To my surprise, I find that Brendon Urie, who wrote the song, "grew up in a Mormon family in Las Vegas" according to an interview from 2008. http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2008 ... mandmusic8
It goes on to say
I then found an exclusive on MTV about the new album, which statesMormonism didn't set Urie apart from other kids - 70% of his schoolmates subscribed to the religion - but at 15 he drifted somewhat from the faith. He started smoking weed and listening to jazz and punk, and formed Panic with Ross and drummer Spencer Smith. When the band first started, Urie would have to skip rehearsals to go to church, but as he became more rebellious, he started rowing with his parents and staying away from home.
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/171104 ... tion.jhtmlAs Urie previously told MTV News, while much of Too Rare is an ode to Panic's Las Vegas roots, he's also writing about his own personal experiences. First single "Miss Jackson" finds him repenting for previous relationship wrongs, and one of his favorite album tracks, "This Is Gospel," lived for months on his laptop before he found the courage to share it with his bandmates.
"There are quite a few songs that are very personal, about things I've been through with different people in my life."
With all that, I'm pretty sure this song is about him leaving the church and the various effects his experience has had on him.
There's a lot of feeling in the music and the lyrics, but the video is actually quite powerful visually as well.
It would be so interesting to sit down with him and pick his brain about this one.