Mama, we all go to hell
Mama, we all go to hell
I'm writing this letter and wishing you well
Mama, we all go to hell

Oh well now
Mama, we're all gonna die
Mama, we're all gonna die
Stop asking me questions
I'd hate to see you cry
Mama, we're all gonna die

And when we go don't blame us, yeah
We'll let the fires just bathe us, yeah
You made us oh so famous
We’ll never let you go
And when you go don't return to me my love

Mama, we're all full of lies
Mama, we're meant for the flies
And right now they're building a coffin your size
Mama, we're all full of lies

Well Mother, what the war did to my legs and to my tongue
You should have raised a baby girl
I should have been a better son
If you could coddle the infection
They can amputate at once
You should have been
I could have been a better son

And when we go don't blame us, yeah
We'll let the fires just bathe us, yeah
You made us oh so famous
We’ll never let you go

She said, "You ain't no son of mine"
For what you done they're gonna find
A place for you and just you mind
Your manners when you go
And when you go, don't you return to me, my love
That's right

Mama, we all go to hell
Mama, we all go to hell
It’s really quite pleasant
Except for the smell
Mama, we all go to hell

2 - 3 - 4
Mama, Mama, Mama, oh
Mama, Mama, Mama, Ma -

And if you would call me your sweetheart
I'd maybe then sing you a song
But there's shit that I've done with this fuck of a gun
You would cry out your eyes all along

We're damned after all
Through fortune and flame we fall
And if you can stay, then I’ll show you the way
To return from the ashes you call
We all carry on (we all carry on)
When our brothers in arms are gone (when our brothers in arms are gone)

So raise your glass high
For tomorrow we die
And return from the ashes you call

Mama, Ma -


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  • +3
    General Commentrainbow gryphon, I agree. That's how i see this song. The Black Parade shows him this war, and these individuals. The first one tells his mother he is gonna go to hell for killing all these people. Then another one is crying about how he's gonna die. The third one is saying they are liars. The fourth one is blaming himself, saying she should've raised a baby girl, at least a baby girl wouldn't go killing people. While he's singing, you hear a crazy, Beulzebub-sounding devil voice sing with him. He is having to have his leg amputated. The last one reinforces the image that they are going to hell, and he speaks as if he's already there "it's really quite pleasant, except for the smell."
    During the chorus, they all cry out together, every single soldier on the battlefield, for the sorrow and the pity of what they are doing to each other.
    Then the mother disowns her son for all the bad things he's done. "And just you mind your manners when you go." Then a man speaks to his lover. Her voice is full of sorrow, and the man says that he's done terrible things...and then all the dead men raise up and say "
    we're dead after all....
    raise up your glasses for tomorrow we die!"

    This song is very big and dramatic, it is really like a musical number.

    I just imagine the patient seeing all these sad boys writing home to their mothers and their lovers, crying, saying they're going to die soon, and they don't want to. Thhey're going to hell for killing these other boys. Then he sees the big picture, and everyone is singing, in a line with each other, saying they are all brothers in arms, and tomorrow they die. it's showing that they are trapped; no way out. They have to kill each other and they have to die. It's a miserable life, and the patient should be grateful he isn't here, dying on this god-forsaken battlefield. The scope is this song is just huge. I love it.
    raine697on October 25, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentKerrang is full of shit.

    Very haunting song. Reminds me of the holocaust with the style of music throughout the verses and the lyrics.
    Kifon October 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'i could have been a better son'. well in my case, daughter. i love those lyrics, its how i feel a lot. but i spose i have let my parents down a lot, i mean ive done some shit and stuff in my life... 'theres shit that ive done with this fuck of a gun you would cry out your eyes all along' if you ever found out the full extent of what ive done... sorry mama!
    sparkly-pink-fairyon October 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is the most amazing song in the world.
    its so different, it totally represents MCR.
    all those "haters" think their just another emo band,
    but all they hear is their singles, which definately arent their greatest songs. But then again if they heard this song they'd probably think we're all insane, because they wouldn't take the time to fall in love with it. because admit it, it took a few times before you fell in love with it, no? it's just too big to take in all at once. This is one of those classics that hundreds of other bands will try to recreate, but they'll never be able to because there will only be one. MCR, you make me proud. =)
    chemotherapyon November 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't believe nobody has commented on how:
    "Well mother what the war did to my legs and to my tongue,
    You shoulda raised a baby girl
    I shoulda been a better son
    If you could counter the infection, they can amputate at once
    You should’ve been
    I could've been a better son."

    Sounds almost exactly like "The Trial" by Pink Floyd.

    Black Parade was heavily influenced by The Wall. Almost to the point of copying. Fantastic album none the less though.
    TheSpecialistInHopeon December 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou can tell they were inspired by Pink Floyd. The song sounds a bit like "The Trial".

    I think that it's after the patient has been put to sleep (in Sleep) and he's dreaming, remembering things that bad he has done in and out of the war and how his mother would feel.
    6_prison_6on June 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbertolt brecht...
    say no more :P
    Nevershotfirston March 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love this song. I thought it was awesome how at the very beginning, as the record cracks are heard, you can hear bombs dropping. Very nice addition.

    My favorite part, of course, is Liza's part, and then all that follows after it.

    As for its meaning...well, I'm sure it goes off of the concept when the Patient goes to war. Maybe Mama has two meanings...like the meaning of his mother, who sort of disowned him, and as Mother War, which, of course, represents the Great War (WWI). The mother disowns him for being sinful or ungrateful, and then he got drafted and the war became his mother--feeding him, clothing him, etc.
    loverly23on December 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI first heard this song when I was in the middle of an addiction to Heroes and so I've always connected this song to the relationship between Sylar and his mom.
    spacegirl92on August 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty amazing song,
    my favorite off of The Black Parade.
    Did the patient go to war? :o
    A Red Hotelon October 20, 2006   Link

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