Well I was there on the day
They sold the cause for the queen
And when the lights all went out
We watched our lives on the screen
I hate the ending myself
But it started with an alright scene

It was the roar of the crowd
That gave me heartache to sing
It was a lie when they smiled
And said, "You won’t feel a thing"
And as we ran from the cops
We laughed so hard it would sting

Yeah, yeah
Oh

If I'm so wrong (so wrong, so wrong)
Can you listen all night long? (Night long, night long)
Now will it matter after I’m gone
Because you never learn a goddamned thing

You're just a sad song with nothing to say
About a life long wait for a hospital stay
And if you think that I’m wrong
This never meant nothing to ya

I spent my high school career
Spit on and shoved to agree
So I can watch all my heroes
Sell a car on TV
Bring out the old guillotine
We’ll show them what we all mean

Yeah, yeah
Oh

If I’m so wrong (so wrong, so wrong)
Can you listen all night long? (Night long, night long)
Now will it matter after I'm gone?
Because you never learn a goddamned thing?

You're just a sad song with nothing to say
About a life long wait for a hospital stay
And if you think that I’m wrong
This never meant nothing to ya

So go
Go away
Just go
Run away
But where did you run to?
And where did you hide?
Go find another way
Price you pay

Whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa

You're just a sad song
With nothing to say
About a lifelong wait for a hospital stay
And if you think I'm wrong
This never meant nothing to ya
C'mon

You're just a sad song
With nothing to say
About a lifelong wait for a hospital stay
And if you think I’m wrong
This never meant nothing to ya
At all, at all
At all, at all


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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song's about us.

    (be patient, I'll lead into that)
    It's about dreams not working out the way you thought they would. More specifically, I think it's about a moment in time where MCR didn't feel like the whole 'rock band' thing was all they initially believed it would be. It's not so much of a magical fairy-tale happy ending and is more like another chunk of life to deal with.

    Context: they went through a lot and became very successful, and yet, as they were writing The Black Parade, they still felt incredibly depressed. "they sold the cause to agree" "watch all my heroes sell a car on TV," those lines are about how the recording industry is all money and no 'soul'

    (now getting back to my original point)
    "If I'm so wrong/how can you listen all night long.... you're just a sad song with nothing to say..." Those lines are some of my favorites, because I think they're about the MCRmy. A lot of us are very young teens, we're naieve, and we sometimes see only what we want to see. This is very personal to me, but I think it's about we see the band, how they know we see the band, and how, no matter how much they break their backs over it, we can't be saved. They can't save us, we're not going to listen to their advice, even if we think we are, and, even if we do listen to their advice, we probably won't interpret it the way they meant it.

    "So go, just go, run away.... but where would you run to, and where would you hide?" this sounds like it's about someone trying to run away from reality and themselves. This is something many people do - I did it, many of you do it, and I'll bet anything the band members were doing it for a very long time as well. When you're trying to 'save' someone (and it's not that uncommon of a practice) the last thing you want is for them to be running from reality, but they will, we will, and there's nothing anybody can do about it. In this song, MCR is disenchanted with us, and their whole recording career.

    More evidence: Gerard said this song was written during a time when they were very down on things, and it almost didn't get put on the record. I've written countless poems of disenchantment for things I hold dear (or once held dear) and I never want to show them to anyone because I feel like the emotions are silly and temporary (which isn't true: disillusionment is important, it helps you see reality), this carries the same feeling.

    Again, this interpretation is deeply personal to me and my personal fan-to-artist connection with MCR; I saw them like human ideals — supermen, or even gods, you could say — for a long time, and didn't really understand their lyrics or message (I mean, really, I completely overlooked “I'm just a man/I'm not a hero.”), and when I started to realize they — and the rest of my life — can never be a fairy-tale, that there are no ideals, I became incredibly depressed; life was meaningless without 'perfection,' I was on the verge of killing myself it upset me so much. I found new meaning in MCR then. I like to think they went through a similar journey, maybe around when they were writing/recording The Black Parade. I think the overall metaphor of a patient with cancer is about that kind of extreme depression, when all your dreams just fall away, when they lose all their meaning, when you stop believing they're going to 'save you' from the 'hell' you're living in now.
    norasoki3on October 03, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFirst, I really like this song. =D

    I think this song is about the people you grow up with in High School and the things they do to hurt you, and then growing up and seeing them as regular people who didn't really amount to everything they acted like they would've. Kind of spitefully saying "Well you did this to me, and you hurt me really badly, and now I'm here and I can sing these sad songs for the world while all you can do is your sad little job."

