The year was 2006, the world needed an album unlike any other before, and My Chemical Romance delivered with the release of The Black Parade. There is a never-ending list of reasons why this album changed the scene with its release and us as humans forever. But our favorite thing is how this album has lived, grown, and resonated with fans. In our case, it ties into every aspect of our lives and we find ways to tie it to who we are as people. Naturally, it’s a spiritual experience for us every time we listen to it. So what better way to show that kind of meaning and love, than by diving into the divine ways it can tie to everyone else’s? So we’ve paired some of our favorite tracks from the record with the Tarot Cards we think embody them best. Let’s get dealing!
‘The Sharpest Lives’
The Devil card talks about vices, and fighting them off to some extent. It deals with ignoring the darker side of your thoughts and choosing the “proper” path. And that’s what ‘The Sharpest Lives’ is at its core. It’s an anthem about fighting the darker side of your vices and choosing the path that you know serves you instead.
Give me a shot to remember, and you can take all the pain away from me. Your kiss and I will surrender. The sharpest lives are the deadliest to lead.”
‘Disenchanted’ is a take on the fear of what can wait for you after you pass, and what your memory will end up being in the people you love minds. It’s something that is human for everyone to think of when they’re awake at night and a backseat fear in most minds. The Judgement card talks about being served whatever karma you reaped. It’s about getting what you deserve, whatever that might mean or look like to you. Which is why it is just so ‘Disenchanted.”
“You’re just a sad song with nothing to say, about a lifelong wait for a hospital stay. And if you think that I’m wrong, this never meant nothing to ya.”
The Death card talks about the end of some sort of cycle, pattern, relationship, etc. in your life that has no business existing within your life. And honestly, that’s giving ‘Dead!’ in every capacity in our opinions. The track talks about being over something and saying “You’ll get yours one way or another.” to someone or something you just can’t carry energy for anymore.
“And if you get to heaven, I’ll be here waiting, babe. Did you get what you deserve? The end, and if your life won’t wait, then your heart can’t take this.“
This might be our favorite off The Black Parade if we can be candid with you all. Written with inspiration and vulnerability about Gerard’s own night terrors, the track is all about the illusion of what’s real and what isn’t. And that’s exactly what The Moon talks about too. The card is all about not getting caught up in the illusion of what something is or could be, and focusing on what you know is real.
“And through it all, how could you cry for me? ‘Cause I don’t feel bad about it. So shut your eyes, kiss me goodbye, and sleep.”
‘Famous Last Words’
This track is one that we feel like is forever burned into our personal DNA. We scream these lyrics in our head whether it’s consciously or not. The Chariot card is all about being in control of your fate. And if that doesn’t scream ‘Famous Last Words,’ then honestly nothing does. Whether this track acts as an act of self-truth or is your constant reminder to push forward no matter what – it’s going down in the history books as an anthem.
“‘Cause I see you lying next to me, with words I thought I’d never speak. Awake and unafraid, asleep or dead. I am not afraid to keep on living. I am not afraid to walk this world alone.”
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