Welcome to the Black Parade

My Chemical Romance

About Welcome to the Black Parade

"Welcome to the Black Parade" is a song from My Chemical Romance's third studio album, The Black Parade. It was released on September 12, 2006 as the album's lead single, with the studio version available on the band's Myspace on September 2, 2006. It was named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. The music video for the single was recognized as MTV's "Greatest Music Video of the Century" in 2017. The cover art of the single is the only artwork where the band appears, with the exception of the cover art for "The Ghost of You", where they are shown as silhouettes. An early demo containing elements of the song was titled "The Five of Us Are Dying" and was part of The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts. 


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2006
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When I was a young boy
My father took me into the city
To see a marching band
He said, son, when you grow up
Would you be the savior of the broken
The beaten, and the damned?
He said, will you defeat them
Your demons and all the non-believers?

The plans that they have made?
Because one day I'll leave you
A phantom to lead you in the summer
To join the black parade

When I was a young boy
My father took me into the city
To see a marching band
He said, son, when you grow up
You will be the savior of the broken
The beaten, and the damned?

Sometimes I get the feeling
She's watching over me
And other times I feel like I should go
And through it all
The rise and fall
The bodies in the streets
And when you're gone, we want you all to know

We'll carry on, we'll carry on
And though you're dead and gone, believe me
Your memory will carry on
We'll carry on
And in my heart I can't contain it
The anthem won't explain it

A world that sends you reeling
From decimated dreams
Your misery and hate will kill us all
So paint it black
And take it back
Let's shout it loud and clear
Defiant to the end
We hear the call

To carry on
We'll carry on
And though you're dead and gone, believe me
Your memory will carry on
We'll carry on
And though you're broken and defeated
Your weary widow marches

On and on, we carry through the fears
(Oh, oh, oh)
Disappointed faces of your peers
(Oh, oh, oh)

Take a look at me
'Cause I could not care at all
Do or die
You'll never make me
Because the world
Will never take my heart
You can try
You'll never break me

We wanna all
We want to play this part
Won't explain
Or say I'm sorry
I'm unashamed
I'm gonna show my scar
Give a cheer
For all the broken

Listen here
Because it's who we are
I'm just a man
I'm not a hero
Just a boy who had to sing this song
I'm just a man
I'm not a hero
I don't care

We'll carry on
We'll carry on
And though your dead and gone, believe me
Your memory will carry on
We'll carry on
And though you're broken and defeated
Your weary widow marches on

Do or die
You'll never make me
Because the world
Will never take my heart
You can try
You'll never break me
We wanna know
We want to play this part

Do or die (we'll carry on)
You'll never make me (we'll carry on)
Because the world (we'll carry on)
Will never take my heart
You can try
You'll never break me
We wanna all
We want to play this part (we'll carry on)

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My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance (MCR) is an American alternative rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001. The band consists of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, and bassist Mikey Way. Shortly after forming, the band signed to Eyeball Records and released their debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002. They signed with Reprise Records the next year and released their major-label debut Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in 2004. The album was a commercial success and was awarded platinum status a little over a year later. The band eclipsed their previous success with their 2006 concept album, The Black Parade, which gained generally favorable reviews among music critics. Their fourth studio album, Danger Days: The Tru… more »

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Written by: Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Michael Way, Raymond Toro, Robert Bryar

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15 facts about this song

Production
"Welcome to the Black Parade" was produced by Rob Cavallo, who has also worked with other big music acts like Green Day and Phil Collins.
Release Date
The song was released on September 12, 2006, as the first single from the band's third studio album, "The Black Parade".
Chart Success
The song peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the band's highest-charting single to date.
Inspiration
The song is reportedly inspired by the death of lead singer Gerard Way's grandmother. The theme of the entire album revolve around the concept of death.
Video Director
The music video was directed by Samuel Bayer, who's previously worked with Nirvana and Green Day. It follows the storyline of the patient, an individual dying from cancer.
Running Time
The song, once considered too long for radio play at 5 minutes and 11 seconds, went on to become the band's most significant commercial and critical hit.
Television Performances
The band performed "Welcome to the Black Parade" live on various TV shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
Accolades
"Welcome to the Black Parade" has been recognized by various music critics as one of the best songs of the 2000s. It has been ranked at number 20 in NME's list of the "100 Best Songs of the 2000s," and number 18 in Billboard's "Best Choruses of the 21st Century".
Covers
Many covers of the song have been made in various styles, including a notable version by Twenty One Pilots during their live shows.
Music Genre
The song has influences of pop punk, emo, and a strong resemblance to 70's rock, notably sharing a similar sound to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Soundtrack Appearances
The song was used in the trailer for "Watchmen," and has been featured on soundtracks for various video games such as "Saints Row 2" and "Guitar Hero II."
Certifications
The song is certified Double Platinum by the RIAA and has also earned Platinum certification in the UK and Australia.
Regeneration Project
In 2020, to mark the 14th anniversary of the release of the song and album, My Chemical Romance launched a project on YouTube to regenerate interest in the music.
Live Album
A special version of "Welcome to the Black Parade" is included in the band's live album, "The Black Parade is Dead!" which documents one of their concerts in Mexico.
Three Outift Changes
The band underwent three outfit changes while performing this song to signify the transitions in the song.

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