Nicotine
Panic! at the Disco Lyrics


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Cross my heart and hope to die
Burn my lungs and curse my eyes
I've lost control and I don't want it back
I'm going numb, I've been hijacked
It's a fucking drag
I taste you on my lips and I can't get rid of you
So I say damn your kiss and the awful things you do

Yeah, you're worse than nicotine, nicotine
Yeah, you're worse than nicotine, nicotine, yeah

It's better to burn than to fade away
It's better to leave than to be replaced
I'm losing to you, baby, I'm no match
I'm going numb, I've been hijacked
It's a fucking drag

I taste you on my lips and I can't get rid of you
So I say damn your kiss and the awful things you do

Yeah, you're worse than nicotine, nicotine
Yeah, you're worse than nicotine, nicotine, yeah

Just one more hit and then we're through
'Cause you could never love me back
Cut every tie I have to you
'Cause your love's a fucking drag
But I need it so bad
Your love's a fucking drag
But I need it so bad





Yeah, you're worse than nicotine, nicotine
Yeah, you're worse than nicotine, nicotine, yeah

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Panic! at the Disco's song "Nicotine" depict a tumultuous relationship that the singer cannot seem to break free from. The opening lines "Cross my heart and hope to die, burn my lungs and curse my eyes" describe the desperation and hopelessness that the singer feels in this relationship. They have lost control and are coming to terms with the realization that they are addicted to their partner, and it's causing them to spiral out of control.


The chorus "I taste you on my lips and I can't get rid of you, so I say damn your kiss and the awful things you do, you're worse than nicotine" further emphasizes the drug-like addiction that the singer feels towards their partner. They know that the relationship is toxic and harmful, but they cannot seem to quit it. The line "It's better to burn than to fade away" suggests that the singer would rather have a passionate and fiery relationship that eventually ends rather than a slow and dull one that fades away.


The bridge of the song "Just one more hit and then we're through, 'cause you could never love me back. Cut every tie I have to you 'cause your love's a fucking drag, but I need it so bad" depicts the singer's struggle to let go of the relationship. They know that their partner does not love them back and the relationship is harmful, but they still need that addictive feeling.


Overall, the song "Nicotine" is a powerful representation of the toxic and addictive nature of some relationships. It serves as a warning to listeners to pay close attention to the relationships they are in and to be aware of the ways in which they can be harmful.


Line by Line Meaning

Cross my heart and hope to die
I promise and swear


Burn my lungs and curse my eyes
I am willingly causing myself pain to forget you


I've lost control and I don't want it back
I'm addicted to you and I don't want to break free


I'm going numb, I've been hijacked
I'm losing myself in this addiction


It's a fucking drag
It's a terrible feeling


I taste you on my lips and I can't get rid of you
You are constantly on my mind


So I say damn your kiss and the awful things you do
I hate how you make me feel, but I can't resist you


You're worse than nicotine
Your love is my addiction and it's killing me slowly


It's better to burn than to fade away
I'd rather go out in a blaze of glory than slowly fade away because of you


It's better to leave than to be replaced
I'd rather leave you than risk being replaced by someone else


I'm losing to you, baby, I'm no match
You're winning and I can't compete


Just one more hit and then we're through
I need to break this addiction, but I can't seem to do it


'Cause you could never love me back
You don't love me the way I love you


Cut every tie I have to you
I need to sever all connections with you


'Cause your love's a fucking drag
Your love is toxic and holding me down


But I need it so bad
But I can't help wanting you even though I know it's wrong


Your love's a fucking drag
Your love is destroying me


But I need it so bad
But I can't help needing you even though it's hurting me


You're worse than nicotine
You're my addiction, and it's killing me slowly




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Amir Jerome Salem, Brendon Boyd Urie, Dallon James Weekes

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@dickengland2102

So my sister mentioned that High Hopes (By Panic! At The Disco) is banned on her Chromebook at school, but she goes to look if Nicotine is banned, and it isn’t. Lets think about this.
High Hopes:
Has a very appropriate music video
Doesn’t have swear words
Has a good message.

Nicotine:
Isn’t the most appropriate music video.
Has swear words
I don’t even know what the message is supposed to be.

YES. Robot things who ban the stuff on school Chromebooks are geniuses.



@jojill23jtg

Normal people:
Friend: promise you won't tell anyone?
Normal person: cross my heart and hope to die
Friend:Thank you

Me:
Friend:promise you won't tell anyone?
Me:CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE BURN MY LUNGS AND CURSE MY EYES
friend: the fuck?



All comments from YouTube:

@batwoman1847

Baby I'm no MATCH. he sings as he throws a match

@MeltedButter1

Batwoman lol me

@lapislazuli9126

sighs you're lucky you're pretty, Brendon.

@nobutigotcheezwhiz473

Batwoman ha

@angeliapasswater9559

Batwoman NO MATCH

@vinsueringamer2388

Batwoman that irony tho

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@Max-cw7nb

"It's better to leave than to be replaced"
Oof... so true

@teryvitovcova

Is he talking about his band?

@dana-mp5ti

holy fxcking shit i should’ve said that to my friend a while ago

@gnote9962

reminds me of how in the beginning of the year, i basically did the move and left my ex and moved. I left before i got replaced.

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