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Fall Out Boy’s ‘Centuries’ Is About Trans Pioneer Marsha P. Johnson, Songwriter Has Revealed

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 14 May 2018 at 11.36

"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. 

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