Headfirst for Halos

"Headfirst for Halos" is the sixth track and third single from My Chemical Romance's debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. It is also their third overall single. The cover of the single was seen in the "old school" (or, as the video is called on YouTube, "Version 1") music video for the song "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)", featured on the album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. The song peaked at number 80 in the UK. The single has been released on CD format as well as a limited press on 7" vinyl.

"Headfirst for Halos"
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Single by My Chemical Romance
from the album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
B-side"Our Lady of Sorrows" (live)
ReleasedApril 5, 2004 (2004-04-05)
RecordedMay 2002
Genre
Length3:30
LabelEyeball
Songwriter(s)My Chemical Romance
Producer(s)Geoff Rickly
My Chemical Romance singles chronology
"Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us"
(2003)
"Headfirst for Halos"
(2004)
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
(2004)
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Romance"
  2. "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us"
  3. "Vampires Will Never Hurt You"
  4. "Drowning Lessons"
  5. "Our Lady of Sorrows"
  6. "Headfirst for Halos"
  7. "Skylines and Turnstiles"
  8. "Early Sunsets Over Monroeville"
  9. "This Is the Best Day Ever"
  10. "Cubicles"
  11. "Demolition Lovers"

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by My Chemical Romance.

UK promotional CD
No.TitleLength
1."Headfirst for Halos"3:28
UK 7" vinyl and CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Headfirst for Halos"3:32
2."Our Lady of Sorrows" (live)3:05

Song meaningEdit

The song is about depression and contemplating suicide. The lyrics, "Now the red ones make me fly, and the blue ones help me fall" may refer to antidepressants or other drugs ("Reds & Blues" in particular is drug slang for the color of commonly abused amphetamine & barbiturate pills respectively, uppers & downers). According to lead vocalist Gerard Way, "This song is about suicide - don't do it."

The band stated in their 2006 documentary Life on the Murder Scene that the song had been originally conceived as a joke and wasn't supposed to be on the album. However, in realizing the potential the song would present to the band artistically, it eventually made the album. Gerard expressed that the group needed the challenge to prove that they could succeed as a band. In 2006, Frank stated in an interview that it was his favorite song to play live.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2004) Peak
positions
Scotland (OCC)[3] 94
UK Singles (OCC)[4] 80
UK Indie (OCC)[5] 13

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom 2004 20:20 CD
April 5, 2004
7" vinyl TWENTY7S004
CD TWENTYCDS004

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "My Chemical Romance - I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. 22 June 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. 11 April 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. 11 April 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. 11 April 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2022.