Thank You For The Venom

Second single and ninth track from Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Released: December 13, 2004
Format: 3″ promotional CD, 7″ vinyl
Length: 3:41
Producer: Howard Benson
Record Label: Reprise Records

Information

Thank You For The Venom was the first single from Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. It was the only single from the album not to be accompanied by a music video. The song title goes as far back as the very first My Chemical Romance show, at which Gerard wore a t-shirt that said “Thank You for the Venom” on it. The name was also printed on the booklet with I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in French, Merci Pour Le Venin.
On Twitter.com Gerard was asked by a fan about a possible connection between the first line of the song and the title of a Morrissey track:

@gerardway also, any connection between the line “sister i’m not a poet but a criminal” and the morrissey song “sister i’m a poet”?
gazelles – Twitter.com

To which Gerard replied:

@gazelles finally someone got it- prize!

Meaning

It’s probably the one song that’s the most directly about what the band was going through at the time. There’s a lot of fear mixed in with self loathing, and it’s a song that tries to make a statement about the music scene at the time
Gerard Way – Kerrang! Magazine – 2005

At that moment everyone was looking for this great white hope of emo. We wanted to have nothing to do with that. It also has a lot to do with the pressure of dealing with people. At that time there were so many people who would just tell you really, really disturbing things about their lives, and it was difficult to come to grips with. That song is directly about that feeling of having a lot of weight on your shoulders – everyone constantly calling you the next big thing. I think there’s a lot of fear in that song. It was definitely the point where I cam to grips with that fact that people are messed up to, and how to deal with that.
Gerard Way – Kerrang! Magazine – 2005

It’s a song we love opening with. It’s awesome live because right out of the gate it’s saying, ‘This is what we are and this is what you are right now’. In the first verse alone there’s a lot of self-hate. There’s me just flatly admitting I’m not worth a damn, basically. And the line ‘I wouldn’t front this scene if you paid me’ is like, ‘I don’t give a shit about this money-making corporate agenda that’s happened to a lot of youth culture movements’. That’s why that song’s pretty awesome.
Gerard Way – Kerrang! Magazine – 2005

Featured On

Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (Track 9)
Warped Tour Bootleg Series (Track 2)
Life On The Murder Scene
The Black Parade Is Dead!
¡Venganza!

Lyrics

Sister, I’m not much a poet, but a criminal
And you never had a chance
Love it, or leave it, you can’t understand
A pretty face, but you do so carry on
And on,
And on

I wouldn’t front the scene if you paid me
I’m just the way that the doctor made me, on
And on
And on
And on
Love is the red of the rose on your coffin door
What’s life like, bleeding on the floor,
the floor
the floor

You’ll never make me leave
I wear this on my sleeve
Give me a reason to believe

So give me all your poison
And give me all your pills
And give me all your hopeless hearts
And make me ill
You’re running after something
That you’ll never kill
If this is what you want
Then fire at will

Preach all you want but who’s gonna save me?
I keep a gun on the book you gave me, hallelujah, lock and load
Black is the kiss, the touch of the serpent son
It ain’t the mark or the scar that makes you one
And one
And one
And one

You’ll never make me leave
I wear this on my sleeve
Give me a reason to believe

So give me all your poison
And give me all your pills
And give me all your hopeless hearts
And make me ill
You’re running after something
That you’ll never kill
If this is what you want
Then fire at will

You’ll never make me leave
I wear this on my sleeve
You wanna follow something
Give me a better cause to lead
Just give me what I need
Give me a reason to believe

So give me all your poison
And give me all your pills
And give me all your hopeless hearts
And make me ill
You’re running after something
That you’ll never kill
If this is what you want
Then fire at will