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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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    Jan 30th, 2007 1:13pm report

    I think it's about the Patient's lover is sitting there telling him all these things and he is also talking and they are their famous last words.


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    Jan 23rd, 2007 1:13am report

    this song is abowt mikey leaving..

    gerard - "honey if you stay ill be forgiving"
    Mikey - "nothing you can stay will stop me goin home"

    man I'm glad mikey actuali did stay. wow. wot wud mcr be without mikey!? it wud b like mc? or jus r? come on, mikey even made up tha name!!


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    Jan 17th, 2007 1:01pm report

    I read an interview with Gerard
    And the "Honey if you stay.." bit was apparently about leaving his girlfriend, who he'd been with for 6 years.
    He said that it was almost like marriage, and leaving it was heart breaking.
    He changed the lyrics just before recording.
    So I guess its just about how hard it was for him.
    I don't know about you.
    But I think this song is immense.
    As good as it gets :)


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    Jan 14th, 2007 1:47pm report

    *the one about Mcr afraid they're not getting there message through makes sence
    *I was talking to my cousin and he had his ipod and was listening to teenagers. (He has only teenagers and welcome to the black parade on it by them and said he only liked teenagers b/c it's a catchy song)
    *When I went off in a rant and told him it was about the teen shootings, he froze up and looked at me like I was crazy.
    *The point: I can understand where that interpretation came from, because this event made me mad (You sing the words but still don't know what they mean)
    *Gerard started the band to do something with his life and to make music for people to hear and understand - to get a point across. Now people label them as emo, or they're trying to make people hurt themselfs and they're getting slammed downed b/c they make songs about teenshootings, death, cancer, prison rape, teenage pregnancy- and they're afraid they're message isn't getting through -it makes sense if you think about it


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    Jan 12th, 2007 1:32am report

    According to Gerard he wrote the song about Mikey about 2 weeks after Mikey had left the band and moved out of the house. He poured all his thoughts about Mikey's health and his anger and his worry into the song with help from Ray and Famous Last Words was the result. When Mikey heard it he fell back in love with his band and rejoined.


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    Dec 20th, 2006 12:13am report

    I believe that this song is about The Patients spouse dying. When you listen to the lines "I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone" means that if she dies, he is not afraid to move on.


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    Nov 29th, 2006 11:27am report

    Its about Mikeys depression and Gerard wrote it with Ray because he was scared for Mikey. It's saying that he wants him to come back and get better so everything will be okay. I read it in a few million interviews.


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    Nov 28th, 2006 11:41pm report

    I think its more literally about their own lives than anything else.

    'I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone'.

    how they've lost friends and made fake friends through fame, and that they feel like they live in some kind of bubble because people either think a)oh my god its MCR, they rock! and are all fangirlish, or b)oh my god its MCR, they suck! and are just hateful. Its them basically saying they have lost friends and a lot of other things through fame, but that they're finally comfortable in their own skin, even if it means they have to live in a solitary way.

    'so many bright lights they cast a shadow, but can I speak?'

    saying how they're supposedly adored by all these kids, but that they're scared their real message isn't getting through. That the message is lost behind the image. The spotlight's on them, but is anyone really listening?

    'these bright lights have always blinded me'

    they never asked for this fame, and they're scared of what might happen to them because of it, but they're not going to show they're scared for the sake of their fans, who look up to them so much 'MCR saved my life'

    they're not giving up on the fans, no matter how much they sometimes feel like they want to.


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    Nov 25th, 2006 11:53pm report

    The song is about Mikey you fucking idiots. If you ever read a single Goddamn interview with MCR you would know most of the songs have meanings outside of the concepts.


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    Nov 22nd, 2006 11:20pm report

    im not 100% sure but I think that MCR said that it was about being able to survive on after a relationship..saying you will be okay without someone, you'll be okay alone


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    Nov 22nd, 2006 11:00am report

    It's something like the patient surviving.
    Or something like from 'Bullets' and 'Revenge' where in the end he ends up getting his life, without his lover, and decides that he's not afraid to live alone anymore...

    But he could be with his lover in an illusion of some type where his lover is next to him,'I see you lying next to me, with words I thought I'd never speak' and he can't decide whether he's asleep and dreaming or just dead and lives('awake and unafraid'), in death with his lover instead of...well, going with the story of 'Bullets' and 'Revenge'


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    Nov 18th, 2006 11:07pm report

    The way I have interpreted this CD is that some of the songs are about the way the cancer patient feels throughout various stages of him accepting the fact that he is dying.
    This song, I think, it about how he doesn't want his loved ones to believe that he is giving up and letting the cancer win. The line "I'm not afraid to keep on living" may mean that he's willing to keep fighting to live, but he knows that it really won't matter because his body just can't hold out much longer.
    "Nothing you can say can stop me going home" perhaps its time for him to die and go to heaven. If you believe in god you may believe that our 'home' is with Him in heaven.
    The bright lights that he speaks of could be like the 'white light at the end of the tunnel' that people with near-death experiences claim to have seen.
    "I see you lying next to me..." that part I feel is about the moments before his death or just after his death. The person he loves has crawled into his hospital bed with him. She may have fallen asleep laying beside him and he has woken up and is talking to her even though she is asleep. Or perhaps he died and she is holding his body one last time and his spirit is still there talking to her even though she cannot hear him.


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    Nov 15th, 2006 11:11pm report

    I think it's about him(the patient) surviving his cancer and he isn't afraid to do it

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Nov 10th, 2006 11:29pm report

    This must mean that his last words were "awake and unafraid , asleep or dead" which means that he lives in after life unafraid to walk the world alone (after the black parade is over ofcourse)i like to think that his last words were a brief discussion with god in wich god says I can't let you in to heaven,youve lived a life of sin, as helena eavesdrops on them conversing, the patient (who I to believe is the guy from bullets and three cheers)says I am not afraid to keep on living I am not afraid to walk this world alone. And helena says give 'em hell kid

    as always
    emo guy


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    Oct 27th, 2006 10:13am report

    The chorus might be a revisitation of our narrator's trip through the desert with his love, helena. They - the "demolition lovers" ran away from a world taken over by vampires. In early sunsets over monroeville we learn that helena has been bitten and the narrator can't kill her. Her transformation into a demon is portrayed here and there throughout three cheers for sweet revenge. It's possible that the patient is the narrator from the first two albums and the chorus is a discussion between helena and the narrator:

    narrator: I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone.
    Helena: honey, if you stay (in death) I'll be forgiven (for killing him, I suppose. Not sure when that would happen, but I haven't really deeply analyzed the three cheers lyrics.)
    narrator: nothing you can say can stop me going home.

    The conversation would probably make more sense inversely, however, since I'm pretty sure the narrator killed helena and not the other way around. It's pretty tough to point dialogue at one character or another based purely on speculation. Perhaps the narrator has come to terms with death but helena wants to return to their shattered, destroyed version of earth no matter what.

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