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Song Released: 2007

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Famous Last Words Lyrics

Now I know
That I can't make you stay
But where's your heart
But where's your heart
But where's your

And I know
There's nothing I can say
To change that part
To change that part
To change

So many
Bright lights they cast a...


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    Jun 17th, 2007 6:44pm report

    So this is what my friend told me. She said that it is about Gerard Way breaking up with his girlfriend. And it kinda makes sense, too. The lyrics say "I am not afraid to keep on living I am not afraid to walk this world alone, Honey if you stay You'll be forgiven, nothing you can say will stop me going home." That means that his girlfriend won't stop him going home and that he is not afraid to keep on living without her. Which makes me happy because I just absolutely LOVE Gerard Way!!!


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    Jun 1st, 2007 6:30pm report

    Ok whoever thinks this song is about death...well your an idiot. That doesn't even have anything to do with the lyrics. when I 1st heard this song I thought it was about a relationship but only a couple of lines suggest that meaning so that's not it. and the thing with Mikey also only makes sense through part of the song. I don't think anyone has it completely right. none of these interpretations are completely accurate since it doesn't make sense throughout the entire song, but I guess that's one of the greatest thing about mcr.

    I think the best one so far was the one about how he is talking to his fans, that's makes more sense than any of them. many parts of these lyrics are taken to literally. mcr uses a lot of metaphors in there music which is one on the reasons I love them so much, but it does make there music confusing at times. I think that the lines "I see you lying next to me, with words I thought I'd never speak, awake and unafraid, asleep or dead" is talking about that whole situation with the fans (look through the other interpretations to c what I'm talking about because I don't feel like re-typing all of it)and there not literally meaning "lying next to me". I'm not sure exactly what they mean by it, but I'm trying to figure it out. when they say "I no that I can make you stay, but where's your heart, and I no there's nothing I can say, to change that part, to change that part" there saying that they can keep playing and can keep there fans with them, but were is there fans hearts? are they really listening to the deep meanings that they are trying to get through to them, or do they just like it because it sounds cool? and they no that they can't change the fact that most people will call themselves there "fans", but they will always listen to them just because of the sound of there music, not the meaning. well that's just wat I think about it, if you don't agree, well, good luck finding it out and post if you do.

    God bless MCR


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    Jun 1st, 2007 6:16am report

    The second chorus,
    I see you lying next to me
    with words I thought id never speak
    awake and unafraid asleep or dead.

    This means the patient who is dying is lying next to his father in his grave and that he is proud to be buried next to him whether he is alive or dead.


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    May 9th, 2007 5:09pm report

    Gerard talked about this song in an interview and said it is about Mikeys 'breakdown' and when he wanted to leave the band during the recording of the record. It does fit in with the concept of the album so I think it can be looked at from both p.o.v's.

    To me it's about depression the lines 'well its hard understanding I'm incomplete' and 'i am not afraid to keep on living....' speak to me about a persons struggle with feeling 'broken' but finding the strength to carry on with life, finally being 'awake and unafraid'.


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    Apr 22nd, 2007 4:59pm report

    I heard it was about splitting from his gf, but then again I'm not too sure, I wasnt aware that Mikey was about to leave the band and all of that, but id like to think the song is about hope.....i got the part

    I See You Lying Next To Me, With Words I Thought I'd Never Speak, Awake and Unafraid, Asleep Or Dead....

    tattooed on my wrist, I love that song, that part and MCR


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    Apr 4th, 2007 4:03pm report

    In this one, Gerard and the band talk about losing someone, possibly a girlfriend. But not to death. She simply left and now he's telling her that he's changed but doesn't want her back. "I am not afraid to keep on living/ I am not afraid to walk this world alone!" The first verse mainly revolves around the girl leaving. Like in an arguement or something. "But where's your heart?" He also says that he can't do anything to change what he, or possibly she, has done to ruin this relationship. The bridge (So many bright lights that cast a shadow..." talks about some type of realm he has reach that is full of depression and how her leaving as paralyzed him. The second verse continues the description of the other realm and Gerard begging for her to help him get out and how he is now incomplete. The second bridge is my favorite. "I see you lying next to me/ With words I thought I'd never speak/ Awake and unafraid/ Asleep or dead..." I honestly took me a while to get such a clear lyric. Basically, in AmiJAne terms, Gerard looks back on when he found the girl he loved and wakes up and thinks those words to himself. The fact the Gerard Way doesn't believe he'll ever fall in love makes this part even stronger to some. He realizes that it will happen and when it does, he'll be like, oh s**t, and speak the words he swore he never would..."I love you."



