Drowning Lessons

Album: I Brought You My Bullets You Brought Me Your Love (2002)
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  • This song is about a man's lover, who he can't marry because she has died. He lives a life of crime, killing people, doing the same things every day and also killing every day.
  • A closer look at some of the lyrics:

    "A thousand bodies piled up, I never thought would be enough to show you just what I've been thinking." - In order to be with his lover, he must kill 1000 people to prove that he loves her and to get out of purgatory and be with her.

    "These hands, stained red, from the times I have killed you and then, we can wash down this engagement ring with poison and kerosene" - He has killed so many people and he is ashamed. He thinks that the blood will never wash from his hands, and he knows he will never be able to marry his lover so he wants to kill himself.

    "We'll laugh, as we die, and we'll celebrate the end of things with cheap champagne" - Once he has collected the 1000 corpses to escape purgatory, he can join his lover again, and they can laugh and celebrate together. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Rhiannon - Manchester, England, for above 2
  • MCR frontman Gerard Way said he rarely wanted to sing this live because it was too personal for him. The few times the band did try to perform it, they always ran into problems. He explained during a Reddit AMA: "Just various stuff would go wrong, everything from starting the song at different times, to amps and drums breaking."
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Comments: 9

  • Rae from Buxton, NcThis is about a very in love couple, but the groom is depressed and takes anti depressants (like Gerard at the time). The boy takes the pills and it gives him the strength to kill his bride which he has secretly been wanting to do he whole time. He drowns her, but yet he still loves her extremely much.
  • Rae from Buxton, NcThis song is awesome beyond description
  • Transmission Revenge from Sydney, AustraliaI just wanted to add that the line "As rice grains and roses fall at your feet" refers to when a couple is getting married they have a jar and fill it with grains of rice (usually coloured) and of course their are roses at a wedding.
  • Joseph from Battery City, Cai tried to figure out what happens in this song but there is so much that cant be put into words but can felt by the emotions of the song.
  • Alex from Mesa, AzThis song is acctually about how a couple were getting married.The groom walked in on the bride cheating on him with another man on the couples wedding day.So he kills her and the man. He does what some seriel killers do and fantasizes himself killing her "a thousand bodies piled up" the wedding repersents "These hands, stained red, from the times I have killed you and then, we can wash down this engagement ring with poison and kerosene" How he kills her by poison and how they're love ends in fire, kerosene=lighter fluid.
  • Bella from Fu**erton, CaAlso, it could be about a relationship that's falling apart. The sort where it's near the end, and although neither can bring themself to end it, they just fight the little fights of people who are too afraid of the big ones. He feels like every day he is killing her with his words. She could be pressuring him to get married, even though it wouldn't work. Hence the marriage references: "imaginary wedding gown", "as rice grains and roses fall at your feet".
  • Bella from Fu**erton, CaOkay the demolition lovers: they got in a huge gunfight, as indicated in their song. the guy died. He got sent to hell, where the devil cut him a deal: if he kills 1000 evil men, he can be reunited with his lover. So, it's not so much purgatory as a deal with the devil.
  • Loz from Perth, Australiamatthew,

    its called a metaphor!

    this is an awesome song!

    its great and dont diss it
  • Matthew from Milford, Ma...Escaping purgatory by committing sin? The whole point of purgatory is to pay for sin, to atone for it. Committing sins in there breaks the purpose!!!
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