Panic! At The Disco: This is Gospel Meaning
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Song Released: 2013
This is Gospel Lyrics
locked away in permanent slumber.
Assembling their philosophies from pieces of broken memories.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
This is the beat of my heart.
This is the beat of my heart.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,...
anonymous Jul 13th, 7:29pm report
My interpretation of this song is a bit cliché, but I believe it is about how someone has "fallen in love" with a person who does not love them back.
The first line " this is gospel for the fallen ones" I believe means the ones who have fallen too deep into love. the next line, " locked away in permanent slumber" to me means they're stuck in the dream like state of love. they're are so stuck in this dream like fantasy that they can't escape it there for making it permanent. and "assembling their philosophies from pieces of broken memories" describes that they're are trying to pinpoint the others (the one who doesn't love them back)feelings by using past experiences they've had with relationships. when it says "this is the beast of my heart" I think he means that his heart is not beating for the other person. that they're are not as in love with that person. "the gnashing teeth and criminal tongues conspire against the odds" means that the people who are allying with the hopeless romantic (probably friends or family) know that it's going down hill for the two people so they are trying to figure out a way for him to fall in love with the hopeless romantic. " but they haven't seen the best of us yet" to me means that he is trying to figure out a way to prove to them that he is no longer interested. "if you love me let me go" means that if the hopeless romantic really did love him and didn't think of him as a possession, then she would let him leave her because he is obviously not happy there. she would want him to be happy rather then miserable. "cause these words are knives that often leave scars" means that he knows thee words will hurt them emotionally, but they need to be said. " the fear of falling apart" - means he won't be ok if he stays with her. he's not happy and he's afraid he will fall apart from the pressure all the misery is putting on him. "and truth be told I never was yours" means that he wasn't as serious about the relationship as her. that he didn't date her because he loved her, no he dated her to see if he loved her, and obviously the answer came up as he doesn't feel as strongly as she does. so he wasn't really hers ever. "this is gospel for the vagabonds" means that it' for the people who rift around, not really finding love. never stopping or being compatible with anyone they meet. " never do wells and insufferable bastards"- meaning the people who still can't find the right person. " confessing their apostasies" these people admitting their new doubts in love due to the fact they cannot find anyone that is right for them. "led away by imperfect impostors" these desperate people then are led to believe that they've found the right person by people who are only pretending to love them because they want something from them. these impostors would be obvious in other circumstances, but these hopeless romantics are so desperate for love hat they're willing to believe anything, or they know it is fake, but don't care. " don't try to sleep through the end of the world" means these people cannot hide away and pretend that everything is ok in their romances. "bury me alive" means you need to be willing to be buried in tragedies. "cause I won't give up without a fight" speaks for itself. and that's y interpretation.
anonymous Jun 20th, 6:16am report
I think this song (or at least the chorus) is about how people whose loved ones are going die and they try to keep them alive when the person who is dying is trying to get them to accept the fact that their time is coming to an end and it's time to let them go and let them die naturally instead of being forced to take all these different kinds of medicines and doing a ridiculous amount of procedures to keep them "alive" when they (the dying person) doesn't want it. It's like resuscitating (reviving) someone who has already agreed to/said that they don't want to be resuscitated. That's my opinion.
