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I Don't Love You

by

My Chemical Romance



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This song seems to be about a prostitute after a night out. The lines, "Knock you down and out," "Sometimes I cry so hard from pleading" and "Another dollar's just another blow" indicate this. (thanks, Asa - atlanta, GA)
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hey everyone, i posted my (very long) interpretation of this song on a different lyrics site & didn't get any feedback, so i'll post it here & see if anyone agrees with my perspective. it is pretty long, but you won't regret it if you just keep reading. i went pretty in depth...
this is the story that i got from both the song and the video combined:

a boy with a fistful of issues and demons (in the video he is symbolically the color black) meets a girl who embodies everything that he is not (white= pure, innocent, virginal, etc). they both fall in love intantly. it is not long before his own head begins to get in the way of the realationsip, as he fears that he is a toxic influence on her and may ultimately ruin her life/promise. he begins to push her away, though he does so out of desperate love for her. he tells her things like "when you go, don't ever think ill make you try to stay" implying that he thinks she will evenually come to her senses and leave him. in the same breath, he seems to be telling himself that in the event that this should happen, he would have no choice but to move on and go "off to find another way" for her own good before she "gets back" (realizes that she loves him and cannot fathom to be without him).

in the second verse, they seem to get in a fight over this notion. he is pushing her away, and she sees this. she asks him how he can do this "after all the time that you still owe" (we're supposed to have a long life together. you promised) and tries to insult him only to find that she cannot find any flaw with him, contrary to what he sees in himself, "you're still a good-for-nothing i don't know."
he tells her "baby take your gloves and get out, baby get out while you can." meaning that she needs to leave him for her own sake before she gets in too deep and really, REALLY loves him, which would make it even harder and probably impossible for her to leave. needless to say, she doesn't leave, and he continues to self-loathe and feel guilty. despite this, he does not have the guts to leave her, even though he is beginning to think it is the only way to 'save' her. he loves her.

the third verse is a little more tricky. (btw, i've always heard "pleading" rather than "pleasing"

he keeps making himself (and her) incredibly upset by always insisting that she should leave him, hence the first stanza, "sometimes i cry so hard from pleading". she is gettig "sick and tired of all the needless beating," meaning that she has grown very ill of him constantly making her sad and confused. he is sending her mixed messages, needlessly emotionally "beating" her. he says he loves her and his actions SEEM to prove that, but he is always, ALWAYS insisting that she should leave him. he simply will not accept the fact that she loves him and has made up her mind to stay with him through thick and thin. she confronts him about it.
he replies "but baby when they knock you down and out is where you oughta stay." by saying this, he is talking about himself. he has always heard bad things about himself and has come to the conclusion that he is nothing, so he is basically telling her "if i've never seen or heard about anything but the evil in me, perhaps that's what i really am and where i should stay." i think he is an addict of some sort, or maybe he is at least in he process of becoming one... presumably, they go on to have the same old argument about how she deserves better and such.
"but after all the blood that you still owe-" she says, implying again that they are supposed to spend their life togehter (blood = life, owe = promise)
and he retaliates "another dollar's just another blow" (i'm an addict, im not good for you, i'm never going to do anything right, going to blow all of our money on drugs. blow = street term for cocaine)
he also says "baby fix your eyes and get up, baby get up while you can." (stop crying and go, baby.)
he continues on "when you go, would you have the guts to say 'i don't love you like i loved you yesterday." he needs to hear her tell him that she doesn't love him, doesn't want him etc so that both of them will have closure to move on. regardless of whether or not the words are true, he needs to hear them no matter how bad they hurt.

well, the song ends and i can't really be sure whether she leaves him or not. however, the video implies that he eventually takes her innocence(her dress gets shorter & he leaves black marks on her everytime they touch). he stuggles even harder against his own conscious, his self hatred, and above all his love for this girl. i think that he finally realizes that she will never leave him, and faces the fact that if he truely feels like she is better off without him then he himself has to man up and be the one to leave. look at the guy in the video's face when he looks at her for the last time before he, racked with guilt, drops her hand and walks away. there is so much feeling and agony there. she, on the other hand, watches him leave in numb disbelif, probably thinking that this is not really happening and that he is going to come back.
the last thing that he says to her is "i don't love you like i loved you yesterday." of course, he does not mean this. in fact, he means just the opposite, but he could not live with himself under the pretense that he could/did 'destroy her life and her beautiful innocence.' he desperately loves her and thinks that she will be happier without him, so in a final act of love and sacrifice he goes off by himself to live in misery, his only comfort being that he has 'kept her safe from him.'
the girl now stands alone, and black drops begin to mar her flawless white skin. this is symbolic of how he inadvertently corrupts her by trying to save her from that very thing; he exposes her to heartbreak in its worst form. at the very end of the video, a black tear comes from inside her and slides down her face, symbolizing the wound inside of her that he created.

