Without a sound I took her down
And dressed in red and blue I squeezed
Imaginary wedding gown
That you can't wear in front of me
A kiss goodbye, your twisted shell
As rice grains and roses fall at your feet
Lets say goodbye, the hundredth time
And then tomorrow we'll do it again
Tomorrow we'll do it again

I dragged her down I put her out
And back there I left her where no one could see
And lifeless cold into this well
I stared as this moment was held for me
A kiss goodbye, your twisted shell
As rice grains and roses fall at your feet
Lets say goodbye, the hundredth time
And then tomorrow we'll do it again

I never thought it'd be this way
Just me and you, we're here alone
And if you stay, all I'm asking for is
A thousand bodies piled up
I never thought would be enough
To show you just what I've been thinking

And I'll keep on making more
Just to prove that I adore
Every inch of sanity
All I'm asking for is, all I'm asking for is
(Come on)

These hands stained red
From the times that I've killed you and then
We can wash down this engagement ring
With poison and kerosene
We'll laugh as we die
And we'll celebrate the end of things
With cheap champagne

Without, without a sound
Without, without a sound
And I'll wish you away
Without a sound
And I'll wish you away
Without a sound, without a sound
And I'll wish you away
Without a sound, without a sound
And I'll wish you away
Without a sound, without a sound
And I'll wish you away


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    General CommentI misheard "I squeezed" as Ice creams and 'rice grains' as ice creams,lol.
    MCR_crazy_94on June 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA thousand bodies piled up... Yes, I think I get part of the song. I read somewhere that part of the story to Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, is that he and the girl he loves are both dead. The girl makes it straight into heaven, but the man has to make up for all the wrong that he's done, and his redemption is to kill a thousand evil people. I forget wear I read it, but it starts to make sense now.
    Maybe, for example, the first verse is referring to him while he's still trying to redeem himself. Talking about how much he misses her and how he wants to see her or something, and that every day he misses her more and more...?
    MCRmySoldier4977on June 20, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Imaginary wedding gown
    That you can't wear in front of me"

    I'm pretty sure it's "imagining a wedding gown that you can't wear in front of me". That is a reference to the fact that, traditionally, grooms aren't supposed to see their brides in their gowns before the ceremony (it's bad luck for the marriage).
    ravenna731on October 14, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a man, Gerard, who loves a woman, but she's marrying someone else. This makes him very, very angry, and he kills people and pretends they are her for revenge. But he can't actually kill her, because he loves her.

    "Without a sound I took her down
    and dressed in red and blue I squeezed
    Imaginary wedding gown
    That you can't wear in front of me"
    She's engaged and fantasizes about the wedding, which Gerard will never be able to attend.

    "Lets say goodbye, the hundredth time
    And then tomorrow we'll do it again
    Tomorrow we'll do it again"
    He's killed countless, possibly hundreds of women.

    "I never thought it'd be this way
    Just me and you, we're here alone
    And if you stay, all I'm asking for is
    A thousand bodies piled up
    I never thought would be enough
    To show you just what I've been thinking"
    She breaks up with her fiance and goes back to Gerard. He tells her about what he did, all the people he killed for her. He thinks that the reason she came back was because she knew he'd killed for her and finally understood his feelings.

    "And I'll keep on making more
    Just to prove that I adore
    Every inch of sanity"
    He's going to keep killing for her to show how much he appreciates having her in his life. Now that she is his again, his mind is clear and focused instead of being run mad/blinded by rage.

    "These hands stained red
    From the times that I've killed you and then
    We can wash down this engagement ring
    With poison and kerosene"
    Like I said, before he would kill the people and pretend it was her to take out his anger.
    Gerard has killed many, many people at this point. He will be discovered eventually. They cannot live a happy life together. So he suggests they should die together.
    Either one of them will swallow the ring, and they'll wash it down with poison and kerosene.
    "We'll laugh as we die
    And we'll celebrate the end of things
    With cheap champagne"
    They won't be sad about their death. They're finally together.
    She made the right decision.
    They're glad it's over.

    This was just my take on the lyrics as I was reading them, aha. Beautiful stories, the main reason I love this band!
    DeadKinneyon August 29, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is a damn good song. Wouldn't you agree? I barely ever hear anything good anymore
    pinkiscooldammiton March 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyea i agree with you.. the song says alot, but its kind of confusing.. i wouldnt b able to tell what he was trying to get accross just by listning to the song.
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    LoSeRfAcE_519on March 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the few perfect songs that you'll ever hear. Definitely the best MCR song.
    fallen_degenerateon March 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyes this song is amazin! i saw them n st louis on february and even tho they were the openers they rocked the house! im glad to see new rock bands starting to come out like MCR and coheedandcambria...its nice!
    sadpunkergurlon March 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree Mcr and Coheed amazing. This song is amazing. If any1 can have the slightest clue of the meaning i would love to know so please post it. Mcr... never gets boring.
    dumpweed049on March 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much! they are so amazing!
    NoTomorrowVOXon April 07, 2003   Link

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