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Brothers and sisters put this record down
Take my advice ('cause we are bad news)
We will leave you high and dry
It's not worth the hearing you'll lose

It's just past 8 and I'm feeling young and reckless
The ribbon on my wrist says, "Do...

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    cherryxbliss
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    Nov 4th, 2005 11:17pm report


    Pete's basically telling us that no one is in music for the right reasons anymore, and that no matter what, everything gets manufactured to some point. There are all those kids out there who think they are listen to true, real music, but with the pop culture today, there is no real, true music. Because of this, it's okay to say "Well, this and this band may not sound that great live, but that doesn't matter, because it's all pretty much shit out there." Yeah, if that made sense to anyone, Brownie points to you.



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    darthjesus
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    Mar 28th, 2006 3:07pm report


    The ribbon on my wrist says, "Do not open before Christmas."

    Although this isn't the full meaning of the song, this line is actually a morbidly, humurous jab at cutting one's wrists as a method of suicide. If you look more closely at a lot of FOB songs, you'll see a lot of black humor. Suicide is only one of the many dark topics they hint at though.



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    PunkRockMayhem
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    Nov 23rd, 2005 11:52am report


    Brothers and sisters put this record down
    Take my advice ('cause we are bad news)
    We will leave you high and dry
    It's not worth the hearing you'll lose


    I think this part is FOB telling the listener that they are not like other bands. 'Put this record down/the hearing you will loose' is that your friends are going to argue with you cause fob is not like other bands (they are awesome live).

    We're only liars, but we're the best (we're the best)
    We're only good for the latest trend
    We're only good cause you can have almost famous friends
    Besides, we've got such good fashion sense


    I think here they are talking for other bands...saying that they are liars because they are fake but people think they are the best...they go out of style guickly (latest trend)...We're only good cause you can have almost famous friends is their friends use them becuase they are famous.

    Brothers and sisters, yeah, put these words down
    Into your notebook (spit lines like these)
    We're friends when you're on your knees
    Make them dance like we were shooting their feet


    We're friends when you're on your knees is that when you need help from me you are my friend but when you can survive on your own you take advantage of me.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st, 2011 11:01am report


    the original song title was "My name is David Ruffin and these are the temptations". i don't see how you guys get myspace out of it. and "the ribbon on my wrist saying don't open until Christmas" means we aren't just some fad that will only last while we are new, we will go through and kick all the fakes' asses.



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    Americansuiteheart
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    Jan 12th, 2010 1:09pm report


    This isn't really an interpretation I just wanted to say the title if this song is true. The first title was"My name is David Ruffin and these are the temptations". They were just about to use that name when their lawyer strongly urged them to change it because it could have caused legal problems.



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    JasperSAYSrelax128
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    Sep 6th, 2009 9:04pm report


    I think there is a huge hidden message in this song. The song's name gives off a huge hint "Our Lawyer made us change the name of this song so we wouldn't get SUED!" that tells us something right there. I think that the name of the song would have been reffering to a specific band, or Music industry.

    Brothers and sisters put this record down
    Take my advice ('cause we are bad news)
    We will leave you high and dry
    It's not worth the hearing you'll lose

    I hink that they are talking about as if they were the band, and are not reffering to themselves, FOB.

    It's just past 8 and I'm feeling young and reckless
    The ribbon on my wrist says, "Do not open before Christmas."

    This makes me think that the band is singing of God. 8 in the morning is around time of church, and "Do not open before christmas" is like saying they sell their music at Christmas.

    We're only liars, but we're the best (we're the best)
    We're only good for the latest trend
    We're only good cause you can have almost famous friends
    Besides, we've got such good fashion sense

    This also makes me think that they are reffering to a band singing about religon, because they could be liars, and not really believe in that religon. They could only be singing because it's the latest trend.

    Brothers and sisters, yeah, put these words down
    Into your notebook (spit lines like these)
    We're friends when you're on your knees
    Make them dance like we were shooting their feet

    They could be preaching religous things to make people believe them, take note of them. "We're only friends when you're on your knees" is like, they will only like you if you bow down to them. and as for the dancing....maybe they influence the music industry/population of people greatly. So, if this is correct, who are these mystery people?



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    Kaylz
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    Aug 29th, 2009 8:32am report


    'Twas originally going to be called 'I Loved You Before You Were A Myspace Whore' but they obviously changed it because they had to avoid a lawsuit.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jul 16th, 2009 7:23pm report


    okay, this may be totally wrong, but i want to go ahead and get it out there.
    when he says "it's just past eight and im feelling young and reckless"... isn't that a soap opera that comes on around eight?... i dont know what that has to do with the song.... i'm just saying



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    anonymous
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    Jul 16th, 2009 7:19pm report


    i always smile when i hear this song cuz me and my friend sang it at the fourth grade talent show...
    and to those who say this song's original name was "i liked you better when you were a myspace whore", you're wrong. that iz a completly different song. this was originally i'm david ruffin and theese are the temtations. okay? we all cleared up now?



