Music / The Black Parade
When I was a young boy
My father took me into the city
To see a marching band
He said, "Son, when you grow up
Would you be the savior of the broken,
The beaten and the damned?"
He said, "Will you defeat them,
Your demons and all the non-believers,
The plans that they have made?
Because one day, I'll leave you
A phantom to lead you in the summer
To join the Black Parade."

The Black Parade is an album and Rock Opera by My Chemical Romance. It tells the story of a terminally ill cancer patient (known simply as "The Patient") and the last thoughts and visions that go through his head as he lies dying in a hospital. When death arrives for him, it appears to him as a parade, recalling the fondest memory he has of his past.

With a grandiose epic sound influenced by Emo, Progressive Rock, Pop Punk, Post-Hardcore, and Glam Rock, The Black Parade gained the attention of a larger audience than the band's earlier releases and is commonly viewed by critics and audiences as a generation defining masterpiece.


  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"

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