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My Chemical Romance: Teenagers Meaning

Song Released: 2007


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They're gonna clean up your looks
With all the lies in the books
To make a citizen out of you

Because they sleep with a gun
And keep an eye on you, son
So they can watch all the things you do

Because the drugs never work
They're gonna...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 7th, 2006 12:57am report


    It seems to me that this song is a combination of the previous interpretations: Yes, it started when he was on a train with a bunch of "Hot Topic" punks/emos, but it's a little deeper than that. Remember when you were a teenager (ok, you probably still are) and you felt like the world was out to get you, and you had to look diffrent to scare people or put up a defense? The kids they're talking about are just like that, putting up a defense. They're trying to scare adults on purpose, by wearing black or looking violent. The funny thing is it backfires, and hooks them in with a bunch of teens just like them, people who want to be noncomformists but end up conforming to the "Hot Topic" personality. There are indeed refrences to violence, but someone suggested that what he has "under his shirt" could be scars: Attempted suicide, cutting, even scars from a knife fight: They're something people keep secret and can scare or even hurt other, especially older, people. If you were a mother or an aunt, even a teacher, what would you think if you met a kid with scars all over his torso? It would threaten you and weaken your authority.

    The first verse represents paranoia: He's putting himself back into a teenage perspective, worrying that adults are watching every step and forcing him to conform.

    The "Maybe they'll leave you alone, but not me" is Gerard trying to hook himself back into the "Scene" of "Hot Topic" punks/emos today- he's telling his fans that he still thinks like them and knows what they're going through.

    Did that make any sense?



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    anonymous
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    Nov 6th, 2006 11:22pm report


    I actually read an interview saying that gerard wrote this song after a ride on a subway where he was surrounded with teenagers and for the first time he felt frightened of them, and he said it was the first time he really felt old.

    There's also many references to school shootings (columbine, etc.) like when he sings:
    but when you're troubled and hurt,
    what you got under your shirt,
    will make them pay for the things that they did.

    It's really just how corrupted us teenagers have become and how teenagers of any generation will always scare their elders.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 2nd, 2006 12:40pm report


    MCR is not actually scared of teenagers.
    They stated in an interview that this was about how teenagers are made to feel that they have to be violent or made to feel worthless.
    Hello, Gerard lived those feelings when he was in highschool.

    They're making a point about society, duh.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 15th, 12:37pm report


    This song was started on a subway around a bunch of people dresses in hot topic stuff. That part is true. But the reason the song was published was actually for a violence awareness event. It shows this in the lyrics too. This song also is actually about a young teens life.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 5th, 8:19am report


    You know it's Nick Crompton and my collar stay poppin'
    Yes, I can rap and no, I am not from Compton
    England is my city
    And if it weren't for Team 10, then the US would be shitty
    I'll pass it to Chance 'cause you know he stay litty



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    anonymous
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    Feb 14th, 2017 2:24am report


    Teenagers are Fukin scary but it's just a front! Gee understands them no matter what his age is so take his word. He over states a tiny bit but he knows what he talks about. While I did say that it is a front some people really are that dangerous so society is wary of them all. Watch out for us teens! We fuq you up if you go too far! Jk have a good day all MCR FOR LYFE



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    anonymous
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    Jun 30th, 2016 6:39am report


    For me, the "So darken your clothes, or strike a violent pose / Maybe they'll leave you alone, but not me!" part is different than what others said.

    I think it's in the perspective of the teenagers. They think if they dress manly or punkish, they'll scare off adults. They keep to themselves, because "Adults don't understand."

    Gerard is saying, most adults will leave you alone, but not him. He's reaching out to teenagers with his songs, wanting them to open up.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 17th, 2016 4:35pm report


    I agree with a lot of what is being said here but would like to address the line "Maybe they'll leave you alone, but not me" I personally believe this is a window into the message of the song it is a warning and some advice created from the perspective of someone trying to spare others the same pain he experienced as a teenager and that while it is to late for the person giving this warning it isn't too late for others and this is a message I can really understand it isn't fear of the kids like others are saying it's compassion and empathy for these kids and I think that these intentions are very very powerful and relatable



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    MyPanicBoy
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    Jan 5th, 2016 1:14pm report


    There talking about how teenagers scare most of society because of how troubled and uncontrollable the vast majority of teenagers are.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 21st, 2015 9:32pm report


    I think he means that all the teenagers are forced to look though and violent, because of all the others. If you are a teenagers and act softie or different you are likely to be bullied.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 3rd, 2015 6:02pm report


    "Maybe they'll leave you alone, but not
    me" My interpretation: People of authority/ other older folks may disreguard them if they filter into the 'dark clothes, violent pose' category, but he's not going to leave them alone because his band, songs, and style of music is part of who they are categorizing themselves as.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 6th, 2014 10:53am report


    I actually think the "Darken your clothes and strike a violent pose/ Maybe they'll leave you alone, but not me" means that you can be violent or scene all you like to scare adults and authorities off, but he's been there so he gets it. And he's not gonna be fooled by that stuff, he knows what we go through and he's gonna want to help. He won't 'leave you alone'. Idk, that's probably just my more positive, feelsy romantic spin on it I suppose haha. But I like my version.



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    anonymous
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    May 24th, 2014 5:13am report


    Teens are some on the most destructive beasts around and can and will do anything that seems right to them. And this is coming from my 15 yr old perspective. So it's understandable why teachers and parents get the living shit scared out of them when kids are aricing at school with guns under their shirt. Last but not least, great song, one of my favorites, love my chem romance!

