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Life Of The Party is about coming out.

It is not far-fetched to say that the first verse sung by Shawn, whose still hiding his sexuality, to his lover who is already out and unabashedly being themselves.
I Love it that you just don't care
Love it when you dance like there's nobody there
So when it gets hard, don't be afraid
We don't care what them people say
In the chorus, Shawn encourages the listener to come out (take your shot). Because even though not everyone could immediately accept it (hence "hearts are gonna break"), but at the end, it was worth it and there is no need to feel sorry for being yourself.
We don't have to be ordinary
Make your best mistakes
Cause we don't have the time to be sorry
So baby be the life of the party
I'm telling you to take your shot it might be scary
Hearts are gonna break
Cause we don't have the time to be sorry
So baby, be the life of the party.
On the second verse, Shawn wants to show his love without caring what everyone would say.
Together we can just let go
Pretend like there's no one else here that we know
Slow dance fall in love as the club track plays
We don't care what them people say
  • This is not necessarily saying that the song is about Shawn himself or that Shawn is gay in real life. Sometimes a song is not sung by the singer's own experience.

Shawn is secretly chronicling the struggles of being a nurse.

“Stitches?” “Treat You Better?” “In My Blood?”


The line in “In My Blood” about “I’m crawling in my skin” wasn’t a coincidence.

Shawn was definitely working on the new album and could possibly have been writing that song around the time Chester died. IMB is about someone nearing the Despair Event Horizon , so Shawn could have drawn from Chester’s life as well as his own to write it. How much so depends on how much LP may have meant to him- but who knows that.

  • Shawn announced the title and release date for "In My Blood" on March 20, 2017- Chester's birthday.
  • The video for the song features Shawn apparently "laying on the bathroom floor" the whole time. "Crawling", the LP song with the shared lyric, also takes place in a bathroom.
  • Whether or not the lyric was intentional, Shawn and the newly solo Mike Shinoda were at the same music festival at least once in 2018. If Mike overheard that lyric for the first time there, we can only guess his reaction...

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