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Panic! At The Disco: I Write Sins Not Tragedies Meaning

Song Released: 2006

I Write Sins Not Tragedies Lyrics

Oh, well imagine;
as I'm pacing the pews in a church corridor,
and I can't help but to hear, no I can't help but to hear an exchanging of words.
(I love you, I love you 2)
"What a beautiful wedding!",
"What a beautiful wedding! says a...


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    Sep 23rd, 2012 9:29am report

    This is an interpretation of the music video:
    Either the meaning doesnt go very deep at all in this song or it goes exremely deep. I like to think that it is the latter

    One thing that gets missed is that this song takes place over the duration of the wedding. It starts "Oh, well imagine;as I'm pacing the pews in a church corridor," this is the oblivious husband nervous before the wedding begins. He is pacing because he is about to get married not that he is worried his wife is cheating, then the exchanging of words. The husband overhears what is said and almost freaks out. notice the singers (most likely the grooms inner thoughts/consciousness) finger over his mouth as in saying he almost said to "close the god damn door" but didnt so it could be faced rationally.

    The circus then comes in and it is the GROOMS family not the brides like some people think. The family's always sit on the side that the person they are related to stands and the groom is standing on that side. So, this means possibly a couple things. The groom thinks his family is crazy (doesn't everyone?) or his family is actually turning the wedding into a circus because they are catching on to the infidelity.

    Then the circus settles in for the ceremonies and things are calm again. But here is the grooms family whispering and looking at the brides family knowing what the bride has done, and then someone stands up in objection to the marriage when asked by the priest (id say the father) and brings everything to light (meanwhile the groom is thinking yes do it because the groom knows he doesnt want to go through with the wedding)and thus chaos ensues. And then the argument goes on between the groom and bride with the bride most likely denying everything.

    Things settle back in as the bride storms off and her lover follows after her. Then his conscience has to force him out to see the truth and LEARN the truth for himself. Catching them in the act so all bets are off. BUT one major thing is that the grooms family follows him out but the brides family did not... hmm so this shows that the grooms family cares enough to make sure that he is okay, but the brides did not. This shows the basis in what causes infidelity which is not understanding what it means to be a family and to share everything and just to be loved in general. This is why in an attempt to understand love better the bride cheats, but in the end if she had been taught love by her family she would have known not to cheat.

    As you see the circus family is all upset for the groom but then they go be goofy like families are and try to cheer him up. But! where did they both go in the end?? all you see is the groom smiling in the singers costume? Well he and his conscience are one again because he finally faced the truth and is at peace with himself once more. He is smiling and with his family and the people who love him. It is where he belongs.

    Asides: 1)circus's are generally like families as in they are tight knit even if unrelated which is probably why it was chosen as such. 2)The groom starts off with a split personality (himself and his conscience) so he possibly suspected infidelity pre wedding. 3)You an see the judgement of the brides family on the grooms family, ironic because the bride is the one who deserve judgment 4)you can also see the embarrassment on the brides face at the temperament of the grooms odd family. 5)When the bride is caught kissing the conscience tilts his hat and gives a face like I told you so or I knew it.

    Moral of the story. Your family is important even if they seem odd to you and they are who shows you what love means and how to love someone aka not cheating. Funny how much deeper the video goes than the song itself. Sorry this is a super long explanation but such a good song/video deserves deep thought.


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    Apr 21st, 2006 4:52pm report

    This song is the last in the story.
    It goes:
    'lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off'
    'but its better if you do'
    'i write sins not tradgedies'

    You'll notice that the end of But It's Better If You Do runs into the start of this pretty smoothly. The narrator [from how I see it] is the groom. He overhears the conversation between the brides maid and the waiter and is pretty upset. I mean. This is the woman he wants to marry and here they are gossiping about her in a pretty vicious manner.

    He considers saying 'havent you people ever heard of closing the god damn door?'. but doesn't say it, notice that the lyrics say 'i'd chime in' as in, I >would< chime in. but he doesnt, because the situation should be handled with poise and rationality.

    To be rational he decides to investigate these allegations. In the booklet that comes with the album there are some lyrics that arent sung. In particular it says "oh no. Her infidelity just spilled all over the floor. can somebody help her?".
    so my guess is he found her out.

    Yhe wedding is called off and the marriage is saved from itself. meaning that it didn't begin so he didn't have to go through the hurt of finding out years from now and ending the marriage badly.

    Yhis is the bright side of the situation and thus 'calls for a toast'.

    And if you want to get technical about the video. The circus folk fill up the side for the brides family. which I think shows that she doesn't come from a 'respectable' background.

    -the end-


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    Apr 1st, 2006 4:23am report

    I just went on a website and on a VIDEO Brendon HIMSELF sais that the person he plays is the grooms conscience! Go on the website "www.fueledbyramen.com/adam/mtv/panic.mov" wow this really cleares things up. So when they say "I'd chime in with a haven't you people ever heard of closing a godamn door NO, it's much better to face these kinds of things with a sense of poise and rationality" It's really the grooms conciance telling him that they (the bridesmaid and waiter) could be a bit more Quiet and then he tells himself that he should face these things head on("No, it's much better to face these kindsof things with a sence of poise and rationality"). Brendon also says that the grooms conciance is telling him that this girls not the one for him and that the brides family is wack-o. Doesn't this really clear things up, especially the music video. Wow...this is so-o awesome!


