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 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"

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?"

Sometimes I get the feeling
She's watching over me
And other times I feel like I should go

And through it all
The rise and fall
The bodies in the streets
And when you're gone we want you all to know -

We'll carry on
We'll carry on
And though you're dead and gone believe me
Your memory will carry on
We'll carry on

And in my heart I can't contain it
The anthem won't explain it

A world that sends you reeling
From decimated dreams
Your misery and hate will kill us all

So paint it black
And take it back
And let's shout it loud and clear
Defiant to the end we hear the call

To carry on
We'll carry on
And though you're 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 and on we carry through the fears
Oh oh oh
Disappointed faces of your peers
Oh oh oh
Take a look at me
'Cause I could not care at
All

Do or die
You’ll never make me
Because the world
Will never take my heart
Go and try
You’ll never break me
We want it all
We want to play this part

I won’t explain
Or say I’m sorry
I’m unashamed
I’m gonna show my scar
Give a cheer
For all the broken
Listen here
Because it’s who we are

I'm just a man
I'm not a hero
Just a boy
Who had to sing this song
I'm just a man
I'm not a hero
I
Don't
Care!

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

Do or die
You’ll never make me
Because the world
Will never take my heart
Go and try
You’ll never break me
We want it all
(We'll carry on)
We want to play this part

Do or die
You’ll never make me
Because the world
(We'll carry on)
Will never take my heart
Go and try
(We'll carry on)
You’ll never break me
We want it all
(We'll carry on)
We want to play this part


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  • +4
    General CommentThis song helped to take some of sting off how bad it felt when I lost a close one. Just listening to this song, helped me through my grieving process. It talks about "her" memory "carried on", and "though you're dead and gone believe me", my memory of you will always carry on, because you were an important part of my life, and I choose never to forget you. Sometimes he feels her presence, and that too helps him to "carry on" in life.

    "I won't explain or say I'm sorry, I'm not ashamed, I'm gonna show my scar", talks about how he feels that showing sadness and pain, is something that one should never be afraid to show, we are all human an feel these things.
    Purpleheartwoodon February 20, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis is probably one of my favorite songs off all time because of all the messages it carries. Of losing a Parent (more specifically your father.) Of Mourning and how even though you might feel like the world is over because someone important to you died, you will get through it. Which then can be taken into any context of how you can get through any major problem in life... It realy is a beutifull song to me.
    theZKAMon June 08, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGrow up, all of you. This is a good song, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. So take your anti-[insert content here] propaganda elsewhere, troll elsewhere because your efforts to upset people are unappreciated. Also may I add that if you're looking up this song, you must not hate it if you have such an interest as to find it on a site that is used for lyric interpretation. If you really have nothing better to do and you hate yourself to such a level of intensity that you have to take it out on the world, you should probably get some professional help with that instead of wasting space on the internet. We came to this website to share our interpretations of the lyrics, but your stupidity isn't what we're looking for. If you want to talk about homosexuality, take it to the designated chat room in those AOL categories. But as for this website, you're only making fools of yourselves trolling and fighting with strangers and being immature chowderheads. (:

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    pizzazombieon September 26, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is secretely dedicated to his father.
    xpandaeaterxon March 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentArgh bloody hell, didn't even press enter =S

    Anyway,from what I've heard, there's a story to the album. The Patient has died, more than likely from cancer:
    - There's a song on the album called Cancer
    - Gerard Way, on the interview video on theblackparade.com, said his new look is modelled after how he imagined The Patient, white hair being similar to someone undergoing chemotherapy.

    He looks back on his life, contemplating the mistakes and such like in his life.

    Gerard said that he believes Death comes in the form of however you want it. As seeing the marching band was a strong memory from The Patient's childhood, The Black Parade is how he sees Death coming to get him.
    strider3005on September 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I was a young boy,
    my Father took me into the city,
    to see a marching band.

    reflection on childhood past with father (a heroic like figure)

    He said "Son when, you grow up, will you be, the savior of the broken, the beaten and the damned."He said "will you defeat them, your demons and all the non-believers, the plans they have made."

    A message for the youth of today - unite. live together nd not seperated by pain nd oppression. do it 4 ur father. the man who raised u 2 be brave in a world of whimps

    Because one day I'll leave you,
    A phantom to lead you in the summer,
    To join the black parade."

    phantom: ghost, hidden demon or pain mayb. the death of his father will go with him 2 tha grave. black parade nd summer? death nd joy? mayb the black parade r tha courageous human beings that break away from tha bullshit that surrounds them "carry on" living their own life.

