Beside the fact that I hate this song, the lyrics only make me angry. We have either two or three characters in the lyrics, there’s the boy, the father and perhaps the mother too. The father asks the boy to save the broken, the beaten and the damned, but the boy is such a wimp that he runs away with the excuse that he isn’t a hero and that he doesn’t care. That’s what make me angry. The song is inspirational if you listen to it, but not if you listen to the lyrics. I never actually listened to them until now, and this surprised me a lot.

There may be a fourth character – or a completely other character set. ‘She’ is supposedly the mother, but it may be some sort of deity that watches over the broken, the beaten and the damned. When the father/son thing is over, we switch over to a new main character that sings they don’t need a saviour, they’ll carry on and don’t care about this deity. Occasionally the boy comes back in and says that he’s not a hero.

This only confuses me to the point that the song makes no sense any more.

Welcome to 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
Will you be the saviour 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.”

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 saviour of the broken,
The beaten and the damned?”

Sometimes I get the feeling
She’s watching over me.
And other times I feel like I should go.

Through it all,
The rise and fall,
The bodies in the streets.
And when you’re gone we want you all to know

We’ll Carry on,
We’ll Carry on
Though your dead and gone believe me
Your memory will carry on
We’ll carry on

And in my heart I cant contain it
The anthem wont explain it.

A world that sends you reeling
From decimated dreams
Your misery and hate will kill us all

So paint it black
And take it back
Lets shout it loud and clear
Defiant to the end we hear the call

To carry on
We’ll carry on
Though your dead and gone believe me
Your memory will carry on
We’ll carry on
And though you’re broken and defeated
You’re weary widow marches

And on we carry through the fears
Ooh oh ohhhh
Disappointed faces of your peers
Ooh oh ohhhh
Take a look at me
Cause I could not care at All

Do or die
You’ll never make me
Because the world,
Will never take my heart
Go and try,
You’ll never break me
We want it all,
We want to play this part

I won’t explain
Or say I’m sorry
I’m unashamed I’m gonna show my scar
Give a cheer
For all the broken
Listen here
Because it’s who we are

I’m just a man,
I’m not a hero
Just a boy, who had to sing this song
I’m just a man,
I’m not a hero
I don’t care

We’ll carry on
We’ll carry on
And though you’re dead and gone believe me
You’re memory will carry on
We’ll carry on
And though you’re broken and defeated
Your weary widow marches on

We’ll carry on

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Lyra – Kate Bush

February 6, 2008

I watched The Golden Compass today, based on one of my favourite books by Philip Pullman. The film was okay, it portrayed much of what I have imagined myself when I read the book. I’m not happy with the ending, there should be another chapter, if I remember correctly. But let’s move on to the subject.

In the end of The Golden Compass, when the credits started rolling, I heard Kate Bush’s voice.

Where are our lives
If there is no dream
Where is our home

We don’t know how
There will be a way
Out of this storm
We will find home

And her soul walks beside her
An army stands behind her
Lyra, Lyra

And her face full of grace
Two worlds collide around her
The truth lies deep inside her
Lyra, Lyra

And the stars look down upon her
This darkness settles on her
Lyra, Lyra

Who’s to know what’s in the future
We hope we will be with her
We have all our love to give her
O Lyra, Lyra

I’ve heard many beautiful songs, one more beautiful and magnificent than the other. Yet again, I must claim to have heard the most beautiful voice sing the most indescribable graceful song. The quality of YouTube isn’t that great, but I feel anyone reading this, should take three minutes to listen to it.