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Give us this day our daily dose of faux affliction
Forgive our sins
Forged at the pulpit with forked tongues selling faux sermons.
'Cause I am a new wave gospel sharp, and you'll be thy witness
So gentlemen, if you're gonna preach, for God sakes preach with conviction!

Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.
Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.

Just stay where I can see you.
Douse the lights!
We sure are in for a show tonight

In this little number we're graced by two displays of character,
We've got: the gunslinger extraordinaire walking contradictions
And I for one can see no blood from the hearts and the wrists you allegedly slit
And I for one wont stand for this if this scene were a parish you'd all be condemned.

Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.
Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you, don't you move.

Just stay where I can see you
Douse the lights!
We sure are in for a show tonight
Just stay where I can see you
Douse the lights!
We sure are in for a show tonight

Stay where I can see you
Douse the lights!

Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.
Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.
Don't you move
Don't you move
Strike up the band!



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  • Conquito
    +2
    ConquitoJun 22, 2008 at 9:57 pm
    'Sing it like you mean it'
    Infers that the music industry... or scene... is lying to get the fans.

    'I see no Blood fromn the hearts and wrists you ellegadly slit'

  • ChrisFishA-CrossRiff
    +2
    ChrisFishA-CrossRiffMay 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm
    I think it's about the music scene.

    And I for one can see no blood from the hearts and the wrists you allegedly slit
    And I for one wont stand for this if this scene were a parish you'd all be condemned.

    A lot of emo/screamo...etc bands use the metaphors of slit wrists and bleeding hearts. And he says "If the scene WERE a parish" (meaning he's not talking about a parish (back-in-the-day catholic talk) which is referring to the music scene.

    Stop lying and being a stereotype to sell records!
  • Turmoil
    +1
    TurmoilOct 18, 2009 at 10:33 am
    Man, I really miss this Panic! at the Disco. Listening to this, New Perspective and Change all back-to-back makes me seriously miss them from A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. I liked Pretty. Odd., but to me, this here is when Panic! was at their best.

    Great. Now I got myself all depressed thinking of how they split
  • AureateUmbra
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    AureateUmbraMar 12, 2012 at 12:55 am
    Not sure this is right or related, but about the title, there is a short story called 'the handsomest drowned man in the world' about a village that is changed for the better after they find a handsome man they dub 'esteban' who is found dead on the beach and they hold a funeral for him. Just thinking, as a band, they seem to be very well-versed in literature so it's certainly possible.

    Either way, i love this song. It's very catchy.
  • cassiepshhxp
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    cassiepshhxpNov 9, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    I love this song... It's catchy and I like the beat. The lyrics are the reason for them writing this ?

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