anonymous Jun 11th, 6:04am report
Basically this song is about suicide. In the beginning of the song, he says, "This is gospel for the fallen, locked away in permanent slumber." Means that this is words of wisdom or the truth for the people who have passed away from committing suicide. "Assembling their philosophies from pieces of broken memories." means they are creating a human belief about human life from mental damage. They often say that the loneliest people are the kindest. The saddest people smile the brightest. The most psychologically damaged are the wisest. Because they never want to see someone suffer. "The beat of my heart." Is when they say that this is how my heart feels. "The gnashing teeth and criminal tongues conspire against the odds." Refers to the bullies of society. What other people who weren't as mentally damaged set it up to. Or maybe as damaged but just refuse to be the nicest because of it. "They haven't seen the best of us yet." Means that we have our best. Because they sure as hell don't deserve it if they are the bullies responsible for the ones who committed suicide. "If you love me let me go." it is what it basically means. It for the loved ones or the closest to us. The ones who allow society to either use them or they just are oblvious to the fact of their loved one psychologically damaged. "Cause these knifes often leaves scars." Means that words leave a damaging effect. No matter how much one says that words can't hurt you. A part of society rules. Like what our parents told us:"Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me." Well, we faced the reality that it can. "And truth be told I never was yours." We never belonged to society. We are saying to set us free from society norms. The norms and why society does certain things are the reason we want to commit suicide or already have. "The fear of falling apart." It is the greatest fear in society. But, some people fear it much greater than others. Which kinda allows society to walk all over us. "This is gospel for the vagabonds." The truth for the people who keep wandering. The ones who are lost perhaps. "Ne'er-do-wells and insufferable bastards." These people also follow along in this category. The people who can't bare it at all. "Confessing their apostaties." Is to mean their religious or basic principle. What their real truth for them is. "Led away by imperfect imposters." The people of the society who get the other people to believe that they are exactly the same but when in truth, they are lying. We follow them blindly."Don't try to sleep through the end of the world and bury me alive 'cause I won't give up without a fight." Tells us don't try to commit suicide and bury everyone else out. We fight to stay alive in society. That has what made us keep going and not doing it. Because we have the will to live. In a nutshell, don't follow what society always says. But, try to fight and stay alive. In the real truth, everyone has their own psychological problems. Even the ones who refuse to believe it. Committing suicide isn't a way out of society but, a way for our loved ones to mourn. It won't end the problems of society. The only way to end them is to keep on fighting. I honestly may have not put this in the way I was trying to put it. But, that is my best shot.
anonymous Jun 10th, 6:59am report
I honestly think this song is about suicide. "Broken memories" - I think that means he and remember the good parts anymore. "This is Gospel for the fallen ones, locked away in permanent slumber." - The ones who have already commited suicide, they are now at peace. "If you love me let me go, cause these words are knives and often leave scars, the fear of falling apart." - He wants to be let go to do what he wants, and people/society's hurtful words leave scars from self harm. The fear of crumbling is probably everyone's fear, and he is so afraid that he lets the words get to him. "Gnashing teeth and criminal tongues" refers to the bullies/society judging him. Then at the end he repeats, "The fear of falling apart" and then the heartbeat fades, meaning that he gave in too and commited suicide. I think that the music video did okay with showing the meaning, like it's not straight forward, but you have to look for it. I think when the doctors are holding him on the table that they are trying to fix him, but the problem is mental, not physical. They hold him back with ropes, and he breaks them, but in one scene where he says "Sleep through the end of the world and bury me alive, cause I won't give up without a fight" that he's in a coffin filling up with water, where he is thinking about drowning himself. Then he breaks out of the coffin and decides at that time he won't. This is one of my top songs because of how it could mean any of the things said here, but no one knows exactly what it means, except maybe Brendon Urie himself.
anonymous Jun 9th, 6:14am report
I think it about how this person is dying and they want to just die and for the people to let them go cause in the video the nurses are holding him back....
anonymous Jun 8th, 6:32am report
As a physician, I probably have a different view of the end of life than most people.
When I first listened to this song, I liked it because it was catchy and enjoyable. After playing it a couple of times, I started to listen to the lyrics. I was dumbstruck by the elegance with which they describe a significant moral dilemma modern medicine faces.
As someone else on this page mentioned, this song is about the end of life. When patients who are trying to die are being kept alive far longer than they should by the advances of medicine. While there are plenty of times when medicine could, and should, do everything in its power to bring back someone from the brink of death; there are just as many times when the care is causing more harm than good. Where we "save" someone, only to ship them off to a skilled nursing facility to spend the rest of their lives in stasis. Brain dead patients kept alive on a ventilator placed through their neck and feeding tubes placed through the abdomen. Those who never awaken, never taste their favorite foods or perform their favorite activities again. They aren't dead, but you can not call that living.
