"I want every LGBTQ person to know that our ideas are mainstream. We have stories to tell and people will fucking listen." - Justin Tranter
Fall Out Boy songwriting collaborator Justin Tranter has confirmed that the huge single 'Centuries' is about trans pioneer Marsha P. Johnson.
Tranter was a guest performer at Spirit Day, an annual event raising awareness of the bullying of LGBT youth, when he opened up about the inspiration for the track.
"I want every LGBTQ person to know that our ideas are mainstream. We have stories to tell and people will fucking listen" said Tranter, before performing a cover of the Fall Out Boy track.
Marsha P. Johnson was one of the first trans advocates to fight back against the police during the historic Stonewall riots, and was the cofounder of transgender organization STAR [Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries], focused on providing aid and assistance to trasngender people, drag queens, gender-nonconforming people and homeless LGBT youth.
While the song was already a huge, anthemic hit- the lyrics now seem all the more important. Check out some of the lyrics below:
Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me, for centuries
Just one mistake
Is all it will take
We'll go down in history
Remember me for centuries
We've been here forever
And he's the frozen proof
I could scream forever
We are the poisoned youth
Not that we need an excuse, but give Fall Out Boy's 'Centuries' a listen with this fresh perspective below:
Justin Tranter also took out BMI Songwriter Of The Year for the second year in a row over the weekend. He's behind Linkin Park's 'Heavy', and a handful of other pop hits from the past 12 months.
Holy what what what?!? How is life even real for one second?!?! I won @bmi Songwriter Of The Year for the second year in a row and I can’t even believe I’m alive!! Thank you to all of my collaborators, thank you to my queen @runbluebirdrun, @juliamichaels I missed you so much, my parents I’m sooo lucky, @jimmyknehans thanks for keeping me alive, my former band members I can’t wait to see you in 5 minutes, and @everytown thank you for the shirt and I can’t wait to serve your beautiful cause!
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