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    anonymous
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    Jul 8th, 2008 7:22pm report


    Fall Out Boy songs are not for the shallow of mind. I showed my friend a lyrics slide show of this song on YouTube and when it came to the verse "The ribbon on my wrist says, 'Do not open before Christmas'", she turned to me and said,
    "What?! Why is he a present?!"

    Honestly...

    I agree with anyone who said the ribbon refers to materialism and also anyone who thinks it refers to slitting your wrists. Hey, tons of songs (especially by FOB) have double, triple, or even quadruple meanings.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 13th, 2008 4:57pm report


    I know this is wrong, but I always thought at these lines

    we're only liars, but we're the best (we're the best)
    we're only good for the latest trend
    we're only good cause you can have almost famous friends
    besides, we've got such good fashion sense


    They were talking about lawyers. like in the first line some people just call lawyers liars. and basically your getting a liar, but they are the best.

    Then the second line, the person who hired the lawyer, could have gotten sued or whatever for the latest trend [whatever that may be]

    The third line, some lawyers could be considered almost famous, if they had worked a high-profile case and the person with this lawyer considers them a friend

    And the last line, because they have great fashion sense in their nice little suits and stuff.

    That's what I always think of, even though it's wrong lol



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    sazzyness
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    Oct 11th, 2007 10:19am report


    Well I think that they couldnt use the orignal title..
    i loved you before you were a myspace.so
    they had to change the name of the song so they owuldnt get sued :P



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    anonymous
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    Sep 12th, 2007 9:45pm report


    About the beginning of the song, I'd like to note that it starts with light bulb flashes and on the first track on take this to your grave it started with a dial tone. on tttyg the dial tone represented how they weren't really popular yet and they were being ignored by the mainstream music world. On the FUNCT it starts with light bulb flashes representing stardom--that they were no longer ignored.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 5th, 2007 6:10pm report


    This song's just about all those kids in garage bands, underground who are somewhat famous ("we're only good because you can have almost famous friends") that are in my opinion greatly unappreciated that are trying to hit it big and just being in that place in their life and music; young wreckless and such things.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 24th, 2007 3:47pm report


    Co-Counsel reached out for Pete Wentz, the frontman for Grammy-nominated pop-punk band Fall Out Boy, to see what was up with their song, “Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued,” the first track on “From Under the Cork Tree,” the band’s multi-platinum breakout album.

    Wentz called Co-Counsel back over the weekend, thanks to some prodding from his dad, Pete Wentz, Sr., former GC of Helene Curtis and now an executive at APCO Worldwide. The 27-year-old rocker cheerfully dished on the song and other legal matters. “Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued” was originally called, “My Name is David Ruffin and These Are the Temptations,” Wentz says. After Ruffin broke with the famed Motown group, he kept attending shows and would steal the microphones away from his former bandmembers, unable to wean himself from the limelight. Wentz says his original song title, “was a play on Ruffin’s egomania and general narcissism.” Here are the song’s lyrics.

    Wentz’s father advised his son against using the song title, for fear that the group would be sued. Did the younger Wentz listen? “No, because he was my dad. He advised me against a lot of things that I do,” he said with a playful hint of mischief in his voice. According to Wentz the Younger, the band’s lawyers also told them they’d be slapped with a hefty lawsuit, and offered up a few options — they could sign a waiver; include a reference to Ruffin in the song (which somehow would shield against a lawsuit); or change the name of the song. Fall Out Boy went with the third option. Says Wentz: “We just decided it was a good idea not to get sued.”

    Though it may have avoided a lawsuit from the ex-Temptation, Wentz says the band gets hit “with a lawsuit a day.” He says that when fans get hurt at concerts, they sue and name the band as defendants. And then there’s the occasional inflammatory statement. “We’re always running our mouths and saying something stupid,” Wentz says, adding that the band employs an attorney half-time.



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    Angelmisty
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    Mar 16th, 2007 3:46pm report


    It's about a band selling out



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    anonymous
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    Mar 4th, 2007 3:05am report


    I did research and the original name was "I Liked You Before You Became A Fucking MySpace Whore", and their lawyers really did make them change it.



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    trunks059
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    Feb 7th, 2007 2:59pm report


    At there show in Denver about a year ago Patrick said that he wrote this song about a band that "in his mind" was awesome, then they sold out after "in his mind" stealing FOBS sound and in the background they had been playing Panic at the disco on the projector screen. So I think this song is about sell out bands, but I think they had Panic in mind when they wrote it



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