several frames show the couple holding hands as they crumble. a sick, trgic part of me wants to interpret that as a kind of 'romeo and juliet' ending; the two cannot live without eachother, and both end up commiting suicide after their seperation. maybe they do not know about the others fate, but it looks to me like the girl in the video is the first to crumble. perhaps she ends her life first, and when word gets back to the boy he realizes his fatal mistake and claims his own. the end.
- p0ppiera, winder, GA
My Chemical Romance is the best, so people who say it isn't quit lying. This is a beautiful song I love it
- rae, buxton, NC
Ok First of all, this whole song is sung from the wifes/girlfriend's perspective:
Well when you go
Don't ever think I'll make you try to stay
And maybe when you get back
I'll be off to find another way
(Bascily shes telling him that when he goes, this is it, shes done with it, so shes telling him if you go I might not be here when you come back)

When after all this time that you still owe
You're still, a good-for-nothing I don't know
So take your gloves and get out
Better get out
While you can
(Here shes saying after all this time you own me, meaning the time he spent out boxing and such he still hasnt changed. To her hes still a good-for-nothing guy. Then she says just take your gloves and get out of here..)
When you go
Would you even turn to say
"I don't love you
Like I did
Yesterday"
(This little part is a bit more detailed then the versus' them selves. Here shes feels like ok well there has to be a reason that hes doing this so she figures that he just dosnt love her like he did the day before.. and shes egging him on to get him to say it him self because she feels like that's why hes acting this way so she wants him to say it to her.)
Sometimes I cry so hard from pleading
So sick and tired of all the needless beating
But baby when they knock you
Down and out
Is where you oughta stay
( Here shes telling him how much she cries and begs him not to go. Then she goes on to tell him that shes tired of all the beatings he gets when hes in the ring. Then she tells him that when they knock him down to just stay down so it can be over.. so he can be with her.)
And after all the blood that you still owe
Another dollar's just another blow
So fix your eyes and get up
Better get up
While you can
( Here is similar to the one before it, only here she saying what about the blood that you still owe me, the people who are betting are getting their money, shes saying that its just money for them but for her its pain hence "Another dollar's just another blow" Then she says to him to just fix his face and get out because im sure hes all bloody from the fight)

