Hum Hallelujah

Album: Infinity On High (2007)

Songfacts®:

  • There are several possible interpretations for this song, but it seems to be about two teens who have sex in their car ("A teenage vow in a parking lot"), and take the chance to not be protected ("Sometimes we take chances, sometimes we take pills"). The girl gets pregnant, and both are scared what others will think when they find out ("To hell with our good name we mix up your guts Your insides x-rayed"). The boy is not sure whether to leave or not ("One foot in your bedroom And one foot out the door"). >>
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    Aria - Chicago, IL
  • The "Hallelujah" the singer hums in the song could be the Hallelujah chorus of Handel's "Messiah," or the song "Hallelujah," which was written by Leonard Cohen.
  • Fall Out Boy's lyrics are written by bass player Pete Wentz, and some of these could relate to his life, as "I sing the blues and swallow them too" could pertain to his overdose on the anxiety drug Ativan in 2005 (which inspired the From Under The Cork Tree track "7 Minutes In Heaven (Atavan Halen)"). >>
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    Aaron - Jackson, MS
  • This track appears on Fall Out Boy's third studio album, Infinity On High. It was the band's first album to debut at #1 in the US.

Comments: 13

  • Abbey from Denver, CoSomething that hasn't been mentioned is that Hum Hallelujah is in the key of D sharp, while Cohen's Hallelujah is in the key of C major. The key of C major is also known as "The Key of Reason", hence the lyric "Just off the key of reason."
  • Mollie from Adelaide, AustraliaThe song is about Pete trying to kill himself, Pete tried to kill himself by overdosing on his anxiety pills, when he did this he was in a car park and the song playing on the radio was Hallelujah, so if you like them enough its not that hard to figure out. Read the lyrics a few times it all makes sense.
  • Christina from Chicago, IlI think this song is about Pete's suicide attempt. Like when it says "a teeage vow in the parking lot till tonight do us part I sing the blues and swallow them too". Pete attmpted to kill himself with Ativan which is used to treat anxiety disorders or anxiety associated with depression. And while the pills aren't actually blue, the bottle they come in is. When he tried to kill himself he was in the Best Buy parking lot. Also, he was very young late teens to early twenties. "A remix of your guts X-rayed" could refer to his treatments at the hospital that he stayed at afterwards. When he overdosed, the song "Halleujah" was playing on the radio, which could refer to the corus. And then "Sometimes we take chances sometimes we take pills" could mean that sometimes we chance life and other times we don't, since that is how Pete tried to kill himself- with pills. Though, personally, I believe this song is about the teenagers having unprotected sex, too. Just that the deeper meaning is about Pete's suicide attempt.
  • Sam from Dublin, Ireland'sometimes we take pills'- pete took an overdose of ativan. 'in a parking lot' he done so in a parking lot. 'sing the blues and i swallow them' ativan is blue
  • Clarissa from Martinsburg, WvI thought it was about an OD
  • Drew from Ironton, OhHes probably referring to zanex rather than atavans when he says i sing the blues and swallow them too.. zanex are blue....
  • Alex from Burriville, RiHe tried to over dose in 2003 not 2005
  • Lexi from Buffalo, Nythis song is about Pete's overdose in a best buy PARKING LOT. hence the "teenage vow in a parking lot".
    "Sometimes we take chances, sometimes we takes pills" refrences the overdose quite plainly. He has said Jeff Buckley's song "Hallelujah" was playing at the time of the overdose.
  • Kelly from Wilmington, Nc"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen has been "like a sign from God" to many people, including me.
  • Elli from Beverly Hills, CaThis is a reminisence of Pete's overdose. I am not arguing. He said it in an interview. "Hallelujah was the first song I heard while leaving the hospital with my parents. It was like a message from God." The irony of this song is "hum". Hum is old english for "screw that". So by saying screw halleujah, he is saying it wasn't an accident he was saved. Ativan is, in fact, blue. "Swallow them to." Pretty obvious if you guys see the interview.
  • Aaron from Jackson, Msyall dont know what the song is about do ya?!!?
    this song is about what pete felt when he wrote it, and it is meant to mean something different to everyone else who listens to it. the song is basically to comform to whatever we happen to be going through at the time.
    "sometimes we take chances, sometimes we take pills," that can mean anything to anyone; for some it can be their taking a drug and at the same time them taking a chance at going OD (like pete) or it can mean a figurative pill and a real chance ( like love, which a person can really overdose on...)
  • Natalie from Carlow, United Statesi thought this was about pete's overdose in a parking lot hence "sometimes we take pills" and "i sing the blues and swallow them too" and when he says things like better off against worse for wear at least thats what i always made it out to be
  • Alyssa from Belvidere, Ilyea its not "to hell with our good name we mix up your guts"
    that doesnt even make any sense if you have listened to the song at all its clearly
    "a remix of your guts your insides xrayed"
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