My Chemical Romance: ‘Foundations of Decay’ full lyrics

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Fans are beginning to speculate if the upcoming tour’s setlists could include more new music

My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way performing at the 2012 Big Day Out at the Sydney Showground in 2012 (Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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My Chemical Romance (MCR) have made an unexpected return with the release of a new song called “The Foundations of Decay”.

The reunited band, who broke up in 2013 after 12 years together, are preparing to embark on a UK and European tour next week.

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The band have unveiled their first new material in eight years ahead of these massive shows.

Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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What is The Basics of Decay about?

The song opens with static before introducing a peaceful electric guitar, piano and relaxed drumbeat, all accompanied by Way’s distorted vocals.

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It then transitions into a chorus, with billboard Described it as a “full blown headbanger with all the anthemic power of MCR’s beloved 2006 track ‘Welcome to the Black Parade'”.

MCR was formed shortly after the September 11 attacks; Frontman Gerard Way has said witnessing the tragedy inspired him to pursue music.

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Way also appears to comment on the attacks on the new track, singing, “And he was there the day the towers fell / And so he wandered down the road / And we’d all build our own towers / Just for those.” Watching roots corrode / But it’s way too late / You’re in the running / So we’ll push / And push until you can’t take it anymore.”

What are the full lyrics of the new song?

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Here Are The Full Lyrics To “The Foundations Of Decay” [via Genius]:

  • Behold the man standing on the hill
  • He dreams of all the battles won
  • But fate had left its scars on his face
  • With all the damage they had done
  • And so the time with age
  • He turns the pages
  • leave the meat
  • Submit to gravity
  • Abandon our bodies while we save our hearts
  • Let our blood soak in if I die in vain
  • Well, if your beliefs were a passing belief
  • May your ashes nourish the river in the morning rays
  • And how the bugs crawl
  • We lay the foundations of decay
  • He was there the day the towers fell
  • And so he wandered down the street
  • And we would all build our own towers
  • Just to watch the rooms corrode
  • But it’s way too late
  • you are in the running
  • So we press
  • And squeeze until you can’t take it anymore
  • Abandon our bodies while we save our hearts
  • Let our blood soak in if I die in vain
  • And when his spirit flies by his own hand
  • Take his body as a relic to be canonized now
  • And so he dies a saint
  • But she will always be the whore
  • (Let’s freak out!)
  • Against the Faith (antihero)
  • Against all life (As if it had to be pure)
  • Against Change (Wandering the Ruins)
  • We are free (blame it on you)
  • You need to fix your heart
  • And you must build an altar where it rests
  • When the storm dies down and the sky rains
  • Let it flow, let it flow, let it wash away
  • And as we stumble through your final crusade
  • As you greet your extinction in the morning rays
  • And when enthusiasm calls, we lay the foundations
  • Yes, it comforts me much more
  • Yes, it comforts me much more
  • Laying the foundations of decay
  • Get up, coward!

Will there be more new music?

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Fans are now wondering if the band’s upcoming reunion gigs will have any more new songs on the setlist – could even a fourth album be in the pipeline?

Despite the tour preparations, MCR has yet to say whether or not they will be releasing any more new music, although a new instrumental track was featured in a teaser for their first reunion gigs in 2020

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Gerard Way said in an interview last year that he had written songs, but he didn’t say if they were for MCR, a solo project or something else.

The band’s last new music, Fake Your Own Death, was released in 2014 and was considered the band’s “eulogy” after their split the year before.

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Where can I listen?

How do I get tour tickets?

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The band had planned to return in 2019 and had managed to play a gig that winter before the pandemic forced them to postpone all upcoming dates.

The full list of UK and Ireland tour dates is as follows:

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  • 16 May – Eden Sessions, St Austell
  • May 19 – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
  • 21 May – Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
  • May 22 – MK Stadium, Milton Keynes
  • May 24 – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
  • May 25 – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
  • 27 May – Victoria Park, Warrington
  • 28 May – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
  • 30 May – OVO Hydro, Glasgow