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My Chemical Romance's "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge"


My Chemical Romance blew fans away with their second album "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge", which was a follow-up to their debut album "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". MCR broke all molds with this album, their hardcore-emo-pop-punk-gothic style exploded through many of their songs. "Helena", which is the opening song on the CD sets the mood for the rest of it. The song begins "Long ago, like the hearse you died to get in again, we are so far from you." Lead singer, Gerard Way wrote "Helena" about his Grandmother Elena (Helen) Way, who he believed as a child was named Helena. When Gerard was a child his Grandmother passed away and he says:

"We were really close. She was an artist and taught me pretty much everything I do today — how to sing and paint and how to perform. And she bought the band our first real van, because she just knew it would make me and [bassist/brother] Mikey happy. She spent all this money to get us the van, and we promised to pay her back and then she wouldn't take the money. So the song is about all that and celebrating her. I knew I wanted the video to be a funeral, because I remember so much about when she died. I remember the church service being extremely upsetting. And at the cemetery, we put her in the mausoleum, and when we came outside it was sunny, like everything had changed, and I was like, "Wow, I'm already starting to feel OK about this.""

"Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge" tells the listener a crazy story about love, life and death. Every song is full of heartfelt lyrics that make fans really love My Chemical Romance, but, this power can make "non-fans" disturbed. Proof of this can be found in the lyrics "Lay still like the dead, from the razor to the rosary, we could lose ourselves and paint these walls in pitchfork red." These lyrics come from the song "It’s not a Fashion Statement, It’s a Death Wish" and they portray a bloody murder in the name of love. Many of the other songs on "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge" can paint the listener a very vivid image in their heads, especially in "You Don’t Know What They do to Guys Like us in Prison". The song begins "In the middle of a gun fight, in the center of a restaurant…like a bullet through a flock of doves, to wage this war against your faith in me." The listener can feel the true panic behind these words.

Fans are now left to wonder what this powerful band has in them for their third album. When a fan sees MCR live they can feel the power, emotion that the band has inside them.

"Singing Songs That Make You Slit Your Wrists…It Isn’t That Much Fun, Starting Down A Loaded Gun." (Cemetery Drive)

My Chemical Romance

Band Members include :
Gerard Way - Vocals
Mikey Way - Bass
Frank Iero - Lead Guitar
Ray Toro - Guitar
Bob Bryar - Drums

Frank Iero

Gerard Way (Skeleton Man) and Bert McCracken

This article contributed by Stefanie Kaufman.