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    Nov 23rd, 14:44 report

    Did anyone else notice that every time he said "god damn", he covered up the "god" part, since he's in a church?


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    Nov 21st, 11:09am report

    This song is too good, even if it is pretty old. This is a pretty deep explanation.

    So, first of all, in the first verse, it says "Oh well imagine; as I'm pacing the pews in a church corridor". This means the groom is pacing around nervously (you know, the uzhe). In the second verse, they explain that the groom and bride exchange 'I love you' and such. The groom is oblivious to the fact that the bride is a prostitute and carries on with the wedding.

    The waiter explains to a bridesmaid that the bride is a prostitute. (it's been some time since i saw the video but...) The waiter only knows this because he is the one who is actually with the bride.

    Off to the chorus, the bride and waiter are *getting it on* and want privacy, explaining the chorus. The groom replies that he'd rather been told that she is like this 'with a sense of poise and rationality' and not to be betrayed like this.

    The wedding is saved by the fact that the bride is a prostitute and the groom never liked her anyway. This calls for a toast, blah blah blah.

    So basically, none of them liked each other, so the relationship was a cover story of who they really want to be. Maybe they are both homosexual and wanted to hide it from the people around them, because their family are such religious people, and they are against this kind of thing. Plus, the fact they are having a wedding in a church adds to the religious stuff I just said.

    I have mixed thoughts on this one, so keep in mind, I myself, do not believe this is true. (not completely, anyway)


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    Nov 4th, 11:52pm report

    it's simple he almost married a lying cheating whore. Unlike in real life instead of saying i told you so, his family tried to cheer him up. She's a whore they didn't get married. He caught her in the arms of another man out side of where the wedding was to take place not rocket science.


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    Oct 28th, 10:04pm report

    Okay Prepare:
    I think the groom does have two sides, in the beginning of the video. Like,a conscience.
    "Pacing across the church corridors. And I can't help but to hear, no I can't help but to hear an exchanging of words."
    Meaning, the groom, is hearing the bride and her lover discuss something, in another room.
    (Of course the bride has a lover, "to bad the bridesmaid is a whore." - Easy to figure out.)
    Now, about the clowns/circus family.
    If you may know, if the bride is standing on the left, her family should be sitting in the seats on the left. The groom is on the right, so his family should be on the right.

    The brides family (which have the make up on their face) use the makeup to cover up there true selves, or their emotions or feelings. (Etc.)
    The circus family seems like the grooms family, but it seems they express themselves, and don't hide anything.

    -This is all I got for now, as I'm still trying to piece this together. So, this is part one.-



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    Oct 21st, 2014 10:49pm report

    The song seems fairly simple. But it goes into much deeper depth. The Assistant (Brendon) is a friend of the Groom's. The groom is as well the Ringmaster of the circus. The Groom used to be the Ringmaster until he meets his Fiance, who was part of a rival circus. Love overtakes him, but the Fiance has a plan to take the Circus for herself, with the help of her real Lover. Brendan decides to do something about it. He walks in with his circus to find the rival circus there. When he says, "Technically our marriage is saved.". Once the marriage is final, the wife will have partial control of the Groom's Circus. Then she will take full control and dump the poor Groom. When the one man blows silver dust into the Rival Circus, they realize the truth and team with the Circus and try to pull them together. The Fiance gets mad and walks out, upset that her plans were ruined. The Assistant walks to the Groom and pulls him outside, giving a smug look as he watches the Fiance and the Ringmaster of the Rival Circus making out. Then, the Ringmaster resumes his role, the story ending.

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    Jun 1st, 2013 6:40am report

    About the groom's circus family in the video, I think it means that they show their real personalities. Notice how the bride's family has make up on that makes them seem like they're smiling, but thy are actually serious and have their eyes closed. I think this means that the bride's family hide their emotions behind masks while the groom's family just embraces their weird and different personalities.


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    Apr 9th, 2012 4:04am report

    supposedly the bride is a wh**e and the groom doesnt know it. The man with the red suit and top hat is basically the other side of the groom. This part of him leads him to discovering the "little secret" of the bride. In the end the two personalitys merge and they become one. The circus basiclly is all the other personalitys of the guests at the wedding.


