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My Chemical Romance: Welcome to the Black Parade Meaning

Song Released: 2006


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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    Jan 6th, 2007 1:24pm report


    "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, will you be the saviour of the broken,
    The beaten and the damned?"
    He said
    "Will you defeat them, your demons, and all the non believers, the plans that they have made?"
    Because one day I'll leave you
    A phantom to lead you in the summer,
    To join the black parade."

    What intrigues me is the fact that on one hand the father is asking him to be a hero:
    be the "saviour", defeat your "demons" -vices and logical contradictions, that's to say, misunderstandings of reality which make us do stupidities- and all the "non believers" (quite intriguing in the way it is said... leaves me with several doubts and even fears).

    And on the other he is saying that he will give him help to understand how to pass away (the ghost thing).

    This part is quite contradictory with common logic schemes. But, if we think that they may be seeing death as something good, then all may make some sense.

    The problem with this hypothesis is that he also mentions "summer". Summer is generally understood as a good thing, and so they would be portraying the black parade as something fantastic, something that continues to the summer.

    Then the ghost is experience and advice. But the problem is, once more, is it that death is fantastic? Or is it that they break our schemes once more and so say that death is what logically follows life (which is "summer", wonderful)? Is it that we are condemned to be eternally happy at the beginning and then stop being so?

    "Sometimes I get the feeling she's watching over me.
    And other times I feel like I should go. Through it all, the rise and fall, the bodies in the streets.
    When you're gone we want you all to know We'll Carry on,
    We'll Carry on
    Though your dead and gone believe me Your memory will carry on
    Carry on
    We'll carry on
    And in my heart I can't contain it
    The anthem won't explain it."

    Who is she? The widow (and so the singer's mother)? His girlfriend?

    The problem is that she sounds more like a supernatural being rather than a common one. Is it that she's the Virgin Mary?

    "I feel like I should go", well, killing himself, that does not need that much of an interpretation.

    The problem is the present contradiction: If life's summer, why does he need that care from that feminine figure, and even better, why is it that there are bodies in the street (and all this not taking his suicidal tendencies into account)?

    Life is hard but at the same time summer? If we now take the video into account, we see that life is painful. "Starved to death in a land of plenty" together with the "bodies in the streets" make us think that calling life "summer" is rather a sarcasm. Life is not summer, we/they all act as if it were, but life is painful. Why? Because of us. We make life painful.

    However, even though we are the ones who make it painful, we cannot change it (and so the suicidal part would make sense).

    That would make "them" the guilty ones rather than "we" (and what distinguishes both groups is this superior knowledge of life).

    The problem is that he also tells dad not to worry, as his "memory" will "carry on". This makes us re-think the "black parade" symbol. It may not be death/afterlife, but rather a metaphorical death/end of existance.

    The problem is, once more, why is ending existance (which is the only way in which suicidal tendencies could be some way justified, as we stop existing, we stop feeling pain) that good?

    Of course, that would justify the "summer" - "black parade" passage. Life is summer, and the logical end of summer is eternal sleep. The problem is that summer has then got a double meaning: life is essentially fantastic while we all (more precisely, "they")make it a painful place experience.

    Logically, this leaves the supernatural feminine figure lacking an explanation.

    "And we will send you reeling from decimated dreams
    Your misery and hate will kill us all
    So paint it black and take it back
    Lets shout it loud and clear
    Do you fight it to the end
    We hear the call to
    To carry on
    We'll carry on
    Though your dead and gone believe me Your memory will carry on
    We'll carry on
    And though you're broken and defeated You're weary widow marches on"

    Well, this part quite proves my "they" are ruining our only opportunity to dream, to be happy.

    An interesting doubt: why is dying wrong here ("your misery and hate will kill us all") while it was right before?

    "And on we carry through the fears
    Ooh oh ohhhh
    Disappointed faces of your peers Ooh oh ohhhh
    Take a look at me cause
    I could not care at all Do or die
    You'll never make me
    Cause the world, will never take my heart
    You can try, you'll never break me"

    He will stay strong against "them" ("the world") and their wishes to oppress him as well.

    "Will never take my heart", so heartless is what they want us all to be.

