My Chemical Romance: Scarecrow Meaning
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Everybody hide your body from the scarecrow
Make a wish when your childhood dies
Hear the knock, knock, knock when she cries
We're all alone tonight
Hold your breath when a black bird...
anonymous Dec 27th, 2010 12:22pm report
Sounds to me lik S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W Is a "government" code word for a nuclear bomb
The "sunlight dies" in a nuclear winter and "moving your body" is to get the heck outta there.
"Hide your body" is to avoid fallout radiation
"Childhood dies" as we realize that it's real and the "wish" is the disbelief.
"Hear the knock...we're all alone" Is possibly being in a bomb shelter but not opening the door to people locked outside.
"Hold your breath when the blackbird flies" either, the bomb has launched and we would hold our breath to see what happens and/or holding your breath to keep from breathing in the fallout.
"Count to 17..." The time before the blast wave hits you..?
"safe inside" a nuclear shelter
"he burns my skin..." Radiation burns and kills everyone without regard to level of health.
"blow a kiss @ the methane skies" like saying goodbye to our polluted world.
"see the rust thru your playground eyes" Opening your eyes to the world...loss of innocence
"we're all in love tonight" Finding comfort with whomever you're stuck with.
"Leave a dream where the fallout lies" A dream is all you have if you are in the middle of a fallout zone.
"Watch it grow where the tear stain dries" If you're in the fallout zone you'll have tracks through the fallout on your skin..."it grows" cancer growing maybe? I don't know if "it" is the dream growing...don't think it'll grow much with a fallout victim.
"love...won't stop this bomb" The idea of love healing strife amongst nations is great but unrealistic.
"run...bunny...run" Scattering like rabbits down into their rabbit holes. It'll be all we have
Cool song. Love it!
anonymous Jan 1st, 2011 1:37pm report
This is definitely an example of the musical experimentation that is what "Danger Days" is known for. Between the choruses Gerard sings with an underwater voice filter a la The Beatles, particularly in Strawberry Fields, one of their most famous songs. As a contrast to The Beatles idyllic scenery of strawberry fields Gerard (who most likely wrote the lyrics) presents and foil to that, with the poetic description of a desolate hellscape in the grip of a horrible power. Furthermore, later on he repeats the lines (with slight variation) "Love won't stop this bomb." This is another element used as a Beatles foil. The Beatles claimed that "love is all you need" while the Killjoys say, slightly paraphrased "Love won't save us."
I doubt they're trying to make a legitimate point, but rather they're using this song as a playground to try and experiment with other sounds, while still giving it that old MCR flavor.
anonymous Sep 23rd, 2017 9:37pm report
To me, scarecrow is a song written like a dream about a couple who appears to be in danger and the male goes out of his way to save the female from the danger (the scarecrow) no matter how much harm it'll cause him. You have to see what is going on around you and do what it takes. So the guy instructs his love to run and don't stop until she gets to a place where she's safe, even if it means leaving him behind to die...
anonymous Jul 25th, 2016 7:19am report
an adult trying to explain war to a child (while the war is happening)
"hold your breath when the black bird flies" It's actually an enemy plane, and you have to stay still and hide / try not to be seen
"count to 17 and close your eyes" the adult is telling the child to close their eyes and count so that the kid doesn't witness death or so that the adult can get the kid to the bomb shelter without the kid seeing the stuff happening around them.
The constant reassurance of safety is so that the kid doesn't worry.
Scarecrow is what the adult calls the enemies, because "enemies" is too scary for a young kid.
anonymous Mar 20th, 2016 3:17pm report
This is such a good song, and to be honest I think it has multiple meanings (like alot of songs, really). It's most likely to do with the Scarecrow Surveillance Force thing. Though I'm probably wrong...
anonymous Aug 27th, 2013 8:32pm report
If you read Gerard's Comic you see that he watches Doctor Who. In Doctor Who there is an episode called The Family Of Blood. In the episode there is an army of scarecrows. It's a metaphor for war. The whole song is about a war. Hiding from the scarecrow is like hiding from the enemy in a shelter of some sort. Whether it's a bomb shelter or a basement. the line 'When The Black Bird Flies' is meaning a old bombing plane there is bombing going on people are locked outside while the enemy draws near the city and they're hiding or getting instructed to hide.
anonymous Apr 19th, 2013 4:13am report
It's about the lies you would tell your kid when you're taking them to the bomb shelter.
"Black Bird Fly" maybe represents a nuclear stealth bomber flying over about to drop a bomb, as they are black
anonymous Jul 7th, 2012 7:01am report
In the sing music video it shows the "scarecrow unit" symbol. dont confuse whatever this could be with the draculoids, the dudes in the vampire masks.
anonymous May 12th, 2012 5:04am report
I just thought this song was simply about growing up. Not nuclear bombs and stuff like that...
anonymous Jan 17th, 2012 1:34am report
Well, if someone read Lisey's story, a book of Stephen King will find much resemblance to this song.
anonymous Dec 10th, 2011 12:52pm report
I think this song is about growing up in the post-apocalyptic world of Danger Days (more specifically, Bandit (or her alter ego), growing up in that world and Gerard (or his alter ego) trying to take care of her in it).
anonymous Nov 1st, 2011 11:52am report
First thing that came to my mind was Jeepers Creepers lol
anonymous Oct 24th, 2011 10:02pm report
this song- while totally relating to danger days- definitely means something a whole lot deeper.
gerard wrote it for bandit.
"Run, run, Bunny, run" Bunny is what he calls Bandit. It's all bout protecting her no matter how much harm it causes him. Love won't always solve her problems, but he certainly will try as hard as he can, no matter what.
"Make a wish when your childhood dies. Hear the knock, knock, knock when she cries."
Gerard matured a lot when Bandit was born. He had to in order to keep her safe.
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