Panic! At The Disco: Camisado Meaning
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...
anonymous Jul 20th, 2006 7:07pm 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.
anonymous Jan 23rd, 2007 1:36pm report
the song is an intense portrayal of a child having to take on the responsibility of caring for a parent that knows better but is still unable to help themselves or their family. It seems as if the song is a way of expressing the huge pressures ryan's dad put him under and how he was the one left to clean up the mess and how he always kept going even though it was hard and not a lot of people would be able to even start to comprehend how that would feel-"it sure as hell aint normal, but we deal, we deal."
"can't the kid from the fight, can't take the fight from the kid" refers to how he would always do it and never collapse under the weight, even though many people probably told him it wasn't his responsibility and to just walk away, he knew that walking away wasn't even an option. It's a sad song that really makes the listener feel for him, but a story of how even though ryan resented his dad's alcoholism, as the language of this song clearly portrays, and even though it was hard- he still loved him and was still there to pick up the pieces even though he should never have been put in that position.
anonymous Sep 10th, 2006 9:53am report
Cant take the kid from the fight
take the fight from the kid
i think that that means, at least in this position, that you can't take ryans dad from the alcohol, so you have to take the alcohol away from ryans dad.
You're a regular decorated emergency
i think that means, his dad is always going to be a emergency, no matter what.
The bruises and contusions will remind me what you did when you wake
-to me it sounds like when ryans dad was drunk, that he might have hit ryan a few times. Or something like that.
You've earned a place atop the icu's hall of fame
his dad has been in the icu so many times, that he has earned his own little place there.
I think that this song is about ryans dad, going through the hospital and everything. How it wasn't normal that ryan had to go through something like that. He also describes the hospital and how he wishes things would just hurry up and get better.
anonymous Feb 4th, 2:58pm report
I know everyone thinks it's Ryan's dad or those books but I think it's about a person who is suicidal who brought their kid into this battle just consider this one
anonymous Jun 24th, 2015 6:13am 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 6:02pm 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 3:52pm 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 2:07pm report
Geez... no need to be mean about it...
anonymous Jan 12th, 2012 1:25pm report
Hey Dip shits, The whole album is about Chuck Palahniuk's books. Yes it may tie in to his alcoholic dad, but the ENTIRE ALBUM is about Chuck Palahniuk's books.
anonymous Nov 11th, 2011 11:19pm report
I dont care wut yall say. It's about ryans dad. I know that for a fact.
anonymous Sep 4th, 2011 9:59pm 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 1:37pm 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 1:29pm report
I always thought it was about abuse and alcoholism.
anonymous Dec 30th, 2010 12:11pm 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 10:04am report
I heard that this song's lyrics were based on the novel "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk.
anonymous Sep 25th, 2010 9:41am 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.
anonymous May 22nd, 2010 5:24pm 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.
fantasylandx3 Jul 24th, 2009 7:48pm report
'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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