The beginning and end of the song illustrate this the best, as does the entire video.
In the beginning, "locked away in permanent slumber" clearly describes a comatose patient that will never wake up.
Then, during the entire video, we watch a man trying to die who is continually being "rescued" by all of the physicians and treatments being administered. He keeps trying to move on to the afterlife, but they keep pulling him back. Again, this is reflected in the verse "I won't give up without a fight. If you love me, let me go." He keeps trying to pass on, and he wants his friends and family to let him die in peace.
In the end, he breaks through the ropes holding him back, escaping into a bright white light (symbolizing the term "go towards the light"). While this is occurring, the heartbeat heard throughout the entire song finally flat lines, and he dies on the table.
anonymous May 11th, 5:27pm report
To me, this song is describing the pain and suffering that someone's thoughts can interpret with life and death. Since 'gospel' is an account on describing life, death, and also resurrection, some effect of happiness and despair must be implied, or something along those lines.
It also makes me think of how everyone has gone through tragedies in their life and that in order for humanity to exist, life and death must occur at some point in time to keep the cycle moving, because if we paused it no one would die and no one would be born and new generations would not come into place and time would basically stand still in a forever state.
Idk, P!ATD songs just get me thinking a lot /sigh/.
anonymous Apr 22nd, 4:09pm report
To me this song is talking about God.
"This is gospel for the fallen ones" & "This is gospel for the vagabonds"
religion is only for those who are "lost".
"Assembling their philosophies" From pieces of broken memories"
Religion is based on "broken memories".
"The gnashing teeth and criminal tongues conspire against the odds"
the ones who are\were against religion and got bullied for it.
"If you love me let me go" & "truth be told, I never was yours"
this is to god. if you love me, then why do you make me do stuff and put bounds on my will? if you love me let me go, let me do and think what i want to.
"Ne'er-do-wells and insufferable bastards. confessing their apostasies led away by imperfect impostors"
Refers to religion people who pretend to know the "perfect" (=imperfect impostors) and lead other people to believe them, claiming their right.
Don't get me wrong, i don't hate religion. I don't hate god either. I just believe god is not real and religion is for the ones who are too weak to figure out stuff themselves, so they accept the idea god is real and when you die you go to heaven when actually no one knows what's gonna happen after you die, and the trials to prove god is real and the bible is not lying\was made up are completly unrealistic, and, like the song says, based on "broken (never proved) memories".
anonymous Oct 16th, 2013 10:33pm report
I feel its a struggle between who we truly are and the and the fronts we put up for the world. He's asking conformity to let him free.
anonymous Oct 9th, 2013 10:07pm report
Isn't this song about Spencer and his addiction?
An how he is doing the best he can to get better?
anonymous Sep 22nd, 2013 9:50am report
I personally think its about the band. All the changes it has had to go through. and that he wants everyone to forget the past and accept the new.
but then again i also think its either about a relationship or about griefing over a lost love one
anonymous Sep 20th, 2013 9:52am report
"This is gospel for the fallen ones
Locked away in permanent slumber
Assembling their philosophies
From pieces of broken memories"
Literally, this is the teachings for the 'fallen ones' or those without religion or a defined spiritual path. Locked in permanent slumber because they cannot reach their true potential without spiritual guidance. (*Note, you don't have to have a god to have a spiritual path.) Assembling philosophies aka their Path, from broken memories and bits and pieces. This first part is very literal in nature, to me.
