The surprise betrothal of Avril Lavigne and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger? It all makes sense ... if you parse their lyrics.

By EW Staff
Updated August 31, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

On drinking

We’re drinking black tooth, 80 proof, straight gasoline/Slam as much as you can take and hand the bottle to me. —Nickelback, ”Bottoms Up”

Last night I blacked out I think/What did you, what did you put in my drink? —Avril Lavigne, ”Smile”

On greetings

Yeah she’d even break a promise in the promise-land/She didn’t make it this far by just shakin’ hands. —Nickelback, ”Shakin’ Hands”

All that I did was walk over/Start off by shaking your hands. —Avril Lavigne, ”Unwanted”

On ego

I want a new tour bus full of old guitars/My own star on Hollywood Boulevard/Somewhere between Cher and James Dean is fine for me. —Nickelback, ”Rockstar”

Get me what I want/Everything I don’t got/Get me what I want/Cause I’m a big shot. —Avril Lavigne, ”I Always Get What I Want”

On casual decision-making

Brother, tell me somethin’/If I take this, am I going to die?/And he says no, so then I figure, ”What the hell?” —Nickelback, ”Fly”

All my life I’ve been good but now/I’m thinking ”What the hell?” —Avril Lavigne, ”What the Hell”