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Watch your mouth, oh oh oh,
Because your speech is slurred enough,
That you just might swallow your tongue.

I’m sure you would want to give up the ghost,
With just a little more poise then that.
Or was it God who chokes in these...

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    anonymous
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    Oct 20th, 2006 10:57pm report


    I'm convinced it's about his father's alcoholism.
    For some reasons like:

    1)"you know you should take it a day at a time"
    --> it's what they always tell you at aa meetings.

    2)"I am
    alone in this bed, house, and head
    and she never fixes this
    but at least she..."
    --> "she" is alcohol.
    --> he talks about beiing alone in your house, room and head (empty of thoughts) and that you can overcome the moment with "her" ... Not "fix it", just overcome that situation.

    3)"the hospice is
    a relaxing weekend getaway
    where you're a cut above all the rest
    sick and sad patients
    on first name basis with all the top physicians"
    --> this means that when his father is in the hospice (health care facility), it's the only moment he can enjoy like you do in a "relaxing weekend getaway"



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    anonymous
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    Aug 17th, 2006 8:53pm report


    It is about Ryan's father and his alcoholism. Ryan said so himself.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th, 2006 7:20pm report


    This song, like camisado is about his father and alcoholism. It was in an article in the july issue of kerrang!



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    anonymous
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    Apr 20th, 2017 4:03pm report


    I think this and "Camisado" are just two sides of the song; the whole being about Ryan's dying, drunken dad.
    "Nails" is about Ryan's dad in rehab, whilst "Camisado" is when he's dying in the hospital.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 2nd, 2012 1:15pm report


    I posted a big thing on There's A Good Reason, and I'm gonna do the same thing here. Post verses and a simplified version under it.

    Nails for Breakfast, Tacks for Snacks

    Watch your mouth, oh oh oh,
    Because your speech is slurred enough,
    That you just might swallow your tongue.
    (You're just so drunk, and there's so many consequences.)

    I’m sure you would want to give up the ghost,
    With just a little more poise then that.
    Or was it God who chokes in these situations?
    Running late? Oh no, he called in.
    (I'm sure you'd want to die with a little more pride/a better reason than all this drinking. God hasn't helped you, and he won't. [I'm thinking it was one of those things that just had to happen, I'm thinking to inspire Ryan to write amazing music.])

    Or was it God who chokes in these situations?
    Running late? Oh no, he called in.
    (God can't help you. He's done.)

    The hospice is, a relaxing weekend get-a-way,
    Where you’re a cut above all the rest.
    Sick and sad patients,
    On first name basis,
    With all the top physicians.
    (I'm gonna convince you to go to the hospice because you need it. You're better than most of the people there and the patients get to know the doctors pretty well.)

    Perscribed pills to offset the shakes,
    To offset the pills,
    You know you should take it a day at a time.
    (You got pills to stop the shakes, and more pills to stop the side affects of the others. Just take life slowly. You don't know how long you'll last.)

    That’s when you st-st-stutter something profound,
    To the support on the line,
    And with the way you’ve been talking,
    Every word gets you a step closer to Hell. (x2)
    (You stutter something amazing to your support on the phone and somehow convince them everything is okay, but you're lying and every lie gets you closer to Hell.)

    I am alone in this bed, house and head,
    She never fixes this,
    But at least she…
    I am alone in this bedroom.
    She never fixes this,
    But at least she…
    ([I think this is from Ryan's point of view] I'm alone in this situation. Nobody knows what I'm really going through. [I'm thinking "she" is Ryan's mom.] Mom never tries to fix all of this, but at least she...[isn't an alcoholic too])

    Hope this helps you guys :D



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    anonymous
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    Oct 27th, 2011 10:01pm report


    Reading that its about Ryan's Father's alcoholism makes a lot of sense.
    Top rated Answer
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    v
    "I'm convinced it's about his father's alcoholism.
    For some reasons like:

    1)"you know you should take it a day at a time"
    --> it's what they always tell you at aa meetings.

    2)"I am
    alone in this bed, house, and head
    and she never fixes this
    but at least she..."
    --> "she" is alcohol.
    --> he talks about beiing alone in your house, room and head (empty of thoughts) and that you can overcome the moment with "her" ... Not "fix it", just overcome that situation.

    3)"the hospice is
    a relaxing weekend getaway
    where you're a cut above all the rest
    sick and sad patients
    on first name basis with all the top physicians"
    --> this means that when his father is in the hospice (health care facility), it's the only moment he can enjoy like you do in a "relaxing weekend getaway"."