"Oh, this is the beat of my heart, this is the beat of my heart [x2]
The gnashing teeth and criminal tongues conspire against the odds
But they haven’t seen the best of us yet"
This is the beat of my heart refers to the True Self pulsing inside, and also refers back to the song itself aka "this song/gospel is the beat of my heart." Gnashing teeth and criminal tongues is the Ego/s, striving against the odds fighting with the True Self. But they haven't seen the best of us yet, refering to the audience of fallen ones, basically saying that their Ego's won't win and their True Selves will.
"If you love me let me go [x2]
‘Cause these words are knives that often leave scars
The fear of falling apart
And truth be told, I never was yours
The fear, the fear of falling apart"
If you love (you) let you go. This refers to the Sacrifice of the false self to get to the True Self. These words are knives that often leave scars, the process of sacrificing the false self is painful, and its not easy, and often leaves the individual scarred for life, but better off for it. I never was yours, your false self never really belonged to YOU because it was a shell, a mask, not the REAL you at all. The fear of falling apart refers to the fear of making the leap into sacrafice, for fear of losing yourself completely, which is the point.
"This is gospel for the vagabonds,
Never-do-wells and insufferable bastards
Confessing their apostasies
Led away by imperfect impostors"
This is gospel for the [travellers], [good-for-nothings], and [intolerable] bastards, self explanatory. Confessing their apostasies, an apostasy is when you give up a religion or a belief of some sort. Led away by imperfect impostors, referring back to the audience's Ego/s again.
"Don’t try to sleep through the end of the world
Bury me alive
'Cause I won’t give up without a fight"
I think this is a call to the audience to awaken and go through the process to bring out the True Selves, and to strive on to their truest potential.
So overall this a song about spiritual awakening, this is a message to never be afraid to be yourself, to never be afraid of your ego, to never give up, and this is a call to wake up.
Wake up my brothers and sisters, it's time to come out and play. If you love me, let me go.
anonymous Aug 29th, 2013 8:04am report
This song is about those who have suffered and fulfilled their needs and wants in life, and want nothing more than to rest in peace and carry on.
The first verse already talks about this, with "the ones in permanent slumber", aka those who are dead.
"If you love me let me go" refers to the family and loved ones not wanting them to die, trying to hold on for "the fear of falling apart". The doctors in the official video have several ways restraints because they're the ones keeping the person who's near death alive - constrained and alive - as he tries to run into the light.
Even when he's dead, the character wants the family to stop grieving, let him go, and let him sleep.
anonymous Aug 27th, 2013 8:53pm report
To me, and this may seem cliche, but I feel as though this song is describing a relationship that someone feels stuck/trapped in, like the person is holding onto them despite it not being good anymore.
"This is gospel for the fallen ones
locked away in permanent slumber"
- For the fallen ones (those people who fell in love and fell into a relationship) and who are "locked away in permanent slumber" (stay in the relationship because they're stuck and may not even notice it is not doing them good anymore, they aren't awake enough to see it)
"Assembling their philosophy
from pieces of broken memories"
- The reasons that person is holding onto the relationship is made up of the good memories they shared in the past, but these 'good times' aren't very common anymore.
"This is the beat of my heart"
- This is how I feel inside.
"Gnashing teeth and criminal tongues
conspire against the odds
but they haven't seen the best of us yet"
- 'Gnashing teeth'could be he is just dying to get out of the relationship, or that the other person in the relationship is mistreating him and using harsh words to keep him in it. Maybe even manipulating him.
"If you love me let me go"
- Speaks for itself. He wants out and if she loves him she must let him go.
"Cause these words are knives and often leave scars"
- Her unkind words are hurting him.
"And truth be told I never was yours
the fear, the fear of falling apart"
- He never really felt like he was 'hers' and the relationship was ever great. But he stayed in it for fear of being hurt when it is over, 'fear of falling apart'
The rest is all a very similar interpretation. It is just what it means to me.
anonymous Aug 23rd, 2013 8:55pm report
I think this song is about those who have lost someone. "If you love me, then let me go" I think is referring to how family members grief over a relatives death and don't want to let them go.
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