Welcome to 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 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)
Written by: Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Michael Way, Raymond Toro, Robert Bryar
Lyrics © BLOW THE DOORS OFF CHICAGO
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15 facts about this song
"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.
The song was released on September 12, 2006, as the first single from the band's third studio album, "The Black Parade".
The song peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the band's highest-charting single to date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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".
Many covers of the song have been made in various styles, including a notable version by Twenty One Pilots during their live shows.
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."
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."
The song is certified Double Platinum by the RIAA and has also earned Platinum certification in the UK and Australia.
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.
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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