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The Black Parade
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Track Listing
  1. The End.” – 1:52
  2. Dead!” – 3:15
  3. This Is How I Disappear” – 3:59
  4. The Sharpest Lives” – 3:20
  5. Welcome to the Black Parade” – 5:11
  6. I Don’t Love You” – 3:58
  7. House of Wolves” – 3:04
  8. Cancer” – 2:22
  9. Mama” – 4:39
  10. Sleep” – 4:43
  11. Teenagers” – 2:41
  12. Disenchanted” – 4:55
  13. Famous Last Words” – 4:59
  14. Blood(Hidden Track) – 2:53
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"The End." is the first track on My Chemical Romance's 2006 album, The Black Parade. The track goes for 1:52.

Background

The opening to The Black Parade is Gerard Way beginning to take a new approach to everyone’s attitude towards him. He has broken bad and stopped caring what anyone thinks anymore. He is refusing to live his life to anyone but his own terms.

In “MCR Welcomes You To The Black Parade,” a commentary featured on the deluxe edition of the album, frontman Gerard Way says:

‘The End’ was basically the song where, I think, we, when we butted that up against ‘Dead!’ we realized we were making a really theatrical record that was also gonna be very big. We wanted something, I think we wanted ‘The End’ to feel a little bit like the beginning of [Pink Floyd’s] The Wall, there’s a song called “In The Flesh?,” [with a] question mark because it reprises later in the record. We wanted it to feel very much like that kind of beginning, that you were about to get taken on a journey, and I think that’s why that song is so big, and it tells a story right away. I think it just kind of pulls you in the story.

Guitarist Ray Toro adds:

That song definitely set the tone of the record, you know, the entire record. We had written it in New York at S.I.R. Studios, and as soon as all the drums and all the guitars kicked in really loud from that first acoustic guitar at the start, we knew we were onto something.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Now come one come all to this tragic affair
Wipe off that makeup, what's in is despair
So throw on the black dress, mix in with the lot
You might wake up and notice you're someone you're not
If you look in the mirror and don't like what you see
You can find out firsthand what it's like to be me
So gather 'round, piggies, and kiss this goodbye
I'd encourage your smiles, I'll expect you won't cry

[Verse 2]
Another contusion, my funeral jag
Here's my resignation, I'll serve it in drag
You've got front row seats to the penitence ball
When I grow up I want to be nothing at all!

[Bridge]
I said yeah, yeah!
I said yeah, yeah!

[Outro]
Come on, come on, come on, I said
(Save me!) Get me the hell out of here
(Save me!) Too young to die and, my dear
(You can't!) If you can hear me, just
(Save me!) Walk away and

Trivia

  • The track was originally just called 'Intro'.
  • The line, "When I grow up, I want to be nothing at all!" was meant as a direct response to the many people who used to tell Gerard he would never make anything of his life.
  • This is the shortest song on The Black Parade album.
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