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Panic! At The Disco: Nine In The Afternoon Meaning

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Song Released: 2008


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Nine In The Afternoon Lyrics

Back to the streets where we began
Feeling as good as lovers can .. you know
Well, now we’re feeling so good

Picking up things we shouldn’t read
It looks like the end of history as we know
It’s just the end of the world

Back to the...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    mcpanicfanic
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    Feb 20th 2009 report

    The first line "Back to the street where we began, feeling as good as lovers can you know, yeah were feeling so good" is talking about the band. They are back to the place where they first began as a band, writing music together. They are feeling good because it is something they love to do.

    "Picking up things we shouldn't read" means all the older music that influenced them, and that a lot of people and critics gave them a negative rap for that because they started out as a pop punk band and are very changed now.

    The title "nine in the afternoon" came about when the drummer, Spencer said it felt like seven in the afternoon in their windowless practice room. Ryan Ross, the guitarist, changed in to nine to fit the chorus better.

    "Losing the feeling of feeling unique" is pretty obvious, they lost their feeling of unique-ness. They are always compared to other bands, so they changed their sound.

    "Back to the place where we used to say man it feels good to feel this way" means they are glad to be back in the studio making music.

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    anonymous
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    Nov 24th 2008 report

    When they started writing on pretty. odd, and locked themselve up in a cabin, they didn't manage to write songs like they wanted. they started all over and went back to the very first practice space they ever used [back to the place where it all began]. so they were in there for like, 10 hours or something and when they came out, they didn't realise what time it was and their biologic clock or something was like...confused (?). and one of them said: i feel like it's seven in the afternoon or someting... they liked it and changed it to "nine in the afternoon" [into a room where it's nine in the afternoon. this is what they said in an interview i saw on youtube...

    Xx

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    mday
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    Oct 29th 2008 report

    From what I understand about the delay of the new album, the band had secluded themselves in a cabin to write new songs. They were not happy with what they had come up with so they went back to their home town. It was there that the inspiration came to them "Back to the street where we began" referring to their hometown, where they wrote the first album. The title, Nine in the Afternoon, is such because when they started writing and were 'on a roll', they were in a room and not with the outside world. Therefore, the time may as well be nine in the afternoon, which doesn't exist.
    Also, "Into a place, where thoughts can bloom
    Into a room where it's nine in the afternoon
    And we know that it could be..." where the "thoughts can bloom" is the band actually being able to write songs. They are now in a place where the lyrics, ideas, and music are coming to them.
    Long story short, I think this song is about the band finally coming up with songs they approve of to be on their new album.

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 14th 2020 report

    Ummm I know what this song is about because I hung out with them at their cabin they rented while writing this album.. the cabin was in Mt. Charleston, right outside Vegas.. Sorry to ruin your interpretations but it’s about coming down off of mushrooms...consider a bunch of 19 -21 year olds with new found success money and a summer spent in the wilderness writing an album... or just listen to the lyrics.. It’s nine in the afternoon “clearly someone would have to be tripping balls to say such an absurd statement” Your eyes are the size of the moon “ if you’ve ever done shrooms or acid, your pupils dilate and become gigantic. Its science google it” Losing the feeling of feeling UNIQUE “ do I need to say anymore, Ask Brendan where they wrote this album...ask him about the time he watched Pink Floyd’s the wall synced up to the wizard of oz and What he may have taken to spice up the experience...there will be your proof...

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  5. anonymous
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    May 16th 2018 report

    They (Panic) talk about life being great and everything is perfect. Then it says "Cause its nine in the afternoon", but that doesn't exist just like how life is never perfect. Again it says life is great; growing up, back at home, with the person you love, staying up all night and you don't think about what your doing; just along for the ride -then- "When its nine in the afternoon".
    And no its no about being high.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 29th 2017 report

    Definately about tripping on LSD/Shrooms. I thought it was about weed at first but “Losing the feeling of feeling unique” sounds like the ego dissolution associated with tripping. “Your eyes are the size of the moon” weed makes your eyes dialate but if u want them to be the size of the moon take lsd.

