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“Mama”
From the album The Black Parade
Recorded: April – August, 2006
Track number: 9
Length: 4:39
The Black Parade
This article is part of a Series
Singles
Track Listing
  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(Hidden Track) – 2:53
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"Mama" is the fifth single from My Chemical Romance's 2006 album, The Black Parade. The music video is set to be directed by the lead singer of the band, Gerard Way. The song features singer Liza Minnelli, who Way cites as an early inspiration, performing a vocal cameo towards the end of the song. The single was supposed to be released on November 12, 2007, however, it was postponed and was rescheduled to release on November 16, 2007. This also did not take place, and so speculation is high as to when the single and accompanying video will be released.

Background Edit

"Mama" was written by My Chemical Romance's lead singer Gerard Way for their third studio album The Black Parade. Wanting a female vocal who "had a lot of character, someone that was very strong, sorrowful", Way enlisted veteran singer Liza Minnelli to perform a guest vocal spot on the song. Way reported that his grandmother was a big fan of Minnelli's and that Minnelli performed the vocal without cost. Minnelli recorded from New York, while the group corresponded from Los Angeles, and as such, never met her in person. Near the middle of the song, there is a part that bears a resemblance to the Pink Floyd song "The Trial". This keeps with the statements of the marketing campaign where My Chemical Romance stated that Pink Floyd had an influence on this record. The release date for the video has now been postponed due to issues with their label.

Promotion Edit

In preparation for releasing the single, "Mama" has been featured as telecast performances by the group throughout 2007, causing speculation for over six months as to its status as a single. A video for the single has also been filmed, being directed by the band's lead singer, Gerard Way.

LyricsEdit

Mama, we all go to hell.
Mama, we all go to hell.
I'm writing this letter and wishing you well,
Mama, we all go to hell.

Oh, well, now,
Mama, we're all gonna die.
Mama, we're all gonna die.
Stop asking me questions, I'd hate to see you cry,
Mama, we're all gonna die.

And when we go don't blame us, yeah.
We'll let the fires just bathe us, yeah.
You made us, oh, so famous.
We'll never let you go.
And when you go don't return to me my love.

Mama, we're all full of lies.
Mama, we're meant for the flies.
And right now they're building a coffin your size,
Mama, we're all full of lies.

Well Mother, what the war did to my legs and to my tongue,
You should've raised a baby girl,
I should've been a better son.
If you could coddle the infection
They can amputate at once.
You should've been,
I could have been a better son.

And when we go don't blame us, yeah.
We'll let the fires just bathe us, yeah.
You made us, oh, so famous.
We'll never let you go.

She said: "You ain't no son of mine
For what you've done they're gonna find
A place for you.
And just you mind your manners when you go.
And when you go, don't return to me, my love."
That's right.

Mama, we all go to hell.
Mama, we all go to hell.
It's really quite pleasant,
Except for the smell,
Mama, we all go to hell.

2 - 3 - 4
Mama! Mama! Mama! Ohhh!
Mama! Mama! Mama! Ma...

[Liza Minelli:] And if you would call me your sweetheart,
I'd maybe then sing you a song

[Gerard Way:] But there's shit that I've done with this fuck of a gun,
You would cry out your eyes all along.

We're damned after all.
Through fortune and flame we fall.
And if you can stay then I'll show you the way,
To return from the ashes you call.

We all carry on (We all carry on)
When our brothers in arms are gone (When our brothers in arms are gone)
So raise your glass high
For tomorrow we die,
And return from the ashes you call.

VideoEdit

Below is a live video for "Mama".

My chemical romance - mama 04:39

My chemical romance - mama


The Black Parade singles
Welcome to the Black Parade | Teenagers | I Don't Love You | Famous Last Words

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