Fake Your Death

Album: May Death Never Stop You (2014)
Charted: 63
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Songfacts®:

  • My Chemical Romance released this single to commemorate the release of its greatest hits compilation May Death Never Stop You. It was described by former frontman Gerard Way as the "last MCR song" in a statement.

    "What was not so obvious at the time was that the song was, and would serve as, a eulogy for the band, though I should have known it from the lyrics," Way said. "I think internally I did, as I felt an odd sense of sadness and loss after hearing back the words on top of the music. I also felt a strange sense of pride in how honest it was, and could not remember a band recording a song of this nature, being so self-aware. Ending felt like something honest, and honest always feels like something new."
  • The May Death Never Stop You album was released on March 24, 2014. The group said: "The title is fitting, because as sad as it was to say goodbye to the band, we look at this collection as a celebration of our best songs, and hope the memory of them continues to bring joy to you all as they have for us. We hope you take the journey with us into MCR's past, and enjoy the small taste of what might have been."

Comments: 3

  • Kid From YesterdayQuestion about this song... what's the meaning of the lyrics "take off your clothes and dream about that fame"?
  • Joshua from CanadaYes, I agree with queen Diana. This song changed my life.
  • Diana from Lake Zurich, IlI believe this song was written with a message in mind; Gerard and the band wanted to end MCR on a good note. Meaning, they did not want to keep playing until the band died or the fans gave up on them or anything tragic. They wanted to end on a high note, at a good time so they can be remembered well. The lyrics convey this message.
    "Some people watch, some people pray, but even lights can fade away."- No matter how badly the fans believe, a band will eventually die, their fame, their glory, their message, their honesty; whatever it is that makes that band who they are.
    "'Cause even heroes get the blues, or any misery you choose."- Nobody is perfect. They are just like everyone else. And they are not indestructable. They go through tough times, deal with depression, and many struggles in their lives. Just like Gerard and his past struggle with drugs, alcohol, and depression--which he amazingly overcame. Much respect.
    "I choose defeat, I walk away, and leave this place for sane today."- Again, reiterating their choice to end the band at the time they did.
    "Just look at all that pain."- I'm not 100% sure, but I believe it is not only referring to the pain of the fans at finding out their favorite band is ending, but also to the pain of other fans of bands that ended at a bad time and now have a bad reputation or memory of them.
    "You want the heart, or to be saved. But even good guys still get paid."- Talking to their fans, MCR is again saying they are not perfect and although they have helped their fans and vice versa, they won't always be able to. Telling their fans to keep in mind that even they still got paid to play their music.
    "So fake your death, or its your blame. And leave the lights on when you stay."- Again, talking about why they ended the band. Didn't want to be blamed if they kept going and it went downhill from their. Leave the lights--good memories--on, rather than have them fade or be covered by bad.

    MCR wrote this song with a clear message in mind. Though it may be blunt--down to every word in the lyrics--it still expresses their sadness at having to leave. They have their own lives to live and their own families to take care of, and now they are passing the torch to us, their fans. "Your memory will live on without you"- Danger Days. R.I.P. My chemical Romance. Thank you for all the music you have made, all the art you have created; all the souls you saved, all the minds you have awakened; thank you for believing in us and inspiring us to live on and make our lives our OWN. <3 Much love and with great sadness- Diana.
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