I Constantly Thank God For Esteban Lyrics - Panic! At The Disco



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Give us this day our daily dose of faux affliction
Forgive our sins
Forged at the pulpit with forked tongues selling faux sermons.
'Cause I am a new wave gospel sharp, and you'll be thy witness
So gentlemen, if you're gonna preach, for God sakes preach with conviction!

Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.
Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.

Just stay where I can see you.
Douse the lights!
We sure are in for a show tonight

In this little number we're graced by two displays of character,
We've got: the gunslinger extraordinaire walking contradictions
And I for one can see no blood from the hearts and the wrists you allegedly slit
And I for one wont stand for this if this scene were a parish you'd all be condemned.

Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.
Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you, don't you move.

Just stay where I can see you
Douse the lights!
We sure are in for a show tonight
Just stay where I can see you
Douse the lights!
We sure are in for a show tonight

Stay where I can see you
Douse the lights!

La da da da da da da Da da da da da da La da da da da da da

Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.
Strike up the band!
Whoa-oh, the conductor is beckoning
Come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it
No. Don't you get it, don't you get it? Now don't you move.
Don't you move
Don't you move
Strike up the band!





Writer: Urie, Brendon Boyd / Ross, George Ryan / Smith, Spencer James
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing



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Panic | Reviewer: Talitha | 9/2/11

ryan isn't religeous but the quotes in the lyrics refer to the church. for example "the conductor is beckoning, come congregation, let's sing it like you mean it". often in churches you sing hymes or you have a choir and the quote refers to the fact that maybe ryan was taken to church as a child if his parents were slightly religeous (even though you don't have to be religeous to go to church) and made to sing the hymes that he didn't necessarily believe were true. another quote that goes with the singing of hymes would be in the first verse "'cause I am a new wave gospel sharp". sharp could be referring to the use of sharps in music (sharp notes, e.g. c sharp) and gospel referring to the choir which is conducted in the church by a fellow member.

"don't you get it?" is asking if they understand what their religeon is basically telling them (those that have commited no sins or have had them forgiven), "now don't you move. just stay where I can see you. douse the lights!" the narrator (brendon urie) is revealing the truth (in ryan's oppinion) that everyone is exactly the same and that it's all false belief. if the lights were turned off, the occupants of the room would all look the same in the dark and would therefore be judged the same. the line "we sure are in for a show tonight" is talking about how everyone would react if they were to be told this and how people would realise that they aren't exactly perfect. everyone commits sins sometimes without noticing.



I constantly thank god for esteban | Reviewer: faith | 6/24/11

well, since any song/poem can have a million+ meaning, this is my opinion. I think that it's about how people think they are going to heaven/perfect just because they go to church, when in reality they aren't:
"don't you get it, stay where i can see you, douse the lights"
the last part meaning we are all the same with the lights off, and they are as dark as their sins with the lights off.



my lyrical interpretation | Reviewer: chloe | 12/12/10

I think the artist (a.k.a Ryan Ross) was writing this about his experience of religion as a child, if his father was a religious, abusive drunk as speculated then growing up with that would prove to potray a very negative image of religion in later life, such as this song describes. But it could mean anything, couldn't it? Songs are meant to be interepted in the way they are received, after all.



anaylzed!!! | Reviewer: jenna<3patd:) | 6/7/10

i dont think this song is meant to be analyzed so much!! it means what the artist wants it to mean to him, and it can mean what the listener wants it to mean to her (or him, i guess). i really dont think the guys intended it to be about anything other than a meataphor of an an esoteric event. nothing we're supposed to figure out. it can represent and event or span of time in the listener's own life, too! :P get it?



Hmmm | Reviewer: Jay | 3/8/10

I think this song is about religion to a degree but it is more than that. People are thinking that in order to practice a religion they have to practice it a "certain" way to appeal in the eyes of God/Jesus/etc. This song and this band in general are breaking down the barrier between bias and reality and they are trying to eliminate propaganda by saying that if you want to be an individual you do whatever the hell you wanna do and practice any religion and think nothing of what the crowd is doing but follow your heart.



our generation is full of degenerates... | Reviewer: PondersAlot | 9/14/09

Umm yeah, Sirena?? It's HYPOCRACY! Not hypocritacy... -and just because people cut themselves, doesn't automatically label them as the ignorant term, "emo"... Yes the song MAY be about religion simply because of the fact that Ryan is an atheist, but has anyone ever thought about what he's TRYING to say? Most songs let YOU decide what it means, that's the point of writing a song! Unless, of course, he's actually trying to send a message or get his point across. So here's an idea- if you're that mused of a song, and THE BIGGEST FAN EVER of someone, use that motivation and try to look for the source who knows what the song is all about; THE ARTISTS!!! BTW- I'm not here to critisize other comments on this page, I'm simply putting in my opinion..



Eh? | Reviewer: Bri | 6/30/09

I think this is more about scene than religion. Ryan probably made heavy religious references to help express his views/ideas on them. He uses a lot of religious references in the other songs (But It's Better If You Do and Build God, Then We'll Talk and etc), but isn't Christian himself.

"Forged at the pulpit with forked tongues selling faux sermons."

Maybe he's also making fun of the religion?

But then again, this song can be interpreted in many different ways. Whichever suits you is fine.



panicgirl | Reviewer: gottabegreenster | 4/6/09

I think that this song is trying to say that you should beleive in some higher force but beleive it in your own way don't do it how other people want you to. "come congregation lets sing it like YOU mean it" It is religious in a way but it could just be describing a situation. but that's just what i think



*facepalm* | Reviewer: jackalakala | 3/22/09

I think I have to side with the social scene idea. There are things called metaphors, and perhaps one should look at that definition before they think that every song that has the word 'parish' or 'god' in it is about religion/Jesus/church.

I would also like to point out the the lyricist, Ryan Ross, is an atheist, so why the hell would he care whether priests or parishioners are being honest or not? He's stated that religion isn't important to him in a couple interviews and I find it a little obvious by some of the other lyrics he wrote (i.e. 'and we're all too smart to talk to God').

But if you want to think it's about religion and all that jazz, be my guest. To each his own, right?



P!ATD | Reviewer: Panic at the P@!G3 | 1/20/09

hay peoples!!!!!!!
k, i love this song!!!!!!!!
i think it could be about the emo or "scene" peoples, or it could be about the religion.
personally, i think emo poele are awesme! i dont like att that wrist-cutting crap, but you dont need that to be emo. i love the emo people cus they express their feelings and dont just bottle them up and pretend like they dont have them, like alot of people today do. you need to let loose and let it all out!!!!!
you dont have to be happy all the time. we born with feelings, so we might as well express them. emo IS short for emotional so, the name fits XD!!!!
btw, i ♥ PATD and i think theyre music is so deep and meaningful. to actually GET the song, you have to listen to the lyrics and think about them.
plus, ryan Ross and Brendan urie are the hottest guys i have ever seen
♥ brendan
♥ ryan
♥ PATD
♥ life




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