My Chemical Romance - Cancer Lyrics | SongMeanings (2024)

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Turn away
If you could get me a drink
Of water 'cause my lips are chapped and faded
Call my aunt Marie

Help her gather all my things
And bury me
In all my favorite colors
My sisters and my brothers, still

I will not kiss you
'Cause the hardest part of this
Is leaving you

Now turn away
'Cause I'm awful just to see
'Cause all my hair's abandoned all my body
All my agony
Know that I will never marry
Baby I'm just soggy from the chemo
But counting down the days to go

It just ain't living
And I just hope you know
That if you say (if you say)

Good-bye today (good-bye today)
I'd ask you to be true (I'd ask you to be true)

'Cause the hardest part of this
Is leaving you

'Cause the hardest part of this
Is leaving you

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Cancer Lyrics as written by Bob Bryar, Frank Iero, Gerard Way, Michael Way, Ray Toro


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  • +8

    General Comment

    I listened to a commentary by the band about this song. This is an in-your-face, burn it to the ground song about CANCER. Cancer affects 1 in 3 people, either to you or a loved one. I am still surprised when I cry every time I hear it, and I haven't experienced that emotional pain like I read in some other posts on the site. This is a POWERFUL song, as powerful as any edgy, hardcore punk tune. There's anger, remorse, regret, and just overwhelming sadness in this song. I have never in my life experienced such a song that causes such emotion in me.

    gib323on January 18, 2010Link

  • +8

    General Comment

    f*ck all of you who say this song is gross and Gerard knows nothing about it, and this is a "sh*tty" band and this song isnt deep and your a f*cking pansy to cry about it. And this isnt recycled you tards.Number one: It isn't gross, its about cancer. Number tow: How the f*ck do you know Gerard doesnt mknow about cancer? If you hate them, about you know sh*t about how his life has been. He knows about DEATH and cancer can be used as a metaphor. Number 3: They ARENT sh*tty, i hate hate people who think that "They're SO much more lyk hardcore and better" because they listen to metal bands, wtf? Number 4: Anyone who says this song isnt deep and you cant cry at it are stupid! Your being hyopcriitical, i bet anyone who said that hasnt had cancer either! So you're saying your on expert on cancer, but Gerard isnt? And lastly: How is it recycled? wtf?

    I love this song, it's sad, yes it is sad to all haters with no lifes.

    reidroxon August 29, 2009Link

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  • +7

    General Comment

    my best friend sang this song to me when they told him he only had a couple months to live. unfourtunatley he died sooner than that butyea. this is an awesome song.

    jackizzle805on October 07, 2008Link

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  • +5

    General Comment

    The album "Welcome to the Black Parade" is about a cancer patient who is dying and is reliving his past. This song is "The Patient" telling his loved ones or one that he doesn't want to leave them. But he's dying, so he has to. He's pushing them away (he statesmen he will not kiss who he's talking to) because he doesn't want them to be hurt by his death. This song is deep and just amazing

    Jadenisgerardsbaeon October 26, 2015Link

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  • +4

    General Comment

    It is plain and beautiful and painful at the same time. The way Gerard sings it gives it even deeper meaning. Fear of death, sorrow of leaving everyone he loves behind, anger at being weak and hopeless... It is a very touching piece.

    broccolison September 17, 2016Link

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  • +4

    My Opinion

    Although I love tyler and josh as if they are my own two sons, I think the original was way better. twenty one pilots's cover sounds like the song is coming from an outer space. the repeat on "kiss you" is unnecessary in my opinion. his soft voice only represents the tiredness cancer the original, gerard managed to make me feel the fear, agony and anger a terminal cancer patient might feel.BUT, both are beautiful.

    broccolison September 18, 2016Link

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  • +3

    General Comment

    i love this song so much.

    when i saw it live at hammersmith i cried.

    its beautiful.

    beyondxwonderlandon August 31, 2006Link

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  • +2

    General Comment

    guyslisten to Red Hot Chilli Peppersall their songs contains CALIFORNIATHEY are the ones who are recycling

    MCR is just growingand please, keep your mouths shut if you don't like my chem

    NY_Batterion October 01, 2006Link

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  • +1

    General Comment

    I absolutely love this song. For so long I had claimed Prison as my favorite song. Heh. But I think that Cancer has taken that role now. I first heard it at the Hammersmith gig. Lots of people were crying, myself included, and my mum had to step outside, heh. So, it is such an emotional song, and it's a hundred times more emotional when you hear it live, I think. My grandpa recently died from cancer, so this song means so much to me. It hurts every time to listen to it because I'm definitely not over his death. But even though it's painful to think about, this song is so brutally honest that it's just the kind of song I need.

