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How cruel is the golden rule?
When the lives we lived are only golden-plated
And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me
Though I carried karats for everyone to see

And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
And all...

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    anonymous
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    Apr 20th, 2007 4:46pm report


    How cruel is the golden rule?
    When the lives we lived are only golden-plated
    -i believe this means that the golden rule is wrong because
    everyone has moments in there like that aren't right or where they're not treated fairly

    And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me
    Though I carried karats for everyone to see
    - this means that he knew he wouldn't be able to withstand all the fame and fortune, yet he still acts like its not getting to him.

    And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
    And all the lovers with no time for me
    And all of the mothers raise their babies
    To stay away from me
    - I think this means that he believes god is ashamed of him and his hectic life style as a performer, that now everyone he once knew has found love and no longer want to be with him or around him, also I think this means that he has become some kind of bad influence on children becausee of his lifestyle.

    Tongues on the sockets of electric dreams
    Where the sewage of youth drowned the spark of my teens
    -im not clearly sure what this part means but I beleive it means that now he is doing everything he wanted to do as a teen but never could because of what he was trying to accomplish.(getting famous)
    And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me (too heavy for me)
    Though I carried karats for everyone to see (everyone to see)
    -(same as above)

    And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
    And all the lovers with no time for me
    And all of the mothers raise their babies
    To stay away from me
    -(also same as above)

    And pray they don't grow up to be...
    ah the clincher lol I believe it is meant to be followed by me but was takin out for a more mysterious purpose.

    thank you for reading and I'm a huge fob fan, got myspace? add me myspace.com/deejayjones



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    anonymous
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    Feb 28th, 2013 2:22pm report


    + How cruel is the golden rule:
    -The golden rule is to treat everyone how you would want to be treated.


    + When the lives we lived are only golden plated:
    - The golden rule seems cruel to follow when you yourself have it bad with a life that's only golden "plated" and find it hard to treat people well when you're so down.


    + I knew the lights of the city were too heavy for me:
    - I knew that living and being out in the world was too much for me to handle seeing as I have it hard and I can't stand others anymore


    + Though I carried karats for everyone to see:
    - I still carried (karats), here meaning amounts of the gold,he carried the golden rule. Despite everything (having it hard and knowing the lights of the city were too heavy and he can't stand it) he still tried his best to apply the golden rule and show others that he's a good person after all.


    + And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies.
    - He knew God wasn't happy with him and he knew that by the fact that he had enemies and haters.


    + And all the lovers with no time for me, and all of the mothers raise their babies to stay away from me:
    - People in general have no time to even notice the good that he does and only see the bad.

    This is why he thinks the golden rule is cruel, first because sometimes it's so hard to be a good person, second is that sometimes you feel that no matter how good you're being, nobody cares and they only remember the bad. And you find yourself with enemies from the bad acts that you've done as a result of how hard life can be




    + Tongues on the sockets of electric dreams

    Where the sewage of youth drown the spark of my teens:

    - The dreams we try to reach can be very dangerous and harmful to us when the bad moments and memories of our childhood effect our teen years by (drowning out their spark)dragging down our optimism and ambitious liveliness.
    This is because when we try to accomplish our dreams while still remembering and holding on to the disappointments of childhood, we might end up in places we never wanted to be by being weak enough to let these things effect our decisions or fall into risks.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 4th, 2011 10:50am report


    It's a poem by Wes Eisold from cold cave



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    anonymous
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    Jan 8th, 2011 1:11am report


    This song for me is about how dissolusioned this person is with his life. "Tongues on the sokcets of electric dreams, where the sewage of youth drowned the spark of my teens" means that his dreams were killing him (tongues on sockets is a method of suicide) and how he feels that the way that youths had become stereotyped had destroyed any spark of originality he had. "The lives we live are only golden plated"-our lives aren't all olden as they might seem, but just on the outside seem golden and perfect. The chrous is about how no-one wants to be around him-"all the lovers with no time for me, and all of the mothers raise thier babies to stay away from me, and pray they don't grow up to be"



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    anonymous
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    Nov 13th, 2010 11:35pm report


    It's about a pimp wearing his bling.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    hrtwrmxo
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    Apr 22nd, 2010 4:41am report


    This entire song was written by Wesley Eisold of Give up the Ghost/American Nightmare/Some Girls.
    Fall Out Boy have stolen these lyrics and yet "claimed" Wesley had helped out. Whatever your interpretation would be is incorrect.

    This passage is printed in Wesley Eisold's book Deathbeds, which you can find here http://hrtwrmxo.tumblr.com/post/539980426/deathbeds-by-wesley-eisold-p-28

    It's such a shame that a talentless band would steal from such an amazing poet

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    anonymous
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    Jan 10th, 2010 1:37am report


    I guess this song's about Pete Wentz himself.
    Pete's family was pretty rich and seemed to be perfect (When the lives we lived are only golden-plated) but if you see behind the curtain of "the perfect life" (and I saw god crying in the reflections of my enemies) you realize you're all one. (and all of the mothers raising their
    babies to stay away from me)
    So maybe this song shows that seeming richness hides misery or the song shows that on the other hand just being rich doesn't make happy at all.

