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My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade


My Chemical Romance - Welcome To The Black Parade - Meaning of the song


This is the first single from the album The Black Parade. Lead singer Gerard Way explains that the concept of the album is "The Patient," who dies of cancer at an early age. According to Way, death comes in the form of your most powerful memory, and for "The Patient" that memory is a parade he went to with his father, which explains the album title.

During the shooting of the video the band suffered two very unfortunate accidents. First, drummer Bob Bryar suffered a bad burn on the back of his leg, which became infected. Even worse was when lead singer Gerard Way tore several ligaments in his leg after being playfully tackled by another member of the band.

There could be some biblical imagery in this song, as a father tells his son at a parade to be the savior of "The broken, the beaten and the damned." The son does not think himself worthy enough to redeem these people. This could be seen as a reference to God (father) telling Moses (his son) he needs to be the savior of the Jewish people (the broken, beaten, and damned) and lead them out of Egypt. At first Moses does not think himself worthy of this task.


Welcome To The Black Parade - Lyrics


When I was a young boy, my father

Took me into the city to see a marching band

He said, "Son, when you grow up would you be

The savior of the broken, the beaten and the damned?"

He said, "Will you defeat them? Your demons

And all the non-believers, the plans that they have made?

Because one day, I'll leave you a phantom

To lead you in the summer to join the black parade..."


When I was a young boy, my father

Took me into the city to see a marching band

He said, "Son, when you grow up would you be

The savior of the broken, the beaten and the damned?"


Sometimes I get the feeling she's watching over me

And other times I feel like I should go

And through it all, the rise and fall, the bodies in the streets

And when you're gone, we want you all to know


We'll carry on, we'll carry on, and though you're

Dead and gone, believe me, your memory

Will carry on, we'll carry on, and in my

Heart, I can't contain it, the anthem won't explain it


A world that sends you reeling from decimated dreams

Your misery and hate will kill us all

So paint it black and take it back, let's shout it loud and clear

Defiant to the end we hear the call


To carry on, we'll carry on, and though you're

Dead and gone, believe me, your memory

Will carry on, we'll carry on, and though you're

Broken and defeated, your weary widow marches


On and on, we carry through the fears (Oh, oh, oh)

Disappointed faces of your peers (Oh, oh, oh)

Take a look at me, 'cause I could not care at all


Do or die, you'll never make me

Because the world will never take my heart

Go and try, you'll never break me

We want it all, we wanna play this part

I won't explain or say I'm sorry

I'm unashamed, I'm gonna show my scars

Give a cheer for all the broken

Listen here, because it's who we are

I'm just a man, I'm not a hero

Just a boy, who had to sing this song

I'm just a man, I'm not a hero

I don't care!


We'll carry on, we'll carry on, and though you're

Dead and gone, believe me, your memory

Will carry on, we'll carry on, and though you're

Broken and defeated, your weary widow marches


Do or die, you'll never make me

Because the world will never take my heart

Go and try, you'll never break me

We want it all, we wanna play this part (We'll carry on!)

Do or die, you'll never make me (We'll carry on!)

Because the world will never take my heart (We'll carry on!)

Go and try, you'll never break me (We'll carry-)

We want it all, we wanna play this part (We'll carry on...)


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