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Now I'm of consenting age

To be forgetting you in a cabaret

Somewhere downtown where a burlesque queen

May even ask my name

As she sheds her skin on stage
I'm seated and sweating to a dance song on the club's PA.
And the strip joint veteran sits two away
Smirking between dignified sips of his dignified peach and lime daiquiri

And isn't this exactly where you'd like me
I'm exactly where you'd like me you know
Praying for love in a lap dance

And paying in naivety

Oh isn't this exactly where you'd like me
I'm exactly where you'd like me, you know
Praying for love in a lap dance
And paying in naivety

Oh, but I'm afraid that I,
Well I may have faked it
And I wouldn't be caught dead-d-dead-d-dead-d-dead in this place

Well, I'm afraid that I,
That's right, well I may have faked it
And I wouldn't be caught dead in this place


And isn't this exactly where you'd like me
I'm exactly where you'd like me you know
Praying for love in a lap dance
And paying in naivety

Oh, isn't this exactly where you'd like me
I'm exactly where you'd like me you know
Praying for love in a lap dance
And paying in naivety

Well, I'm afraid that I,
Well I may have faked it
And I wouldn't be caught dead-d-dead-d-dead-d-dead in this place

Well, I'm afraid that I,
Well that's right, well I may have faked it
And I wouldn't be caught dead in this place

And isn't this exactly where you'd like me
I'm exactly where you'd like me you know
Praying for love in a lap dance
And paying in naivety

Oh, isn't this exactly where you'd like me
I'm exactly where you'd like me you know
Praying for love in a lap dance
And paying in naivety

Praying for love and paying in naivety
Praying for love and paying in naivety, oh



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    theonlycopyJul 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm
    the guy wants the girl to be jealous and to forget her so he goes to a stripclub thinking thats what men do when they're mad at their woman but he's being naive b/c he would "never be caught dead" there and he's not forgetting her. And he's saying isn't this "where you want me", to sulk about you leaving me?
  • ChrisFishA-CrossRiff
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    ChrisFishA-CrossRiffMay 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm
    The title comes from Closer... as does Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

    It's just about a young man who'd been dumped by his girlfriend. Supposedly he went to a stripclub and told the girl that he's sunk to an all time low. After the first chorus he says "Ok, so I lied... I'd never go to a place like that."

    It's a play on scene (in Closer) where Julia Roberts breaks up with Clive Owen and he goes to a stripclub and sees Natalie Portman (whom used to date Clive... and Jude Law. But as a stripper she has a different name and look.)
  • out_of_order
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    out_of_orderJul 31, 2009 at 2:40 am
    You people who are refering to "the boyfriend" as Brendon, do know that Ryan Ross was the lyricist (and guitarist) of Panic! until he left just very recently, right? Brendon didn't write the lyrics xD So I think by "the boyfriend", you mean Ryan.
  • U
    UnregisteredDec 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    The question isn't what happens in the song it what is the meaning.

    I think the songs about the decisions we make and how lies and the bad things we do are really just us being dumb. Like when he says "praying for love in a lapdance/and paying in nivety
  • t
    terra_luvs_beast_boyAug 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm
    theonlycopy you are so right, I so agree with you. By the way out_of_order, you have to act like such a know-it-all

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