    Pete has been depressive since he was a 6-year old kid and i guess he still hasn't quite come to terms with it and wrote it in this song.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 6th, 2008 12:05am report


    How cruel is the golden rule?
    * It is hard to make everyone happy

    When the lives we lived are only golden-plated
    * Especially when most of us aren't given chances to be great or do great things; we all struggle at one point in our lives

    And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me
    * I knew that it would be hard and I would go through rough times achieving fame

    And though I carry karats for everyone to see
    * So I show off my glories for those who doubted me to think about

    And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
    * God knows my past and my future and he tells me its going to be difficult but I'm going to make it

    And all the lovers with no time for me
    * All the people that I wanted to spend time with or have a relationship with don't know how special I really am

    And all of the mothers raised their babies
    * Everybody says I got to where I am by doing wrong

    To stay away from me
    * But in reality I'm just better than them and they hate it

    Tongues on the sockets of electric dreams
    * I can do or I've had a taste of anything or everything possible

    Where the sewage of youth drown the spark of my tears
    * And I'm so young that I feel like I've accomplished everything so early but I've still got so much more that I want to do

    And pray they don't grow up to be me
    * I just hope they can be themselves and have everything in their own rights, the way that they want it



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    anonymous
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    Oct 12th, 2008 10:21pm report


    I think this song is about how worthless some people make their lives out to be. This is expressed in the line "where the lives we live are only golden plated", as well as the second verse, which describes how people who are so close to realizing their dreams can let these dreams just slip away, and how they could achieve their goals if only they cared a little more. The chorus might be about a person who has all the wealth and material things he needs to be recognized by society, but he is afraid to face this chance to be famous because none of it will matter in the long run. But in a way, he is afraid not to take the chance, because nobody who does matter sees him as important, and he does not want to go through life without being noticed or making a difference.



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    lizXis
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    Sep 1st, 2008 9:26pm report


    To sum it up, he's basically trying to explain how hard it is for him to find his place in life, when nobody can respect him for his changes (fame, mostly).
    Also he talks about his youth, I think it's about how he accomplished so much in his youth, and now its no longer recognized by anyone. lots of disrespect basically.
    but definitely one of my favorite songs by Fall Out Boy

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    Gurl_E_Nerdd
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    Apr 23rd, 2008 4:34am report


    "How cruel is the golden rule?
    When the lives we lived are only golden-plated
    And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me
    And though I carry karats for everyone to see"

    Life in the spotlight is just an act and a bunch of fake smile and false truths. The karats are only for show. Like some stars rent the accessories they wear for an event then return it.

    "And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
    And all the lovers with no time for me
    And all of the mothers raised their babies
    To stay away from me"

    Loneliness in relationships and there is only one thought on the other persons mind. This next part I relate a lot. Me for example, I have a son and I'm 18, I can't hold relationships with some men because of that reason. It is also hard for me to have a decent relationship because their Mothers don't want me around.

    "Tongues on the sockets of electric dreams
    Where the sewage of youth drown the spark of my tears
    And I knew that the lights of the city were too heavy for me (too heavy for me)
    And though I carry karats for everyone to see (everyone to see)"

    I think this is about the fear of not becoming successful. But also being scared of rejection, doubt full of thoughts that you can't handle the fame and pressure of being like others want you.

    "And I saw God cry in the reflection of my enemies
    And all the lovers with no time for me
    And all of the mothers raised their babies
    To stay away from me

    And pray they don't grow up to be me"

    This is also another part of my life. God feels sad because of the enemies that I hold. The mothers selling the judgments and lies of me being a whore and all that- all not true. I scare them because I have a child and Im 18 and Im not married. They don't want their babies to end up like me.

    This is how I take the song. It fits in all the cracks in my life. Many may disagree but whatever.



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    PBANDJ
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    Oct 21st, 2007 10:45am report


    I heard this song is actually a poem written by some other guy.... I dunno



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    anonymous
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    Oct 20th, 2007 10:21pm report


    I think this song is about them and there music. They don't want to be thease awful people. To were anyone that listens to them they hate them they hate there music because all they have to show is there money.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 1st, 2007 9:43pm report


    I believe the Golden plated line is referring to how the music business and the fame looks like a dream, but really its not worth it sometimes and its hard work and in this case preventing him from doing other things he wasn't to.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 10th, 2007 8:14am report


    "Sewage of youth drowned the spark of my teens"
    Pete has said he's been depressed his entire life even when he was a teenager.
    His parents separated on his 8th birthday and later got back together. It affected him a lot, he never really enjoyed his birthdays after that.

    His teen years he spent vandalizing suburban Wilmette. He also was in a whole bunch of bands, so it's open for interpretation, but consider that while interpreting.



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    peteinmypants
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    Jul 8th, 2007 7:05pm report


    This says to me it's about people trying to be something they aren't. And it also says people forcing other people not to be something just because they don't approve of others acting that way.



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