[Verse 1] Terrible day when you walked out on me I didn't know what to say I didn't know who to be The words were gone, no emotion would come I was deaf, I was dumb I was blind all along
[Chorus 1] "I just want to see you I don't want to leave you" Carnivals of fools!
[Verse 2] We took a chance and we gambled with fate Tried on each other's skins We just couldn't wait The game was fixed, it was hexed from the start You were burning with light I was shot in the dark
[Chorus 2] "All those stupid lovers Drowning with each other 'Til they find another" At the carnivals of fools!
[Bridge] We lose ourselves in another soul Hungry for the dreams they hold You set me free from the ghost in me You set me free You set me free
[Verse 3] Now that you say it, I was obsessed with myself I was obsessed with myself I couldn't see no one else The sky was green and the buildings were blue There was a glow around you There always was around you
[Chorus 3] "Vanity will blind you Trouble always find you Disaster's right behind you" At the carnivals of fools!
Fall Out Boy's "The Kids Aren't Alright" song title is not a reference to The Offspring's 1998 single of the same name. It actually alludes to The Who's 1979 rockumentary film called The Kids Are Alright.