Meaning of “G.I.N.A.S.F.S.” by Fall Out Boy

For starters concerning the title of this song (“G.I.N.A.S.F.S.”), it actually stands for the phrase “Gay Is Not a Synonym for Sh*tty”. And what that not-so-clear statement seemingly means, according to the way Pete Wentz described it, is that circa the era this track was dropped, people had the tendency to hastily scrutinize music they didn’t like as being “gay”.

But with that being established and argued, such is not the subject matter of the lyrics. Instead what they revolve around, most simply put, is the vocalist pining over his ex. A listener may be hard-pressed to gather that notion from the first verse. 

But as the song progresses, it becomes more obvious that this is the case of a vocalist who decided to leave his girlfriend for someone new, i.e. “trade baby blues for wide-eyed browns”, only to have more recently come to regret that decision. 

Or in any event, “some nights (things) get so bad” that he’s tempted to call her, which would imply that Pete has to make a conscientious effort not to fall into this temptation. Or put otherwise, for whatever unspecified reason he’s fighting the urge to let his ex know that, at least occasionally, he wants her back.

“Trade baby blues for wide eyed browns
I sleep with your old shirts and walk through this house in your shoes
You know, it’s strange
It’s a strange way of saying that I know I’m supposed to love you
I’m supposed to love you”

Release Date of “G.I.N.A.S.F.S.”

“G.I.N.A.S.F.S.” is song #15 and one of the bonus tracks on the tracklisting of the “Infinity on High” album, which represents Fall Out Boy’s third studio offering.

The “G.I.N.A.S.F.S.”  song and its album were officially put out on the same day, i.e. February 6 of 2007.

Writing & Production

Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump, members of this Chicago-formed group, were responsible for composing this track. Production duties were handled by a US record producer called Neal Avron.


Island Records is the name of the record company behind the “Infinity on High” project. It was supported by multiple singles. The first single was issued in December 2006.  It is titled “The Carpal Tunnel of Love”. In 2007 the band and their management released four more singles from this record. They are:

  • “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”
  • “Thnks fr th Mmrs”
  • “The Take Over, the Breaks Over”
  • “I’m Like a Lawyer with the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)”

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