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Well if you wanted honesty, That's all you had to say.
I never want to let you down or have you go, it's better off this way.
For all the dirty looks, the photographs your boyfriend took,
Remember when you broke your foot from jumping out the second floor?

I'm not okay.
I'm not okay.
I'm not okay.
You wear me out.

What will it take to show you that it's not the life it seems?
(I'm not okay)
I told you time and time again you sing the words but don't know what it means
(I'm not okay)
To be a joke and look
Another line without a hook
I held you close as we both shook for the last time
Take a good hard look!

I'm not okay.
I'm not okay.
I'm not okay.
You wear me out.

Forget about the dirty looks
The photographs your boyfriend took
You say you read me like a book, but the pages all are torn and frayed

I'm okay.
I'm okay!
I'm okay, now
(I'm okay, now)

But you really need to listen to me
Because I'm telling you the truth
I mean this, I'm okay!
(Trust me.)

I'm not okay
I'm not okay
Well, I'm not okay
I'm not o-fucking-kay
I'm not okay
I'm not okay

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    XxXStephXxXApr 19, 2008 at 8:41 am
    The song's lyrics deal with emotional issues relating to relationship break ups, in particular those of lead singer, Gerard Way and his high-school experiences of adolescent loneliness and angst. The song's overtly senimental lyrics ushered people to label the band as 'emo'. The plot of the song is believed to be about the protagonist of the album confronting a teenager at a high-school who has commenced a school shooting. The protagonist takes the life of the students as part of his deal with Satan. The song supposedly is sung from the student's perspective. The lines 'The photographs your boyfriend took' is about how the girl Gerard had a crush on, she let her current boyfriend take sleazy pictures of her and they managed to get out onto the internet, and Gerard found out and lost all respect for her, which crushed him.

    Thanks for reading!

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    linkin_park_luvrOct 19, 2008 at 5:50 am
    dood... i agree with most of you people on here but also this song is about his life in high school and how he had a crush on one of his friends and she ended up taking really slutty pictures with her boyfriend and that really crushed him but she was his only real friend during his high school career and how he was living in this pit of lonliness, alcholism and despair. by the way mcr is NOT an EMO band, they actually stood out on tv and announced it and Gerard says that that is fucking shit so yahh... newayzz...
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    MCR_is_my_life_13Jan 5, 2011 at 3:00 am
    I am in love with this song. Gerard wrote it for some reason or another, but I can take it personally. You know, none of us are okay. We're the ones who admit that we ARE NOT OKAY! We're proud sometimes, and then we struggle with it. We feel that feeling of being the outcast. We feel like the weird kid no one sits next to at lunch. When I heard this song when I was in second grade (and proudly being raised on MCR) it was only lyrics and music. Just me and my little brother playing air guitar, air drums, and me as the singer. Always. But now, as a true fan, I KNOW that there is meaning behind this song. It's not just another song about booze and drugs, and love. It's not like ANYTHING out there. That's what I love about MCR. The true FEELING behind it. The raw emotion. They're always changing. Every new cd they release they are doing something new. Some may argue that the latest CD is mainstream crap, but it's not. It's unique, and some people can't handle the change of the sound of the music they produce. If a song by them is all techno beat, just listen to the lyrics, they have that MEANING behind them that THIS song has! This sog helps misfits like me feel OK. Thank you MCR, and MCR fans. If you actually read this big thing of course!
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    emo_chic26Aug 17, 2008 at 2:00 pm
    When he says " the photographs your boyfriend took" he is refering to a girl which he had a huge crush on and later found out that she took slutty pictures with her boyfriend and that broke gerard's heart and he wrote this song about that.
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    girljpunkAug 7, 2008 at 3:42 pm
    that is the way i feel so revenge is on my way when i get into high school and this song goes to my stupid boyfriend

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