    "Want it all,
    I'm gonna play this part
    Wont explain or say I'm sorry
    I'm not ashamed,
    I'm gonna show my scar
    You're the chair, for all the broken Listen here, because it's only..
    I'm just a man,
    I'm not a hero
    Just a boy, who's meant to sing this song
    Just a man,
    I'm not a hero
    I -- don't -- care"

    On one hand, "you are the chair for all the broken" (you = his father?), and so they can stop running (fighting) against life, so they can feel relief once and for all, and on the other, he is telling his father that he cannot be the hero, the saviour he wanted him to be.

    Meanwhile, even though he said all what he said, he says he's apathetic ("I don't care").

    "Carry on
    We'll carry on
    Though your dead and gone believe me Your memory will carry on
    We'll carry on
    And though you're broken and defeated Your weary widow marches on
    We'll carry on
    We'll carry on
    We'll carry on
    We'll carry
    We'll carry on"

    Well, this confirms what I say. "Though you are dead and gone" makes us think of death as unexistance and of the black parade as a synonim of it.

    His father is therefore logically "broken and defeated" because he did not manage to change things when he could.

    Well, that supernatural figure appears to be the widow -who keeps on with her husband's struggle-, but the way in which she's mentioned here is not the way in which he was before, and so I feel a lack of coherence between the first female figure and the widow.

    About the father being part of the armed forces, I am somewhat for but my intuition puts me fully against it.

    As hard as it may seem after all this huge analysis, this song still makes me feel somewhat great (while I am currently suffering my lack of faith, and so I am trying to grip to sure existance, to this life, I have as much as I can).



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    anonymous
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    Dec 10th, 2012 12:59am report


    Oh My Fucking God -_-
    It's not "You're the chair, for all the broken Listen here"
    It's "Give a cheer, for all the broken listen here"
    AND: Not "Do you fight it til the end"
    It's "Defiant til the end"
    If you're going to put up a aong meaning idea, you might want to get the lyrics right? How hard is it to Google something?!
    And you were rated number 2 -_-



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    anonymous
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    Jul 2nd, 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 21st, 2:14pm report


    (My Interpretation; not author's)
    I believe My Chemical Romance are huge Star Wars fans and the patient is Luke Skywalker. His father, being Anakin Skywalker who wished to do good and help the universe, besets Luke with the task of carrying on that legacy ("savior of the broken and the damned"). But since Anakin falls to the darkside (as he sees that as the path to true peace "join the Black Parade"), he wishes to lead Luke down the path with him. The song is Luke's internal struggle between good and evil "The Black Parade". The opening line "When I was a young boy, my father took me into the city to see a marching band." marks the beginning of Luke's journey. The city marks Anakin's betrayal of the Jedi order and fall to the dark side ("The marching Band or Black Parade"); while Luke is not born, the action does have a lasting effect on Luke's childhood and it passes the burden of bringing balance to the force from his father to him and marks him with an everlasting blackspot (if you saw the movies you know what I mean). Obviosly about Star Wars......duh

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    anonymous
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    Feb 19th, 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, 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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    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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    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.

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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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    anonymous
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    Sep 20th, 2012 9:41am report


    i think that the female character is maybe someone that died and whom meant a lot for the singer (his grand-mother) ? lately seen in Helena ? ... :)



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    anonymous
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    Jun 7th, 2012 6:01pm report


    Its not a new theme, think of William Golding Pincher Martin.

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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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    May 1st, 2012 5:43am report


    Right so Gerard said that he believes death comes in the fondest memory so the album is done as a story and in this story it follows the life of the patient and in the story the fondest memory is death. So death comes in the fondest memory. The memory here is the black parade. The black parade is the paitents heaven. So what intrigues me is that in famous last words its the patient still alive. Famous last words is the last song on the album. Still with me? Right so if hes still alive in famous last words then he mustn't be dead in the black parade make any sence? So i believe he isn't dead here yet. He is just sort of having a vision of heaven (a vision of when he does die. A near death expeirience)in famous last words i believe the title explains it all the entire song is his last thoughts and last words. Then he dies and goes to the black parade (goes to the place in the near death experience. Its either this or the songs are done in no particular order but thats just what i think. I believe to be able to interpertate one song on the album you have to take the others(before and after)Into account. I could be totaly wrong though.



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