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Album: From Under The Cork TreeReleased: 2005Charted:
This song has a hint of jealousy in it. The singer wants to be this girl's boyfriend, but he's not. "I'm just a notch in your bedpost but you're just a line in a song" indicates that he means nothing to her, and he's trying to make it seem like she means the same to him. But it's not working too well. The chorus is about their relationship failing miserably in "an earlier round" because they don't even have a relationship. "I'll be your number one with a bullet, a loaded God complex cock it and pull it" means that she might as well be killing him because he hurts so much.
The name of the album comes from a book about a bull that doesn't fight in the ring, but just sits under the cork tree and smells the sweet fragrance. This used to be a favorite story book of band member Andy Hurley. The title also provides a clever acronym: FUCT.
The lyrics, "I'll be your number one with a bullet" is a play on words. "With a bullet" is a term for when a song is climbing up the music charts at a rapid rate - the Billboard
charts would put an image of a bullet next to the song to indicate this. But when you're "number one with a bullet," there is nowhere to go but down.
Fall Out Boy bass player Pete Wentz wrote the lyrics. In 2006, he told Rolling Stone magazine: "I wrote the lyrics in Chicago. I was with my dad, and we were listening to the old music where they'd always say 'sugar' and 'honey' - stuff like that. I was like, 'Why doesn't anyone do that anymore?' Be we really locked it down in California. It was the day before the new Taking Back Sunday record came out. I remember calling those guys to say congrats."
This was Fall Out Boy's breakthrough single, however in a 2009 interview, Wentz told Spin magazine that the record label doubted its potential. He recalled: "That chorus was a throw away. Our label told us the chorus was too wordy and the guitars were too heavy and that the radio wasn't going to play it. I felt so good when that song broke."