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Fall Out Boy: Centuries Meaning

Song Released: 2014

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Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me for centuries
And just one mistake
Is all it will take.
We'll go down in history
Remember me for centuries
Remember me for centuries

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    Dec 21st, 2014 12:13pm report

    Alright, aside from the obvious "leaving your mark on the world", It seems like this song alternates between the heroes and their obstacles.

    Let me explain:

    The first instance of the chorus is the desire to be somebody famous, climbing up the ladder to be somebody great.

    The following verses are the "words" of the opposition, saying things like "[they] are all wrong", "let me in", "I never meant for you to fix yourself", these are all the words of either a betrayed or truly evil force wanting to prevent these heroes from their dreams.

    The second instance seems to be a scream against all the stress that is suddenly put upon the protagonist(s), trying to fight back the opposition. This is further justified by the events in the music video, where the gladiators are being overcome one by one.

    Now these next lyrics are referencing the story of David and Goliath (there were too many similarities to overlook this, e.g. the slingshot, the sheer masculinity of the man in the music video, etc.)
    Goliath shouts to the army every day, and unless they bring him a challenger, he strikes fear into the Israelites. The line "until you die for me [...] my shadow's over you" is a clear reference to this.
    How about the line "you look so pretty, but you're gone so soon"? Well, the Bible describes their meeting as such: "[he] saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him" (Both from Samuel-1:17) Does this description not remind you of something young and fragile, like a cherry blossom?

    So, this is my interperetation at the moment; there are definitely holes, and some things I left untouched, but this is what I got from it.


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    Oct 17th, 2014 10:16am report

    Personally, I think that it's about being remembered for something greatly important like starting a rebellion. That rebellion is an example of something that's going to get you remembered, however, it isn't something that you will regret for the rest of your life.


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    Nov 7th, 2015 11:41am report

    I think that this song has multiple meanings.

    1. That we want to be remembered forever. In the lyrics, it says, "Remember me for centuries."

    2. In the video, it has images portraying Biblical characters such as Jesus, I guess you can say a twist on David and Goliath.

    3. It displays Roman "Entertainment/Punishment." According to history books, in Roman times slaves were put in the Roman Coliseum for both sport and entertainment. I shows heroism and teamwork. The teamwork is displayed by putting all the pieces together that they were given by a character much like Jesus, to defeat the giant. (Proof to my theory of it portraying David and Goliath.)

    4. It shows the injustice of working class. While the government eats royally, he has people die just for his entertainment, much like the government. The government dines in peace and happiness while armies go out to risk their lives for the country only to return to having almost nothing.


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    Feb 15th, 21:56 report

    I think it's about him teaching someone about doing something with your life in the prospective of being known byou people. I think the "never ment for you to fix your self" line ment he taught the person wrong or the person dident under stand him. it's about him teaching someone basically about life and to leave a mark, and he was yousing him self as a example throut the song.


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    Jan 21st, 1:18am report

    I personally think it's about remembering the 90's because the part at the beginning is from the 90's and it says "Remember me for centuries".


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    Jun 12th, 2017 6:18am report

    It is about being swag

    Oh and it was frozen proof not frozen fruit

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    Mar 9th, 2017 3:15am report

    I think they just ment it to mean like remember no further.

    Ps. its about soccer

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    Dec 22nd, 2016 12:45pm report

    They talk about David and Goliath then they tell you how much we have become cowards and how we should leave a mark and how (Whoever your messiah and God is. Is watching over you.


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    Apr 19th, 2016 4:16pm report

    I believe the song is about acomplishing a goal that everyone believed they couldn't do and now you will remember them for centuries

    BTW the lyrics are not "and here's the frozen fruit". The lyrics are "and here's the frozen proof'


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    Jan 31st, 2016 1:52pm report

    I feel like the like "we are the poison youth" is in a way alluding to All Quiet on the Western Front "We are the Iron Youth". It's about how others think we are strong actually we are weak inside, but the strength is what's being remembered. Not sure if I'm right, but just a thought.

    Also, side note: They aren't saying "here's the frozen fruit", it's actually "here's the frozen proof"


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    Jan 5th, 2016 1:05am report

    Speaking with Kerrang! Pete Wentz described the idea of the song as a "David vs. Goliath story." He added, "It is us passing along the story of how we feel right before we step on stage, trading feeling small and human for all the sweat and grit and sheer power of belief it takes to stare down a giant


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    Oct 15th, 2015 10:40am report

    I'm not Christan but I think it is about Jesus. He is rembrered though out history. "You're a cherry blossom you're about to bloom, look so pretty but you're gone so soon" I think that's humans in gods eye, or "we are the poisoned youth" this generation is not as Christan as before. Or he says that he will die for you. There part where he says its not true is how the media is talking about the bible. I don't know for sure but it is just my guess, and sorry if I somehow offended somebody.


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    Oct 5th, 2015 10:13pm report

    In the American Beauty/ American psycho tour Pete said it was about saving the planet and stopping global warming and climate change,
    where the song says:
    "And just one mistake is all it will take"
    is like saying an oil spill could wipe out a whole eco system. it is one mistake and it kills a lot of the environment.
    I am just going off what Pete said.


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    Jun 2nd, 2015 6:28pm report

    I haven't seen the music video but the vid and the actual song lyrics don't necessarily coincide. This song seems to be about rape. Bruises on your thighs like my finger prints? At first it sounds like some great song about being awesome but the allusions throughout the song seem to be symbolism for rape. You'll remember him "for centuries". Or until you die for him. Mummified teenage dreams. Etc.


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    May 30th, 2015 5:55pm report

    The angel is Lucifer


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    May 30th, 2015 5:51pm report

    ...the song is about the truth! We have been lied to. Not only have we been taught to hate what we don't know; we've fallen away from the light. The duality that all beings in this world share. Our shunned gift of knowledge and opportunity to be AS GOD.

    "And here's the frozen fruit"

    The tree of life in the tree of knowledge complete I would duality!!!

    -Morning Star


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    May 30th, 2015 5:26pm report

    ..in other words this song describes the truth and misconception of Lucifer... i

    -Morning Star


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    May 28th, 2015 5:15pm report

    First of all... the gifts that were given to the band members at the beginning of the "Centuries" music video are a metaphor.
    Did you notice the lyrics "and here's the "Frozen Fruit". What gift was given to us humans that God did not want us to have?

    Second of all... Did you notice how the religious characters are portrayed during the music video.

    Looks Like Some Further Studying Is Needed From All Of You!!

    ~Morning Star

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