"Famous Last Words" as written by and Billy Joel....
Now I know
That I can't make you stay
But where's your heart?
But where's your heart?
But where's your...

And I know
There's nothing I can say
To change that part
To change that part
To change...

So many
Bright lights that cast a shadow
But can I speak?
Well is it hard understanding
I'm incomplete?
A life that's so demanding
I get so weak
A love that's so demanding
I can't speak

I am not afraid to keep on living
I am not afraid to walk this world alone
Honey if you stay I'll be forgiven
Nothing you can say can stop me going home

Can you see?
My eyes are shining bright
'Cause I'm out here on the other side
Of a jet black hotel mirror
And I'm so weak
Is it hard understanding?
I'm incomplete
A love that's so demanding
I get weak

I am not afraid to keep on living
I am not afraid to walk this world alone
Honey if you stay I'll be forgiven
Nothing you can say can stop me going home

I am not afraid to keep on living
I am not afraid to walk this world alone
Honey if you stay I'll be forgiven
Nothing you can say can stop me going home

These bright lights have always blinded me
These bright lights have always blinded me
I say

I see you lying next to me
With words I thought I’d never speak
Awake and unafraid
Asleep or dead?

(I can see, I see you lying)
'Cause I see you lying next to me
(I can see, I see you lying)
With words I thought I’d never speak
(I can see, I see you lying)
Awake and unafraid
(I can see, I see you lying)
Asleep or dead?

'Cause I see you lying next to me
With words I thought I’d never speak
Awake and unafraid
Asleep or dead?

'Cause I see you lying next to me
With words I thought I’d never speak
Awake and unafraid
Asleep or dead?

I am not afraid to keep on living
I am not afraid to walk this world alone
(Or dead)
Honey if you stay I'll be forgiven
Nothing you can say can stop me going home
(Or dead)

I am not afraid to keep on living
I am not afraid to walk this world alone
(Or dead)
Honey if you stay I'll be forgiven
Nothing you can say can stop me going home
(Or dead)

I am not afraid to keep on living
I am not afraid to walk this world alone
(Or dead)
Honey if you stay I'll be forgiven
Nothing you can say can stop me going home


Lyrics submitted by shealerevenge, edited by SmashingDestiny

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  • +9
    General CommentThis is the finale, the big bang.
    In disenchanted, I feel as though the patient had accepted his past and had put it behind him. It is stating the moral in a very subtle, applicative, hands-on manner.

    Now Famous Last Words essentially takes what I think to be the moral of the record (live life to the fullest, as you never know what day will be your last) and screams it loud for anyone who didn't catch it before.

    "I'm not afraid to keep on living/I'm not afraid to walk this world alone"

    Life is not meant to be feared, true, it has its moments of sorrow, but what the band is trying to say is that you should live it the best you can, no matter what happens.
    nhinmanon October 23, 2006   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningI just finished reading the book "Looking for Alaska", by John Green. And wow, this song sounds exactly like it was based off of the book.

    The title alone "Famous Last Words", the main character's hobby is memorizing famous last words.

    And in short, the book is about a boy, who meets this girl, who is fun and crazy at times, but is also really depressed. She also already has a boyfriend. She really hates herself. But he is in love with her. Always imagining them being together, but he can't save her when she decides to go for a drive when she's drunk.

    Throughout most of the story, he, as I said, is in love with her, and always thinks she loves him back, and hopes she'll leave her boyfriend for him, and a scene where he kisses her, he think she really loves hum, even though his friend says she kisses a lot of people. "Where's your heart?"

    ugh, there's so much I wanna say, but I don't wanna spoil the book. Go read it. If you like the song, or even if you don't, you'll love the book.
    haunion November 18, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt is said that this song is partially written about when Gerard split up with his (then) girlfriend Katmundu (otherwise known as 'K'). For those of you who know (or have heard the rumours) Gerard supposedly dated her for quite a while (she was mentioned in the thanks column of both I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love and Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge) (2002 and 2004). It is also rumoured that 'Olivia' was her daughter (or dog/cat/something)? Clearly they had a very strong relationship (I shouldn't really be talking about this as this is Gerard's personal business and these are only RUMOURS).

    Anyway, if you watched Life On The Murder Scene, you would know that they started writing the Black Parade (and probably this song) in around 2005 onwards I think..? That probably means that they split at the time.