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    Dec 27th, 2011 12:53pm report

    The whole album really tells a story, not just the trilogy. The first song is self-explanatory… Introduction. The second song, The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage, is a further introduction. The third song, London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines, is the story of how they came to be (kind of). Then you have Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks, which explains some of the background (of Ryan at least) and Camisado, which is more about Ryan’s life. Then there’s Time To Dance… quite some controversy over this one. Yes, I do believe it is a summary of Invisible Monsters, but it may also possibly play into the story. Maybe Ryan’s dad’s alcoholism lead to him to accidentally knocking up some girl, which led him to a shotgun wedding, by chance? Or maybe Ryan is saying he’s lucky it didn’t happen to him… not sure. But it seems to play into the story. Then there’s the infamous trilogy, Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off, But It’s Better if You Do, and I Write Sins, Not Tragedies. In the first part of the trilogy, Ryan talks about how his girlfriend cheated on him, and how he’s making her feel guilty about causing their breakup, etc. The second part of the trilogy is him trying to get over his breakup. (If you’ve ever played parts 2 and 3 in a row, there’s probably the smoothest song transition you will ever hear.) The final part of the trilogy is describing how he was saved from this girl, whether he realized it or not. And then there’s the Intermission thrown in there to merge the two different styles of the music on the first and second half. And then there’s I Constantly Thank God For Esteban. It’s really just a metaphorical version of Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off. Yes, if you take it literally, it’s dissing the church, but if you go deeper, it’s part 1 again, from a different point of view. There's A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought of It Yet, is like another solution to part 1, and could be considered an extra part 2. He gets back at his ex by planning to murder her. (And I must give them credit, because the song title actually truly relates to the song itself. The reserved table his ex is where he needed to plant the cigarettes.) Build God, Then We’ll Talk is the one that I’m stuck on. Maybe it’s a regression of Time To Dance? Or the cause? Maybe it’s another way to tell part 1. Either way, it can fit into the story somehow!
    Thanks for everyone who actually bothered to read this whole thing! I know its SUPER long and not the most interesting, but I had to do this. I had to figure it out, or I would lose sleep. Haha.
    Also, I got most of the meanings of the song off this site, so thanks to all the “anonymous” I went off of!
    I ABSOLUTEL LOVE Panic! At The Disco, and love that their songs tell stories!! :)


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    Dec 27th, 2011 12:03pm report

    Who's to say all the songs on the album don't tell a whole story??


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    Oct 30th, 2011 10:26am report

    Brendon (The Singer) is the grooms conscience, telling the groom that the wife is cheating on him and that she's no good for him.
    The Wife is disgraced when the groom's family trashes the wedding. But the groom only finds that the Wife is trying to hide her love for a certain 'someone' in the audience


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    Sep 22nd, 2011 9:14pm report

    Everyone here is looking to superficially at the songs meaning. The video is merely a single instance that is representative of the bigger concept. That concept being that society is losing its basic courtesies due to coddling "politically correct" views. One example I can think of is the outrageous acts of depravity performed in public at the gay pride parade. I fully support ones personal sexual designation, but I do not support the flagrant, sexual, offensive acts of homosexuality that are performed in public, in front of unwilling participants, at the gay pride parade. I would have the same views towards a "straight" pride parade if the same acts were performed. If you're going to do something like that, don't force unwilling people to be witness to it. It's the singer stating that people need to retain their discretion, and people shouldn't allow non-discretionary people to perform non-discretionary acts just because we're supposed to be politically correct according to the ideals perpetuated by the media and cowards.


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    Aug 31st, 2011 8:52am report

    haha all the other interpretations are really long,mines real short i guess....its the end of a story...and im sorta guessing by the video he's been stiched up by his whore of a wife...(she cheated on him) haha i guess thats how ive interpretated it!!!!xx XD


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    Aug 31st, 2011 8:52am report

    haha all the other interpretations are really long,mines real short i guess....its the end of a story...and im sorta guessing by the video he's been stiched up by his whore of a wife...(she cheated on him) haha i guess thats how ive interpretated it!!!!xx XD


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    Jun 20th, 2011 6:30am report

    the very first words 'oh well imagaine' soumds like it could be sarcastic and he already knew. Just saying. And brendon is sexy I would never cheet on that man.


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    May 8th, 2011 5:17pm report

    I'm basing my interpretation on the video, and partially the lyrics. Obviously a couple is getting married and the song is in the point of view of the groom. Not long into the video, a bunch of circus folk come streaming in. I don't think this is the bride's family, it's the groom's. He comes from a "questionable" family and has remade himself completely to please his fiance. But before the wedding, he overhears a waiter and bridesmaid saying that his soon-to-be wife is cheating. He's too afraid to leave, thinking that he should handle this with "poise and rationality" and his subconscious (Brendan) keeps saying in a sarcastic tone that "our marriage is saved" and saying that "I'd chime in with a haven't you people ever heard of closing the goddamn door". Then someone on the groom's side stands and uses the dust to open their eyes while the groom's subconscious is whispering "yes!" Everyone opens their eyes to the accusation. The bride and groom begin arguing and she storms out. Someone on her side of the church follows her, obviously her lover. The groom still refuses to see the truth, so his subconscious drags him outside to witness the bride kissing the other man. The groom's family gathers around him,holding him back and looking sad for him, and pissed at her. He and his subconscious bow, and when they rise, they are one. He is a part of this circus family, perhaps even the ringleader, and he looks happy to be back where he belongs, no longer battling himself.

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