The Carpal Tunnel of Love
Single Info
From the Album Infinity on High
Released December 12, 2006
Recorded 2006
Format Digital download
Genre Pop punk, post-hardcore
Length 3:23
Label Island Records
Producer Neal Avron
Writer(s) Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump
Album Tracks
Bang the Doldrums
This Track
The Carpal Tunnel of Love
Fame < Infamy
Singles Timeline
A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"
This Single
The Carpal Tunnel of Love
This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race

The Carpal Tunnel of Love is the first single from Fall Out Boy's third studio album, Infinity on High. Released on December 12, 2006, the lyrics and music were written by Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump.

Background Edit

In mid-November 2006, "The Carpal Tunnel of Love" was the first taste of Infinity on High when the band leaked it online to AbsolutePunk, before a pre-album release to iTunes on December 12, 2006 as a digital single. In addition, a web-exclusive video was released, but later saw televised airplay on Music Choice On-Demand. The song debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number No. 81 on the strength of digital downloads and minor airplay, also coming in at No. 67 on the defunct-Pop 100.

The song was featured in the Sony video game, MLB 07: The Show.

Sound Edit

"The Carpal Tunnel of Love" has been referred to as "a prime slab of what the boys have become famous for: highly caffeinated pop-punk mixed with a little white-boy soul and some hard-core yelping." The song features Stump singing in a falsetto in the chorus over Trohman’s "crunchy" guitars, as well as a breakdown in which Wentz employs unclean vocals, similar to how he used to in his former band, Arma Angelus.

Lyrical Content Edit

Fall Out Boy - The Carpal Tunnel Of Love

Fall Out Boy - The Carpal Tunnel Of Love

Music Video

Elements of Wentz's lyrics were alleged to have been stolen from the works of Give Up the Ghost/Some Girls singer and lyricist Wesley Eisold, who sued the band for copyright infringement after the song was released. Eisold was credited as an "inspirador" in the album liner notes in all versions of the albums. Fall Out Boy settled out of court. The song title is a combination of carpal tunnel syndrome and the tunnel of love amusement ride.

Music Video Edit

On February 5, 2007, the music video was made available on Fall Out Boy's website and was directed by Happy Tree Friends creator Kenn Navarro. The video features Happy Tree Friends characters and cartoon versions of the band in a plot where Cuddles and Giggles have fallen in love, and Cuddles' attempts to express his love to Giggles. The video concludes with all of the characters, including the Fall Out Boy members, being killed in graphic and ultraviolent ways.

Lyrics Edit

We take sour sips from life's lush lips
And we shake, shake, shake the hips in relationships
Stomp out this disaster town, you'll put your eyes to the sun and say,
"I know you're only blinding to kick back what the clouds are hiding."

And we might have started singing just a little soon
We're throwing stones at a glass moon

Whoa, we're so miserable and stunning
Whoa, songs for the genuinely cunning

Oh, we keep the beat with your blistered feet
We bullet the words at the mockingbirds singing
Slept through the weekend, and dreaming
Of sinking with the melody of the cliffs of eternity
Got postcards from my former selves saying "How've you been?"

We might've said goodbyes just a little soon
(Stomp out this disaster town)
Robbing lips, kissing banks under this moon

Whoa, we're so miserable and stunning
Whoa, love songs for the genuinely cunning
Whoa, we're so miserable and stunning
Whoa, love songs for the genuinely cunning

It was ice cream headaches and sweet avalanche
When the pearls in our shells got up to dance
You call me a bad tipper of the cradle
Tired yawns for fawns on hunter's lawns
We're the has-beens of husbands
Sharpening the knives of young wives
Take two years and call me when you're better
Take teardrops of mine, find yourself wetter

Whoa, we're so miserable and stunning
Whoa, love songs for the genuinely cunning
Whoa, we're so miserable and stunning
Whoa, love songs for the genuinely cunning

Charts Edit

Chart (2007) Peak


US Billboard Hot 100 81
US Billboard Pop 100 67