"To The End" as written by and Paul Haslinger....
He calls the mansion not a house, but a tomb
He's always choking from the stench and the fume
The wedding party all collapsed in the room
So send my resignation to the bride and the groom

Let's go down, this elevator only goes up to ten
He's not around, he's always looking at men
Down by the pool he doesn't have many friends as they are
Face down and bloated snap a shot with the lens.

If you marry me, would you bury me?
Would you carry me to the end?

(So say goodbye) to the vows you take
(And say goodbye) to the life you make
(And say goodbye) to the heart you break
And all the cyanide you drank

She keeps a picture of the body she lends
Got nasty blisters from the money she spends
She's got a life of her own and it shows by the Benz
She drives at 90 by the Barbies and Kens

If you ever say never too late
I'll forget all the diamonds you ate
Lost in coma and covered in cake
Increase the medication share the vows at the wake.

(Kiss the bride) if you marry me,
would you bury me?
Would you carry me to the end?

(So say goodbye) to the vows you take
(And say goodbye) to the life you make
(And say goodbye) to the heart you break
And all the cyanide you drank

(So say goodbye) to the vows you take
(And say goodbye) to the life you make
(And say goodbye) to the heart you break
And all the cyanide you drank

(So say goodbye) to the vows you take
(And say goodbye) to the life you make
(And say goodbye) to the heart you break
And all the cyanide you drank

(So say goodbye) to the vows you take
(And say goodbye) to the life you make
(And say goodbye) to the heart you break
And all the cyanide you drank

To the last parade
Well the parties fade
And the choice you made (to the end)


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"To the End" as written by Gerard Way Frank Iero

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    General CommentWhen I heard the lyrics to this song I immediately thought of the short story A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner. If my memory serves me correctly, Emily falls in love with a man named Homer...however he's always looking at men, so it is assumed that he's homosexual. Anyway she ends up killing him (he won't marry her when she proposes, as I remember it) with cyanide I think, and keeps his dead body in her room, where she sleeps with it. So unless it's a coincidence I think that is what the song is about.
    rjthebombon October 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWe analyzed this song for a project in Englsih. It actually is based off of "A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner, MCR said so.

    He calls the mansion not a house but a tomb. (Homer died in Emily's house. Faulkner even calls it a tomb. Homer's body is kept there until Emily dies.

    He's always choking from the stench and the fume. (In the story, Emily's house is giving off an odor, which just happens to be Homer's decaying body.)

    He's not around. He's always looking at men. (Homer says he likes men. He also hangs out with some in the story instead o fbeing with Emily)

    Say goodbye to the heart you break. (Homer broke Emily's heart)

    And all the cyanide that you drank. (Emily kills him with poison)

    She got a life of her own and it shows
    by the Benz she drives at 90 by the Barbies and Kens (The story takes place in 1800s-early 1900s. Emily and Homer drive a "flashy" yellow buggy, the Benz of it's time)

    Share the vows at the wake.(Emily makes it appear that they get married after she kills him. If you've read it, it's kind of self-explanitory. Also, she lays with the body,)

    To the end. (Emily never gives Homer's body up. What left of it is discovered after she dies...at her end.)

    So yeah... that's pretty much it. It's great short story by Faulkner.
    GiveMeFireon January 15, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationHere's what I think!

    It is about a couple who knows their marriage is destined to fail, but go through with it any way for their own selfish reasons.
    The man's reasoning being he is trying to hide the fact he is homosexual. The marriage is a cover up for him.

    "He calls the mansion not a house put a tomb." He is miserable in his own home. Unable to live according to his sexuality and is forced to share it with someone whom he knows his using him.

    "This elevator only goes up to ten. He's not around. He's always looking at men." Just saying he's never home. He's eyeing other guys in what I would assume to be a place somewhat like a hotel?

    "Down by the pool he doesn't have many friends as they are face down and bloated snap a shot with the lens." He is so dissatisfied with his own life his mind creates images of the happy people surrounding him dying/dead. He imagines an investigation of the drowned victims.
    You also get a hint of his possible homicidal thoughts in the lyric. "The wedding party all collapsed in the room. So send my resignation to the bride and the groom." He is imagining the guest dying.



    The lady is also very unhappy with her life. She married him strictly for the money in hopes of fitting in with the the beautiful and rich "Barbies" and Kens". Though she is able to acquire the things she wants such as rings and fancy cars she is still feels empty. (Most likely from the fact her marriage is a hollow shell.)

    "She keeps a picture of the body she lends." I take this as her being unfaithful to her husband. "Body she lends." meaning sleeping with other guys.

    "Got nasty blisters from the money she spends She's got a life of her own and it shows by the Benz she drives at 90 by the Barbies and Kens." She is draining him of his money to buy herself thing to make her more appealing to those riches.

    "Lost in coma and covered in cake. Increase the medication. Share the vows at the wake." She regrets getting married. She goes into depression and is doubling up on her prescription due to her suicidal thoughts ("Share the vows at the wake.") brought on by her mass guilt.

