But if I hold your hand,
I’ll never let go
and if I look into your eyes,
I’ll never look away.
So I warn you to stay away
And I try to push you away
Because you just might
leave me one day.
Then I’ll be left wishing
I could’ve held you
for one more day,
Playing the lyrics that
remind me of you on replay.
And then I’ll blame
myself for letting you stay
Only regretting that I
didn’t beg you to stay,
Only regretting that I
that I let you slip away.
Cape Town is the capital city of South Africa where Panic performed at the Coke Zero Fest in 2009
Panic seemed to have a good time, they hung out together, went sightseeing etc
*narrator voice* but things were not as they seemed
13th April 2009 turned out to be the last concert Panic would play with Ryan and Jon
the relations between the band members worsened and Panic officially split on July 6th citing ‘musical differences’ as the reason
Ryan and Jon formed a new band called The Young Veins and Ryan wrote the song Cape Town which has the lyrics ‘I loved you, I left you in Cape Town’ and ‘I got lost in Cape Town’. People suspect these lyrics refer to him leaving the band, particularly Brendon.
however Ryan and Jon have said the lyrics are about a girl Ryan met during their tour. Apparently he asked her to marry him, but she already had a husband. Jon helped Ryan get out of the sticky situation.
Brendon And Spencer went on to release Vices and Virtues. The song Bittersweet has the lyrics ‘I’ve been to Tokyo and to South Africa…. but my favorite place is the warm embrace of holding your hair back in a bathroom stall’
Why would you hold someone’s hair back in a bathroom stall? a)If they were throwing up or b) If they were going down on you. Who could Brendon be talking about?
Also here’s something Cute!! Panic’s last pre split show? 13th April. Brendon’s birthday? 12th April. Sweet ending to this post, huh?
Since it's the 10th anniversary of FWN do you have favourite songs and individual lyrics from the album?
This is overwhelming, for a lot of reasons. One being that I remember this day because my friend in high school gave me it - I want to post a picture of my copy of this CD because it’s very amazing. She burned it for me, because that’s what you did in 2007. And I have it still. She gave it to me in school and I remember going home and putting it on my shitty laptop and then listening to it on the bus the next day. Which just means I’m too old for Tumblr.
Anyway, to answer your question, most of my favorite AM songs come from FWN. I always thought it was interesting that at the time, Alex had a thing for writing “the” instead of “her” - he didn’t use pronouns. (Example: “The eyes were all red” “The eyes were bright”) When singing do me a favour live, he often changed it to “her…” Because yeah, it makes more sense, doesn’t it?
Only Ones Who Know and Do Me a Favour have the best lyrics, I think. They’re more of his profound songs, that kind of reach over his reckless young adult ramblings like This House… Which, even still, is prophetic in itself. “We’re forever unfulfilled” - being that observant, introspective and reflective about a time of your life that is so reckless and carefree, to me, says a lot about the direction Alex went with his writing.
This album always meant a lot to me because it’s an album of growing pains. Of how ‘true romance can’t be achieved these days’ and ‘perhaps fuck off might be too kind’ - he was broken hearted, tired of his home town, knowing he was on the edge of something big and not sure what to do with it. But then there are songs that stick out against this theme, like Florescent Adolescent. Where does that song fit in? I’m not sure. It’s a very supercharged album, with a message that basically says they don’t care about how they’re perceived anymore. It’s the last bit of youthful, childhood recklessness before they move onto their mature sounding records, with the complete shift in sound and energy and everything, as you all know.
I always really liked “Who wants to sleep in the city that never wakes up/blinded by nostalgia” and I’ve felt this way so many times. I thought it was so clever, which it is. The frustration of being stuck somewhere you’ve outgrown. I know that well.
But Do Me a Favour has always been very special to me. “Hold on to your heart” is something I’ve taken and thought about in my own life, quite a few times. I know the song is about a strained breakup with one of his first girlfriends, but it still gets me. Some people listen to music for the composition of the songs, technicality, the art, etc. For me, it’s a mixture of that and the emotional response I can connect to. And I feel that so much with this song, and the album as a whole.