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Song Released: 2004

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Thank You For The Venom Lyrics

Sister, I'm not much a poet but a criminal
And you never had a chance
Love it or leave it
You can't understand
A pretty face but you do so carry on, and on, and on

I wouldn't front the scene if you paid me
I'm just the way that the doctor...


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    Jul 29th, 2008 7:28pm report

    Sure at the surface this song is about a nun meeting a criminal and trying to change him. It fits into the story of this concept album. But there are few interpretations that see beneath the surface. This song is about tenacity. When a person chooses a path for themselves to pursue. Often times, close friends and loved ones will attempt to sway this person from their goals and paths. The people who attempt to change a person's mind are tenacious in trying to tell a person how to live their life and what is best for them. But the speaker in this song is tenacious as well. In fact, he or she takes the nasty, damaging things that people say and and uses it strengthen himself internally and pursue his path even more. It is nearly impossible to change a person and this speaker is saying that what he believes in, what he is pursuing, the way he lives is a part of him, just as his hands or feet are a part of him. He is not embarrassed anymore and is choosing to go against the grain, the people around him who want to change him.

    At the same time this song is also about pride. Being able to show those people who told you couldn't, being able to show the world who said it was impossible, that it is possible and that a person can be happy and successful.

    Finally this song is about passion. Anyone who has chosen a path that others disagree with can relate to this song. Gays and lesbians who are not accepted by their families. People who get married at a young age. People who pursue their passion that others disagree with.


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    Mar 25th, 2007 3:17pm report

    In my opinion this song is about liberation and freedom for your own cause, regardless of what that may be. Those who preach, believing they can only be the ones that are right, are ironically and ignorantly doing this to some-one who is also as just as strong minded as them but remains open to other concepts; however unlikely it may be that he would accept them.

    These preachers only spurn him further to believe in his own convictions and hence he thanks them for the venom.


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    Dec 21st, 2013 12:11am report

    To me, this song seems like it's about the guy having been a criminal. When he falls in love he wants to be a better person but he doesn't know if he can do it. When it comes to the chorus the girl is basically saying that she doesn't really care about who he used to be and she believes that he can change for the better. The guy is scared and is telling her to give it up before she lands in trouble with some enemies he made over the years coming to get him. The 'enemies' part isn't really necessary to the who thing, but I thought it'd make more sense. That's just my interpretation, it makes a lot of sense to me but don't get mad at me if I'm wrong please. Love MCR!


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    Jul 17th, 2012 7:17pm report

    I believe this song is about a man who is into drugs etc with a love interest and they're both trying to convince each other to quit.


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    Jul 2nd, 2012 7:31am report

    It's just a song for who you risk your own life to make better other.


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    May 29th, 2012 5:14am report

    i'd just like to point out one line; "i wouldnt front the scene if you paid me" i think this songs about being considered weird or evil for having like or dislikes that people dont approve of (for instance, i hate dubstep and screamo, so now that i've said that, people will probably only give this comment 1 star ;)) but yeah, mcr has always been about doing whatever the fuck you want, they show that on every album and they do it gloriously, i think this song could just be illustrating that, maybe?


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    May 7th, 2012 5:21am report

    This song is about someone who is in love with someone who will never love them back "you'll never make me leave". He will do anything for their love, even let her kill him "if this is what you want, then fire at will" He is happy to die "give me all your poison, and give me all your pills" because he loves her that much.

    I think some people are taking it too literally, but maybe the person he loves is also religious, but he doesn't believe in what she preaches "preach all you want, but who's gonna save me?" "sister, I'm not much a poet but a criminal".

    But despite knowing that she doesn't love him, he is not afraid to deny his love, "I wear this on my sleeve"

    Any way you look at it, it is sad, bitter, but passionate. And what's more, it is a fantastic song!


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    Nov 10th, 2011 11:56pm report

    I know this most likely has nothing to do with how the lyrics were intended to be interpreted, but here goes:
    This song reminds me of my younger sister. I've caused her a lot of unnecessary pain, and now all I want is to make it better for her. It had nothing to do with her; she was just the person that got all of the consequences ("You never had a chance"). I want to take away all of her pain ("Give me all your poison...make me ill"). She is still pissed, though. And rightly so. Even though being mad won't change anything, it if helps, then she can be angry all she wants ("You're running after something...fire at will"). I will never harm her again ("I wouldn't front the scene if you paid me").
    I know that wasn't the way the song was supposed to be taken, but music can be personal, so this was my take.


