Panic! At The Disco: Turn Off The Lights Meaning
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Turn Off The Lights Lyrics
Now the devil won't leave me alone
It's almost like I found a friend
Who's in it for the bitter end
Our consciences are always so much heavier than our egos
I set my expectations high
So nothing ever comes...
anonymous Nov 6th 2019 report
I interpret this as a song about how it may be better to be alone. “I got so sick of being on my own, now the devil won’t leave me alone” may be a hint towards the fact that the singer made friends with the wrong crowd because he was desperate just to have a friend. “It’s almost like I found a friend who’s in it for the bitter end” may symbolize how if those people he made friends with get in trouble, then he will too. “Our consciences are always so much heavier than our egos” may signify that he feels guilty for joining the wrong group of friends, but it feels crushing to know that he was wrong. “I set my expectations high, so nothing ever comes out right” may mean that he expected better out of his friends and out of himself. “So shoot a star on the boulevard tonight, I think I’ll figure it out with a little more time” may symbolize his wish for being better, and that he is trying his hardest to break away from the friend group. “But who needs time” may symbolize how he knows he may not have that much time before his friend group does something wrong. The chorus as a whole probably symbolizes his desire for real friends, and his daydream of leaving his old friends behind to spare himself from trouble. “So sick of wasting all my time, how in God’s name did I survive” probably references the fact that he knows he needs to get out of his friend group, and him wondering why they haven’t done anything troublesome yet. “I need a little sympathy to sore my insecurities” references the fact that he’s hoping for outside help because he feels helpless. The lines before the chorus and the chorus itself still mean the same thing. “A heavy heart on the boulevard tonight” probably symbolizes him considering giving up, and that’s making him melancholic. “Shooting stars watch me fall apart tonight” probably points to the fact that this conflict between himself is stressing him out and tearing him up inside. The last chorus probably means that he isn’t giving up quite yet, leaving the song with a rather ambiguous ending.
anonymous Sep 19th 2014 report
Here's what I think, though I could be completely wrong:
"I got so sick of being on my own, Now the devil won't leave me alone..."
This guy was tired of being single, so he started to bounce around women; sleeping with one one night, another the next. The "devil" is his conscience which is telling him that this is a really asshole-y thing to do.
"It's almost lke I've found a friend who's in it for the bitter end..."
He knows that his mind won't leave him alone until this stops, and he knows it going to end badly.
"Our consciences are always so much heavier than our egos..."
His "I'm being an asshole but I won't stop" feeling, is out weighing his "I'm so smooth no lady can resist me" feeling.
"I set my expectations high, so nothing ever comes out right..."
I believe he is mentioning his failed past relationships, and is realizing that he expected too much from the relationship, and that's why nothing ever worked out for him.
"So shoot a star on the boulevard tonight, I think I'll figure it out with a little more time, But who needs time..."
Pretty much, "Come, take a chance on me, I'll worry about what's wrong with this situation later. No, stop thinking about it and come on!"
"Turn off the lights,turn off the lights, turn on the show for me tonight..."
Let me forget get all of my problems and inner crisises with your body.
"I've got my heavy heart to hold me down, Once it falls apart my head's in the clouds..."
Once I momentarily forget about all of my worries and problems, I feel free , loved and just plain content.
"So I'm taking every chance I've got, Like the man I know I'm not..."
He's sleeping with any girl who's willing, even though he knows he wouldn't usually do that the girls, or to himself. He knows he's better than that at his core.
"So sick of wasting all my time, How in god's name did I survive, I need a little sympathy, To sore my insecurities"
This is the persona he adopts when trying to get the ladies, "I'm SO sick of wasting all my time on women who are clearly not good enought for me. How did I get though those horrid relationships! I need some comforting, I'm so terribly wounded by those other females! (whimpers) Wanna fuck?"
I could be completely wrong. ;)
Hope this helped!
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