Long ago
Just like the hearse you die to get in again
We are so far from you

Burning on
Just like the match you strike to incinerate
The lives of everyone you know
And what's the worst you take (worst you take)
From every heart you break (heart you break)
And like the blade you stain (blade you stain)
Well I've been holding on tonight

What's the worst that I could say?
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight

Came a time
When every star fall brought you to tears again
We are the very hurt you sold
And what's the worst you take (worst you take)
From every heart you break (heart you break)
And like the blade you stain (blade you stain)
Well I've been holding on tonight

What's the worst that I could say?
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight
And if you carry on this way
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight

Can you hear me?
Are you near me?
Can we pretend to leave and then
We'll meet again
When both our cars collide?

What's the worst that I could say?
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight
Well if you carry on this way
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight


Lyrics submitted by Brandnizzle2k4, edited by johnpu, Mikaela120, SmashingDestiny


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  • +8
    General CommentOk, I know it's about his grandma, but I interpret it differently. I think it's about a girl who was suicidal and mentally ill. She kills herself, and this song is about the guy who loved her feeling angry and having to deal with the aftermath. He's pissed that she was so eager to die. He's says that everyone is far from her. I think this means both physically because she's dead, and mentally because she was so hard to understand. Now that she's gone I think her presence is still burning around them. He's saying that even in death she makes the lives of the people she knew difficult. The chorus basically reiterates the point. I think the blade part refers to her suicide. He doesn't say a blade, but "the" blade. Now he's holding on, but it's been hard on him. He's thinking about how in life she pushed him away and he wanted to leave sometimes, but it was better that he stayed. I also think at this point he's considering dying to be with her, but he knows that it's better for him to stay. Then he tells her goodbye. He remembers when she was at her worst and everything made her emotional and sad. Then she basically transferred her pain to everyone else when she killed herself. He knows they will meet again in death. Until then he has to pretend that he's over her even though he never really will be.
    SparkleNShineon May 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti really fucking like this song a lot.
    forEsmeon May 21, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song can be interpreted in many ways, as we can all relate differently to different songs in our special ways. I believe that this song was a tribute to Gerard Way's grandmother as he said so himself, however, I've had my own interpretation of this song before I knew that.

    Lovers become separated by death. The woman dies but wants more life, and she refuses to leave her lover so she returns from the dead; cheats death in a sense. The man loves her but believes it is best that their worlds don't collide, though he still wants to be with her. He belongs among the living. He knows that once he dies and becomes like her, they will be together so he's saying a bittersweet goodbye to her until then and wishes for her to remain dead until the time comes ("Things are better if I stay"). If there was another way they could be together he'd love to take that chance buy he feels he doesn't belong dead just yet, and if she loves him she'll wait for him in death.

    I think this way because, yes, Sweet Revenge is a concept album. Sweet Revenge and The Black Parade both tell beautiful stories, and Sweet Revenge is about death and love.
    pizzazombieon September 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's actually "what's the worst thing i could say" but yeah this song is fuckin amazing. this album is gonna be huge. anyone rip "you know what they do to guys like us in prison" yet? cause i REALLY need that song.
    elishacuthbertfanon May 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's actually "whats the worst thing i could say" but yeah this song is amazing. this album is gonna be huge. btw has anyone ripped "you know what they do to guys like us in prison" yet? cause i REALLY need that song!
    elishacuthbertfanon May 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI was scared when I heard that they moved to Vagrant . . . significantly scared. This song more than assuages those fears. I always said they needed more "demolition lovers"-type songs. Here is one. It makes me a happy panda.
    finchguyon June 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG!! IM GONNA NAME MY KID HELENA!!!!!!!!!!!
    mackleson November 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great. Change of pace from "normal" MCR.
    Sinesthesiaon May 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was scared when I heard that they moved to Vagrant . . . significantly scared. This song more than assuages those fears. I always said they needed more "demolition lovers"-type songs. Here is one. It makes me a happy panda.
    finchguyon June 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfinchguy....what are you talking about?
    they're not on vagrant...they signed to warner bros./reprise records. and for anyone who thinks their "sellouts"...just listen to the new songs. better than the old ones.
    austinWKon June 02, 2004   Link

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