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My Chemical Romance: Welcome to the Black Parade Meaning

Song Released: 2006


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Welcome to the Black Parade Lyrics

When I was a young boy
My father took me into the city
To see a marching band

He said "Son when you grow up
Would you be
The savior of the broken
The beaten and the damned?"

He said "Will you
Defeat them
Your demons
And all the...

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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2006 10:03pm report


    Actually, this song, as described by gerard when he recently appeared on fuse, says the man in the song, they called the patient, is dying in a hospital. And his most treasured memory was when his father took him to a parade when he was a young boy. And gerard says he believes that when you die, death comes to you in any form you want it to. So as this man is dying, remembering his father and the parade, death comes to him as a black parade



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    anonymous
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    May 21st, 2012 5:14am report


    It is basically a song about a dying mans look on life, and his greatest memory, a marching band parade, which his father took him to when he was little. his father has since died, and he is telling him that they will carry on without him. in the end, death comes to him in the form of the parade he saw, and he moves on. Black parade being a metaphor for Death.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 3rd, 2015 8:26pm report


    I believe this is about a father first taking his son (the singer's point of view)at first literally to a parade. He informs him that he will be dieing soon. His "phantom" is a letter or message informing of the father's funeral.
    "The Black Parade" is the funeral. Everyone is dressed in black, in black cars, and move down the street: very parade like.
    The song is informing his father though "he's dead and gone, his memory will carry on" and despite the death, his "weary widow marches on" after his death.
    The verses are about how the son (again, the viewpoint of the song) won't let that drag him down and destroy his dreams, but that he does cares. Those around him see him acting inappropriately by still being happy and wanting to sing, trying to make him grieve with sadness rather than care in his own way.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 23rd, 7:07pm report


    When my father was terminally ill, this song and it’s story of carrying on a legacy and memory gave me great comfort
    Andrew Crossland



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    anonymous
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    Nov 12th, 2019 11:38pm report


    Based on what the band said I think that the Black Parade is about a dying man, who sees his favorite memory as he is dying.
    As for my own interpretation, I feel like the black parade could be a representation of war, and the way it is glorified in this society.The father, who knows he will die because of the war, tells his son to keep fighting. To fight for the ones who didn't die as "heros", who were broken by their suffering. In the video, the patient is alone. There are no family members next to him, a rather bored looking nurse holds his hand when he reaches out. I feel that maybe the patient could be either the father or the son, driven mad by what he saw in the war.
    The she in the song is a personification of war.
    Also WTF is a punk church song?



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    anonymous
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    Jul 3rd, 2019 7:42pm report


    All that matters is that this song is amazing



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    anonymous
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    Jun 9th, 2018 6:44am report


    I feel like the song may contain an under current of hope despite the obvious dark nature. A dad takes his son to a parade where they have "man to man" talk about "life" and this is his favourite or enduring memory of his father. In fathers passing he has told his son that although he is no longer there in physical form he will always be there is spirit and his teachings and memories will be a guide through the "summer" of life. The theme is to "carry on" and remember me and what I have taught you, be bold, stand strong, help others in the face of a world bent on death and destruction. I think is is the idealist message every dad wants to or thinks of imparting on a son.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 15th, 2017 12:32pm report


    Black parade is about the death of someone close to the writer. The phrase dead bodies in the street is actually a metaphor from wars that the songwriter incorporated into the song. There are many devices of figurative language used to describe the experience of this person's death for the song writer. This is the meaning of the song.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 25th, 2017 7:41am report


    I believe that the "Black Parade" is like the Japanese tale that states, "Before entering the afterlife, you must cross a river. But you can't speak your name if you don't belong or else you will set your death in stone." The Parade is the strongest memory "The Patient" has, and that is the memory that will take him to his death. The "Black Parade" is simply a guide to his death. As for the bodies, they are the people who failed to save the damned. That, or it's a kind of Limbo.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 2nd, 2016 7:49am report


    The song is kind of about death. Look at it this way:
    -Gerard explained that Death comes to you in the form of your most fond memories. Death, being a horsemen, actually has no control of what you see post-mortem.
    -The song is, defined by band members, about a man, who's fondest memory is from when he was a boy and his father, only having limited days, takes him to see parade. So, when this man is dying in hospital, this is how Death greets him.
    -Each person has their own heaven, so this is the memory he sees in his heaven; it is the environment his brain creates for him.

    (I think I've watched too much Supernatural lately).



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    anonymous
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    Feb 19th, 2016 2:47am report


    I believe that the dad was told he had only a few days to live due to cancer and his son,while having cancer,has a higher chance to live so the father takes him to see a show since these are his final days.He's telling his son to fight the cancer and maybe figure out a cure along the way to save the people while the part about "nonbelievers"might be for suspense or something else.The black parade might be a group of scientists that are trying to cure cancer.That or it's a group of people that have shiny black hair,suits,expensive cars and pistols that do like a magician,and make people "Disappear".LOL.But Anyway,I think his father is telling him to fight the cancer and help everyone he can.nvm you guys already got it



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    anonymous
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    Feb 19th, 2016 2:44am report


    I believe that the dad was told he had only a few days to lived use to cancer and his son,while having cancer,has a higher chance to live so the father takes him to see a show since these are his final days.He's telling his son to fight the cancer and maybe figure out a cure along the way to save the people while the part about "nonbelievers"might be for suspense or something else.The black parade might be a group of scientists that are trying to cure cancer.That or it's a group of people that have shiny black hair,suits,expensive cars and pistols that do like a magician,and make people "Disappear".But Anyway,I think his father is telling him to fight the cancer and help everyone he can.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 11th, 2016 1:41pm report


    I like number 3's interpretation



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    anonymous
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    May 15th, 2015 5:29pm report


    I think that the lyrics are about the French Revolution and that the singer poses as an important/rich person (along with his father) who remembers that when he was a child his father took him to see a marching band in the city. The fact that they were rich would explain that they were able to afford going to the show. The "non-believers" were the poor who were mad about the amount of taxes. When he says that "she's watching over him" I think that it's his mother who had been murdered by the people of France. When he says he will carry on, I think he means that he will fight against the citizens in an attempt to save France. When his father mentions someday leaving him, I think it means that he will probably die in the terrible war that is raging in France. When the singer says he thinks he should go, I think he means that he would rather die than whitness the battles and murders that the revolution contained.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Oct 8th, 2014 10:28pm report


    well the first part is about remembering a happy time in your life, and words of wisdom.

    The second part (in my opinion) is about man's will to carry on. To be "defiant to the end". You may not win the war but you can win your own personal battle.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 5th, 2014 8:46pm report


    Just wanted to say: The entire album is based on one man. And the "Black Parade" is a memory he once had "when I was a young boy, my father took me into the city, to see a marching band" but I'm sure you all know this by now.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 27th, 2013 4:31pm report


    When I hear this I interpret as God speaking to Jesus as a small boy, preparing him for his future. It's my punk church song.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 10th, 2012 12:19pm report


    I believe that this song is about the war. More particularly I picture world war 2. The whole "carry on" thing is a saying back when we were fighting Germany and the nazis. I think that the father is Jewish/homosexual/handicapped or something along those lines and is being taken away by the nazis. I also believe the 'parade' they talk about is the nazi parade where they marched through the streets, killing people (the whole "bodies in the streets" thing)



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