What does Helena mean?

My Chemical Romance: Helena Meaning

Album cover for Helena album cover

Song Released: 2005

Helena Lyrics

Long ago
Just like the hearse you die to get in again
We are
So far from you

Burning on
Just like a match you strike to incinerate
The lives
Of everyone you know
And what's the worst can take
From every heart you break
And like the...

  1. blackparade
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    Feb 9th 2007 !⃝

    This song is about Gerard and Mikey's grandma who passed away.

  2. satanslilwhore_666
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    Jan 30th 2007 !⃝

    This is about Gerard and Mikey's grandmother dying. Thy said so themselves!

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2007 !⃝

    listen. In my opinion, this song has double meanings. it has to do with the death of gerard and mikey's grandmother, but it also goes along with the story of the album: he and his girlfriend die, they go to hell, and he makes a deal with the devil that if he collects the souls of a thousand evil men, they can live again. or maybe its neither. mabye, rather than arguing, people can learn to accept that Helena, just like any song, can be interpreted however the listener feels. who knows, maybe the world of warcraft thing is right!

    PS-the grandmothers real name was Elena, but many people called her Helen, so Gerard mixed them together and called her Helena

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2007 !⃝

    Well...I know for fact it's about someone dying...I don't give a care on who died it's just specificly stating that someone has died.

  5. matraxo
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    Jan 13th 2007 !⃝

    If anyone is interested, I'm pretty sure I explained every little detail of the song further up the page. If you're trying to figure out why he would say certain things about his grandma, I might've covered it. If not, ask and maybe I can add something...and by the way, this just occurred to me. Maybe Helena is short for "hello elena"? Sounds a bit out there, but someone said that at a concert the band had everyone say "hello grandma". So just maybe.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 8th 2007 !⃝

    why don't you all just read the inside of the CD cover? "this album is dedicated to Elena Lee Rush" or [something to that effect.] the song is about Gerard and Mikey's grandma.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2007 !⃝

    This song is about Gerard and Mikey's Grandmother.

  8. xanarchyxforeverx
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    Jan 5th 2007 !⃝

    Jeez, so much fighting about one song...Okay, the song was dedicated[also]written for Gerard and Mikey's dearly beloved grandmother who died. Along with that the album was dedicated to her also. Okay? And who ever thought up the idea for this song being about a girlfriend really needs to re-check their priorities. What is it with people and broken relationships? It's such a stupid obsession.*Ahem* Anyway, I rest my case here, so no more complaining. If you're a true MCR fan you wouldn't be arguing...I'm sure the band wouldn't like to see you do that over a song.
    - xanarchyxforeverx

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 28th 2006 !⃝

    LOL! It's not like they're going to search the internet to see what their fans think the song's about, is it?! Chill; so long as you're buying the record, I don't think they'll give a damn whether or not you create a dead girlfriend.

    And for the girl who thinks broadcasting her self harm on the web is big and clever: newsflash, it's not.Go and get yourself some professional help if it's a genuine problem. If not, stop attention seeking. Self harm destroys lives. I think perhaps a site admin should excercise caution here: it's all very well for song lyrics to refer to such matters, but for someone to post something like that on a forum and for it to be left there is just downright irresponsible.

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 22nd 2006 !⃝

    >>>All you dumb fucks who think it is about a girlfriend, it is not. Gerard is not that fucking disrespectful to use his grandmother to cover up for an ex/girl. What great MCR fans you guys are.<<<<

    I TOTALLY AGREE!!! why would he be saying his grandmother for his girlfreind he ISNT THAT SHALLOW!! this song is clearly about his grandma, and if you think it's about his girlfriend YOUR A FUCKING MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE POSER!!!!!!!! 'like a blade you stain' could be figurative language for 'u hurt me so much, why did you go?' Jeez, some people, if you think its his girlfriend you must be retarted or a poseur. Ok, yeah.

  11. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2006 !⃝

    i think it is about gerards girlfriend helena that died because if it wasnt why would it say we'll meet again when both our cars collide?

  12. anonymous
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    Dec 8th 2006 !⃝

    He lost the girl he loved

  13. anonymous
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    Dec 5th 2006 !⃝

    Well, this album is an extension of the concept from the song "Drowning Lessons" from the first album. It's basically about a man whose girlfriend dies(possibly of suicide, considering the whole "like the blade you stain thing). He mourns for her and strikes up a deal with the devil. He must get the souls of 1000 evil men to get his girlfriend back. He puts his girlfriend's body in an empty well until he can get the souls.

    This song carries on this theme. It's about the man and his girlfriend, but Gerard's grandmother, Elena Lee Rush, died when he was writing this song. He then dedicated this song to her. The lines "Are you near me, can you hear me?" are specifically about her.

    So there, that is the proper story.

  14. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2006 !⃝

    Sorry guys, but really, I think the band would be disappointed in you.
    The idea isn't to analyze the music, as interested as we are as to why/who the song was written for!

    Helena is a good song. It's obviously about heartbreak or bereavement. Maybe you should just settle with that.
    Whatever the reason may be as to why they wrote it...
    They wrote it. That's the main idea. They wrote it. And it's a good song. Gerard obviously experienced loss and the song is about not who/what he lost, but how it felt when he did.
    So, people, stop being so annoying and just accept it's a good song and it's not about who it was written/dedicated to!
    much love xxx

  15. anonymous
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    Nov 24th 2006 !⃝

    Well a video with an old lady in it probably wouldn't sell very well, would it?! It's a nice idea that the video should match the meaning of the song, but let's face it, the guys want to make money, too. Not meaning to sound mercenary, but the guys have to eat.
    For the record, I think it's the grandma story...I recall Gerard saying nobody should get in a bad enough condition to have to commit suicide at a gig I went to, so the chances of him entering into a pact to do just that seems unlikely...

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