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I'm from the East side of America
Where we choose pride over character
And we can pick sides but this is us, this is us, this is
I live on the West side of America
Where there's been lies and
And we can pick sides, but this is us, this is...


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    Feb 13th, 2018 2:46am report

    (I'm not a native english speaker so sorry if my english isn't perfect) I think it's about how people demonize other people only for having a different political view even if they don't know them personally, and they are narcissist because they think that they have the absolute truth and are not able to even listen to the other side because it disrupts their belief system or ideology... And suppress other people through social media to dictate what's morally accepted or not. I believe the chaisnmokers were raised in a very conservative environment (the east) so they have some of those conservative values that liberals hate (the west coast), so they struggled with that to be able to have succeed in the music industry. That's why I think he saids he lives in a "prision" because he has a very competitive mentality and had to suppress his inner conservative (his true identity) in order to enter the music industry which is extremely liberal dominated. He kinda lost himself and I'm glad they letting that side of them come out with this song.


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    Mar 17th, 2019 3:37pm report

    We are all narcissistic to a degree, and we tend to pity ourselves over our own pool of issues instead of looking at the bigger picture surrounding us. It is easy to call ourselves the "sick boy" when we are unaware of actual problems that take place outside of our own little world.


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    Feb 6th, 2018 2:58pm report

    I feel like this involves politics while it does bring up some social media. People from both parties have so much pride thinking that they are right. We all need to learn we have to deal with stuff for example our current President Trump. Liberals hate him and are super angry. But republicans weren't making a huge deal with a Democratic president. We had to deal with it because we had no choice. I think its about how we have so much pride in what we are saying and putting out there and thinking we are always right about everything. This easily fits for me as politics and social media meaning.


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    May 13th, 5:24am report

    I think that he is trying to defend himself from what other people say. Judging by the lines, "Don't believe in narcissism, when everyone projects and expects you to listen to them" He is most likely to be informing the audience about narcissism. And in the next line. "That, I build myself, it is my religion." The singer tries to defend himself from what he can and can't do.


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    Jan 25th, 1:21pm report

    Criticism and spreading awareness about the negative aspects of Social Media and Politics seem to the most important themes of this song, along with narcissism, hysteria, apathy and the 'brainwashing' mentality of society.

    I'm interpreting a lot of the song to be about how certain others can view him as a 'sick boy' because of his (political) views, perhaps specifically - he says he's "from the East side of America" which could be referring to the political 'right' and that he "lives in the West side of America" could be referring to the political 'left' as well.
    The song describes each 'side' in a similarly negative light which could denote the contrast but also similairty between the Left and the Right in America: "we're united under our indifference (gun click)".

    There is consistent mention and description of what others are sort of doing or what is going on in his society - "where they spread lies like fairydust", "where we choose pride over character" - shows the political, narcissistic and the'free-to-leave prison-like' conditions he experiences: "make no mistake, I live in a prison, that I built myself it is my religion", "and we can pick sides but this is us, this is us, this is...".

    There is mention and reptition of "how many likes is my life worth" (after "feed yourself with my life's work") which would be signifying social media and the waving craze over popularity and likability for many people on society and the importance that it has gathered for itself - with some cult-like following.

    So, in a word, society would very generically sum this song up, in my opinion.


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    Nov 7th, 2019 11:31pm report

    I think they are talking about the real political situation in the United States, maybe when they say on the east and west side, they are talking about the political spectra of right and left, so they were born in a family that has ideologies of the right, but now they have left ideologies


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    Feb 11th, 2018 2:22am report

    This is how illuminati sprade in America we all are sick boy. Today's society


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    Feb 7th, 2018 2:36pm report

    We live in a wold revolving around social media. This song is a political song telling people that it’s time to wake up. There was a slave trade/ human trafficking going on in Libya, but people were more concerned with whether or not Kylie Jenner was pregnant. People care more about their status, and how much fame they have on the internet. Now people can make a living by sitting in front of a camera and dropping $500.00 every time they go to the mall, which is ridiculous, but I digress.


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    Feb 6th, 2018 2:39am report

    It's definitely about social media. It could be about something he posted, and someone calling him a sick boy (or someone giving a negative comment) after he posted something. It seems like he's talking about how he had the courage to post it and it's easy to criticize someone when he took the risk to post it.

    I think it's saying that both East and West coast post lies to prove their point and deep down they know it's wrong or at least not fully true (a point that will not change anyone's mind).

    It's also describing the state of our society now that social media is so prominent.. how people care so much now about getting attention though social media.

    IMO it's bad for our society. It used to be great before it came. We could be ourselves and not worry about keeping up face so that we didn't get tagged in a weird post, etc.

    It used to be where you could make a mistake and it wouldn't be known by everyone in your high school, etc. Anyway, it's different now. I feel bad for today's generation because of it.


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    Feb 5th, 2018 2:45pm report

    I think it's about people needing to stop being so self centered and look around at what's happening to the world around them.


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    Feb 5th, 2018 2:17pm report

    I think it means that people need to stop worrying about themselves and actually start considering problems with America that affect everyone in the country. We need to stop being selfish and one-sided and start being open to change and be caring for one another


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    Feb 4th, 2018 2:41pm report

    Society today in America is not as it should be. We need to spend less time on social media likes are not worth our lives


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    Feb 1st, 2018 2:25am report

    Its a song for a society where judging a narcissist people unfairly. Where in fact this kind of a personalities help this world to become a great place to live in. There's only two of this kind either its successful or not in their lives. Successful ones are the maybe your boss or head of yours in your companies. They have godly gift to elevate the current system but struggling to companionship to others that why most people call them jerk.


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    Jan 27th, 2018 1:28pm report

    Shows that America is a "sick boy" or messed up and confused and that we are blind and one-sided. It shows that society in today's world and that we need to open up and progress.

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