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This song takes place at a wedding. The groom hears that his bride is cheating on him from a discussion between a bridesmaid and a waiter. His instinct is to tells them to shut the door and keep it to themselves, but he wants to handle it himself and figure it out with "poise and rationality." (thanks, frank - totowa, NJ)
Panic guitar player and lyricist Ryan Ross came up with the story after breaking up with his girlfriend. He was trying to convey that despite all that happened, it could have been worse.
The music video tells the story of a young couple getting married. The bride's family is prim and proper, while the groom's are crazy clowns - literally. In the end, they realize that maybe the idea of a marriage between them was only for the lust, not love, and the bride ends up cheating on the groom after an argument right before the wedding. The narrator is lead singer Brendon Urie, who acts as the groom's conscience. (thanks, Megan - NY, NY)
One of the instruments used in this song is an accordion. Guitarist Ryan Ross loves the accordion sound and is a big fan of movie soundtracks that use it like Amelie and Nightmare Before Christmas. There's also a harpsichord, which plays the opening notes.
The title was inspired by the line in Douglas Coupland's book Shampoo Planet
: "What I write are not sins, I write tragedies." (thanks, nidhi - Mumbai, India)
Many radio stations played a version with the words "God Damn" edited out. In the music video, every time Brendan Urie says it, the camera switches to another scene so you never see his mouth form those words. (thanks, Michael - winchestersonville, WA)
The music video was directed by Shane Drake (Plain White T's, Paramore). It won the 2006 MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
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