My Chemical Romance - Desolation Row Lyrics

They're selling postcards of the hanging
Well they're painting the passports brown
And the beauty parlor's filled with sailors
The circus is in town

Oh now look, here comes the blind commissioner
Well they got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
The other's in his pants

And the riot squad they're restless
They need somewhere to go
As Lady and I look out tonight
From Desolation Row

Cinderella, she seem so easy
"Well it takes one to know one," she smiles
And she puts her hands in her back pockets
Oh Bette Davis style

And now here comes Romeo, moaning
"You Belong to Me I Believe"
And someone says, "You're in the wrong place, my friend
You better leave"

And then the only sound that's left
After the ambulances go
Is Cinderella sweepin' up
On Desolation Row

Now at midnight all the agents
And superhuman crew
Go out and round up everyone
That knows more than they do
(Knows more than they do)

They're gonna bring 'em to the factory
Where the heart-attack machine
Is strapped across their shoulders
And then the kerosene

Is brought down from the castles
By insurance men who go
Check to see that no one is escaping
To Desolation Row

'Cause right now I can't read too good
Don't send me no letters no
Not unless you're gonna mail them
From Desolation Row

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My Chemical Romance Desolation Row Comments
  1. kaleigh

    they’re all so hot i love them

  2. Mark IT Geek

    I like this trunctated version. But, I'd love to hear the full version. The original Dylan song was 11 min 21 sec from the 1965 album Highway 61 Revisted.

  3. LIyre

    This aesthetic is everything, somewhere between super-sad revenge era and uwu japan Danger Days

  4. mmm yeah diet dr pepper

    Their next album better have this sound!! Also, this aesthetic is so On Point goddamn

  5. kamz00r

    i've watched ray trying to beat the ever loving shit out of a cop with his guitar like 10 times now

  6. el culito de Gerard way 7u7

    Mmm papi te amo flaco sos mi todo

  7. Nikola Gruszczynska

    Totally one of my fav songs and music videos

  8. Cat Lover

    My friend is really into Bob Dylan, so when I showed her this she freaked out.

  9. PlaceboStripes

    Bad boy Gerard is my favorite

  10. Robin Olivia


  11. Maya Grajeda

    meh god when Frank just stuck out his tongue when they were arrested, HAHAHA

  12. Sally Violet

    nuff said.

  13. Honest Pinocchio

    Never heard of these guys but they sound like Green Day.

  14. Aurelia

    Gerard is so beautiful in this... like bruh do you have to

  15. loizerz

    i can't stop thinking about the fact that the police in this mv needed shields n shit for a bunch of emos

  16. Myriam Damergi

    10 years ago.

  17. i'm like a gerard way slut

    gerard's so fucking hot wtff

  18. 12927r 2837r810

    Frank is too cute in this.

  19. Emma McCrimmon

    2:06 is that you Remington since when could you time travel

  20. Evan Gori

    Am I the only one who thinks their next album should have this sound? I wanted this to be the next phase of MCR after the Black Parade era before Danger Days even existed.

  21. Allie - Cat - Meow

    Everyone: Well looks like we be gettin arrested
    Frank: Hehe look at meh tounge
    (OMG he's such a bean)

  22. party poison


  23. luiz cláudio

    Dawn of the dead 2

  24. FireFennec

    how many people here know that this is actually a cover?

  25. James Conzett

    and they say rock & roll is dead

  26. lil meow meow

    i know gerard look good and everything but just look at bob though so HAWT!

  27. mildly Irish

    I feel weird about being an mcr fan as a defensive lineman on my high school's football team

  28. KittyKat Mew

    Underrated 🅱️OP

  29. Craig bone

    how dare you arrest Gerard

  30. ik ben een lama

    I lowkey want to put it on in class while i need to do my presantation for religion lessons

    __Fran __

    ik ben een lama SaMe

  31. bernadet

    I've been fan of MCR for almost 6 years now and for some reason I've never heard this song??? How did I do that?

    This song legit sounds more like other things I listen to than any other MCR song


    I'm such a sucker for anything that sounds vaguely like old school punk

  32. Seshtinies child

    this is where eboys came from 🙂

  33. Jeremy Foot


  34. Mr. Tey

    Shout out to Zack Snyder who went on to direct the most misunderstood superhero epic of all time Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

  35. gordon

    franks outfit is fire in this

  36. Iza Golebiowska

    Gee is actually gorgeous in this vid

  37. CryKyrptex

    They really did it! *THEY PREDICTED THE 2019 REUNION*

  38. The_Short-Potato

    3:03 Frank sticking out his tongue though. Awww.

  39. Jessica Sierra

    me trying to get into the shrine on friday

  40. ohokok

    is that Steve-O? 0:25

  41. huzai fah

    Is this mv directed by zack snyder?

    Ray Caster

    huzai fah yes. Amazing what ten years can do to change public opinion about a filmmaker

  42. Lia isnotonfire

    Best music video ever

  43. Carolina García

    I don't know why, but I think Gerard Way looked quite sexy in this video...

    Yulia もち

    Bitch, he always look sexy

  44. j twinny

    mikey's outfit imjdjz they look so good

    Yulia もち

    Everyone's outfit

  45. Rolla Kosta

    That's pretty badass!

  46. Laura M.

    watching all these knowing they're back together is an amazing feeling

  47. チータスチータス

    1:15 samurai

  48. karimkopra

    is that`s u ivar the boneless?