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    May 13th, 2014 5:04pm report


    "They're gonna clean up your looks with all the lies in the books to make a citizen out of you"
    Parents/Adults perspective. They are going to try and make you look 'normal' like all the cliche normal jocks, preppy's. To make you what society wants you to be.

    "Because they sleep with a gun and keep an eye on you son so they can watch all things you do"
    Parent/Adult perspective. They sleep with a gun because they may be partially scared knowing you (teenagers) could do something at anytime. And they're going to watch you to make sure you're turning into the 'perfect' teenager.

    "Because the drugs never work they're gonna give you a smirk because they have methods of keeping you clean"
    Teens may take drugs to try to ignore their parents/take away the pain that they won't be accepted but it doesn't always work. Parents know ways to 'keep you clean' keep you away from drugs which is why they smirk.
    "They're gonna rip up your heads, your aspirations to shreds another cog in the murder machine"
    Adults are trying to control them which is ripping their aspirations to shreds and causing them to become murder machines or possibly emo.

    "They said all teenagers scare the living shit out of me, they could careless as long as someone'll bleed. So darken your clothes or strike a violent pose maybe they'll leave you alone but not me."
    Adults perspective. Teenagers don't care until the bullies that bullied them bleed or are killed. So wear black and stuff to try to get people to leave you alone but adults/parents still may not.

    "The boys and girls in the clique, the awful names that they stick. You're never gonna fit in much kid."
    Jocks and preppys/cheerleaders or 'the popular' crowd will make fun of you if you're not like them. They have high expectations.

    "But if you're troubled and hurt what you got under your shirt will make them pay for the things that they did"
    What you have under your shirt refers to hiding a weapon like a gun and you want to kill the person that put you through all that trouble. Kinda like the whole karma's a 'bitch' thing. It also refers a bit to school shootings.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 10th, 2013 3:36pm report


    It's about High School and how society just tries to make everyone the same so they can manage them more easily, now and in the future. "The boys and girls in the clique" refers to the stereotypical people: jocks, preps, stereotypical high school 'cool guys'. "The awful names at the stick, you're never gonna fit in much, kid" is the people mentioned above bullying the nonstereotypical students about how they'll never fit in or be accepted by society. I would assume that the refrain is the nonstereotypical students being viewed from a teacher's perspective, "teenagers scare the living shit outta me." They're talking about how the teachers are scared of the people that aren't "normal" students.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 22nd, 2013 2:37pm report


    You all think that you have intelligence for pôsting things that you think is true, well its not, these guys ARE NOT EMO, get that into your heads, thank you. Lastly, if your only going to hate on these guys dont even post here, they are great, and this is a good song, grow up...



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    anonymous
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    Jan 12th, 2013 1:00pm report


    i think it is about being bullied. "what youve got under your shirt " refers to a gun. "make them pay for the things they did" going to kill the bullies. "they could care less as long as someone will bleed" as long as they kill one of the bullies they will be happy. "so darken your clothes or strike a violent pose maybe they will leave you alone but not me" some bullies back off but he doesnt care he wants to kill them.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 9th, 2012 10:01pm report


    It's not about how teenagers are scary, it's about how adults/society want everybody to be exactly the same and how that's bad and we should rebel. Here's how:

    They're gonna clean up your looks
    With all the lies in the books
    To make a citizen out of you

    The adults are going to try to make you into what they think is a "good person" by forcing you to look "normal" and forcing you to do things that are "normal"

    Because they sleep with a gun
    And keep an eye on you, son
    So they can watch all the things you do

    The adults sleep with guns and keep an eye on you because they want you to stay in line. It also is assuming the "you" or "son" is alternative and the adult thinks that means youre a bad person and stuff because they're brainwashed into not accepting anything other than what is "normal"

    Because the drugs never work
    They're gonna give you a smirk
    'Cause they got methods of keeping you clean
    They're gonna rip up your heads
    Your aspirations to shreds
    Another cog in the murder machine

    This could mean a few things. Either the adults are giving you pills because they think you're crazy and then they smile because they have ways of making you like everybody else or the teenagers take drugs to try to forget about the pressure from adults to be like everyone else but they never quite work and the adults are smirking because they have ways to keep you from doing drugs. Then they are going to hurt you and not let you follow your dreams because the adults go around non stop hurting kids and killing their dreams.



    They said now teenagers scare the living shit out of me
    They could care less as long as someone'll bleed
    So darken your clothes
    Or strike a violent pose
    Maybe they'll leave you alone
    But not me

    The grown ups say that teenagers scare them which is ironic because they are worse. They just want to hurt people. So rebel against them by being alternative (emo, goth, etc.) or fight against it. Mabe the adults will leave you alone. But they won't leave me alone.

    The boys and girls in the clique
    The awful names that they stick
    You're never gonna fit in much, kid
    But if you're troubled and hurt
    What you got under your shirt
    Will make them pay for the things that they did

    The adults saying that other teenagers that are "normal" are making fun of you and you will never fit in if you're alternative. This next part could mean a few things. Either the adult is still talking and they are saying that if you're troubled and hurt what you got under your shirt (either a weapon or self harm) will help you get revenge on the other teens. Which is basically saying that the adults would rather have you kill people than have you be alternative. Or that school shootings and murders are seen as more normal than alternative people. OR the verse is the people singing/writing the song saying that if you're troubled and hurt that you could always use the thing under your shirt (weapons or self harm) will make the teenagers and/ or adults regret hurting you.

    There. Now please stop saying its about how teens are scary. >_<



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