So this is what I have gathered from reading the song and listening to it .. This only just makes sense and I hope it can help.
- Maria, Wilmington, NC
but the tear at the end of the vid meant the relationship still meant something and though they dont want 2 be 2gether they still cherish the memory of each other
- joseph, battery city, CA
i think that its more about she's leaving him for whatever reason and he thinks its cause she doesnt love him anymore but she just wont admit it "when you go would u have the guts to say i dont love you like i loved you yesterday!". if she doesnt love, him he doesnt love her and he doesnt need her "and maybe when you get back ill be off to find another way". so he practically tells her that if she leave, she'll be gone for good and wont wanna come back for anything "so get your gloves and get out better get out" "so fix your eyes and get out..." he wants 2 make it work but they just cant stop fighting "sometimes i cry so hard from pleading so sick and tired of all the needless beating" i think that the music video says the same story, but from her point of view because he leaves her by the end. maybe the whole point of it all together is that they both where thinking the same thing but they just didnt have the guts 2 say what they were feeling
- joseph, battery city, CA
i agree that it really does depend on what you've been through in life. but when you think about it every really good song is that way. thats why it sells so well because nearly anyone can relate because it can mean so many things!
- Alea, Erie, CO
love this song....... sooooo mucha ,YEAH!
- vicky, Chesapeake, VA
i agree with yessica, CA
- vicky, Chesapeake, VA
My theory is that the song is about a man who hires a prostitute and falls in love with her bout of course she rejects him because she doesnt love him but dosent tell him that but he can tell and this hurts him really bad and so when shes leaving he is filled with anger that she wont tell him that she dosent love him.
- Thatguy, brampton, ON
I know its about a breakup. But where in the hell did they get the idea it was about a prostitute?
- Marissa, New Orleans, LA
I think all of you are right. The song is about a relationship that fails and leaves both parties badly hurt. Gerard is comparing the emotional hurt to the physical hurt of boxing. The emotional hurt can'Knock you down and out,' The more effort, time and even money they put in to try to be in love with each other, the more they get hurt. 'Another dollar's just another blow'. So the protagonist is pleading for his girlfriend to admit that there is no love between them so that the hurting relationship can end.
- Phantom, Singaapore, Singapore
the song is about a couple who is breaking up and one isnt strong enough to handle it! in the music vid. the man is leaving and she cant stand him leaving. Yet the man wasnt strong enough to tell her that he doesnt love her anymore! ok thats what i think! My Chemical Romance is a dark-ish kind of band and Gerard Way is fasinated by many dark things! so i dought they would write bout a prostitute!!!
- Logan, indianapolis, IN
this song is about two people breaking up, but one of them isn't brave enough to tell the other they don't love them anymore, I have no idea how he hell u could get prostitution out of this song it's one of my faves by MCR!
- Bridget, Oceanside, NY
I think it's about breaking up with a partner, and then they leave, without having the guts to tell you that they don't love you anymore. It's quite true, actually, because it's not often that someone who leaves you tells you that they don't love you anymore.. Whether that's because they DO still love you or because they're too scared.
- Georgie, Lancashire, United Kingdom
i have no clue where everyone is getting the idea of a prostitute but its not!!!! they used to be great friends with the band the used. the fight (Multiple opinions) was about their cover of under pressure) i refuse to take sides but they were arguing about where to put the cover, mcr's album or the used's album. the used argued that they needed the popularity while mcr argued that the popularity could make them big. when Gerrard says "i don't love you like i loved you yesterday" he is trying to say how he got mad at bert (singer of the used)and how he saw bert in a whole different way even greedy but bert looked at Gerrard like that and things fell apart. they did great duos and used to be great friends.
- ryan Hyman, merrick, NY
in my opinion, the main point of this song is the line "i dont love you like I DID YESTERDAY". he wants the girl to tell him that she did love him before. mcr didnt use "i dont love you anymore" sth like that to replace "i dont love you like I DID YESTERDAY" & "i dont love you like I LOVED YOU YESTERDAY". cuz he doesnt really want the girl to tell him she doesnt love him now. actually he just wants the girl to tell him that she love him she DID LOVE him no matter if its a lie.
- heidi, hong kong, Hong Kong
in my opinion, the main point of this song is the line "i dont love you like I DID YESTERDAY". he wants the girl to tell him that she did love him before. mcr didnt use "i dont love you anymore" sth like that to replace "i dont love you like I DID YESTERDAY" & "i dont love you like I LOVED YOU YESTERDAY". cuz he doesnt really want the girl to tell him she doesnt love him now. actually he just wants the girl to tell him that she love him she DID LOVE him no matter if its a lie.
- heidi, hong kong, Hong Kong
in my opinion, the main point of the song is the line "i don't love you like I DID YESTERDAY". he wants the girl to tell him that she did love him before. mcr didnt use "i dont love you anymore" sth like that to replace "i dont love you like I DID YESTERDAY" & "i dont love you like I LOVE YOU YESTERDAY". actually he doesnt want the girl to tell him that she doesnt love him now. he just wants the girl to tell him that she loved him.
- heidi, hong kong, Hong Kong
it is very true that this song is fantastic when it comes to the meaning cause it could really mean anything to go along with your life. I personally feel that it is a cry out to the one person you love. telling them that no matter what happens, even though you are still really in love with that person, if they decide that they want to move on cause their feelings have changed, all you want is for them to tell you that they dont love you any more instead of just getting up and leaving with no explanation or cheating on you. cause even though it hurts either way, i think that being cheated on or being left alone with no reasoning or warning is much worse.
- Raquel, BRICK, NJ
This song is about an abusive relationship and one of the lover is fed up of it and is thinking of ending it even though it hurts.
"When you go......Would you have the guts to say...I don't love you."

My chemical Romance are a great band and would never write about Prostitutes.
- Samir, Gangtok, India
this is a hard song to understand if you did not go trew it. well sadly i did. me and my boyfriend were dating for 2years and the last few months of the relationship felt like i was figthing a losing battle. and somehow he would make me feel like every problem in the relationship was made by me and it was all my fault that we had gotten so distent so when we broke up i would drive myself crazy thinking i was to blame. when the truth was he had fallen out of love with me and just could not admit it. so see he made it harder on me making me feel like i were to blame when all he needed to say to make it easy for me was I DONT LOVE YOU LIKE I DID YESTERDAY
- fucked in love, dallas, TX
I love this song SOO much. Whatever it's about (im thinking its about The Patient being a boxer (y) ), you can think about it in so many ways! it reminds me of something that happened with my dad. it just fits in with what id say to him. especially " another dollar's just another blow ". its hard to explain. i s'pose you have to have my mind and my memories to understand what i mean and how i think of the song. but i think its actually a really clever song in that respect , because anyone can understand it, in any way really ^o) hmm.. i'll shut up now :) My Chemical Romance Are AMAZINGGG!!!!! XD
- Jody, Reading, United Kingdom
ugh bella is the only oneeven REMOTELY close to the actual meaning!! on the limited edition to the black parade (the velvet box) on the lyrics sheet has a pair of damn boxing gloves.

