I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" is the lead single and fifth track from My Chemical Romance's second studio album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" was released to radio on September 28, 2004.[10] The song is also featured on the soundtrack of Burnout 3: Takedown.[11]

"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
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Single by My Chemical Romance
from the album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2004 (2004-09-13)
Recorded2004
Genre
Length3:08
Label
Songwriter(s)My Chemical Romance
Producer(s)Howard Benson
My Chemical Romance singles chronology
"Headfirst for Halos"
(2004)
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
(2004)
"Thank You for the Venom"
(2004)
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge track listing
13 tracks
  1. "Helena"
  2. "Give 'Em Hell Kid"
  3. "To the End"
  4. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison"
  5. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
  6. "The Ghost of You"
  7. "The Jetset Life is Gonna Kill You"
  8. "Interlude"
  9. "Thank You for the Venom"
  10. "Hang 'Em High"
  11. "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish"
  12. "Cemetery Drive"
  13. "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living"
Music video
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (Dialogue/MTV Version) on YouTube

Reception and accolades

It reached number 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100,[12][13] and, in March 2005, number 19 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also helped expand the band's fan base, and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[14] It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.[15] The cover art was redone in live action on the inside of the band's DVD Life on the Murder Scene.

Music videos

The first music video version for the song features a montage of concert footage and the band's ordinary life in New Jersey. It was produced by Rafaela Monfradini and Greg Kaplan, who was also the director. It also features pictures of brothers, bassist Mikey Way and lead singer Gerard Way, when they were little kids and teenagers.

The second version music video depicts life inside a fictional American high school in the form of a mock movie trailer. The band appears as a group of outcast students who are repeatedly harassed by another group who are portrayed as popular kids. The band members then attempt to take on the popular kids and ultimately have a showdown in a hallway, with the band members armed with croquet mallets and the popular kids with lacrosse and hockey gear. It also has some clips expressing some emotions and clips of the band playing in a garage. The music video was directed by Marc Webb, and parts of it were filmed at Alexander Hamilton High School and Loyola High School in Los Angeles during August 2004.[16] Greg Kaplan and Rafaelia Monfradini produced the video.[16] The video started production on August 13, 2004.[17] As of February 2022, the video has 90 million views on YouTube.

This version of the video was also named number one on Fuse's 25 Greatest Videos Countdown, beating out other videos such as "Basket Case" by Green Day and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana.

Cover versions

Matt Pond PA recorded a cover of the song for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November 2008.[18] The song is a part of American musical duo Twenty One Pilots' setlist for their 2021 Takeover Tour.

Track listing

All tracks written by My Chemical Romance.

US promotional DVD

No.TitleLength
1."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 

UK promotional CD

No.TitleLength
1."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (radio edit)3:08

UK CD1 and 7" vinyl

No.TitleLength
1."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"3:09
2."Bury Me in Black" (demo)2:39

UK CD2

No.TitleLength
1."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"3:09
2."Bury Me in Black" (demo)2:37
3."You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live)2:51
4."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (video) 

UK and Australian CD

No.TitleLength
1."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"3:09
2."Bury Me in Black" (demo)2:39
3."You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live)2:51

UK re-release CD1 and iTunes single

No.TitleLength
1."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"3:07
2."You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live from BBC Radio 1 Lock Up session)3:30

UK re-release CD2

No.TitleLength
1."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"3:09
2."You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live from BBC Radio 1 Lock Up session)3:30
3."I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (live from MTV $2 Bill)3:24

Credits and personnel

Additional[16]
  • Produced by Howard Benson
  • Mixed by Richard Costey and Simon Askew
  • Engineered and recorded by Dan Wise
  • Written by My Chemical Romance

Charts

Chart (2004−2005) Peak
positions
Australia (ARIA)[19] 65
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 38
Scotland (OCC)[21] 23
UK Singles (OCC)[22] 19
UK Rock & Metal (OCC)[23] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 86
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[25] 4
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[12] 64
Chart (2019) Peak
positions
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[26] 21

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 400,000 
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United States September 12, 2004
  • Warner
  • Reprise
  • Eyeball
DVD PRODVD101434
United Kingdom
  • Reprise
  • Eyeball
CD PRO15076
September 13, 2004
  • W653CD
  • 9362427522
March 7, 2005 7" vinyl
  • W666
  • 5439160527
March 7, 2005 CD
  • W666CD1
  • 5439160522
  • W666CD2
  • 9362427962
Australia March 28, 2005 9362427522
United Kingdom November 7, 2005
  • W692CD1
  • 5439158692
  • W692CD2
  • 9362428672

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