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    Feb 23rd, 2011 2:03pm report

    It's about religion about people trying to force you to believe what they want you to. Gerard way is an atheist and got tired of people trying to pressure him into believing in God. This is one of the few songs on the album that he solely wrote by HIMSELF the translation is really quite LITERAL actually.


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    Jun 3rd, 2009 6:11am report

    This is obviously about a nun(sister) or other churchly person trying to convert a "nonbeliever" and he wants nothing to do with it and believes there is no God "im just the way the doctors made me" here he is saying that science has come so far babies can be made in a lab he doesn't think thier is even a need for God the "poison and pills" are symbols for all the Christian biblical stuff they r shoving down his throat "I keep a gun in the book you gave me" the book is aparently a bible


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    Feb 10th, 2009 2:35am report

    It is about religion, someone (don't know if it's a killer, but it could be) who doesn't want to believe in it, he considers it all just poisonous bullshit.

    "Preach all you want but who's gonna save me?
    I keep a gun on the book you gave me, hallelujah, lock and load"

    The book he mentions is the bible, I'm sure, the "hallelujah" makes me quite sure of it.


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    Sep 18th, 2008 9:44pm report

    I think its a crack at modern medicine because it says "Your running after something you'll never kill" Its like when doctors are hunting a disease they can't cure.


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    Jul 22nd, 2008 7:20am report

    'So give me all your poison and give me all your pills and give me all your broken hearts to make me ill your running after something that you'll never kill if this is what you want than fire at will'

    That there meaning that he can't get rid of his burdens he has to live with this and he'll do anything to get rid of them. He'd take alcohol, pills, and anything to save his own arse


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    Jun 24th, 2008 6:00pm report

    I think that "Black is the kiss, the touch of the serpent's son/it ain't the mark of the scar that makes you one" means something rather different, compared to the rest of you. I think it means that black is meant for evil, the "Serpent's Son" being like the devil or a demon. People usually wear black to funerals. This has nothing to do with evil.

    The only people at funerals are those that are unhappy about the person passing. It is a deep wound that will take time to heal, it's a "scar" that makes them "one." They are one because they share the sorrow. "It's not the mark of the scar that makes you one." "Black is the kiss, the touch of the Serpent's Son. Tell me what you think.


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    Apr 23rd, 2008 4:53pm report

    So....obviously nobody shares my understanding of that song. One main sentence is: You wanna follow something, give me a better cause to lead!
    I think it's about a guy who loves a girl but that girl doesn't love him as much as he loves her! she needs something to run after and lets him walk behind. Hes not about to "lead" her somewhere as he already loves her and doesn't want to play any bloody games. In this song he tries to tell her that neither she loves him the way he is and with all the love he wants to give or to give him a better cause to lead. I agree with: you killed me mentally so why don't you kill me physically (if this is what you want then fire at will), as he's looking for somebody who really loves him and whos not willing to play.
    quite different to your understandings... ;)


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    Jan 18th, 2008 1:25am report

    It's basically about “the criminal” (figuratively, that is), who is expected to be something more ("a poet"). He says that they can love him for who he is or not love him at all and that he doesn't really care ("Love it or leave it, you can't understand"...), that he doesn't want to change ("I'm just the way that the doctor made me"). So basically everyone else change to try and fit in, so they end up "bleeding on the floor" (become something that he finds useless, and thinks that they would be better off actually bleeding on the floor.), and he doesn't (in your face! :P). He’s proud of the fact that he remained loyal to his beliefs (“You'll never make me leave, I wear this on my sleeve”…) He, in a way, wants to be the person he once used to be ("Give me all your poison and give me all your pills"...). He feels like he’s lost everything he believed in, and he needs a reason to stay alive (“Give me a reason to believe”, “I keep a gun on the book you gave me, hallelujah, lock and load”), and that the society is killing him, but he’s not letting them to (“You're running after something that you'll never kill, if this is what you want then fire at will”).


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    Dec 4th, 2007 12:19am report

    You see, I've come up with this theory that their whole 2nd album, three cheers for sweet revenge, is about the story of romeo and juliet...

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