verdict: the patient used to be some sort of boxer/fighter. his girl ran the place where he boxed and to show her "love" towards him, she put him in the ring even longer. (and after all the time that you still owe) then as bets poured in for him, (another dollar's just another blow) he got fed up with her. as he was leaving (take your gloves and get out) after a match he lost intentionally, it was actually the GIRL that says that line in the chorus "when you go would you even turn to say..." he's so scared of her (the guts part with the awesome voice after the solo) because she's the head of some big organization and if he breaks her heart, he gets his legs broken.

so BASICALLY whoever made up the idea of prostitution of all things is acting like they're on crack.
- bailey, belleville, NJ
It's about unrequited love 'Not loving Somebody'
And my chemical romance don't write about prostitution.
- Cynthia, Belfast, United Kingdom
I agree with stripes.

I think the person used to be wrapped round the finger of the person the song is about, but came to a realisation and became the one in control.
The lyrics suggest the person went through alot of pain because of his lover and has now realised he is better off without her, and can let her go.
- Ed, rugby, England
i think this is about a relationship that just isn't working for one person while the other is totally in love. one lover tells a person they love them, then all of the sudden without warning they up and leave when the other lover think's everythings good."i don't love you like i did yesterday." but they still love that person and they are very sad about it ending. "so sick inside of all the needless beatings." could say he's sick of living without the other person, the beatings indicating his heartbeat.
- Stripes, Twilight, TX
I think this song is about a man who was in an arranged marriage. He is in love with this woman and she tells him that she loves him too, even though she's always hated him. One night she finally tells him that she doesn't love him. He won't believe her so she hurts him even more by giving everything he's ever bought back to him (another dollar's just another blow). He asks her if when she left him she would even look back and tell him that she didn't love him like she said she did, challenging her with 'When you go would you have the guts to say I don't love you like I loved you yesterday?' I might be wrong, though.
- Z, Somewhere over the rainbow, WA
In the book that comes with the special edition of the album, next to these lyrics is a picture of a pair of boxing gloves. Instead of being about a prostitute, could it be about a boxer and it's his wife/girlfriend speaking? She's tired of him coming home beaten every night: "Another dollar's just another blow" "Take your gloves and get out" "So sick and tired of all the needless beatings, but baby when they knock you down and out, is where you oughta stay" ?

