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Sad Emo Circa 2007: A List of The Saddest Mayday Parade Songs

Warning: Sad songs ahead.

Deni Wray



2007. Has it really been over a decade? Unfortunately, yes.

I can (sadly) prove how old Mayday Parade is. While doing research for this article, I found some information on a website called That was a great shot to my little heart and probably anyone else in their mid-20s.

I started with the band’s earliest album A Lesson in Romantics and went on and so with their remaining catalogue. If you haven’t heard them or are a big fan, hopefully there is something on this list that you dig. 

So let’s drink to memories we shared
Down one for all the hopes and cares
Here’s two for being unaware that you’re gone
Because before too long you’ll be a memory

With my heart beside me
In shattered pieces that may never be replaced
And if I died right now you’d never be the same

Cause jersey just got colder and
I’ll have you know I’m scared to death
That everything that you had said to me was just
A lie until you left

I really didn’t see us singing through this
Then you screamed the bridge
And I cried the verse
And our chorus came out unrehearsed
And you smiled the whole way through it
I guess maybe that’s what’s worse

But I guess
That I can live without you but
Without you I’ll be miserable at best
(How do I just pick one line from this song??)

And she thinks she’ll be my tourniquet
As the record on my stereo plays her favorite song for two whole days
And the drag stretched out for miles and miles
And what she’d give for one more smile
And how she hoped he missed her
Cause, God, she missed how he would kiss her

And I’ll be here by the ocean
Just waiting for proof that there’s sunsets and silhouette dreams
All my sand castles fall like the ashes of cigarettes
And every wave drags me to sea
I could stand here for hours
Just to ask God the question, “Is everyone here make-believe?”
With a tear in His voice, He says, “Son, that’s the question.”
Does this deafening silence mean nothing to no one but me?

Today was misery
And I just can’t believe this happened
And I finally broke down
She held onto my heart
But now my only star is falling
Its burning to the ground

Every night she cries
And dies a little more each time
Say you love me
Nothing left inside
Say you love me
And the silence will set her free

So baby be honest
Is this what you wanted?
We lost what we started
And found out much more than we want to know

Baby, I sorely miss the vibrant gleam that’s in your eyes

Someone help me
Cause the memory
Convinced itself to
Tear me apart
And it’s gonna succeed
Before long

Oh can you tell, I haven’t slept very well
Since the last time that we spoke, you said
“Please understand if I see you again don’t even say hello.”

Where did you go?
How will you find yourself, when your hand to hold is letting go?
Where did you go?
How will you tell yourself, you’re losing hope, you’re losing hope?

Oh no, it’s not supposed to hurt this much
But when someone slowly breaks it off
It tends to leave a bitter taste
A scar, that slowly rips apart
Can I have one second of your time?
If I don’t it’ll drive me crazy
As I drop to my knees
And scream “I hate you more than you could know”

I spend hours tryna make it through the day
I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same
It’s hard enough when you’re all alone
In the city that you love, now Atlanta’s just a burial ground

Maybe it will all work out like in the movies
But I know Romeo must die before the ending
With a final poison kiss delivered gently
Because you don’t get lucky twice, and that’s the truth

I made a brand of my own poison that I gave to you
It was the first of my experiments I’m going to put you through
Now it’ll only make you dizzy, sick, and paralyzed
I think you’ll live without the antidote
The ending’s a surprise I think you’ll like

She’s a cold-blooded killer
Go and find who sent her
Bring me the heart and leave the rest for dead

Maybe I’m the first one
To fall apart on my own
Don’t act like I’m the first
Why don’t you stand in line?
You watch me do it again

So when I wake I don’t know where I am
I fumble all around into the dark
And in an awful moment I realize I’ve lost you

There’s no point in grieving, this pattern is just repeating
I’ve seen those tears before and there’s something I ignore
To me it always seems I am leaving
Well, to me it always seems I am gone
Well, I left something important back in Sunnyland
And it’s something that I know I’ll never find

I purposefully saved this song for end of the list. In the beginning I said this list has no order in the sadness of the songs, and that’s completely true. But what kind of person would I be if I didn’t close this list with the actual saddest song Mayday Parade has ever released??

She said, “Boy can I tell you a terrible thing?
It seems that I’m sick and I’ve only got weeks
Please, don’t be sad now, I really believe
You were the greatest thing that ever happened to me.”

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Deni is a knowledgeable, passionate, and driven individual who is highly composed and attentive to detail. She strives for continual improvement in any assignment, constantly seeking challenging opportunities that will broaden her horizons, refine her skills in a variety of environments, and provide her with the necessary skills for a rewarding future.

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