
But she'll play it and make it sincere
So you cry, you cry
(Give me a break)
But they believe it from the tears
And the teeth right down to the blood at her feet
Boys will be boys
Hiding in estrogen and wearing aubergine dreams
(Give me a break)

Have some composure
And where is your posture?
Oh, no, no
You're pulling the trigger
Pulling the trigger
All wrong

Have some composure
And where is your posture?
Oh, no, no
You're pulling the trigger
Pulling the trigger
All wrong

Come on this is screaming photo op, op
Come on
Come on
This is screaming
This is screaming
This is screaming photo op.

Boys will be boys, baby
Boys will be boys
Boys will be boys, baby
Boys will be boys

Give me envy, give me malice, give me your attention
Give me envy, give me malice, baby, give me a break
When I say shotgun, you say wedding
Shotgun, wedding, shotgun, wedding

Boys will be boys
Hiding in estrogen and boys will be boys
Boys will be boys
Hiding in estrogen and wearing aubergine dreams


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"Time To Dance" as written by Brent Wilson Brendon Urie

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  • +4
    General CommentSong clearly about Invisible Monsters. First verse, Brandy Alexander bleeding out at the beginning of the book. There are a couple of allusions in the first chapter, and most likely when it's revisited later as well although I'm too lazy to look for them, about how even in a tragic event like this, the 3 characters are still vying for their share of the spotlight, vying for attention. Hence the reference to whether or not she's bleeding on the floor for the attention. "Here's the setting:..." is even kind of a direct lift from the very beginning of the book; "This is called scene setting: where everybody is, who's alive, who's dead."

    The chorus, the "Have some composure, where is your posture?" part, I think is an extension of the idea of such deep vanity that it extends to such a serious moment. Even when Evie is shooting someone, in her mind, she it is a superficial act for the attention, so to me it's either what she's saying to herself in the back of her mind, or it's coming from one of the other two characters present, scrutinizing her form while shooting Brandy for beauty and gracefulness.

    "Give me malice. Flash." is right there in the first few pages. I know I saw "Give me attention. Flash." at some point a bit deeper into it. "Give me a break. Flash." was definitely in there. I would be willing to bet "Give me envy" is in there somewhere too.

    "When I say 'shotgun', you say 'wedding'." is a clear reference to the shooting. Even though Evie used a rifle, the narrator describes Brandy as being "shotgunned, at the bottom of the staircase, bleeding to death." So, yeah. Obvious.

    Second verse could be about Shannon, as said. I would think it's about Brandy though, the same scene, her lying on the floor bleeding. "She didn't choose this role, but she'll play it an make it sincere." (For anyone who has read this book, think: Do what you LEAST want. Hence, she chose the person she became, but didn't in the sense that she didn't want to be that.) And it's talking about her fake emotion, the overly sentimental way she's asking Shannon to tell her what happened to this point, after which it has the "Give me a break. Flash."...so I think the "Give me a break" in the background after "You cry" is a clue as to what it's referring to, possibly.

    "Boys will be boys, hiding in estrogen and wearing Aubergine Dreams" is not about Seth or about a generality of gay men, as has been suggested by a couple of people. Definitely Brandy, since as someone pointed out, she used to be a man, and it references about a hundred times her "aubergine eyes" and even the particular shade of eyeliner she uses: Aubergine Dreams.

    "Come on, this is screaming 'photo op'." seems to just be a reflection of that superficial mindset in general, where everything is artificial. Could quite possibly also be a fairly directly lifted line from somewhere in the book.

    And yes, excellent book. Not his best though. Rant, people...read Rant. xD
    whisperingstarson July 18, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song totally makes me think of the book "invisible monsters" with the reference to shooting, attention, estrogen and aubergine.
    also the
    "give me ...." thing is kind of a writing theme in the book as will it will be like Flash. give me **insert emotion word here** so i'm guessing panic at the disco wrote this song inspired by chuck palahniuk's book.
    ulovesaboomboxxon April 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me it kinda reminds me of The lead singer of Anberlin's voice. but hey what do i know... I cant wait to read that book. I'm on my way to the library right now. I swear.
    logicalharmon September 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis entire song is an allusion to the book Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. i love it. the whole:
    shotgun wedding
    aubergine dreams
    estrogens
    etc.etc.
    read that book asap if you haven't already.
    even_stars_fadeon April 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't want to sound stupid here, but I was hoping someone could tell me what aubergine dreams are?
    flyingsealon June 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreatest song ever!
    ridiculously oddon November 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is about a bride who commits suicide upon her wedding night.

    Well, she's not bleeding on the ballroom floor
    Just for the attention
    'Cause that's just ridiculously odd
    Well, she sure is going to get it
    Here's the setting
    Fashion magazines line the walls now
    The walls line the bullet holes

    The opening starts with a scene of a bride who has killed herself on the ballroom floor. She has long waited for this day, hiding her suicidal thoughts (bullet holes) behind her wedding plans (fashion magazines)

    When I say shotgun, you say wedding
    Shotgun, wedding, shotgun, wedding

    One would assume that this was an arranged marriage, coincidentally, a SHOTGUN MARRIAGE.

    She didn't choose this role
    But she'll play it and make it sincere
    So you cry, you cry
    (Give me a break)
    But they believe it from the tears
    And the teeth right down to the blood at her feet
    Boys will be boys
    Hiding in estrogen and wearing aubergine dreams
    (Give me a break)

    More light is shed upon this issue as the wedding IS revealed to be a shotgun marriage, with the bride smiling through her tears on her wedding night, about to be wedded to a man she had not wanted. (She didn't choose this role)

    And when she finally kills herself, the crowd is taken by complete surprise. The point of view then shifts to the groom, who (open to interpretation) is a rash young man, blinded by ranging hormones and a young life (boys will be boys, hiding in estrogen, and wearing aubergine)

    Give me envy, give me malice, give me your attention
    Give me envy, give me malice, baby, give me a break

    To say the least, their relationship has been a taxing, uneasy relationship, the kind that demands constant devotion and yet feels extremely taxing at the same time.

    As for the chorus, it all puts the general feel down quite nicely:
    Have some composure
    And where is your posture?
    Oh, no, no
    You're pulling the trigger
    Pulling the trigger
    All wrong

    Come on this is screaming photo op, op
    Come on
    Come on
    This is screaming
    This is screaming
    This is screaming photo op.

    When I read these lines, I can feel the groom's hollow sense of rage, regret, and sorrow, turning into rage once again.
    Jukkaraon April 07, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song intoxicating. Addicted the first time I heard it. Invisible Monsters refferences = Awesome
    idiotgirlon June 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti didnt choose this name for nothin ;)

    in the book her eyes are 'aubergine.' aka some shade of purple. aubergine dreams.
    ridiculous_lyon July 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot HER eyes, ie: the main character. Brandy's eyes are lined with a color named Aubergine Dreams, and it's refferenced throughout the book. Aubergine is a purple color.
    idiotgirlon August 12, 2005   Link

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