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I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)

"I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)", or for short "I'm Like a Lawyer... (Me & You)", is the fourth track on and fifth and final single from rock band Fall Out Boy's fourth album, Infinity on High. Written by Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz primarily, the song was one of the two tracks produced by Babyface, the other being single "Thnks fr th Mmrs".

This song was played on VH1's V-Spot acoustic sessions along with "Thnks fr th Mmrs", "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", and "Sugar, We're Goin Down", all of which were successful singles.

Track listing

  1. "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You)" - 3:35
  2. "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" (Live from Hammersmith Palais) - 3:24

Critical reception

As the band collaborated with longtime R&B producer Babyface, initial reviews of the song and its breach into another genre were mixed. Jason Tate of said of the song, "'I'm Like a Lawyer...' is more pop than punk, more focus on the vocals than the music. While the music may be "simple" the vocals are anything but. Corey Apar, a writer for Allmusic, was more malignant towards the song, calling it Maroon 5-ish, with "a vocal hook uncomfortably close to Phil Collins' cover of "A Groovy Kind of Love". On the contrary, Rolling Stone magazine lauded the song, and IGN approved of the song, assuring long-time fans that they indeed had nothing to fear about the band permanently branching into R&B.

Music video

In an interview with MSNBC, Wentz told Chicagoan/Today Staffer Devin Johnson, that the band was to film the video for the song in Uganda, and further noted, "...we're going to shoot it on 24p cameras and donate the money that we were going to use in the video for the film or the video to a project over there... According to Billboard, the band shot the video for the single after having performed their first show in South Africa. A sneak peek of the video aired on TRL on September 12th, and the music video for "Me + You" can now be seen in its entirety on FUSE TV premiered the video on September 14th.

A clip of the video showed the band performing in a field in Uganda between shots of people doing their daily routines in Africa and a group of people watching the video for "Dance, Dance".

The plot focuses on the lives of two children from Uganda, who fall in love and work hard to be able to go to school. But one day, their village is raided, and the young boy is taken. However, in a portion with no music, the boy escapes. As the boy returns home, the music starts playing again and the two reunite. The video ends with a message saying that there are still thousands of children soldiers who have not returned to their family, along with the URL to Invisible Children Inc.'s official website In this video, apart from the scenes with the children, there are only a few shots of the band, far less than in prior videos.

The music video was directed by Alan Ferguson.


Chart (2007) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 28
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 33
UK Singles Chart 89
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 68
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs 46
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Tracks 42
U.S. Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks 14
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 31
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 Airplay 28
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 26


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