Yeah

And if your heart stops beating
I'll be here wondering
Did you get what you deserve?
The ending of your life
And if you get to heaven
I'll be here waiting, babe
Did you get what you deserve?
The end, and if your life won't wait
Then your heart can't take this

Have you heard the news that you're dead?
No one ever had much nice to say
I think they never liked you anyway
Oh take me from the hospital bed
Wouldn't it be grand? It ain't exactly what you planned
And wouldn't it be great If we were dead?
Oh dead

Tongue-tied and oh so squeamish
You never fell in love
Did you get what you deserve?
The ending of your life
And if you get to heaven
I'll be here waiting, babe
Did you get what you deserve?
The end, and if your life won't wait
Then your heart can't take this

Have you heard the news that you're dead?
No one ever had much nice to say
I think they never liked you anyway
Oh take me from the hospital bed
Wouldn't it be grand to take a pistol by the hand?
And wouldn't it be great if we were dead?

And in my honest observation
During this operation
Found a complication in your heart
So long, 'cause now you've got
Maybe just two weeks to live
Is that the most that you can give?

One, two, one two three four

LA LA LA LA LA!
LA LA LA LA LA LA!
LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!
Well come on
LA LA LA LA LA!
LA LA LA LA LA LA!
LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!
Oh, motherfucker

If life ain't just a joke (LA LA LA LA LA!)
Then why are we laughing? (LA LA LA LA LA LA!)
If life ain't just a joke (LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!)
Then why are we laughing?
If life ain't just a joke (LA LA LA LA LA!)
Then why are we laughing? (LA LA LA LA LA LA!)
If like ain't just a joke (LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!)
Then why am I dead?
Dead


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  • +5
    General CommentDead! When I hear Dead! my frown turns upside down, this song is nothing without "The End", the song before it. To me it's about a boy, who just happened to wake up dead, and see all his family and friends, those who cared, and those who could of cared less. He finds out death is not what he expected, and not what he feared, but in the end to me the song is a sarcastic appology to the world he once new, and a joyful hello to the world that awaits him. With this song, no I take that back, with this entire album, I see an explaniton of the beauty in death, and noone is wrong with how the interpret music, its what they see, and what they feel. This song is one of my favorites from MCR, I love it, I rate it 5 fucking stars, because thats what it is
    XxXShOtGuNsInNeRXxXon January 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me this sounds almost like The Patient's sarcastic or bitter view on what's happening to him, as he starts to come to terms with it, I dunno, maybe i'm wrong? :P
    Matt Staron November 06, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've always been a huge MCR fan, and I just finished listening to "The Black Parade Is Dead!"
    Naturally, I finally started to wonder what the whole album was really about. I know all that crap about "The Patient" and his trip through death but I was hoping for something a little bit deeper.

    When I listened to this song a few times and read the lyrics I think I've got this one figured out.

    The beginning verse is The Black Parade's (as in the one that takes The Patient through death) introduction. It is speaking to The Patient before he dies (possibly while he is sedated during surgery, given the lyrics right before the guitar solo, which is a sweet-ass solo, by the way) and is letting him know that he might die and what will happen when he does. The line, "Did you get what you deserve?", refers to whether or not The Patient deserved to die, and the repetition of that line later in the verse refers to whether the Patient should wind up in heaven or hell.

    The chorus is a conversation between The Black Parade and the Patient. Beginning with the first line and ending with "...liked you anyway.", The parade tells the patient that he will enjoy death because his life was so miserable. The Patient agrees with the line, "Oh take me from this hospital bed", and The Parade finishes the rest of the chorus by hinting that it would be great to be dead.

    The second verse continues to tell the patient that his life was misearble ("...You never fell in love...") and continues to ask the same questions as the first vesre did.

    The repetition of the chorus is the same as before, only this time the Patient finishes the verse (He speaks the line "Wouldn't it be great.....dead?". He also makes reference to a pistol, perhaps meaning that not only has he accepted death, but is welcoming it and perhaps hoping for it, perhaps even by suicide.

    The part (third verse?) right before the guitar solo finally confirms that the Black Parade's reason for visiting is not to tell the Patient that he might die, but that he WILL, which explains why the Parade was trying to get him to accept death in the earlier parts of the song.

    The final part of the song, the cathartic series of "La La La's and what not, is the part where the Patient is finally beginning to die. He has already accepted it and is now mocking the living ("If life ain't just a joke......laughing?") and expressing a sarcastic attitude towards his life. The "La La La's" perhaps serve as another form of insult, as the Patient enters death without a care in the world and sings a happy tune to himself in the form of La's.

    The final scream of "DEAD!" at the end is the nail in the coffin. (pun very much intended) It indicates that there is no turning back, you're dead.
    Tha Magik Bumon July 02, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBit ironic, them playing this song live...
    manic4manicson March 13, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's not telling the story of the patient. Part of the album isn't about the patient, but about the philosophy of death. While some may feel depressed about dying young, or too early

    Tongue-tied and oh so squeamish
    You never fell in love
    Did you get what you deserve?
    The ending of your life

    the afterlife may be much better than life on earth

    And if you get to heaven
    I'll be here waiting, babe
    Did you get what you deserve?

    I don't know what some of the other lyrics mean, but that's my interpretation of those.
    ieetsababieson February 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdear god i luv this song but its not about a boy. it says babe.i really dont think that its a guy. well i think its about a grl who was never the nicest person in the room but had a good personality no one wanted to get to kno. and before she got to experience anything she died young but still she really doesnt care because she really doesnt feel like its all worth while
    slammed234on February 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentscratch what i said b4 i got the story line straigh

    the whole album is about "the patient and him looking back on his life but whatever i stiil see the song kinda the same way as i did befor
    slammed234on February 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song always makes me laugh. It opens with the sound of a heart monitor flatlining... right before we get a big 'YEEEAAAAAHHHHH!' and a big widdly guitar solo. I'm dead! Yeah! Party time! Plus the la-la-la-la-la part. Good song.
    Manxbasson March 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song.. its just bitter sweet.. well the patient's dying and he's thinking about his life and its just sad to die cuz he never fell in love, but then perhapes dying is good cuz it'll be the end of his misery, and maybe a better afterlife.

    and he's thinking that when he dies, it won't really matter to anyone "think they never liked you anyway" so he's just given in to death. "wouldn't it be great if we were dead"

    maybe the saddest part is that during the operation "Found a complication in your heart" why the heart and not anything else? i think it just means he's lost heart to live, juz heart broken.. death prolly will be more of a salvation to him.
    boredudeon April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagain...i LOVE this song...and i guess, hes dead and his lady friend is dying??? maybe??? i'm not to sure...but, its a GREAT song...either way...
    KeRi_LoVeS_jAcObon November 09, 2006   Link

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