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Fall Out Boy - XO

I comb the crowd and pick you out.
My mouth moves too fast for you to figure it out.
It starts eyes closed to fingers crossed,
"To I swear, I say."
"To I swear, I say."
To hands between legs, to "whatever it takes,"
To drinks at the club to the bar,
To the keys to your car,
To the hotel stairs to the emergency exit door.

To the love, I left my conscience pressed,
Between the pages of the Bible in the drawer.
"What did it ever do for me?" I say.
It never calls me when I'm down.
Love never wanted me,
But I took it anyway.
Put your ear to the speaker,
And choose love or sympathy,
But never both.
Love never wanted me.

"I hoped you choked,
Or crashed your car. "
Hey "tear catcher", that's all that you are,
Every word,
From the start.
I swear, I say. (I swear, I say.)

To hands between legs, to "whatever it takes,"
To drinks at the club, to the bar,
To the keys to your car,
To hotel stares/stairs, to the emergency exit door.

To the love, I left my conscience pressed,
Between the pages of the Bible in the drawer.
"What did it ever do for me?" I say.
It never calls me when I'm down.
Love never wanted me,
But I took it anyway.
Put your ear to the speaker,
And choose love or sympathy,
But never both.

To the "love" I left my conscience pressed.
Through the keyhole I watched you dress,
Kiss and tell.
Loose lips sink ships.

To the "love" I left my conscience pressed.
Through the keyhole I watched you dress,
Kiss and tell.
Loose lips sink ships.

To the "love" I left my conscience pressed.
Through the keyhole I watched you dress,
Kiss and tell.
Loose lips sink ships.

To the "love" I left my conscience pressed.
To the "love" I left my conscience pressed.
To the "love" I left my conscience pressed,
Between the pages of the Bible in the drawer.
"What did it ever do for me?" I say.

“XO” is the final track on the album and reiterates themes found throughout the record but with an increased amount of pessimism and angst. This is done in a similar manner to other closers “The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes” and “West Coast Smoker”. In this case, the "From Under the Cork Tree" themes of desperation and hopelessness reach a climax: the speaker of the song relentlessly searches for temporary lovers in the bar/club scene (“the crowd”). The song also features themes of secrecy and scandal. The speaker resorts to hotel rooms to carry out his affairs. “Loose lips sink ships” is colloquialism started during wartime that warned against spilling strategic secrets. Furthermore, the bridge of the song indicates the speaker lustfully watches someone through a keyhole. The song also touches on Biblical morality – a subject that is occasionally visited by the band. The speaker notices a Gideon Bible placed in the hotel drawer and briefly questions his actions before ignoring an object that would “never call [him] when [he’s] down”. This emphasizes the speaker’s apathetic worldview.

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