It was about touring and girlfriends and love and everything that’s been important to us in the past few years. There’s a line in the song that goes, ‘I know the world’s a broken bone, but melt your headaches, call it home.’ I told Brendon to pay special attention to that line. —Ryan Ross
‘Build god, then we’ll talk' is a line from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Choke. Part of the lyrics (There are no raindrops on roses and girls in white dresses / It’s sleeping with roaches and taking best guesses at the shade of the sheets and before all the stains / add a few more of your least favorite things) is a reference to “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.
“Me and Brendon sing back and forth, everyone is doing backup vocals on it — it was definitely the most group sounding [song]. In the last refrain, the ‘reinvent love’ thing kind of just summed up the whole process."
Ross and Walker’s exit became the catalyst for Urie to find his own voice and to have the confidence to take over as the band’s principal songsmith. The lyrics touch on themes of manipulation and confusion. Vices & Virtues took over two years to create, and the increased time in the studio brought forth new musical experimentation. xxxxxxx
Spin regarded it as the centerpiece of the record, calling it “a sunshine pop sing-along that’s as blindingly bright.” Another critic called it “the track everyone will want to see the band play live,” noting that its “brass backing and glorious string-based crescendo are that of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys.” When the Day Met the Night is the only love song on Pretty.Odd.