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“Helena”

Helena

from the album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Released: March, 14, 2005
Recorded: 2004
Length: 3:22
Format:

7" Vinyl

CD

Digital download

Label: Reprise Records
Producer(s):

My Chemical Romance

Howard Benson

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
This article is part of a Series
Singles
Track Listing
  1. Helena” – 3:22
  2. Give 'Em Hell Kid” – 2:18
  3. To The End” – 3:01
  4. You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison” – 2:53
  5. I'm Not Okay (I Promise)” – 3:08
  6. The Ghost Of You” – 3:23
  7. The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You” – 3:37
  8. Interlude” – 0:57
  9. Thank You for the Venom” – 3:41
  10. Hang 'Em High” – 2:47
  11. It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Deathwish” – 3:30
  12. Cemetery Drive” – 3:08
  13. I Never Told You What I Do for a Living” – 3:51
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"Helena" is the third single and first track from My Chemical Romance's second studio album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. This is also My Chem's fifth overall single. The lyrics describe Gerard Way's feelings for his late grandmother, Elena Lee Rush (friends called her 'Helen', and because of this, Gerard always thought of her as "Helena"). The single has become a moderately-selling hit, both in the U.S. and internationally. Gerard said in an interview with Channel [V] the band got influences for Helena from the song "Aces High" by Iron Maiden and tracks by The Ventures. He described it as representing the band's image and sound, and as such it is oftentimes used to end the band's shows. The single was certified as a gold record in the United States. The song was also used in the closing credits of the 2005 horror film House of Wax.


Music Video Edit

The music video was shot on-location in the Immanuel Presbyterian church in Los Angeles, California; it was directed by Marc Webb and choreographed by Michael Rooney. The video features the band performing at a young women's funeral, with Gerard acting as a priest. There are also mourners who dance around her casket and later on the church steps
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The band performs in front of mourners.
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. During the bridge, Helena (Tracy Phillips) rises from her casket and dances down the nave, representing her crossing over into the afterlife. After she falls back into the casket, six pallbearers (My Chem along with a fan named Cameron) carry the casket to the hearse in the pouring rain, surrounded by men and women dancing with umbrellas.

Though the song in general is about Gerard and Mikey's late grandmother, it was stated in an interview that the video told a different story. The video shows the funeral of a girl, who, according to Gerard, died tragically. The sixth pallbearer and the majority of the mourners/extras are fans who had received emails from the band asking if they'd like to be in the video.

During the "Making Of..." video, a bonus on the Life on the Murder Scene CD/DVD, it was noted that Frank, joking about being 4'9", was not tall enough to actually carry any weight of the casket, and it rested on the other band members and their sixth pallbearer.[1] Also noted was that the rain used in the sequence between the church and the hearse wasn't planned for, but the director used it to his advantage, as it set the mood of a funeral.


ReceptionEdit

The video was nominated for five Moonmen at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Rock Video, Best Choreography, Best New Artist, the MTV2 and Viewer's Choice Awards (both of which are chosen by viewers). They lost to bands Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and The Killers. Though the band did not win any awards, they did do a surprise performance of the song towards the end of the show. They also won an MTV Video Music Awards Latin America "tongue" for the Best New Artist - International. They also

  • Michael Rooney's choreography earned a VMA nomination.
  • Michael Rooney's choreography earned a VMA nomination.
  • Michael Rooney's choreography earned a VMA nomination.
  • Michael Rooney's choreography earned a VMA nomination.
  • Michael Rooney's choreography earned a VMA nomination.
  • Michael Rooney's choreography earned a VMA nomination.

won a Best Video award in the 2005 Kerrang! Awards. In November 2005, the video was nominated for two MTVU Woodie Awards (voted on by college students) and won the Woodie of the Year. In the Philippines, Helena has reached a cult-like status because of the popularity of aternative music.

The video was also voted #1 by viewers of MTV Latinamerica of the 2005 "100 Most Wanted Videos".

ChartsEdit

Chart (2005) Peak Position
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 78
German Singles Chart 67
Irish Singles Chart 46
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 27
UK Singles Chart 20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 33
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 32


LyricsEdit

Long ago
Just like the hearse you die to get in again
We are
So far from you

Burning on
Just like the match you strike to incinerate
The lives of everyone you know
And what's the worst you take
From every heart you break
And like the blade you stain
Well I've been holding on tonight

What's the worst that I can say?
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long not goodnight

Came a time
When every star falls
Brought you to tears again
We are the very hurt you sold
And what's the worst you take
from every heart you break
And like the blade you stain
Well I've been holding on tonight

What's the worst that I can say?
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long not goodnight
And if you carry on this way
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long not goodnight

Can you hear me?
Are you near me?
Can we pretend to leave and then
We'll meet again
When both our cars collide

What's the worst that I can say?
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long not goodnight
And if you carry on this way
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Making of "Helena".
  2. ^ Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge CD Insert


External LinksEdit

Watch Official Video [YouTube]

Watch Official Video [AOL Music]

Watch Official Video [Yahoo! Music]

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