    Sometimes I get the feeling she's watching over me.
    And other times I feel like I should go.

    she = god. unconventional - if u believe in god, "it" is not the judge of moral gud nd evil or tha powerful vision of masculinity. god is the mother - the caring, compassionate, woman who gives all her children unconditional love - sumtyms he thinks she doesnt exist so he doesnt care about tha world or neone around him

    Through it all, the rise and fall, the bodies in the streets.

    thru tha shit , tha ones who wasted their lives nd ended up in shit places

    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
    We'll carry on

    though the father has died - he realises he shuldnt waste his life bitching about how bad it is - he shud make tha best of it - there is no reason 4 all tha shit that happens it just does - just make tha world a better place - wat his father told him 2 do - carry on

    And in my heart I cant contain it
    The anthem wont explain it.

    i have 2 help ppl - u cant understand it - u have 2 already kno it 2 understand the anthem

    and we will send you reeling from decimated dreams
    Your misery and hate will kill us all

    fuck ur bitching 2 put it bluntly - dont hate try 2 understand other ppl nd help them

    So paint it black and take it back
    Lets shout it loud and clear
    do you fight it to the end

    the modern day pop image took "the beautiful life" nd made it look gud nd crystal clear - nothing is perfect, say it for what it is - its not pure white so paint it black- take back the image we shud strive for. r u strong enuff 2 fight it out?

    we hear the call to
    to carry on etc...

    ...and though you're broken and defeated
    you're wiery widow marches on
    and on we carry through the fears

    reference 2 the mother. the fears: failing

    dissapointed faces of your peers
    take a look at me cuz i could not care at all

    u fail tha ppl around u by doing nothing. but i dont care about u if u make no effort 2 change tha world

    do or die
    you'll never make me
    cos the world, will never take my heart
    though you try, you'll never break me

    it doesnt matter if i fail -il die a happier man. i wont be seduced by the evils of the world

    we want it all, we wanna play this part
    wont explain or say i'm sorry
    im not ashamed, i'm gonna show my scar

    we want 2 tha whole world 2 listen - im not saying soz 4 bein different - i wont show how it hurts

    Give a cheer for all the broken

    the ones who tried nd were crushed by the world around them

    listen here, because it's only..
    i'm just a man, i'm not a hero
    just a boy, whos meant to sing this song
    just a man, i'm not a hero
    i, don't, care

    im not doing this cus i feel im special or its m,y duty - i do it bcos i want 2 - bcos i have 2 - its a drive that was instilled by the father - he just kinda worked it all out

    beautiful song - thnx 4 readin
    songs4aburningcityon October 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that the song says "...defiant to the end we hear the call..." im not completely sure but thats just what i think...
    heavenlysinfulon November 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI came on this site hoping to look for the lyrics and a better explanation of the song.

    What I found was a bunch of immature bashing of a great band.

    Shame on you all.
    Cedahliaon January 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCARION
    modestmauson March 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment...Okay, I haven't looked through all the comments yet, but it seems that most of the comments are just talking about how shitty they are or how they're emo/gay/sellouts/lame/whatever, or even how this song is overplayed, instead of talking about what the song is about. This is SONGMEANINGS.net, not dissallbands.org, SELLOUTS.com, whichbandsareemo.net, songsthatareoverplayed.net, dissdissdiss.com, THEYAREGAY.org, or letstalkshit.com. It's not a chatbox, it's a lyric site. :)

    Though, some of the comments I've seen have made me chuckle.

    Anyways, to the meaning, I feel that the "black parade" is a metaphor for death... or the grim reaper. Since it's a concept about a dying patient, it makes sense. Though, the 9/11 idea someone came up with is actually pretty neat. And original. :) In the way of "why didn't I think of that D:?"

    Saint_street, your idea of the songs meaning is really neat too.

    And the piano part at the beginning reminds me of another song I've heard... but I have no idea what.

    I like this song. I lot. It's catchy. I want to give a nice "fuck you", to everyone who has been bashing this song... or the band. That's not what the lyric comments are for... bitch in your journal about it if you cannot hold it in... it may be better for you.
    ChemicalDeathon April 16, 2008   Link

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