    Again, just what I think. :)

    SaraSEVENF0LDon October 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentfirst of all, this is maybe the best song on three cheers...
    i like the chorus So much....
    i'm not shure with the meaning, but i'd say it's definitly about marrying someone / marriage. i think it's told from the point, when a marriage slowly starts to break.
    the man doesn't like the life in the mansion no more ("he calles the mansion not a house but a tomb"), he thinks he's in hell or something like that...
    and i think both of them, the woman and the man, start to betray each other. the man maybe even with other men ("He's not around. He's always looking at men."). well i don't know exactely but i was thinking about something like this...
    and what i was thinking about, too is: "this elevator only goes up to ten" - maybe ten years of marriage?
    well, just some thoughts..
    rmeon June 16, 2004   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningIf you notice, the first entire verse is of Edgar Allen Poe references
    {These are not quotes from his works, they are the line in the song to the short story/poem I believe they are refering to}
    "He calls the mansion not a house but a tomb, he's always choking from the stench and the fume." The Fall of the house of Usher
    "Lost in the Coma...Increase The medication"-Fall of the House Of User
    "The wedding party all collapsed in the room"-The Masque Of The Red Death
    "The parties fade, the choice you made."-The Masque of the Read Death
    It also says "..He dosn't have many friends" and "All the Cyanide you drank" could be referring to Poe's drug and alcohol addiction.
    "If you marry me, will you bury me." -Annabell Lee, because he was married to a woman whom he then burried and (metaphorically) "slept by her grave"
    Adding in "would you carry me to the end" would make it a slight reference to his work "The Premature Burial".
    "From the money she spends", Poe often made reference that he or the one in his storied/poems was rich by using the color purple.
    (There is also a drug trace on crushed diamonds so "All the diamonds you ate" could be another reference to his drug problem, a little far fetched,but still)
    KDianaon November 21, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretation Maybe the second verse is actually telling a story of what happened BEFORE the first verse, like many crime shows do. And maybe that's the way we need to think of it when we try dissecting the lyrics. (lol)
    The first line in the second verse, "She keeps a picture of the body she lends," seems like it means that she, herself, pays close attention to how she comes off to others. The next line reminds me slightly of drugs, nasty blisters? Serious addicts really do get some honestly screwed blisters from the "money they spend." It also less then hints at the fact that she has money, consider that Mercedes Benz (and drugs) are NOT cheap. But it also says that she drives that Benz fast by all the "Barbies and Kens." Possibly this could mean she feels that she's moving fast through life, surrounded by all these "perfect" people. That itself can be completely unnerving in any circumstance, I think we can all understand the stress that comes with it. Now we get to the part where my little theory about Verse 2 before Verse 1 comes. :]
    The line after it probably gets into the overload of stress parts. "If you ever say never too late," then "I'll forget all the diamonds you ate." Instead of explaining what each part means now, I'd rather summarize what I think the the point is because that would make MUCH more sense. I think it is a woman who's trying to climb the corporate ladder, something that can prove very deadly at times, and has been rejected something. A major promotion maybe. I think that was simply the last straw for the woman, and she simply, whether by choice or in a fit of built up rage, forgot about the fact that he was rich (diamonds he ate) and killed him. I think the coma part meant she was in a bit of a mental haze during it, and "covered in cake" probably means they were outside when it happened because, depending on your region, dirt is also called cake. Kill the witnesses while you're at it, why don't you. The next few lines I find irrelevant to the marriage theme everyone keeps coming up with, though.
    Also, I think that this all happened on a business trip. It also seems that the feds figured the chick who murdered them all was crazy (thinking of the line in verse 2 "Increase the medication"?) since she seemed to have killed quite a lot of people, seemingly in the heat of the moment. If you're wondering why I think she killed a lot, for the obvious reasons of the second verse, and the lines in verse one, including "As they are face down and bloated." When a dead body is left in water, it tends to expand, "bloating."
    One LAST thing, I don't believe this has to do with marriage. I honestly don't, maybe it was just a choice of words to explain a level of pained commitment, or the fact that whatever they were getting into was going to 'break', like marriages often tend to do.

    Of course, this is just an extremely random interpretation so... XD
    OrangeTrafficConeon February 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAll of you except the ones who said "based on 'A Rose for Emily' by William Faulkner" are wrong. In the story, Emily poisons a man she's "in love"(?) with and keeps his body. Her house stunk. He would always be out with young men. The mansion was a tomb because she poisoned him with arsenic (in this song, cyanide) and kept his body. She would lay down with his corpse every night until she died.

    I win.
    Fallen_xxon December 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is the best song on three cheers, no doubt about it. In the part of the song that talks about the girl to me that part sounds like she sleeps around to help achieve her goals, kind of like a corporate whore because "the body she lends" then it goes on talking about all the money she has. Also the medication that is brought up, could it be something like antidepressents, making you think everything is perfect when its really not so "increase the medication"
    RancidSkater29on June 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis could be foreshadowing the end of a relationship.. i think its written before marriage, to think of possibilities of what could happen down the road.. also i tinhk its inspired by Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk,
    the entire first verse at least.
    Pitchfork_Redon September 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentpitchfork_red i also thought it was insipred by invisivble monsters.
    rjthebomb might be correct too, but it's a little bit different that a rose for emily.
    i'm saying it was inspired by both, if not more, sources.
    from stars 2 tearson October 06, 2004   Link

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