"Mama" as written by and Frank Iero Bob Bryar....
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've been a better son
If you could coddle the infection
They can amputate at once
You should've 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've done they're
Gonna find a place for you
And just you mind your manners when you go

And when you go don't 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

Mama, mama, mama, ohh
Mama, mama, mama, ohh

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 fame 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
When our brothers in arms are gone
So raise your glass high for tomorrow we die
And return from the ashes you call

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"Mama" as written by Frank Iero Bob Bryar


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  • +11
    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
  • +3
    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
  • +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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is sick @ the end when the guitar acompanies him singing the "anthem-like" chorus i guess you could call it.
    GREAT song.
    fightoffyourdemons9on October 25, 2006   Link
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    General CommentWell I think this song is definitely about war, but my view of this song specifically is desertion, basically coming from the perspective of a soldier and he is ashamed of what he did, but he tries his hardest to get mama (the country your fighting for) that the situation was just too much and the conditions were just too dark. I would like to know how this song fits into the black parade storyline if anyone would like to enlighten me.
    kchristie21on September 18, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDeffinately my fav song off the cd, i love the eastern european back ground with the "creepy" vocals
    volkovon October 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGod, I adore this song so much. It's creepy, but I love it. Liza Minelli's voice is haunting and beautiful.
    DeaMaxwellon October 26, 2006   Link

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