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

Pop-punk heroes try to rock on clean but uninspiring track.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Pretty ambiguous lyrics appear to be about moving on.

Positive role models

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."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Label:Island Def Jam
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 another pretty vein just died" do not have anything to do with drugs. They are about how some of the fans of fall out boy are struggling with serious problems, and fall out boy is back to help out. This song, and their new album Save Rock And Roll, is extremely inspiring. If you want to lay your incorrect interpretation of music, maybe you should look at all that country music that you think is so holy. All that country music is about today is drinking, and girls. Wow.
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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 same taste in music (I've made my point about Justin Beiber on other reviews and Mr. Jackson gave Beiber four stars for one of his albums.) But clearly the reviewer has never really listened to Fall Out Boy, because he describes their pre-haitus style as "bubblegum." As a listener of almost every album they've put out (I know, call me obsessed, but it's catchy and has punny lyrics, which I'm a sucker for), they started with pop punk, then transitioned to alternative rock, then added a little bit of pop-rock/power-pop. Bubblegum is... Justin Beiber. And, just another thing, Pete Wentz... not the lead singer. The main lyricist, yes, but in terms of instruments, he's the bassist. (Patrick Stump's the main vocalist, so I'm still struggling to figure out if this review's bashing the vocal style, which I love and think is stronger than most Autotuned stuff out there, or the actual lyrics). So, just to keep in mind for people reading this review, clearly fact-checking was not very thorough. Sorry, got on a rant there. I'd just prefer that if you're going to be doing a review, negative or positive (but especially negative), you need to fact-check. To not do so seems unprofessional. Now, as for the song itself, I still don't see where the hate is from. It's catchy, and it does actually have an interesting hair-metal-influenced scream in the chorus. I don't hear that too often in pop music. As for the lyrics, they're not necessarily the most deep I've seen from Fall Out Boy, but there are some interesting lines; I like the imagery of "burn everything you love, then burn the ashes." In terms of stuff for parents to worry about, everything that needs to be known is mentioned in the main review, but I don't think that "another pretty vein just dies" is necessarily a drug reference, it could just mean that the aforementioned writer's creativity stopped flowing, which again: interesting imagery. Bottom line: normally I love this site's reviews, but I just don't agree with this one. I'm getting kind of disappointed with the site's music reviews, and it might be because I'm biased, but I think when experimental acts like Fall Out Boy trying out this new sound and fun. in general getting lukewarm reviews compared to the real average synthpop, something's wrong.
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Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2013

Nice song!

The song is catchy and has a good beat. It's bit darker than their previous ones, but I kind of like that about the track. Also, the music video is pretty good.