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This is about a relationship that is filled with ups and downs, but mostly downs. Lead singer Andrew McMahon wrote it about his ex-girlfriend Krystal, which is why it's Konstantine and not Constantine. The lyrics about the living room are about making out with her. The line "I can spell Konfusion with a "k" and I can like it" refers to how "Krystal" usually isn't spelled with a K. (thanks, Emily - Madison, WI)
The part that begins, "Wake up lying in a patch of four leaf clovers is about how McMahon got drunk and ended up cheating on Krystal and she caught him. Krystal wanted to break up with him at that point but just couldn't and took him back. (thanks, Heather - Long Island, NY)
The band didn't release this on an album because they didn't think it would sound right in that context. It is a very popular song among their fans, and has spread through downloading. It can be found on the Japanese import of Songs For Silent Movies. (thanks, Sara - Buffalo, NY)
When McMahon sings, "Thanks to Jimmy Eat World and those nights in my care, when the first star you see may not be a star," he is referring to the Jimmy Eat World song "For me, This Is Heaven." McMahon said in an interview that that this was one of his favorite songs. (thanks, donna - new jersey, NJ)
"11:11" refers to the "eleventh hour," meaning it's a little late to talk about what happened in the relationship. (thanks, sarah - melbourne, Australia)
Constantine is considered the first ruler of the Roman empire to embrace Christianity, which has no relevance to this song except for Krystal's forgiving nature (very Christ-like, the "love is forever" attitude from 1Corinthians 13:1 and following), it could also show that he is so in love with her that she means everything to him, that he'd do anything to keep her... that's a lot of power, just like Constantine was ruler of the largest army in the entire world at the time (circa 300 AD) and considered one of the most powerful men of the era. (thanks, Timmy - Lockport, NY)
With lead singer Andrew McMahon being diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia, a charity was formed
and they have created the orange bracelet "11:11 A.M." 11:11 is a rather cliche'd excerpt taken from the Something Corporate song, "Konstantine." The lyrics read, "I always catch the clock, it's 11:11..." 11:11 is believed to be the time to make a wish, as all the numbers are 1s. Some say it only works in the morning, because in 24 hour mode 11 PM is actually 23:00. Although we are making out wishes at 11:11 A.M, A.M. stands for Andrew McMahon, in this case. (thanks, Nick - Olmsted Falls, OH)
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