  49. Pete Wentz

    I fell asleep listening to music and doing homework then BAM! This song came on XD

  50. Melissa Carvalho

    2019 e eu bem aqui kkkk😍

  51. Cass GarSa

    I've got a frickin lot to say about this xd
    1)2:25 le me: **sees policeman attacking Ray** ALRIGHT, BRING IT ON, B*TCH!!! STAY AWAY FROM THE CINNAMON ROLL, I'M WARNING YOU!!!
    2) When I saw Frank spitting all that water I couldn't help but hear his voice in my head saying "I salivate a lot" on an interview and I choked xdxdxd
    3) This is pretty much how the ticket sale for the MCR reunion went, LMAO
    4) So this is why teenagers scare the living sht out of Gerard
    5) he also became a teenager in this one, so he's not one to talk
    6) BL/Ind spent years hunting them down and these cops got them in what? Two minutes? LOL, take that you white assholes xd


    can you belive gee is so soft and like a wood spirit now and he used to literally be punk constantine

  53. Bhaastsd

    Not bad, keep it up for all ten verses though and I'll be impressed.

  54. short kiddo

    Ray got abused in the video

  55. yoongi got the glock

    im not emo anymore but this shit still goes so hard

  56. Cameron Harrington

    Thank You Zack Snyder.

  57. Vic Heath

    Guys I think this is the most active Mikey has ever been onstage lmao he actually jumped around

  58. Overly Emotional

    seeing the mcr upcoming shows banner on their videos makes me happy

  59. Taiane Sousa

    O legal é que eles conseguiram encurtar a música,mas com a mesma letra...

  60. Taiane Sousa

    Adorei a versão do my chemical romance nessa música,eles deram vida a ela kk mto legal ficou...

  61. Gretchen Lam


  62. Arafoxania Yupiko

    I really like gerard's hair in this

  63. jakw k

    I heard first time = what the fuck i hate this song

    I heard secons time = omg i love this song

  64. Sinner 531

    I literally never would've guessed that this was buy Bob Dylan

  65. Night Fury

    Gerard is too cute in this

  66. Zirwa

    i can't express to you how ATTRACTIVE gerard looks in this like WOW

  67. WhoButWBMason

    This music video is set at the Shrine Expo Hall on December 20th, 2019

  68. Bad Fairy

    This makes me think of my family.

  69. mia x

    2:51 :DDD

  70. Melinxee._. H

    3:02 nivel de maldad que tiene frank

  71. chunky cheese: The Channel


  72. suraya yongguk

    I came because of Mikey in the thumbnail

  73. Kobra Kidding

    I remember the way I found out about the reunion was going on YouTube and listening to this exact song. Then I saw that I could buy tickets and I started crying because I thought it was a mistake. So I looked it up and..... well here we are

  74. Jade Miller

    Can we just take a moment to acknowledge how frikin hot gerard looks in this video

  75. Anahis Neri


  76. angel can0

    I’ve said it before and I’m gonna say it again.

    I wanna touch Ray’s hair

  77. hi mom im now emo

    look how beautiful gee looks here

  78. Keyra Armstrong

    ive said it before and i'll say it again:


    Abbie Loves MCR

    Ikr I want it

  79. Justin Kirby

    Love this song.

  80. i don't write tradgedies

    even bob's lookin like a snack, damn

  81. Steez Productions

    I need a whole album like this.

    Paige Levesque

    Steez Productions me too

  82. madeon episode two: even cuter.

    i’m gonna cosplay as gerard from this video, mark my words.

  83. Zenitsu Agatsuma

    This is the only video with this much comments about how hot the MCR members look. I mean it's true, but I am shaking my head in disappointment because those comments should be on some Justin Beeber video or something. Try being casual, for example: "They all look awesome!"

    Edit: This video was posted on my 2nd birthday, LMAO

  84. Deanna Hernandez

    Reunion ticket sales be like-

  85. Ray Caster

    Can you believe this music video was directed by Zack Snyder? Man, what a difference 10 years can make .

  86. Aidan Teahan

    this is wack as fuck ngl

  87. Ferda Kaldirim

    THEY HAVE TO PLAY THIS! ı cant stil believe it is gonna happen but they have to play THIS (December 20/2019- Battery city-California) like wHaT!

  88. Ferda Kaldirim


  89. Froggy

    Is Gerard wearing striped shorts...?

  90. Ilovegerardshair AndFrankshands

    Worst part of the Song 3:10

  91. Just got so emo I fell apart

    This is how the reunion concert is gonna be

  92. Ohshitethatsright Channel

    Bob Dylan wrote this song no freaking way.

  93. Alex Rayvin

    Um that rip in Gerard’s pants though???

  94. Sonja Lam

    I went to listen to the original and boy was it nothing I expected it to be

  95. Brian Jones

    I’m a big Bob Dylan fan but I got to say I dig what these guys did to this song. Just wished they would’ve done the whole song and not just a couple of verses.

  96. Thimble Fox

    the four dadsmen of the apocalypse

  97. Rizaline Pal

    gerard its like a vampire 😍😍😍😍

  98. Margaret Atilano

    Not enough people are talking about ray’s solo and that is legit when I start going crazy. My boi is sexy as fuck and my glob that guitar

  99. Rain jackson

    is this a reference to the video to never wanted to dance by mindless self indulgence