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What does "Victorious" by Panic! at the Disco mean?

What does "Victorious" by Panic! at the Disco mean?

And it's finally time for my last explanation of a Panic! at the Disco song from Death of a Bachelor. It's been a while in coming, but it's finally time to wrap up this album. Ironically, we'll be wrapping it up with the album's first song: "Victorious."

The Meaning of the Lyrics of "Victorious" by Panic! at the Disco

The Intro for "Victorious" starts out "Tonight we are victorious / Champagne pouring over us / All my friends--we're glorious / Tonight we are victorious." This same stanza is repeated throughout the song, and it embodies the main point of the song: to encourage and pump up.

Speaking of the song, Urie explains on Genius.com, "It makes me want to tackle something. I wanted to have something to amp me up. It’s about having that confidence and being like 'Yeah, I could be the greatest, I just have to push myself to do it.' I just kept chanting 'S-P-O-R-T-S' the whole time in the studio. It was fun." "Victorious" is all about spreading powerful energy.

Verse 1 is full of crazy allusions and metaphors that are meant to continue spreading the idea of power and vitality. On the same site as above, Urie explains that "[l]yrically, this song came about like a sneeze. I like how all these words sounded back to back to back – good alliteration and rhyme." Much of what's being said here isn't meant to mean something so much as it gives a feeling. The most important and directly meaningful lyric here is "It hurts until it stops, we will love until it's not." No matter what happens, Brendon Urie (the lead singer and sole original member) will keep fighting with everything that's in him.

In the Pre-Chorus, he explains, "My touch is black and poisonous / And nothing like my punch-drunk kiss." This all seems to be a reference to the surge of power he feels, due to an extreme boost of self-confidence. He encourages his audience to "Drink the water, drink the wine" and to join him.

The Chorus is easy enough to decipher and continues to develop the sense of mania this song creates so well: "Oh, we gotta turn up the crazy / Livin' like a washed up celebrity / Shooting fireworks like it's the Fourth of July / Until we feel alright." Washed-up celebrities are known for living lives of excess as they try to "regain their glory days" (or for whatever other reason--I don't know any washed up celebrities) and Urie wishes only to mimic them as he encourages his partiers to grow their self-confidences and to keep doing what they feel like doing.

The last unique stanza of the song (the Bridge is a hodge-podge of the intro and outro lyrics) is the Second Verse. In it, Urie sings, "I'm like a scarf trick. It's all up the sleeve / I taste like magic, waves that swallow quick and deep / Throw the bait, catch the shark, bleed the water red / Fifty words for murder, and I'm every one of them." After listening to how he sings these lines, notice that the lyrics largely mean nothing. This is another example of Urie sacrificing direct meaning for an overall feeling that combines with the music to send listeners all the confidence they can derive from "Victorious."

And that's what "Victorious" is about. It's about confidence--not necessarily confidence in anything--but confidence in general. It's about the desire to go for something more and the knowledge that one can't be stopped.

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