Deepa Lakshmin

37 Emo Song Lyrics You Doodled On Your Chuck Taylors

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Converse's Chuck Taylor sneakers are incredibly versatile. They go with pretty much anything, from jeans and a T-shirt to button-ups to dresses to -- hell, even celebrities wear them to award shows. They belong in school hallways AND on red carpets. That's one impressive shoe, guys.

If you went through an emo phase circa seventh grade, then you know a pair of perfectly worn-out Chuck Taylors -- followed closely by their cousin, checkered slip-on Vans -- was the best accessary to the band T-shirts you bought from Hot Topic. To make your sneaks look as lived-in as possible, you doodled all over them with Sharpies. Drawing on your Chucks was basically the emo version of bedazzling.

Deepa Lakshmin

These are my middle school Chucks I dug out of my closet. Yes, that's a safety pin fastened to the shoelaces. I also wrote Taking Back Sunday and Straylight Run lyrics in teeny-tiny cursive around the soles. After all, this was the early '00s -- the Myspace era. Doodles almost always included lyrics from some band you heard of before everyone else.

Here are a few examples of songs that filled you with angst in the best way possible.

  1. Taking Back Sunday, "Cute Without the 'E' (Cut From the Team)"

    Most angsty lyric: "I know you well enough to know you never loved me"

  2. My Chemical Romance, "Helena (So Long & Goodnight)"

    Most angsty lyric: "We'll meet again when both our cars collide"

  3. Thirty Seconds To Mars, "The Kill"

    Most angsty lyric: "I am finished with you"

  4. Fall Out Boy, "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy"

    Most angsty lyric: "You were the last good thing about this part of town"

  5. The Starting Line, "Bedroom Talk"

    Most angsty lyric: "I'll chew you up and spit you out like all them."

  6. Relient K, "Be My Escape"

    Most angsty lyric: "I am a hostage to my own humanity"

  7. Straylight Run, "Existentialism On Prom Night"

    Most angsty lyric: "You would kill for this, just a little bit"

  8. Cute Is What We Aim For, "Lyrical Lies"

    Most angsty lyric: "You want to be dressed in poetry, but imagery doesn't fit"

  9. Mayday Parade, "Black Cat"

    Most angsty lyric: "This jealous actress has a habit of making things sound way too tragic"

  10. The Spill Canvas, "All Hail The Heartbreaker"

    Most angsty lyric: "So don't go worrying about me, it's not like I think about you constantly"

  11. Sugarcult, "Memory"

    Most angsty lyric: "This may never start, we could fall apart"

  12. Hellogoodbye, "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn"

    Most angsty lyric: "Every drawing that I drew was never, ever as cute as you"

  13. Paramore, "Misery Business"

    Most angsty lyric: "I watched his wildest dreams come true, not one of them involving you"

  14. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, "Face Down"

    Most angsty lyric: "Do you feel like a man when you push her around? Do you feel better now as she falls to the ground?"

  15. Panic! At The Disco, "Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off"

    Most angsty lyric: "Did you really think I’d let you kill this chorus?"

  16. Head Automatica, "Beating Heart Baby"

    Most angsty lyric: "Baby, is this love for real?"

  17. The Academy Is..., "Slow Down"

    Most angsty lyric: "Take back everything you ever said, you never meant a word of it"

  18. Yellowcard, "Ocean Avenue"

    Most angsty lyric: "Let your waves crash down on me and take me away"

  19. Blink-182, "I Miss You"

    Most angsty lyric: "We can live like Jack and Sally if we want"

  20. Cartel, "The Minstrel's Prayer"

    Most angsty lyric: "All these stupid silly songs keep trying to catch your ear"

  21. Story Of The Year, "Until The Day I Die"

    Most angsty lyric: "My hands are at your throat and I think I hate you"

  22. New Found Glory, "All Downhill From Here"

    Most angsty lyric: "Which one of us will burn until the end?"

  23. Waking Ashland, "I Am For You"

    Most angsty lyric: "Your heart has frozen over"

  24. Quietdrive, "Time After Time"

    Most angsty lyric: "If you fall, I will catch you, I'll be waiting"

  25. Hawthorne Heights, "Ohio Is for Lovers"

    Most angsty lyric: "Spare me just three last words, 'I love you' is all she heard"

  26. Brand New, "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot"

    Most angsty lyric: "Every picture you paint, I will paint myself out"

  27. Bright Eyes, "First Day Of My Life"

    Most angsty lyric: "I'm glad I didn't die before I met you"

  28. The All-American Rejects, "My Paper Heart"

    Most angsty lyric: "Bottle up old love and throw it out to sea"

  29. Boys Like Girls, "The Great Escape"

    Most angsty lyric: "Watch it burn, let it die, 'cause we are finally free tonight"

  30. The Pink Spiders, "Little Razorblade"

    Most angsty lyric: "Don't call it a crush, baby, you know I love you too much to be crushed like that"

  31. The Early November, "Ever So Sweet"

    Most angsty lyric: "Can't you see the wall you built for me?"

  32. Mae, "Suspension"

    Most angsty lyric: "Say anything, but say what you mean"

  33. Motion City Soundtrack, "L.G. FUAD"

    Most angsty lyric: "I want to thank you for being a part of my forget-me-nots and marigolds"

  34. All Time Low, "Dear Maria, Count Me In"

    Most angsty lyric: "There's a story at the bottom of this bottle"

  35. The Postal Service, "Nothing Better"

    Most angsty lyric: "Will someone please call a surgeon who can crack my ribs and repair this broken heart?"

  36. Death Cab for Cutie, "Crooked Teeth"

    Most angsty lyric: "I built you a home in my heart with rotten wood, it decayed from the start"

  37. Jack's Mannequin, "The Mixed Tape"

    Most angsty lyric: "This mix could burn a hole in anyone, but it was you I was thinking of"

Oh, and here's a playlist of all these songs in case you need to get your teen angst on: