I would kill all of you for the chance to hang out with patrick stump
and I noticed that greed is not the only deadly sin Patrick seems to sing about! In fact, it seems as though he covers all seven in seven different songs! Let me explain:
- Greed: Greed; this one’s obvious, as it is both the title of the song and the seven sins are mentioned in the hook. This song is about members of the upper class who only want to increase their holdings.
- Lust: The “I” in Lie; also fairly obvious. This song is about a passionate extramarital love affair. The subject of this song is well aware of the consequences and implications of their affair, but sexual desire gets the best of them.
- Gluttony: Run Dry; gluttony is not limited to food! This song talks about struggling with an addiction to alcohol. The subject knows full well they have a problem and it’s slowly killing them, but they can’t keep away from the drink.
- Sloth: People Never Done a Good Thing; Patrick’s basically saying that people can’t even be bothered to help each other out because they are lazy and suffer from apathy. See “most of us do as little as we can” and “in case of stairway use elevator”.
- Envy: Allie; some may think lust, but let me tell you why this fits envy. Envy is when you want what you can’t have or what someone else has. Patrick wants what he failed to have with Allie so long ago. Yes, this was a physical relationship, but the fact that he’s “kinda pissed off” implicates a state of envy.
- Pride: This City; okay, so this example is much more mild. Patrick believes that Chicago is the best city in the world, and he’ll defend it till the day he dies. Really, this song is an example of the healthy form of pride, not the sinful version, i.e. Patrick is willing to admit to the city’s flaws.
- Wrath: Explode; so this one’s a bit of a stretch. I know it’s about a guy that diffuses bombs, but the hook is “I feel like I’m gonna explode”, which suggests a sense of frustration and possibly anger for the subject.
So yeah, that’s my theory. I’m sure I don’t understand the true meanings for more than half of these songs, but please don’t dog on me. I just thought I’d share my thoughts.
I love Patrick Stump. Not just because he is an amazing singer for my favorite band. But because he is a good person. A genuine person. He’s awkward. He’s funny. He’s caring. He’s apologetic. He seems normal. He isn’t just a star, he feels like a friend. Who has seen me at my happiest and my darkest. Has talked me through it all. So thanks Patrick.
You’re a good guy.
You’ve done a lot for me.