    I was thinking that it was referring to pain killers. If they are "on first name basis with all the top physicians" then they are going there and filling their scrips and often going there and getting a higher dose.
    "she" is referring to the pills.
    "alone in this bed, house, and head"= They numb you to anything but them. Everyone and everything else doesn't matter.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 10th, 2011 10:21pm report


    I was convinced this was about an eating disorder, mainly anorexia. But only because I have it, I sympathize easier.

    Example:

    "Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks" - That's basically what we have as meals.

    "Prescribed pills
    To offset the shakes" - When you don't eat for a while you start shaking like crazy; diet pills usually help in this situation.

    "That's when you st-st-stutter something profound
    To the support on the line" - Usually we like talking to someone about our ED that don't know us. I don't personally do this, but I have a friend who does.

    "I am
    Alone in this bed, house, and head
    And she never fixes this" - We're pretty much alone as we don't like telling people of our ED.

    The "she" is anorexia, who we give the name Ana and refer to Ana as a "her".



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    PinkJellyBeans
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    May 30th, 2011 5:34am report


    This isn't an interpretation, but I'd just like to say that I am super happy for Panic that they are in the top 10 charts for most popularly searched lyrics. LOVE PANIC AT THE DISCO! I hope they stay at the top!



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    anonymous
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    Aug 21st, 2010 8:32am report


    This song is basically a poetic way of talking about Ryan's dad (George Ryan Ross II) being an alcoholic. Ryan's mom left him and his dad and moved on. Ryans dad was trying to drink away his pain and therefore got critically ill. Ryan took care of him and tried his hardest to get his dad to take his medication "Prescribed pills, to offset the shakes, to offset the pills." But Ryans dad kept taking drugs/alcohol and eventually died 28th July 2006 "Every word gets you a step closer to hell."
    "I'm sure you'd want, want to give up the ghost
    With just a little more poise than that." - Basically saying, I'm sure you'd want to die with a bit more dignity than that. Not just being known as a druggie that wasted his life and money on alcohol/drugs.
    "Or was it God who chokes
    In these situations, running late?
    No, no, he called in." - Ryan hoped that god would save his dad and help him get through. But god wasn't on his side then and Ryan began to lose hope, though he wanted to believe in his dad.
    "The hospice is
    A relaxing weekend getaway
    Where you're a cut above all the rest
    Sick and sad patients
    On first name basis with all the top physicians." - The hospice is a place alcoholics go for the weekend to get support and medication. Ryans dad was a cut above all the rest because he was in worse condition. On first name basis with all the top physicians, he saw so many doctors so frequently that he knew them personally.
    "That's when you stu-stu-stutter something profound
    To the support on the line." - His dad told everyone lies so much that he started to believe them himself. Most people either believed he was fine, or just didn't want to get involved.
    "I am
    Alone, in this bedroom
    She never fixes this
    But at least she... (makes me forget)" - Either refering to Ryans girlfriend, a physician or the drugs. Ryan stayed with his girlfriend weeks at a time to escape his dad. The physician trying to help his dad take medication and stop taking drugs. Or Ryans dad's point of view as the drugs don't actually help him, in fact they make him worse, but they take his mind away from the pain of Ryan's mom leaving him...?
    And finally "Watch your mouth
    Oh, oh, oh
    Because your speech is slurred enough
    That you just might swallow your tongue." - Drunks usually can't speak properly and ad Ryan's dad was drunk almost all the time, he couldn't help but to say things he didn't mean. His dad may have been shouting at Ryan and blaming him for things he hasn't done. But it wasn't him speaking, it was the drugs.
    "Well if your not tough enough then you'll just have to eat nails for breakfast and tacks for snacks." - George Ryan Ross II. xx



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    aSensationalist
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    Nov 25th, 2009 11:11pm report


    Kay, so I know the title is a quote, but just pointing out, in the book Rant, his mother puts tacks and other sharp objects in the food. I couldn't help but think of this song.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 27th, 2009 6:12pm report


    The title "Nails for Breakfast, Tacks for Snacks" was something Ryan's father used to say. I think the song is about Ryan's father's alchoholism, for many of the reasons above, too.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 2009 4:28pm report


    "She" is Ryan's mother who abandoned them.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 14th, 2008 12:03pm report


