centuries is literally so powerful its not only telling kids to not let other people push them down anymore but its also saying “this generation isnt as fine as it seems so stop pretending we’re all fine and take a closer look” its so incredible and fall out boy is just such a great band who knows exactly how to voice for an entire generation
like i cant get over this pete and patrick were just like hey lets stop in this radio station and not even tell them we’re coming and announce that patrick’s having a baby and they’re probably gonna announce new music and its like 1am on a wednesday i hATE THIS BAND
rather than saying that it gets easier or it gets better, what if we just drew a line, y’know, like we said “This far and no fucking further” like ‘the world can have this, the world can say this, the world can broadcast this, but at this point, this is me and who i am and who i’m going to be’
it’s actually the idea behind this entire album, especially behind this song, that at some point you have to stand up for yourself and it’s ok that you’re different and it’s ok that it doesn’t get easier because you can go out into the world and wear songs like this as your armour, or art that you do as your armor or you’re weird fuckin hair colour or whatever it is. At some point you draw the line and you say to the world “IS THAT ALL YOU FUCKING GOT?!”
”—Pete Wentz introducing My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark in Sydney (25/10/13)
AP: On the first album you and Patrick split the lyric writing duty, correct? And on the second album you wrote all the lyrics, right? For the new record, was it a joint effort again or was it another solo effort? Also, is it weird to have Patrick singing your words?
PW: This record I wrote all the lyrics again. I don’t know how to explain it very well, but it’s the equivalent of finishing each others sentences in a musical conversation. I wouldn’t feel comfortable with anyone else on the planet singing these words.
AP: When writing your lyrics, does it flow like written word? Is it more poetic? Is there already a melody intact?
PW: It goes all different ways. The melody intact is the smallest one, probably 5% of the time. Usually, I’ll write and write and write everything that comes out of me, and then Patrick will pick melodies through it and then we’ll create a song off that. If he’s missing parts, he’ll say we need more words here. Certain songs at certain points, I’ll say we should put this phrase in here. It’s weird, we talk about it all the time, but I don’t think we’ve ever been really able to explain. Someone would have to watch it happen. It’s this conversation where we go back and forth and we just need to look at each other to know if it fits or not. It took a long time to get here, and now it’s like this perfect thing that wouldn’t make sense another way.
”—Pete Wentz talking about his process of songwriting with Patrick Stump in a 2006 interview with Absolute Punk (12)
“When we made our new album Save Rock and Roll, we thought, maybe, we shouldn’t be telling all these kids out here tonight that it just gets better. It just doesn’t seem like it makes sense. because Change rarely comes for those sitting around waiting for it to come. Change comes from hard stuff, and we want to re-message, say something more like:
You are the only person that directly controls your own happiness, and maybe we should go for a real fucking Transformation Tuesday. It’s going to be hard. Sometimes you have to crack through the pavement in order to blossom. Sometimes you have to be your own fucking hero.”—Pete Wentz - Monumentour @ The Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ 8.8.14 (via fireworksammy)