My Chemical Romance's greatest hits album, May Death Never Stop You, is set to feature a never-released track titled “Fake Your Death,” which Gerard Way describes as a eulogy for the band (read his full explanation below), as well as the attic demos of “Skylines And Turnstiles,” “Cubicles,” and “Knives” (“Our Lady Of Sorrows,” also known as “Bring More Knives.”)
Official pre-orders begin at the band's official website at 7 a.m. PST/10 a.m. EST, according to Gerard Way. The website-exclusive package includes a CD, DVD, “Thank You For The Venom” T-shirt (as worn by Gerard at their first show) and a funeral brassard (armband). There is also a vinyl package and a CD/DVD-only option.
Fake Your Death (unreleased song)
Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough
For The Two Of Us
Vampires Will Never Hurt You
You Know What They Do To Guys Like
Us In Prison
I'm Not OK (I Promise)
The Ghost Of You
Welcome To The Black Parade
Famous Last Words
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
The Kids From Yesterday
Skylines And Turnstiles (Demo)
“I'm Not OK (I Promise)” Version 1
“I'm Not OK (I Promise)” Version 2
“The Ghost of You”
“Welcome To The Black Parade”
“Famous Last Words”
“I Don't Love You”
“Blood” (*Previously Unreleased)
“Na Na Na” & “Art is A Weapon”
(*Includes Previously Unreleased “Na Na Na” intro)
Gerard has since released the following statement on the unreleased song, “Fake Your Death,” which he says serves as eulogy for the band:
““Fake Your Death”
Somewhere in the liner notes for “May Death Never Stop You”, there are written statements about each song on the collection. These statements were contributed by the members of the band and reflect their personal thoughts on the songs (dispersed to members at random). There is however, one song that bears no statement.
I consider “Fake Your Death” to be the “last MCR song”, and to me, it is absolutely the final fully realized collaboration between the members of the band. Oddly, or fittingly, it was written while the Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils and won the Stanley Cup, though this did not inform or inspire the song as I was unaware (along with James and Doug) that this was happening and have only a small interest in sports. After the game, the rest of the band had arrived at the studio where we added elements to its existing structure, fleshing it out some more, and it started to form.
What was not so obvious at the time was that the song was, and would serve as, a eulogy for the band, though I should have known it from the lyrics. I think internally I did, as I felt an odd sense of sadness and loss after hearing back the words on top of the music. I also felt a strange sense of pride in how honest it was, and could not remember a band recording a song of this nature, being so self-aware. Ending felt like something honest, and honest always feels like something new.
So it will exist, and it is no cowardly act to release something of this nature, but a service to those who believed in a band that did not compromise, and a wave goodbye to all. And yes, it is fucking heartbreaking.
And while I don’t believe the lyrics of the chorus today- I did at the time, which to me is a core ingredient to the music of MCR. And it is through that belief, and yours, that we were able to achieve many beautiful things.
-G.Way, Los Angeles, 1-20-14″