    I think that the overall feeling behind the song is Gerard expressing his sorrow for breaking up, whilst stating that he will be fine and is able to 'walk this world alone'. There is a slight feeling that Gerard's love for K was stronger than her love for him (remember this is just an interpretation).

    The first part of the song ('Now I know that I can't make you stay') could be about how no matter what he says or does, they are splitting up and she is leaving him. It almost sounds to me like K is the one in charge of the break up and that she is the one dumping him.
    The 'where's your heart?' parts could mean that she's breaking up with him, and (in his opinion), she doesn't care about his feelings. Perhaps the famous last words she said to him when they were breaking up were very strong and hurt his feelings (his thought being: where's your heart? how could you have a heart if you could hurt me in such a way?).

    The second part: 'Well, is it hard understanding I'm incomplete?' could suggest that without her in his life, he feels incomplete and that he wants her to complete him. The line 'A love that's so demanding, I can't speak' is where you might get the idea that his love for her is so demanding that he loves her more than she loves him.

    So far the song sounds very dark and depressing (the idea of loving someone more than they love you is far worse than any mutual breakup). The chorus however, is a very positive, not just lyrically, but musically as well (the chorus is the catchiest part of the song).

    I think that the chorus is trying to say that despite the break up, Gerard (or whoever this song is about) has the strength to carry on alone.
    'I am not afraid to keep on living' could suggest that he can live his live without her.
    'Nothing you could say can stop me going home' could mean that he is going home to carry on living the rest of his life without her.

    As for the verse after that: 'Can you see my eyes are shining bright, ‘Cause I'm out here on the other side, Of a jet black hotel mirror and I'm so weak' gives off the impression that he is hopelessly sad and heartbroken. 'Eyes shining bright' could be a sign of wanting to cry. In fact, this part of the song makes me imagine Gerard at a hotel on tour after the break up, crying in a mirror. (Some of you may be thinking 'WTFFFF?!' but I get that impression. Remember, the song might not be about him).

    As I just said, the song may have been written by Gerard (I think?), but it doesn't mean that it's about him. The song is part of the Black Parade album, which has a storyline about a patient dying of cancer. There is an idea that the patient didn't die of cancer, and that in this song, he is with his lover, who is dying.

    'I see you lying next to me, With words I thought I'd never speak, Awake and unafraid, Asleep or dead'. This brings an image of the patient lying down with his lover while she dies.

    In conclusion, there is a strong idea that this song is about breaking up, and how life goes on. You might find someone and feel like you will spend the rest of your life with them, but they might not feel the same way. Whether you spend eternity with them or not, life goes on. You will always have the strength to carry on living, even if you feel weak.
    This song doesn't sound particularly angry towards the other person. I think that if Gerard wrote this about K, he isn't angry. Losing her felt more like she died if anything, and he was really sad. (Apparently Gee gets really sad when his relationships end. When he broke up with his first girlfriend Barbra, he got really drunk and cried for ages in his room. He said that himself in and MTV VMA interview, so don't yell at me)!
    If it does turn out that this song is about Gerard and K and the whole idea of them breaking up is actually true, then I apologise to them for being so nosey. Their personal life should not be exploited by fans, and I know that Gerard is really quiet about his relationships. This is just a song interpretation, Gerard! Please don't hate me!
    I personally love this song, especially the way that it's called Famous Last Words, is the last song of the track and makes me think of the lasts words someone might say before they die or break up with you.

    There is never just one idea behind a song, especially a My Chemical Romance song. I think that they wrote this song so that people can interpret the way they want to. In all honesty, when I first heard this song, I thought it was a really depressing song. It took me a while to actually realise how positive it really is. This is now one of my favourite songs.
    There was also a point when for some reason I thought that the words were 'Is it hard understanding why men complete a love that's so demanding I can't speak'. which would have changed the whole song meaning completely (hence why I found the song so depressing in the first place)!

    By the way, I'm sorry that I wrote a whole essay for this one comment. This song comes with multiple ideas, I wanted someone to hear mine.

