It should almost go without saying that Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance forever re-wired our brain chemistry. There isn’t a single decision we’ve made that hasn’t been jaded by ‘Thank You For The Venom’ in some way. With our obsession over My Chemical Romance bleeding into every single aspect of our lives, it should be no surprise we have some things to say about this record. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the story within Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. And of course, talk about our favorite tracks along the way.
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge is the continuation of the story told within My Chemical Romance’s last album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. The prior record depicts the story of our two “Demolition Lovers” running away from some sort of enemy only to meet their fate in the end. Picking up this plot, Three Cheers… starts with one lover realizing they were sent to hell without the other. ‘Helena’ depicts the grief of being forced apart from someone you love deeply. It also has instrumentals that mirror the anger that grief can bring as well. Gerard and Mikey Way channeled the loss of their beloved Grandmother, Helena, to depict these emotions as authentically as they did.
‘You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison’
Distraught, and trying to find a way back to his soulmate, he strikes a deal with the Devil. It’s simple really, to see her again it will cost the lives of 1,000 evil men. This is where the banger that is ‘You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison’ comes in. This track kickstarts the dedication to bring his lover back to life and make sure no one stops him before he can complete that task.
‘The Ghost of You’
Wow, where does one even begin when talking bout this absolute masterpiece? When it comes to the narrative of the album, this is where the grief starts to truly set in. This song depicts our fated protagonist battling the emotions of not only losing his love, but the emotions of questioning the entire relationship. Wondering whether or not she still loves him in death, and their entire love prior to death, he falls into a deep depression. Pair this with the power rock ballad instrumentals and vocals, you have a song that will forever change your life upon hearing it. And you have the emotional war zone that ‘The Ghost Of You’ puts us through every single time we listen to it.
‘Thank You For The Venom’
‘Thank You For The Venom’ is one of the first true “I will not change for anyone” MCR power anthems. This track is a declaration of who you are, and a rejection of who people want you to be. Whether it serves as some form of re-assuring anthem or a song you use to fuel every high-energy moment of your life. It’s simply essential.
‘It’s Not A Fashion Statement, It’s A Deathwish’
“For what you did to me, And what I’ll do to you, You get what everyone else gets, You get a lifetime.” This song is one of the final acts of the record. It marks our lovers’ final push to complete his goal. We sense that his depressive state made his will for his goal waiver. However, this song signifies that true push to succeed. And it’s a song we listen to when we need to get something done.
‘I Never Told You What I Do For A Living’
The grand finale, and one of our favorite tracks off of the entire record is this beautiful work of art. This song is a heart-achingly beautiful banger that wraps up the album and this storyline. Our lover reaches the end only to realize that the final man he has to kill, is himself. Then once he does reunite with his long-lost love, they have inevitably separated again forever when he’s sent back to hell. Heartbreaking, rage-inducing, and resulting in a song that we would tattoo word for word down our backs truthfully. It’s that good.