It's Thanksgiving, a holiday where we Americans sit around a table, feast on delicious food, and talk about what we're all thankful for. Thanksgiving doesn't have quite the musical mood surrounding it like other holidays, but there's still a lot of music out there that likes to give thanks.
Fall Out Boy's 2007 classic 'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs' really isn't one of those songs. If anything, it's pretty much the exact opposite of a thank you. Regardless, it's musical sweetness is something to remain thankful for even if the song's meaning itself is about a failing relationship.
'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs' helped Fall Out Boy launch further into their pop rock takeover after 'Dance, Dance' rocketed them into stardom. 'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs' showed the best of Fall Out Boy's alternative side. The song is brought in by dramatic orchestration with lots of dynamic and tension. Patrick Stump's soulful voice rings with a rockstar tinge, especially in the choruses, loads of harmonies piling on top of the thick rhythm guitar.
As mentioned before, there isn't much about being legitimately thankful in this song. The song's really about a relationship where no more love exists, but they continue to be together just for sex. The chorus chants: "One night and one more time / Thanks for the memories / Even though they weren't so great / He tastes like you only sweeter," referring to the lack of romance in these casual affairs. The line "He tastes like you, only sweeter" comes straight from the play Closer in a particularly funny scene; the song has a couple of cheeky references like that, including the bridge lyric "Collecting Page Six lovers," referring to bassist Pete Wentz' romantic links to Page Six model Lindsay Lohan. There's even reference to his signature eyeliner - "I'm a liner away / From getting you into the mood."
The lyrics are a pretty interesting internal battle. There's a plot and there's an overall meaning, both of which aren't necessarily related. The narrative follows the story of a crazy night. The character is amidst an argument with his partner, saying she better hope she's being watched over ("I'm going to make you bend and break (It sent you to me without wings) / Say a prayer, but let the good times roll / In case God doesn't show") before things go down. As things go on, he begins to lose sight of that relationship, the memories of the past remaining clear but the future for them looking uncertain: "I'm looking forward to the future / But my eyesight is going bad / And this crystal ball / It's always cloudy except for, except for when you look into the past." The bridge sees him losing his morals and getting with other girls (Pete Wentz lost Kim Kardashian to a monkey in the music video, so that's really as low as he can get). The song then bursts into one final chorus, a big festive hurrah (or a fuck you) to love and fun.
'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs' probably isn't the song you want to be citing this Thanksgiving weekend, but there song itself is something to be thankful for. It's one of prime examples of alternative rock and of the band, and really stood the test of time. It came out in the prime of scene in 2007, and ever since it's been a classic. If you're finding trouble being thankful this weekend, too, you can always come to this song for some sweet revenge.
Rating: 97 / 100
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