tbp song

Don’t 👏🏻 say 👏 🏻you 👏 🏻like 👏 🏻my 👏🏻 chemical 👏🏻 romance 👏🏻 if 👏🏻 your 👏🏻 father 👏🏻 never 👏🏻 took 👏🏻 you 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 see 👏🏻 a 👏🏻 marching 👏🏻 band 👏🏻

I listened to mama three times on my way to work this morning, and idk if most of you know this but I work at a history museum in period costume, and as I was headbanging and singing violently in my car in a full 1880s costume I got thinking about mama in connection with the victorian idea of memento mori, which actually dates back centuries before that too, and literally translates to “remember you must die” so it’s like “mama we’re all gonna die/we all go to hell” is essentially saying the same thing? Is it more brutal? yes. Is it in language not really appropriate for the victorian propriety ideals? you betcha. But is it essentially the same message? yeah! they wanted you to really know that you could die at ANY TIME and mostly due to the “scourges of god” which were famine, plague, and war, and that’s referenced a lot in tbp and this song with “what the war did to my legs and and to my tongue” and also “the infection” referenced and all that so it’s like!!! and most of the focus of this remembrance of death was based around the idea that you would know you’re gonna die so that you can have been a good person (or more like good in terms of your respective religion) and go to heaven, so this just eliminates the whole attempt to be good and get into heaven on the part of gerard at least and is just like hey we’re gonna die and the devil is waiting!!! a surprise party??? For me??? You shouldn’t have

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The Black Parade: The B-Sides is an EP composed of rarities by the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance. The EP was released on February 3, 2009 by Reprise Records.