Songfacts®: You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.
This is the first single from the album The Black Parade. In an interview with MTV, lead singer Gerard Way explained that the concept of the album is "The Patient," who dies of cancer at an early age. According to Way, death comes in the form of your most powerful memory, and for "The Patient" that memory is a parade he went to with his father, which explains the album title. (thanks, Taylor - Longwood, FL)
In this song, The Patient is dying in his hospital bed. His journey to death is "The Black Parade." (thanks, MCR - Hampshire, England)
During the shooting of the video the band suffered 2 very unfortunate accidents. First, drummer Bob Bryar suffered a bad burn on the back of his leg, which became infected. Even worse was when lead singer Gerard Way tore several ligaments in his leg after being playfully tackled by another member of the band. (thanks, Robert - Sparta, NJ)
Throughout the album, you can kind of see into the mind of someone in a lot of pain. The previous My Chemical Romance album, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, dealt with demons, and this seems to be a continuing trend, but in a more mature way. (thanks, Brett - Miami, FL)
There could be some biblical imagery in this song, as a father tells his son at a parade to be the savior of "The broken, the beaten and the damned." The son does not think himself worthy enough to redeem these people. This could be seen as a reference to God (father) telling Moses (his son) he needs to be the savior of the Jewish people (the broken, beaten, and damned) and lead them out of Egypt. At first Moses does not think himself worthy of this task. (thanks, Isaac - C-Town, OH)
Lukas Haas from the movie Mars Attacks! appears in the video. (thanks, Erika - Montebello, CA)
In the video, you first see Gerard Way with short blonde hair. He dyed it so he could better channel "The Patient." (thanks, Molly - Swan Reach, Australia)
At a 2006 concert in Pennsylvania, Gerard Way said, "The song is dedicated to all dads out there." (thanks, Lacey - Helsinki, Finland)
My Chemical Romance played this live for the first time in a rooftop performance at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
The line, "Sometimes I get the feeling she's watching over me" are the only lyrics on the album that are about the Way brothers' late grandmother. MCR's song "Helena
" was inspired by her. (thanks, Lexii - Darwin, Australia)
Penny Ford of Snap!
The original voice of Snap!, this story is filled with angry drag queens, video impersonators and Chaka Khan.
On Glen's résumé: hit songwriter, Facebook dominator, and member of Styx.
The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.