Helena

Third single and first track from Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Released: May 23, 2005
Format: 7″ vinyl, CD, Digital download, DVD
Length: 3:22
Producer: Howard Benson, My Chemical Romance
Record Label: Reprise Records

Information

Helena was the third single from Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

Meaning

Helena was written about the loss of Gerard and Mikey’s grandmother Elena Lee Rush. Elena’s friends called her Helen and because of this Gerard and Mikey always thought of her of Helena.
The song was written as a tribute to Elena when she passed during the making of Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. Her passing pushed the album in a new direction further from the original concept.

The record ended up being much more about loss and real life than anything.
Gerard Way – 2004/2005

The song is celebrating someones life and when someone passes you should focus on all the good that that person has done and try not to really think about the fact that they’re not going to be on this earth any longer, but that they had an effect on you and your lives and that’s what you should take out of it.
Ray Toro – Life On The Murder Scene – 2006

When we did ‘Helena’, I knew it was going to be heavy. I was almost afraid of the song. I knew we were going to be singing it on TV, we were going to make a really expensive video; ‘Helena’ was going to become a thing, and I was afraid because I knew how great it was.
Gerard Way – Kerrang! Magazine – 2005

Featured On

Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (Track 1)
Warped Tour Bootleg Series (Track 3)
Life On The Murder Scene (CD Track 5 + DVD 2)
¡Venganza! (Track 9)

Lyrics

Long ago
Just like the hearse you die to get in again
We are so far from you

Burning on just like a match you strike to incinerate
The lives of everyone you know
And what’s the worst you take (worst you take)
from every heart you break (heart you break)
And like the blade you stain (blade you stain)
Well I’ve been holding on tonight

What’s the worst that I can say?
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight

Came a time
When every star fall brought you to tears again
We are the very hurt you sold
And what’s the worst you take (worst you take)
from every heart you break (heart you break)
And like the blade you stain (blade you stain)
Well I’ve been holding on tonight

What’s the worst that I can say?
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight
And if you carry on this way
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight

Can you hear me?
Are you near me?
Can we pretend to leave and then
We’ll meet again
When both our cars collide?

What’s the worst that I can say?
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight
And if you carry on this way
Things are better if I stay
So long and goodnight
So long and goodnight