Panic! At The Disco: Camisado Meaning
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This was no accident
This was a therapeutic chain of events
This is the scent of dead skin on a linoleum floor
This is the scent of quarantine wings in a hospital
It's not so pleasant
And it's not so...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 22nd 2010 report
I agree with pretty much everyone's interpretation, about it being about the relationship between Ryan and his dad, except for one line.
"Can't take the kid from the fight, take the fight from the kid"
I don't think it means that they couldn't take ryan out of the fight so they took his DAD, that would be basically the same thing. I think it goes along with phrases like "You can take the tiger out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the tiger"
I think it's a little less encouraging than people seem to think. I believe it means, he couldn't get out of the fight, (can't take the kid from the fight) and so he lost his will to fight, or rather it was taken (Take the fight from the kid)
By putting him in this situation over and over again it just took it out of him, made him want to give up.
But of course that's just my interpretation.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jul 20th 2006 report
This song is based on ryan's life growing up. His dad was an alcoholic who ryan had to take care of when he would "relapse" so camisado is his way of explaning and dealing with it all. The whole "sit back and relapse again" is because ryans dad would become sobber for awhile but then go back to his old habbits. "decorated emergency" deals with all the times ryan was called telling him that his dad was in the hospital again and needed to go get him. Thats where the whole "youve earned a place atop the icu's hall of fame".Also "this is the scent of dead skin on a linolieum floor" means that hospitals have those types of floors and ryan had to spend so much time in them and see so much that it fits into the song well. Then we have another important line. "the bruises and contusions will remind me what you did when you wake". This is ryan dealing with his fathers drinking while trying to start panic!. His and brendon's fathers didn't approve of them leaving college for music so even though ryan would do everything to help his dad get sobber when he'd wake up his dad would forget all the good things ry did for him and still try and kick him out of the house. So basically that's the main idea behind camisado.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:
Ok guys I know for a fact that this is the right meaning for Camisado
wikipedia supports this, definitions do, so does the song.
Camisado means "an enemy attack/assult at nightime"
Ryan Ross's father was an alcoholic, and would abuse him. This song is about what he went through as a kid.
"This was a therapeutic chain of events" as in this was bound to happen someday; his dads addicted to alcoholic.
His dad would hit him and he had to phone is own accident into the hospital (that I thought I called in)
"Can't take the kid from the fight, take the fight from the kid" they can't take Ryan away from these fights, they're bound to happen. They have to take is dad away from him.
The "hall of fame" thing is that Ryan is always in the hospital from the abuse.
on wikipedia, it tells about themes on "a fever you can't sweat out" and it tells about Ryan Ross battling with his alcoholic father as a child
in case any of you were wondering, Ryan's father is now no longer alive.
I'd love to hear your response to this! I'm not sure how this site works, but my sn is the same as my username here, tell me what you think =]
anonymous Mar 14th 2020 report
Love this song. It is about Ryan’s dad
anonymous Jun 24th 2015 report
This song perfectly aligns with the movie A Clockwork Orange. "Can't take the kid from the fight,take the fight from the kid".. the main character in the movie is a trouble maker and after getting caught- he ends up doing an experimental treatment that makes him ill when exposed to violence. Therefore taking the "fight out of the kid".
anonymous Jun 17th 2014 report
I agree the song is about Ryan dealing with his alcoholic father, but I think the line "the bruises and contusions will remind me what you did when you wake" is talking about abuse. That even when his father would come out of his drunken state and apologize, the bruises would still remind him of it all.
anonymous Mar 18th 2014 report
The entire album is Chuck Palahniuk references. Time to Dance is invisible Monsters, The only difference is Survivor and London Beckons is Diary. Camisado is Fight Club.
Also I think " can't take the kid from the fight take the fight from the kid" is basically saying that if the kid has to deal with this and can't get out it will wear him down and take the fight out of him.
anonymous Feb 1st 2012 report
Geez... no need to be mean about it...
anonymous Nov 11th 2011 report
I dont care wut yall say. It's about ryans dad. I know that for a fact.
anonymous Sep 4th 2011 report
ryans his dad was an achoholic and he was trying to help him sober up.. basically about just bout his dads achohal problem.
anonymous Jan 26th 2011 report
I think "Can't take the kid from the fight / take the fight from the kid" refers to him being unable to leave the situation, being just a child at the time, and feeling completely drained because of what he has to face every day
anonymous Jan 3rd 2011 report
I always thought it was about abuse and alcoholism.
anonymous Dec 30th 2010 report
this is about ryan and how his dad was an alcoholic. he would become sober and then start up again and ryan was always taking care of him. while doing this ry was trying to start panic! at the disco and his dad did not approve so he would continually kick him out.its a sad song really. but its epic
anonymous Oct 11th 2010 report
I heard that this song's lyrics were based on the novel "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk.
anonymous Sep 25th 2010 report
I tend to agree with the idea that is song is about a child being abused by a drug addicted parent. (Ryan/Father)
I have one thing to add concerning the line, "You're a regular decorated emergency."
Considering how Camisado (according to wikipedia) is a military tactic used to describe surprise attacks occurring at night, the word decorated might be referring to those awards given to soldiers in battle. What the implications of that are, I don't really know. It's just a thought.
'Can't take the kid from the fight,
Take the fight from the kid'
I think that bit is kind of predicting his father's death, if this was written before Ryan's father died. I agree with what everyone said about his father's alcoholism but just this part I have my own interpretation.
It's like saying you couldn't stop Ryan trying to save his father until it eventually killed him, and he knew that all along that no matter how much he'd try it wouldn't matter. The way it's phrased makes it sound powerful though, as if every time his father was back in hospital it made believe a little less that his father would stop, and eventually all the belief was gone and Ryan gave up, lost hope.
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