    The life long wait for a hospital stay, I think, is just life in general, in the end all coming down to a possibly triumphant, but also possibly quiet and overall "disappointing" death. Disappointing isn't the best word, but you get it.
    XmYdAiLyCaNvAsXon October 22, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentnow, no matter what the band says, not every song will fit in perfectly with the concept of the album, that is, the patient dying at a young age and his journey through death. However, dispite my initial skepticism upon hearing that they were putting this song on the record, I feel as though this really fits quite well.

    You know those songs in musicals, where the main character comes forward near the end of the play, and sings a song where he/she looks his/her life right in the face and how they've accepted the past and how it has set the stage to where they are? Maybe not, I have one particular song from one particular play in mind, but I can't put my finger on it. (This was prompted by the line "It was the roar of the crowd that gave me Heartache to sing")

    This is one of those.
    The vibe I get from this song is that the patient is going over a large portion of his life, namely, high school, and considering all the stupid things he did.
    However, he does this in a very calm manner, as though he is simply accepting his demons and putting them to rest.

    If this is one of those songs, then it is only fitting that Famous Last Words is the empowering finale, where the moral is realized and stated.

    And that's exactly what it is.
    nhinmanon October 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthanks ____go__away.

    I think this entire song is from the point of view of the patient's father. the journey is reaching it's end, but the patient is still arguing with his father, who did all of this to show his son that life is so precious and that his life means something. "If I'm so wrong, how can you listen all night long? You never learned a goddamned thing." i think it's pretty obvious: after all this, the patient still doesn't understand.

    I think the beginning verses are the father recounting his own life.

    "Well I was there on the day
    They sold the cause for the queen
    And when the lights all went out
    We watched our lives on the screen
    I hate the ending myself
    But it started with an alright scene

    It was the roar of the crowd
    that gave me heartache to sing
    It was a lie when they smiled
    and said "you won't feel a thing"
    And as we ran from the cops
    we laughed so hard it would sting"

    I think "we watched our lives on the screen" means EVERYONE in the black parade, not just the father. It might be saying that all the lives they've been showing the patient this whole time were their lives.

    The father is telling his son that he's disappointed in him
    "You're just a sad song with nothing to say about a lifelong wait for a hospital stay. If I'm so wrong this never meant nothing to you." He's saying that the patient is still lost in self-loathing, woe-is-me bullshit. Like: I took you on this whole journey to teach you, and you still haven't learned anything son...

    "Bring out the old guillotene" I think they bring out a guillotene, like: I didn't want to do this, son, but you leave me no other choice...
    "Where did you run to? Where did you hide? Go find another way..."
    The patient runs away, he is now feeling totally frantic and helpless: he's disappointed his dad, he realizes what an asshole, his father says "go find another way," which I think is mocking what the patient said in "don't love you anymore", like: Yeah, go find another way! that's ALL you'll ever do! Maybe you should stop trying to find another way and try to FIX things! STOP RUNNING FROM YOUR PROBLEMS!!"

    I think this is where the patient finally realizes that he's been running this whole time, and he can live with his own life and actually appreciate it. The song doesn't sound like that, but I think so because in the last song, he is finally grateful for his life, and I think this is where he learns it.
    raine697on October 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is just my opinion