    Ryan Ross had a tough childhood with his dad being an alcoholic and such and this song obviously expresses it. I mean really, just the title is enough to say something about what the song would say. When your speech is slurred your obviously drunk. Talking about prescriptions means that Ryan would constantly have to struggle and urge his dad to take the medication. Being alone in this bed could mean that Ryan always felt alone in having to take care of his father.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 8th, 2008 11:13pm report


    It's about Ryan's father's alcoholism, it basically has a connection with the song relax, relapse. :)



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    anonymous
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    Apr 25th, 2008 4:23am report


    "Watch your mouth oh oh oh because your speech is slured enough that you just my swallow your tongue." His father is drunk so his speech is slured and his dad is probably yelling at him

    "Im sure you wouldnt want to give up the ghost with just a little more poise then that" Im thinking that he's saying I'm sure you wouldnt want to give up your old self like alcoholism and that he's trying to get rid of it by drinking more. ANd he isn't using poise to get rid of it or trying to be more polite. Not a very good word but yeah.

    "or was it God who chokes in these situations running late oh no he called in" His father obviously making excuses like God would mess up in a situation like this. But ryan is obviously saying he wouldnt and that he would overcome it. I mean he wouldnt fall to the temptation of drinking.

    Im not going to interpret the whole thing but that's what I think



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    anonymous
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    Dec 21st, 2007 12:07pm report


    'I am
    Alone in this bed, house, and head
    And she never fixes this
    But at least she...'

    A person in the house alone trying to not go near the alcohol. It's not gonna fix anything, but at least it will... Indecision, drink it or not. :P

    A song about his alcoholic dad who died because he couldn't stop.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 1st, 2007 12:31pm report


    Wow. no no no no no!! yall don't get the point of this song! (yes I am from texas, I say yall) I just commented on "Build God, then we'll talk." I will say two things here that I said there. Firstly, ryan ross has a point to every song he writes. The main point of a song won't be how everybody takes too many pills. what does he care about pills? people get the wrong impression of panic. They think they are just mad at certain people in society and that's why they are emo. but seriously, they hate everybody. They hate society. They see that society is always the same: corrupt. by writing these songs, ross isn't trying to change the world - he's basically just complaining. life has patterns that never change - and that's it. but I do like the thought that "tacks" and "nails" are drugs. not because I agree with that statement, but because that is going in the right direction. The second statement I wanted to say was that panic uses symbols a bunch. by calling tacks and nails drugs, you are making them symbols. ryan ross and the rest of the band basically take all their ideals from chuck palahniuk, an author who is real depressing and if you ever want to figure out a panic song - you better have read some of his books. palahniuk uses symbols a lot. He also uses themes a lot. a common theme of palahniuk's work is the fact that life is fixing a fix that fixed a fix that fixed a fix that... do you understand? basically the same thing as taking a pill to offset the symptoms of a pill which offset the symptoms of a pill... Take this as an example. alcohol. why do some people drink it? to feel better after life's problems. what do you get? a hangover. what do you do? take a pill. In fact, the first part of the song refers to alcohol. "your speech is slurred enough..." ross uses the example of alcohol because I have heard that his dad was an alcoholic. This is just what I have heard, I don't know for sure that he was an alcoholic. So basically the pill stands for a fix to a problem, a so-called solution. but there are always side effects - "the shakes." when it says "take it a day at a time" it refers to the "take one time a day" that is written on prescriptions. but the words are obviously switched. It means that NO MATTER WHAT, day after day, you are going to take these so-called solutions (symbolically pills), compared to the fact that you CHOOSE to take (actual, not symbolic) pills everyday when you are sick or something. There is so much in this song, but like the other comment I wrote on "build god then we'll talk," I am sick of typing.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 1st, 2007 9:24pm report


    'Watch your mouth
    Oh, oh, oh
    Because your speech is slurred enough
    That you just might swallow your tongue'

    This means getting drunk

    'I'm sure you'd want, want to give up the ghost
    With just a little more poise than that'

    This means Denying the Holy Ghost (he's a Mormon remember)

    'Or was it God who chokes
    In these situations, running late?
    No, no, he called in
    Or was it God who chokes
    In these situations, running late?
    No, no, he called in'

    He's questioning Heavenly Father

    'That's when you stu-stu-stutter something profound
    To the support on the line
    And with the way you've been talking
    Every word gets you a step closer to hell'

    This means blaspheming

    'I am
    Alone in this bed, house, and head
    And she never fixes this
    But at least she...'

    This means he's lonely without drink or the Holy Ghost



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