You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison (2:52)

Cover of Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

From Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and 8 other releases

The song is about a man who is involved in a crime (“In the middle of a gunfight, in the center of a restaurant”). He believes that the police will be unable to catch him (“Well they’re never gonna get me, I’m like a bullet through a flock of doves”), but he is arrested and sent to prison. The rest of the song refers to prison life: “Will they give me the chair or lethal injection or swing from a rope if you dare.” This refers to the thoughts of the prisoner. The line, “What they ask of you will make you want to say ‘so long”’ refers to him contemplating suicide and may also refer to prison rape and other abuse. Bert McCracken of The Used provides backup vocals during the second verse of the song, with one line being “Do you have the keys to the hotel? We’re gonna start this motherfucker on fire!”

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