Frontman Patrick Stump explained to MTV News that, "everything we're trying to say about pop culture, it's in this song." He added: "The chorus - 'Change will come, but I will never believe in anything again' - that's about the '90s, when we really cared, [but] then we got into all this awful mess. And I think people stopped believing in the goodwill of man and that you can change the world or do any good. So everything became internalized. The past decade has been totally about 'me.' It's totally about 'Oh, I'm sad. I want this. I know somebody who knows this person. Me me me me me,' so that's what that song is about."
This was originally titled "Never Believe."
The song's title is a reference to the David Mamet play and film Glengarry Glen Ross where the word "closer" is used in the sense of a salesman who can close a sale. In the movie, Alec Baldwin admonishes Jack Lemmon for not closing real estate deals. He barks: "Put. That coffee. Down. Coffee's for closers only."
Mike from Matawan, Nj"You think I'm phuckin' with you? I assure you, I am not phuckin' with you." Don't know about the song but the play and the movie are awesome.
Bobby from Bremen, GermanyWell, I was in Berlin on the FOB concert, where they performed this song for the first time live and Pete said that it was about the cameras that are all over Hollywood and that they should be brought to more important places like I dunno Ghana I think he mentioned in order to show the World its real problems. That's what Pete said.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.