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The Black Parade

Post by Vago on Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:16 am

Allright, so I've been trying and trying to figure out this song.


I'm sure your probably familiar with it. Now I'm trying to figure out what the heck the first part means.

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"


So does this mean that they save people from being damned to hell by killing them and stopping them from sinning? And killing demons to stop them from sinning? Cause when it says
"Will you defeat them..." Then theres a pause before "Your demons and all the non-believers." And what plans do they have? Does that really matter at all? THe first part makes sense, but then you add the second part and it messes me up. Is it like a Cult? A religion, gang what is it?
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Re: The Black Parade

Post by Andeavor on Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:30 am

I assume it's a racial issue. Basically, the father wants his son to fight against whatever "demons" are plaguing him and their people according to what white people made them think they are and re-establish the balance between black and white after his father's death into a new generation.

Brilliant song, btw. Shocked

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Re: The Black Parade

Post by Vago on Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:31 am

I've never thought if it that way... That makes a lot of sense though.
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Re: The Black Parade

Post by LoD on Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:32 pm

Surprised um Omnivex, your avatar is a tad big on my screen.
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Re: The Black Parade

Post by Vago on Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:33 pm

.....Yeah, I don't know how it happened, but it overlaps my text. Laughing
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Re: The Black Parade

Post by Sakiara on Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:34 pm

LoD wrote:Surprised um Omnivex, your avatar is a tad big on my screen.
Ya, I told him to put dots in front of his post!

You should get a new avatar maybe omni. Have you tried uploading it and making it a different size?


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Re: The Black Parade

Post by Vago on Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:35 pm

I'm getting a new one, just hold on need to resize...
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Re: The Black Parade

Post by Vago on Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:57 am

I looked it up and this is what I got.

Meaning wrote:
This is according to Wikipedia...
"After learning of his illness, reflecting on his life, and dealing with all the issues of mortality, the Patient's own mortality is quickly coming to an end. This illness is most likely heart cancer, since many references at cancer are made throughout the album, and in Dead!, the doctors tell the Patient "they found a complication in your heart". Here the Patient is drifting between life and death, and so death is coming for him in the form of his strongest memory. The Patient's fondest memory is of his father taking him to town as a boy to see a parade ("when I was a young boy, my father took me into the city, to see a marching band"). The Patient's father asks him as a boy "Son, when you grow up, would you be the savior of the broken, the beaten, and the damned?", perhaps preparing the Patient for his future illness, and asking him if he will have what it takes to mentally overcome it and be an example for others who follow in his footsteps to be strong. The Patient's father also tells him "someday I'll leave you a phantom, to lead you in the summer, to join the Black Parade." This hints that the Patient's father most likely died before the Patient, and will help him join the Black Parade (in other words be there when he dies to help him in the afterlife). The song also shows that the Patient most likely had a very good relationship with his father, since his fondest memory in life occured when he was with his father. This may be the opposite of the relationship he has with his mother, which is further detailed in the song "Mama". However, the band has stated that "Mama" represents Mother War, a mother who lost her child(ren) in war. She also represents loss, and so may simply be another figure in the Black Parade.

The Patient passes into a realm of life and death, and sees the Black Parade. The Black Parade seems to take place in the city that he saw the marching band in his youth, only now the city is barren, and more macabre. He sees the performers of the Black Parade, only they too are more macabre than those of the parade he saw in his youth, and seem to represent emotions and other parts of his life. The Black Parade tell him of "the disappointed faces of your peers", which have no effect on the Patient, as he states he "could not care at all", showing he will no longer let anyone dictate his actions, and hasn't quite repented yet (as he does in Famous Last Words). He still doubts himself ("I'm just a man, I'm not a hero" in reference to his father's question at the beginning of the song). He is still firm in his doubt of the world ("you can try, you'll never break me"). Finally The Black Parade assures him that his "memory will carry on", and though he may be dead and defeated his "weary widow marches on." Thus trying to encourage him that he isn't as evil as he thinks, and that if he joins them what he leaves behind in life will be fine.

The song is visually represented by its music video. Some have argued that there is a flaw with the actor portraying the Patient, in that he is not bald, when most people who have cancer and go through chemo are bald. This however is not always the case, so its not necessarily a flaw."

It started out not making sense, but the more and more I read it, the more it made sense.
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Re: The Black Parade

Post by Shadow on Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:45 pm

Interesting
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