In a video interview, lyricist Pete Wentz told the New Musical Express that this is one of the songs he'd like people to figure out on their own. He added: "Just think about getting past 27. I've got a lot of friends that I want to make it there."
27 is the age when Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Pigpen from the Grateful Dead, Al Wilson from Canned Heat, Brian Jones from The Rolling Stones and Kurt Cobain all died.
Wentz, who was born on June 5, 1979, was on the fast track to joining the ill-fated 27 Club when he reached the pivotal year, which he spent "toxic, just completely over-medicated."
"I was stoked to make it past 27," he told The Guardian. "Everyone was really worried. My management company were panicked, because I was I was out of the office, and 'pharmaceutically engaged'."
Lead singer Patrick Stump added: There was a countdown clock and everything. I remember, our manager called me up on Pete's 28th birthday and screamed, 'We made it!'"
Aside from the 2009 compilation Believers Never Die - Greatest Hits, Fall Out Boy didn't release another album until 2013's Save Rock And Roll. According to Stump, the disappointing Folie a Deux tour, which had fans booing their new songs, as well as the band's need to decompress, contributed to the break.