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    Apr 1st, 2007 4:00am report

    myartofdrowning, I think your thinking of I Don't Love You. This song has nothing to do with Gerard's spit up what so ever! It's about death! DEATH!!! Listen to the lyrics! "Asleep or Dead!" Famous Last Words is probably about The Patient at the end of his guidance with The Black Parade or about the final words and minutes of his life. This song makes me think of my Great-Uncle because he went exactly through cancer and death. And the album came out when he had Cancer and two months before his death!!! Sad cowinsidence. :( *tear


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    Mar 22nd, 2007 3:46pm report

    i believe this song is about him finally accepting his death he realizes that there is nothing he can do or say to change this part. then I believe after this he says so many bright lights that cast a shadow but can I speak I think he has finally started to acend or decend to heaven or hell. And that scares him so he starts talking about his old life. And realizes he had liked that better. I am not afraid to keep on living I am not afraid to walk this world alone he is saying he wants to go back and he doesn't mind if he's left all alone and he's determined that noone can say or do anything to stop him going home


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    Mar 22nd, 2007 3:37am report

    ITS NUFIN 2 DO WITH MIKEY!! it's about gerard splitting with his girlfriend!!!


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    Mar 21st, 2007 3:22pm report

    its bout mikey..NOT the patient!after mikey left the band,his brother(gerard)nd ray wrote this cause well...they were concerned for his health!he became relly depressed so he left the band cause w his depression,came anger.he b came pissed off so he moved out.nyways..im happii he's back!seriously...wat would mcr b w out mikey?they wouldnt b the same!!!MIKEY ROX!MCR ROX!!

    emo chick!!<33


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    Mar 20th, 2007 3:00pm report

    It's about Gerard splitting with his long term girlfriend!!


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    Mar 9th, 2007 3:52pm report

    i know exactly why this was written

    it was because mikey has bipolar desease and was gonna leave the band in the process of them recording. gerard was angry and upset and wrote an song named famous last words. aparently the original lyrics were very angry and agressive. However when mikey came back the lyrics were changed into a song with more hope than anything


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    Mar 8th, 2007 3:46pm report

    Gerard wants everyone to not be afraid to live their life no matter what challenges are along the way... That's famous last words in about 20 words...


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    Mar 2nd, 2007 3:52pm report

    Glad to see there are other people here that are seeing deeper into all this...
    With all that Gerard and the guys have stated about the making of this album, or DURING the making of it, I find this and several other songs on this album to be very revealing.
    The thought that this album is all about "the patient" is very romantic, isn't it? And it's obviously working for them. But the truth is, most of these songs are much more personal and closer to them than you may can imagine.
    Several major incidents happened during the time of preparing and making this piece of work (their best so far). Do you honestly believe they couldn't bring those things with them into these songs?
    These incidents could be seen as terminal conditions, or definitely, inevitable conclusions to certain things in their lives. There is a strong tone of reluctant acceptance throught this album.
    Think about what they have talked about in some of the interviews they've given and then you'll start seeing these songs totally opposite of what you were originally told to see them as.


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    Feb 12th, 2007 2:51pm report

    i think the songs deals about someone who is dying(the ligts blinded him)
    because he have committed suicide and at this right moment when his soul is leaving his body(that is why he feels so weak)he realizes he does not feel affraid to keep on living...or to walk alone in this world as he felt while he was alive...but now is too late to come back even though he says to the death ....Nothing you can say can stop me going home.he wants to come back but he can not

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