    The song goes through the uselessness of the world, watching the replay of our lives when we die which started okay and got stuffed up in the end...the agony caused by peer pressure, how you cannot trust people who you call friends but are not really friends, getting in trouble and the excitement of risk taking, high school bullying and trying to be successful in the world.
    Then Gerard goes on to sing about being 'wrong' meaning people didn't understand him and got judged without understanding him properly. He gets hurt by the way how people treat him like this, but at the same time, he believes he's right and it's the other people's loss if they misunderstand him but it's too late because he's dead. He believes that people aren't doing anything about their lives and are too complacent to just wait a lifetime to end up dying in a hospital. It seems like he has things to tell people so they can learn from him but they never listened or learned so to those people this song still means nothing to them.
    He sums up that these people are just a 'sad song'. This song is really his way of getting back at those who hurt him- revenge in a subtle way, but it also makes you pity for him.
    Mieleon January 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know what this song really means to me.
    but it think this is one of the best fucking songs on the album.
    It's really emotional and makes me think,
    that's why I love My Chemical Romance, they make an impact on your life and make you think about their lyrics and what they stand for.
    Like someone else said,
    I also thought it stood for a falling out with The Used, but then the rest of the song wouldn't make sense. So I'm not sure anymore.

    My Chem fuckin kicks ass (L)
    ahfuckmyasson February 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe whole album is about the flashback in the Patient's mind of his own life(That's a known fact don't argue it)and this 1 is especificly know he accepts his death and he's sad that he didn't make the most of his life while he could, regreting that he didn't have manny friends (check out "The End" u'll se i'm rght) Finding it harder to go because of the 1 he loved ("Cancer"). It starts off with a cherished memory(possibly with the loved 1) and goes on until his high school life where he was bullied.

    "Bring out the old gillotine"- Maybe talking about how he wants revenge on the kids that were mean to him

    "And when the lights all went out/We watched our lives on the screen"- when the hospital lights were turned off he thought abou his life with the loved 1 next to him, maybe talking about his regrets while the loved 1 tells him taht he's wrong that amny people cared about him and that he isn't alone(maybe), wich is supported by "If I'm so wrong/How can you listen all night long"

    "It was a lie when they smiled/And said you won't feel a thing"- The doctors gave him an anesthesia so that he wouldn't feel the pain of his heart failing("Dead!") but that didn't erase his emotional pain

    "Now will it matter/After i'm gone/Because you never learned a goddamn thing"- it says that it won't matter that loved 1 thinks people will miss him after he's gone, because the loved 1 is (maybe) very innocent

    "So go, go away, just go, run away/But where did you run to? And where did you hide?/Go find another way, price you pay"- the loved 1 decided that the Pacient's death was too much for him/her to bear so he tried to run away from the pain, only creating guilt by leaving the Patient in his darkest hour

    That's my view of things (Sorry if i left out a song that contradicts what i'm saying, if tahts the case please tell me) u can argue me but don't trash it i only like constructive discutions ;)

    LadyVictoriaMCRon July 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningTHIS SONG IS FOR MIKEY WHEN HE WAS DEPRESSED DURING BLACK PARADE AND GERARD ONLY WROTE THIS BECAUSE HE CARES ABOUT MIKEY.
    vampirekellyon May 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationOkay, so I have different interpretations of this song, but after doing some research, I think that this is the one that it was MEANT to mean (maybe lol).
    It could very well be about (oh God, here it comes) the "feud" between Gerard and Bert.
    "Well I was there on the day
    They sold the cause for the queen,
    And when the lights all went out
    We watched our lives on the screen.
    I hate the ending myself,
    But it started with an alright scene."
    This quote could mean that Gerard was watching videos/concerts/pictures of him and/or Bert. Saying that he hates the ending is like he's saying that he hate the fact that they got into this whole fight, but they started off great.
    "It was a lie when they smiled
    And said, "you won't feel a thing"
    And as we ran from the cops
    We laughed so hard it would sting"
    This could be Bert and Gerard doing drugs and/OR hanging out and laughing, having good times.
    "You're just a sad song with nothing to say
    About a life long wait for a hospital stay
    And if you think that I'm wrong,
    This never meant nothing to ya"
    This could be about how Gerard began to stop doing drugs/drinking so much, but Bert didn't.. etc etc
    That's basically it, but there are a few others.. I could get more detailed, but I'll spare the description u.u
    Other interpretations could be directed towards Mikey, or the listeners/fans... Oh well
    used0romanceon March 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell i like disenchanted(shut up and play) better
    maybe just because i heard it first but this ones really good too and i agree with sweet;revenge
    misfitsxmcrfreakon October 21, 2006   Link

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