    WHOOO! MCR <3
    ettiemusson August 25, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti wanna cry every time i hear this song! such a strong meaning! mcr did a great job on this one!
    beatingheartsbaby94on May 31, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthugely great song, lovin it!!!

    i think maybe the fear of death doesnt affect him as much as in Disenchanted or Dead! but the images of his past "see you lyin next 2 me" and he is no longer afraid

    :) "i am not afraid!"
    DramaQueenKazzaon May 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnice job raine, very good indeed
    asdfgon October 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgood way to end this Cd
    but not as awsome as "I Never Told You What I Do For A Living"
    666korn666on October 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI truly love this song.I would love to sing this song to my ex boyfirend.
    blackveilbride16on July 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis is just a wonderful song. That's all I have to say :)
    NirvanaStrokesluvon August 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI can’t tell you what the song “Famous Last Words” means as opposed to the artist, but I did interpret it in regards to my own life, so here goes.
    Years ago, I fell in love with a boy who I will call Laurence. We were both merely In our pre-teens and he would tell me many things. At that age, I believed everything he said to me, no matter how outrageous what he said seemed. Overtime, he would come in and out of my life, each time with a new story that I would accept immediately because I thought we were such good friends that he would never lie to me. I would even go as far to say that I loved him. Seven years into the future, we are no longer teenagers anymore and I demand the truth from all those years of him lying to me.
    “I know that I can’t make you stay…”
    All relationships are built on trust and since I knew that I could not make him tell me the truth. At this point it was up to him to decide whether we continue on this road together or not.
    “But where’s your heart?”
    He would always say that he loved me, but if he truly loved me he would tell me the truth. I wanted to say, “Well, where is your love now? Where is your love now when I need it most?”
    “And I know there’s nothing I can say, to change that part”
    I truly feel that he was not going to tell me the truth. And sure enough, instead of telling me what I needed to hear, he held securely onto what we both clearly knew were lies.
    “So many bright lights they cast a shadow, but can I speak?”
    As a young girl, I held onto every word he said. He would masterfully weave tales of glory and adventure that, in my feeble immature eyes, had to be true. I grew so insecure with my own life, that I would always wonder why he wanted to be with me. I was just a boring teenager. But as I grew older I became wiser and doubt grew. However, I was still infatuated with my friend and refused to challenge him.
    “Is it so hard understanding, I’m incomplete?”
    I would try to explain how much I wanted to be with him. How I wanted to feel something on a deeper level but I never understood why, after so long, I didn’t feel truly connected to him. Now I feel that it was the doubt that didn’t allow me to feel real love for him.
    “A life that’s so demanding, I get so weak”
    At this age, life is going to be truly difficult, and it would be nice to have someone at my side that I could depend on. It would be nice to know that our friendship was really worth something and that maybe someday it could be more.
    “A love that’s so demanding, I can’t speak”
    Everyone has their own plights in life, for some it’s money, fame, or popularity. But for me it was love, and I wanted so much to find that one person in the world who would be in tune with me. My wish to love is demanding in such a way that I can’t explain it to him properly (and perhaps no one else either).
    “I am not afraid to keep on living
    I am not afraid to walk this world alone

    After years of relationships and friendships breaking, I am no longer terrified of being alone. It is something I have grown used too. While losing him as a friend will hurt me for a time, I know that my inner wounds will heal.
    “Honey if you stay, I'll be forgiven
    Nothing you can say can stop me going home”
    While I still wish that he will choose to tell me the truth, I won’t let his failure to do so make me stop pursuing a real honest connection.
    “Can you see my eyes are shining bright, because I’m out here on the other side of a jet black hotel mirror, and I’m so weak”
    Confronted with the lie that is our relationship, I want to cry. Our relationship is just a cheap sad lie that should have never lasted so long. I feel used and I want to cry but I don’t…
    “These bright lights have always blinded me”
    I had believed in him, worried about him, sat through long nights where he swore to me that he would commit suicide. I trusted him and loved him to the best of my ability. Perhaps I only saw what I wanted to see.
    “I see you lying next to me”
    After eight long years, he continues to lie to me. The only difference is, I choose to see it now.
    “With words I thought I’d never speak awake and unafraid, asleep or dead”
    I finally stand up for myself and demand the truth from him even if it means the death of our friendship because I can no longer stand to hear the lies.
    “I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone (or dead)”
    Loneliness and Death are far better friends than he would have ever been. I rather succumb to either than allow him to drag my heart through the dirt any longer.
    ftmeon May 04, 2015   Link

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