think about that and listen again.
- Bella, fu**erton, CA
Oh... i thought that in this the patient has already died and he wants to tell his lover that its ok to move on and even though he's going to miss her, she can move on with her life. And if she doesnt get up from his body and leave him now (Baby get up, while you can) she is never going to move on with her life.
- ben, Detroit, MI
This song is about the patient declaring he isn't in love with the woman he thought he was. Earlier in the album, he is very angry at his lover (This is how I disappear). But 'I dont love you' is him realising hes not in love with her like he used to be
- Coist, Crewe, England
He called off his marriage? Why? And when did this happen?
- Aliya, Rocklin, CA
After Playing this song in concert, gerard anounced that he was calling off his marriage to Eliza.. "She can burn in hell for all I care" then showed the camera his hand without a ring on it.. i know thats not what the song was written about but.. i'm just putting that out there...
- Becca, City, IN
i just wanna call gerard up on the phone and ask him to explain every song
- amber, New York, NY
the prostitute one seems about ryte
- amber, New York, NY
I think the abusive language is to explain the two lovers pain they are feeling when they are breaking up, I take it one is in love with the other, and the other one just can't love them anymore but doesn't want to hurt them, and the other one isn't quite sure if its ending, hence the chorus, 'when you go, would you even turn to say, I don't love you, like I did yesterday' Its a question
- Stina, London, United States
It could be that he has mixed feelings about a girl who's been in abusive relationships with other men. Since it says "when THEY knock you down and out..."
- Hillary, _, United States
its not about a danm prostitute!!!!!it just about when this couple just falls apart.... it happens... it might have ben a abusisve relashinship cuz he metoions beatings in it
- katie, temecula, CA
I feel that this song changes POV during verses...The first verse (to me) says that this girl did something(murder?) and is going to hell/jail,
(And maybe when you get back I'll be off to find another way.
And after all this time that you still owe.)
But he still kind of wants her to stay
(better get out while you can.)
The girl is too scared to say she doesn't/never loved him
(When you go would you even turn to say
I don't love you like I did yesterday.)
Then it's the girls POV and she starts to bring up dirt from the guys past and how he beat her
(Sometimes I cry so hard from pleading
So sick and tired from all the needless beating.
But baby when they knock you down and out is where you oughta stay.
And after all the blood that you still owe.)
And how he only dated her for her money and in a way still abusing her.
(Another dollar's just another blow.)
He continues to tell her that he doesn't love her any more... that's about it...
- Blue, Cleveland, OH
I believe this song is about a relationship that begins to wither and fall apart, and it ends with one of the lovers, leaving the other, and the other lover asks the other is "When you go, would you have the guts to say, "I don't love you like I did yesterday,"?" as almost closure to them, to know that it is really over.It also shows this in the video, with the man finally leaving his old love.
- Ali, Oxford, PA
i've always thought it was about the patient attempting to make it easier to die for himself by trying to convince and old love to say they don't love him anymore seeing as how he is depressed about leaving his loved ones behind when he dies.
- Meggo, Baton Rouge, LA
I agree its not about a prostitute. I feel that the song can be told from ne sitution from unrequited love to a serious relationship. It seems from an outside point of view from how he sings the song itself.
- Matt, Honolulu, HI
Gerard said recently in an interview that this was the least personal song for him on The Black Parade. He said he's a people watcher and that "I Don't Love You" was written about people/friends he has observed and their relationships... so it's definitely not about a prostitute.
- Sarah, Wellington, New Zealand
my chemical romance rock, im in a band and anytime we play this song i get so emotional singing it because the lyrics are so strong, amazing song, i think everyone can just interpit it in their own way.
- Graemie, fraserburgh
I think that this song is about 2 people hu were in love but 1 of them left the otha because ov sum reason and they want them to say that they dnt love them any more 2 there face.
- Samantha, Sunderland, England
i seriously doubt this song is about a prostitute.
i think its about a relationship that has ended and one of them still loves the other, and wants them to say they dont love them any more, (When you go,Would you even turn to say "I don't love you Like I did Yesterday"). the one that is still in love wants to know that the other doesnt love them anymore, so they can have closure on the relationship.
- aisling, dublin, Ireland
Its about Gereard Way falling out with the Used's lead singer Bert Mcracken
- Tom, Boston, England
I am not sure what the song is about - maybe it is about Gerard Way saying he doesn't love his girlfriend, Katmandu, anymore. I've heard they ended their 6-year relationship during the recording of The Black Parade album. But I don't think it's about a prostitute.
- Audie, Auckland, New Zealand
You Nick Defiance you are so stupid to say MCR sucks curse you!!! Maybe you jus dont understand the meaning thats why you hate them. You dont understand the lyrics because you are stupid!! ,,i,,
- Chris, Los Angeles, CA
It's a concept album. The Patient's talking to his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend.
- Charlotte., I don't need a stalker., PA
my fav
- Asa, atlanta, GA
yesica's right, mechanical romance sucks.
- Nick, Defiance, OH
blow could easily be a ddrug reference
- Christina, Sam's Town, VA
well im not sure. sometomes when i hear it, it sounds like an abusive relasionship but then again the music video has nothing to do with that. I think it is about 2 ppl that love each other but one has second thoughts. and the other one knows. so they said " i dont love you like i did yesterday" ( i guess they r saying "just tell me the truth.")
- chelsey, ?, LA
This is my fave song off the new album and i dont believe its about prostitution. Everyone has a different interpretation of a song and in my opinion its a destructive relationship. Why would you turn to a client and say 'i dont love you like i did yesterday'? But then again we may be wrong...
- Stacey, Vic, Australia
Sometimes it does sound like prostitution for obvious reasons and others it just seems like an abusive relationship. I personally think thats its about an abusive relationship because of the whole "I dont love you like I did yesterday". If it was about prostitution then they wouldnt have fallen in love to begin with.
- Amber, Parsons, KS
I don't think that song is about a prostitute. Its about being a relationship and having to fight every time that it came to the point he doesn't love her like he did before. "Another dollar's just another blow" doesn't indicate that. I don't believe my chemical romance would write that kind of thing in their music. It might just mean that wasting money or even time is just another blow to the face because it all disappear. My meaning might not be but i know for sure my chemical romance wouldn't write about a prostitute.
- yesica, Visalia, CA
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