    Onigirion October 03, 2006Link

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  • +1

    General Comment

    the correct lyrics are as following:

    turn awayif you could get me a drinkof water cause my lips are chapped and fadedcall my aunt mariehelp her gather all my thingsand bury me in all my favorite colorsmy sisters and my brothers stilli will not kiss you

    cause the hardest part in this is leaving you

    now turn awaycause i'm awful just to seecause all my hair's abandoned all my bodyoh my agonyknow that i will never marrybaby, i'm just soggy from the chemobut counting down the days to goit just aint livinand i just hope you knowthat if you say goodbye todayi'd ask you to be true

    cause the hardest part of this is leaving youcause the hardest part of this is leaving you

    i got that from the $2 show. if you can't figure out the meaning of this song than i don't know what to tell you. it's so blunt. and i can't listen to it without holding back tears. it's just so brutally honest. wow. kudos to mcr for making yet another song. much f*ing love

    bunnys_speak_wordson September 24, 2006Link

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What key is cancer in MCR? ›

Cancer is written in the key of E Major. According to the Theorytab database, it is the 5th most popular key among Major keys and the 5th most popular among all keys.

What does the song "Welcome to the Black Parade" mean? ›

"The Patient" dies and death comes for him in the form of a parade. This is based on singer Gerard Way's notion of death appearing to a person in the form of their fondest memory, in this case seeing a marching band as a child. The album also saw the creation of the alter-ego band, The Black Parade.

What was Helena written about? ›

Helena is a song Gerard Way (MCR's vocalist) wrote about him and Mikey Way's (his brother, MCR's bassist) grandmother, Elena, who had passed away. What is My Chemical Romance's song Helena about? The death of the Way brothers' Grandmother.

What was the last song MCR made? ›

To commemorate the release of its greatest hits compilation "May Death Never Stop You," the band dropped "Fake Your Death," the final song it recorded.

Are CR and PR the same? ›

Abbreviations: PR, partial response; CR, complete response; MCR, maintained complete response. Vinca alkaloids, agents that cause depolymerization of microtubules, are highly active in treatment of many pediatric cancers.

How many bpm is cancer by My Chemical Romance? ›

Song Metrics

Cancer is a moody song by My Chemical Romance with a tempo of 75 BPM. It can also be used double-time at 150 BPM. The track runs 2 minutes and 23 seconds long with a E key and a major mode. It has average energy and is somewhat danceable with a time signature of 4 beats per bar.

Is My Chemical Romance emo? ›

They are considered one of the most influential rock groups of the 2000s and a major act in the pop-punk and emo genres, despite the band rejecting the latter label. My Chemical Romance in Oklahoma City, 2022. Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Is Welcome to the Black Parade an emo anthem? ›

"Welcome to the Black Parade" has been described as emo, pop-punk, alternative rock, and hard rock.

What MCR songs did Frank Iero write? ›

He has written the following songs:
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  • Bulletproof Heart (My Chemical Romance song)
  • Burn Bright.
  • Goodnite, Dr. Death.
  • Gun (My Chemical Romance song)
  • Jet-Star and the Kobra Kid/Traffic Report.
  • The Kids from Yesterday.
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Why is it called Helena My Chemical Romance? ›

The song is featured on the soundtrack for the 2005 film remake entitled House of Wax and played during the full credits. The song was heavily inspired by the Misfits' "Helena", it was named after Gerard and Mikey Way's grandmother, Elena Lee Rush.

Who was Helena in love with? ›

Helena is a young woman in Athens. She is in love with Demetrius but he is not in love with her. Instead, he loves her best friend Hermia.

What is the meaning of the song The Ghost of You My Chemical Romance? ›

The song deals with the fear of loss. The song's title is an allusion to an ad from Watchmen, reading "Oh, how the ghost of you clings". The ad itself was an allusion to the song, "These Foolish Things". The song's lyrics deal with losing a loved one.

What are fans of MCR called? ›

My Chemical Romance's fandom are called 'Killjoys'. The name is thought to have been based on their album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Before that, most fans called themselves the MCR-my. [

Why doesn't MCR make music anymore? ›

In conclusion, My Chemical Romance's breakup was a combination of artistic pressure and a sense of irrelevance, fueled by a belief that their music was no longer needed in the world. It was a heartbreaking decision but one that allowed each member to grow and evolve as artists.

What is the oldest MCR song? ›

Founding and First Album (2001—2002)

Gerard Way and Matt Pelissier formed My Chemical Romance, which was then an untitled project, when Gerard saw the 9/11 attacks from his office in New York City. He wrote My Chemical Romance's first song, "Skylines and Turnstiles", about his feelings in the aftermath of the attacks.

What key is disenchanted in MCR? ›

Disenchanted is a very emotional song by My Chemical Romance with a tempo of 174 BPM. It can also be used half-time at 87 BPM. The track runs 4 minutes and 55 seconds long with a D key and a major mode.

What key is summertime in MCR? ›

The track runs 4 minutes and 7 seconds long with a D key and a major mode. It has high energy and is somewhat danceable with a time signature of 4 beats per bar.

What key is ambulance MCR in? ›

AMBULANCE is a song by My Chemical Romance with a tempo of 176 BPM. It can also be used half-time at 88 BPM. The track runs 3 minutes and 52 seconds long with a G♯/A♭ key and a major mode.

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The track runs 3 minutes and 51 seconds long with a E key and a minor mode.


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