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My Chemical Romance: The Light Behind Your Eyes Meaning

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The Light Behind Your Eyes Lyrics

So long to all of my friends,

Everyone of them met tragic ends,

With every passing day,

I’d be lying if I didn’t say,

That I miss them all tonight…

And if they only knew what I would say,

If I could be with you tonight…...


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    May 23rd, 17:36 report

    I didn't read all of the interpretations of this song but I definitely believe that this is strongly about his depression. He was going to kill himself and he was telling everyone else with depression or trying to kill themselves to never "let them take the light behind your eyes" and don't make the same decision that he was going to. But obviously he never killed himself.


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    Apr 22nd, 4:41am report

    I don't know, but I think, this song is about cancer. A person with cancer will die soon and talks to his / her family and friends. ''I'll loose this fight'' could mean the fight against cancer. And don't forget, MCR already wrote other songs about cancer, for example ''cancer'' ( okay, everybody knows, that ''cancer'' is about cancer ) and MAYBE ''welcome to the black parade'' ( you can see a person with cancer in the music video ) and other songs. But I'm not sure.


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    Oct 14th, 2015 10:40am report

    I think most of these interpretations are correct. This song could have been about depression, it could have been a letter to bandit, and I wholeheartedly believe this song was written also for the fans. The band released all of the Conventional Weapons tracks just before they broke up and I think this and World is Ugly are both everything described above.

    The first My Chemical Romance song I ever heard was I'm Not Okay. It touched my ten year old soul in 2005 because at the time I remember being on three different medications for adhd and feeling things no ten year old should have felt, like depression, anger, extreme apathy, and I began wondering what it was like to die. All at the age of ten. When I heard I'm Not Okay, with all of its angst and anger, it sang to me because it described exactly how I was feeling. And thus began my journey into recovery. I admit falling off a few times, like when I was sixteen and felt as if I didn't matter and that no one gave a shit what I was going through. I turned on the Black Parade and immediately began to feel better. When Danger Days came out, I was trapped in this feeling of never being able to amount to anything and that the world was always going to try and shut me down. Danger Days reminded me of not only my potential, but the potential of humans as a whole.

    I believe that this song in particular and the entire list of Conventional Weapons was a final goodbye to the fans as well as a reminder to never give up on yourself and always to burn the brightest you can, and a letter to bandit for whenever she feels that way and Gee isnt around to help.


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    Jun 8th, 2015 6:28am report

    To me personally it is anything but I think its about depression and telling someone you love that even though everyone goes to heaven or hell and spends eternity there part of your eternity is spent here on this earth and nobody stays on earth forever and everyone dies and leaves earth, some earlier than others and that when someone you love dies you cant spend the rest of your life in the dark and that you need to stay strong and burn bright and you cant do that in the dark and at the part where it says "I failed and lost this fight..." they lost the battle with cancer or depression.


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    Feb 26th, 2015 2:40pm report

    This is such a beautiful song and it really comforts me as a close family member has recently passed.
    It makes me feel like they are still here with me.
    To me, this song is from the dead persons POV and they are telling you (the listener) to be strong now they aren't there anymore ("when I'm here, no longer"). Also the line "if you promise not to cry, I'll tell you just what I would say if I could be with you tonight" is like the dead person is helping you to be strong. The light behind our eyes is your happiness or even life.


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    Oct 17th, 2014 10:18pm report

    is this a beautiful song. this is the only song I know by My Chemical Romance.. and I must say, I am impressed. :) it is my favorite song at the moment. I am pretty sure it is about someone who he loved a lot and lost (died or suicide). "Be strong and hold my hand". it could also be about depression maybe? anyways. I don't know. all I know is its such a beautiful song and I want it played at my funeral..... hopefully that will be a quiet a ways away.


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    Jul 18th, 2014 7:52pm report

    I think this song is one of their best. I believe it is from suffering the death of friends, "so long to all my friends. Every one of them met tragic ends." And he's telling everyone else Who has suffered from a death or depression. "Never let them take the light behind your eyes" could either mean don't let them take your happiness aways or don't allow depression to cause you to turn to suicide.

    I'm not exactly sure why he wrote it. All I know, is that I want this song to play at my funeral.


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    Sep 16th, 2013 9:16pm report

    this song is obviously about bandit. yes.
    But in a way this was Gerard's formal farwell to the band members "so long to all my friends" or you could look at it in another light and this could be his way to say goodbye to the characters he created and thus killed in Danger Days
    either way it always makes me cry


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    Mar 24th, 2013 3:13pm report

    I believe this was written for his daughter, Bandit. It's about how he know's how bad this world is, and that people might make her unhappy. He know's he isnt going to be around for her whole life, so he is saying to her to stay strong for him.


