"My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark (Light Em Up)" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
"My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark (Light Em Up)" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Pop-punk heroes try to rock on clean but uninspiring track.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Pretty ambiguous lyrics appear to be about moving on.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Venting is healthy, suggests a former rock star looking to reinvent himself.


The music video features slow-motion arson, including use of a flamethrower.


The women in the music video are scantily clad; semi-suggestive lyrics are vaguely suggestive of romance and things done "in the dark."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lyric "somewhere another pretty vein just dies" could be interpreted as drug reference.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fall Out Boy's brash anthem "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" is darker and heavier than their past power-pop, but it's still appropriate for tweens and teens, many of whom may not even remember the old, more bubblegum incarnation of the group. There's no iffy language in the song aside from a possible drug reference. The music video features slow-motion arson, including use of a flamethrower, and some scantily clad women.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byEla-ine April 13, 2013

Fall Out Boy Is Back

First of all, PETE WENTZ is the LEAD BASS PLAYER. Okay? Okay. Patrick stump is the lead singer of this phenominal and inspiring band. The lyrics "somewhere... Continue reading
Adult Written byLebron12James3 May 14, 2021
Teen, 16 years old Written byxaltrockgirlx February 24, 2013

What's with the hate?

This is one of the reviews I just don't and can't see eye-to-eye with. I mean, it might be because the reviewer and I clearly don't have the sam... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 23, 2016


I absolutely love FOB (Fall Out Boy). Patrick's voice is AMAZING. THEY R MY FAV BAND. My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark is one of their best songs yet... Continue reading

What's the story?

Pop-rock superstars Fall Out Boy are back after a long break (their last album was released in 2008) with this radio-ready single and its accompanying fire-filled video starring rapper du jour 2Chainz, who is setting memorabilia from the band's past aflame. With a cleaner, less guitar-heavy sound and darker, more mature lyrics, the band appears to be settling into the modern stadium-rock aesthetic popularized by groups like The Killers and fun.

Is it any good?

MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK is bursting with angst and trying very hard to be catchy, but ends up being weakened by uninspiring lyrics and a lack of originality and authenticity. Lead singer Pete Wentz wants to be provocative but fails; this is the type of song you'll hear in the background at shopping malls and in movie trailers and wonder what ever happened to rock 'n' roll. Even kids may find the sound either too predictably "current" or not current enough.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Fall Out Boy's comeback. How has their sound changed since their last album?

  • What do you think of the fact that the music video stars rapper 2Chainz? Why would these artists want to work together?

Music details

  • Artist: Fall Out Boy
  • Release date: February 7, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Island Def Jam
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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