Throwback Thursday: “Disenchanted” by My Chemical Romance

Lizzy Partsch, Staff Writer

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This week’s Throwback Thursday is a band from Newark, New Jersey, who because of drug related issues broke up in 2013, just after releasing their Conventional Weapons series. They are the exceptional, My Chemical Romance.

The band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarist Ray Toro and Frank Lero, bassist Mikey Way and drummer Bob Bryar. Founded by Gerard, Toro, Way, and Bryar, they first signed with Eyeball Records and released their first album in 2002, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. Eventually, they signed with Reprise Records and then released Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in 2004. In 2006, they released probably one of their most popular albums The Black Parade, which got raving reviews among music critics and also was certified double platinum in the UK. After a series of several other albums, Dange Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, Conventional Weapons(a series of songs of singles released), and May Death Never Stop You, the band broke up in 2013.

“Disenchanted” was included on their Black Parade album and was probably one of their most meaningful songs on the album, along with “Cancer.”

The song starts with lines, “Well I was there on the day they sold the cause for the queen. And when the lights all went out, we watched our lives on the screen. I hate the ending myself, but it started with an all right scene.” In these lines he basically is reflecting on his life and how as time went on, he started to regret/hate the path he was on.

He continues to sing, “It was the roar of the crowd that gave me heartache to sing. It was a lie when they smiled and said you won’t feel a thing. And as we ran from the cops, we laughed so hard that it would sting.” He’s basically saying that the pressure of people made him believe that “life was easy,” that you “won’t feel a thing, and “As we ran from the cops, we laughed so hard that it would sting” is just an example of being on the wrong path. Even at the end of the phrase when it says, “it would sting,” it refers to how over time if would hurt him, that it would really affect him.

As the song continues, he develops into the chorus by saying, “If I’m so wrong, How can you, listen all night long?, Now will it matter after I’m gone?, Because you never learn a g****** thing. You’re just a sad song with nothing to say, About a life long wait for a hospital stay. And if you think that I’m wrong, This never meant nothing to ya.” This is the main purpose of the song because he’s basically saying if I’m so wrong about life, why do you keep listening to this song? He even goes on to say how after you die, would your life have even mattered because you never learned and took action from it, that you just sat there and waited as life passed you because you were to afraid to change.

All in all, the song’s meaning is incredible, as well as how perfect the song’s instrumentals make the story so much more effective.

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