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    Feb 12th, 2013 2:35am report

    I think this song is very Catcher in the Rye related (Gerard's and Frank's favourite book); it's about not losing your childhood innocence - the light behind your eyes. I like the idea that it could be a suicide note, though. I don't quite think that fits in with the first line, which would go better with the fact that all of Gerard's (and Holden's) friends have grown up, it's a note to Bandit (and Phoebe) not to grow up, I guess. Boy Division (Track 1 of Conventional Weapons) is also (I think) about Holden's view on funerals, how he wouldn't want to die because all his relatives ("my enemies") would arrange the funeral and wouldn't really care, only pretend to. Depressing shit, right?


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    Jan 25th, 2013 1:44pm report

    to me this song isn't about depression at all. Its about the passing of time. A few others of his songs touches on the fact that as you grow older more and more of the people around you start to die (What death isn't tragic? Some fast, some slow and painful, those left behind). And that you wish you could hold them and tell them that they lived on in people's hearts. Also he is saying that he himself one day will also die, and that the people around him, like he had to be, must stay strong and burn brightly as much as others had before him.
    That in itself is depressing, thinking of your loved ones die around you, and it is hard, and still you only want the people you leave behind to be happy and truly living their lives brightly.


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    Jan 22nd, 2013 1:21pm report

    This song is beautiful. The lyrics could be seen as a letter to a daugher (or Bandit), the band talking to their fans if they were to break up or about anyone facing depression, suicidal thoughts, or sucide. I think that the beauty in this song comes from the diversity to relate to these reasons and more - helping whomever it touches. Just simply writing the lyrics "Never let them take the light behind your eyes.." is so powerful. It can apply to everything that makes your being, the light that fights the dark or dark thoughts, happiness, and even life in general - and so much more. Top of my list for a tattoo, to carry these inspiration words in appearence for all to see would mean more than words ever could express.


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    Jan 12th, 2013 1:47pm report

    Im Swiss, so sry when i write wrong or misunterstood something. Maybe the song is about their friends, realtives.. who comitted suicide. BUt if they had a chance, they would hang on them, sing them to sleep and never let them take away the light behind your eyes(their happiness, their will to live to go forwards), they would protect you or in this sort of way." One day, I’ll lose this fight… As we fade in the dark, just remember you will always burn as bright"It doesnt matter how it ends, that you will be in their toughts and still alive.
    "Be strong, and hold my hand.
    Time becomes for us, you’ll understand.We’ll say goodbye today,
    And we’re sorry how it all ends this way…
    If you promise not to cry, then I will tell you just " Yes its very hard now, but you have to be strong and remember i will be there for you and if those hard times passed away, you will understand and will have learned and got stronger.
    Maybe they want to give back the strenght to live, to get back the light behind their eyes to those ppl who are thinking about suicide or having a difficult time and no matter what happens, they are always ppl who loves you. Its like as if they want everyone to say:"Im not afraid to keep on living, Im not afraid to walk this world alone!" :)

    This is my interpretation of this song. Its not easy to write all your thoughts in English, i have so much more to say, but those thoughts are in German.^^
    This song is actually so beautiful that no words can describe it.


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    Jan 5th, 2013 1:47am report

    I think everyone reads off it based on their personal experiences and I admit I do too. To me it's about friends he's lost, who've died ' so long to all my friends, everyone of them met tragic ends' maybe through suicide. He missed them and wishes he could speak to them again "next verse basically". He wants to give them a message.
    He then moves into talking to them. Telling them that he wants to sing them to sleep, maybe either easing their way into suicide or literally just something nice and innocent and pure.
    "Never let them take the light behind your eyes' - this is both about innocence and life, he wants them to stay clean of dark thoughts and also stay alive, the life represents both.
    However, he knows that they killed themselves, so he knows he can't stop them dying -well lose this fight
    But he's telling them he won't forget them and they're amazing - burn as bright
    Then he just comforts them a lot
    Light behind your eyes I think maybe is also happiness, he wants to remember them at their best

    I've obviously taken a lot from personal experience but that's what it means to me


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    Jan 4th, 2013 1:49am report

    The way I saw it was like it was written for the fans. Like at the end of TBP era, mcr didn't know if they'd make it through. They thought the band was over. Maybe pieces of this song were written at that time? And it's like to the fans, if depression would've or will ever get the best of them, we have to keep going. I'm sure that's not actually what it's about, but that's just what I thought when I first heard it.

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