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  7. anonymous
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    Oct 4th 2017 report

    I think that this song is based off things that would never happen (being stated by the fact that nine in the afternoon is not a real time). which if that is the case here's how I look at the story. They originally had some kind of business that was doing well and then something happened to bring it down and with the downfall of the business came tension between the main character of the song and the one he loved so in this aspect her love would never be surprised by anything as your eyes would be "The size of the moon" if you were surprised

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 31st 2017 report

    This is not right. It is about going to your roots. This is wrong.

  9. anonymous
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    Jun 11th 2016 report

    The answer is so easy! They're narwhals! Duh, it's common sense! Jk, I think it's about how their parents don't know and they're happy.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 28th 2015 report

    Brendan Urie said it himself that the song is about " weed run, baby". You can clearly see that this is about getting high.

    1. Nine in the afternoon...

    This just does not exist we all know this.

    2. Into a place where thoughts can bloom...

    When you are you are very creative! FACT!!

    3. Eyes the size of the moon...

    Lol, we all know how this one links to marijuana :-D

  11. anonymous
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    Oct 6th 2014 report

    I think the song has to do with going back to your roots, and where you've been. He says "back to the streets where we began"

  12. Panicedenemo
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    Aug 10th 2014 report

    1)I don't think this song is about them taking drugs
    2)I love Panic!at the disco ^_^
    3)I think this song is about true love
    'Your eyes are the size of the moon'

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  13. anonymous
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    Jul 1st 2014 report

    They was tripping eyes the size of the moon. 9 in the afternoon when tripping time seems to go slower so.hence why 9 in the afternoon. There are multiple other refferences as well and well the cover art dead give away as well

  14. anonymous
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    May 19th 2014 report

    I think the song is about feeling love towards someone. "You're eyes are the size of the moon", might suggest the dilation of the pupils meaning attraction or admiration towards someone. Also nine in the afternoon does not exist meaning the time with the person you love seems non-existent. I really do not know why people think it's about getting high. Like seriously?

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 25th 2012 report

    I think I'm the only one who really thinks this, but it seems like it's about two lovers, having sex, I think.
    "Back to street where we began, feeling as good a lovers can, you know, now we're feeling so good." They're having sex, in the place they first made love, hence the "back to the street where we began." It feels good.
    "Picking up things we shouldn't read." They're lusting each other.
    "It looks like the end of history as we know, it's just the end of the world." They're in ecstasy about how great it is.
    "Back to the street where we began, feeling as good as love, you could, you can." Once again, they're back in the same place, and it feels good.
    "Into a place where thoughts can bloom, into a room where it's nine in the afternoon." They're having dirty thoughts about each other, and it's nine at night.
    "And we know that it could be, and we know that it should, and you know that you feel it too." We know we can make love, we should. You know that you want me like I want you.
    "Cause it's nine in the afternoon, and your eyes are the size of the moon, you could cause you can so you do, we're feeling so good, just the way that we do when it's nine in the afternoon, and your eyes are the size of the moon, you could cause you can so you do, we're feeling so good." It's nine at night. Their eyes are wide open because of their love-making. He's saying they could make love, can make love, so they do, and it feels good.
    "Back to the street, down to our feet, losing the feeling of feeling unique, do you know what I mean?" Back in the same place again, stripped down to just their socks, having sex in the same place, but not in a bad way.
    "Back to the place, where we used to say, 'man it feels good to feel this way!' now I know what I mean." Back in the same place, saying that it feels good, just like they first did.
    "Back to the street, back to the place, back to the room where it all began." Once again, saying they're back in the same place, down to the room, of their first time.
    Chorus repeats, til it fades out.
    I don't know if anyone agrees, that's just my take on the song.

  16. anonymous
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    Nov 14th 2011 report

    No doubt. Ofc this song is about getting high ... Omg:d

  17. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2011 report

    Something interesting to know:
    Spencer was the one who came up with the name of the song. :)
    In my opinion, this song either has to meanings:
    Being high and enjoying it
    Or being in a place or state where you feel at bliss ( kinda like being high :p) and everything just feels perfect. It's sort of like living in the moment and enjoying every second of it.

  18. anonymous
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    Jun 25th 2011 report

    Two ways to look at this song:

    One: They're talking about drugs. Just read the lyrics again thinking about them talking about being high, and you'll see it.

    Two: It's about them going to their hometown and writing new songs that they're actually happy with.

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