"Cancer" as written by and Frank Iero Bob Bryar....
Turn away
If you could get me a drink
Of water 'cause my lips are chapped and faded
Call my Aunt Marie
Help her gather all my things
And bury me in all my favorite colors
My sisters and my brothers still
I will not kiss you

'Cause the hardest part of this
Is leaving you

Now turn away
'Cause I'm awful just to see
'Cause all my hairs abandoned all my body
Oh my agony
Know that I will never marry
Baby I'm just soggy from the chemo
But counting down the days to go

It just ain't living
And I just hope you know

That if you say (if you say)
Goodbye today (goodbye today)
I'd ask you to be true (I'd ask you to be true)
'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving you

'Cause the hardest part of this
Is leaving you


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  • +7
    General Commentmy best friend sang this song to me when they told him he only had a couple months to live. unfourtunatley he died sooner than that butyea. this is an awesome song.
    jackizzle805on October 06, 2008   Link
  • +7
    General CommentFuck all of you who say this song is gross and Gerard knows nothing about it, and this is a "shitty" band and this song isnt deep and your a fucking pansy to cry about it. And this isnt recycled you tards.
    Number one: It isn't gross, its about cancer. Number tow: How the fuck do you know Gerard doesnt mknow about cancer? If you hate them, about you know shit about how his life has been. He knows about DEATH and cancer can be used as a metaphor. Number 3: They ARENT shitty, i hate hate people who think that "They're SO much more lyk hardcore and better" because they listen to metal bands, wtf? Number 4: Anyone who says this song isnt deep and you cant cry at it are stupid! Your being hyopcriitical, i bet anyone who said that hasnt had cancer either! So you're saying your on expert on cancer, but Gerard isnt? And lastly: How is it recycled? wtf?

    I love this song, it's sad, yes it is sad to all haters with no lifes.
    reidroxon August 29, 2009   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI listened to a commentary by the band about this song. This is an in-your-face, burn it to the ground song about CANCER. Cancer affects 1 in 3 people, either to you or a loved one. I am still surprised when I cry every time I hear it, and I haven't experienced that emotional pain like I read in some other posts on the site. This is a POWERFUL song, as powerful as any edgy, hardcore punk tune. There's anger, remorse, regret, and just overwhelming sadness in this song. I have never in my life experienced such a song that causes such emotion in me.
    gib323on January 18, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe album "Welcome to the Black Parade" is about a cancer patient who is dying and is reliving his past. This song is "The Patient" telling his loved ones or one that he doesn't want to leave them. But he's dying, so he has to. He's pushing them away (he statesmen he will not kiss who he's talking to) because he doesn't want them to be hurt by his death. This song is deep and just amazing
    Jadenisgerardsbaeon October 26, 2015   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti love this song so much.

    when i saw it live at hammersmith i cried.

    its beautiful.
    beyondxwonderlandon August 31, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt is plain and beautiful and painful at the same time. The way Gerard sings it gives it even deeper meaning. Fear of death, sorrow of leaving everyone he loves behind, anger at being weak and hopeless... It is a very touching piece.
    broccolison September 17, 2016   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionAlthough I love tyler and josh as if they are my own two sons, I think the original was way better. twenty one pilots's cover sounds like the song is coming from an outer space. the repeat on "kiss you" is unnecessary in my opinion. his soft voice only represents the tiredness cancer causes.
    in the original, gerard managed to make me feel the fear, agony and anger a terminal cancer patient might feel.
    BUT, both are beautiful.
    broccolison September 18, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsounds good
    can't wait for the new album
    all_egos_asideon August 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe correct lyrics are as following:

    turn away
    if you could get me a drink
    of water cause my lips are chapped and faded
    call my aunt marie
    help her gather all my things
    and bury me in all my favorite colors
    my sisters and my brothers still
    i will not kiss you

    cause the hardest part in this is leaving you

    now turn away
    cause i'm awful just to see
    cause all my hair's abandoned all my body
    oh my agony
    know that i will never marry
    baby, i'm just soggy from the chemo
    but counting down the days to go
    it just aint livin
    and i just hope you know
    that if you say goodbye today
    i'd ask you to be true

    cause the hardest part of this is leaving you
    cause the hardest part of this is leaving you



    i got that from the $2 show. if you can't figure out the meaning of this song than i don't know what to tell you. it's so blunt. and i can't listen to it without holding back tears. it's just so brutally honest. wow. kudos to mcr for making yet another song. much f*ing love
    bunnys_speak_wordson September 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentguys
    listen to Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    all their songs contains CALIFORNIA
    THEY are the ones who are recycling

    MCR is just growing
    and please, keep your mouths shut if you don't like my chem
    NY_Batterion October 01, 2006   Link

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