My Chemical Romance, photographed during The Black Parade
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Coronavirus Prevention: Welcome To The Black Parade Is The Best Song To Wash Your Hands To

Want to make sure you’re washing your hands the most thorough way to help stop the spread of coronavirus? Have a sing along to My Chemical Romance’s Welcome To The Black Parade and you’re good to go.

With the number of people getting diagnosed with COVID-19 – a new form of coronavirus – rising, the internet is inundated with advice on how to prevent this worrying global outbreak even further, with various tips on personal hygiene.

From “maintaining social distancing” to “avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth”, there are plenty of simple measures you can take to help take care of your health during this time – with washing your hands frequently and thoroughly right at the top of the list.

The NHS recommends doing it “for the amount of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice” which is around 20 seconds, and while that’s a perfectly fine (if a little overused) sing-along, one Twitter user has offered up a much more enjoyable alternative: singing the opening lyrics to My Chemical Romance’s Welcome To The Black Parade while you’re lathering up.

Millennial Handwashing Tip,” says @TheOtherTracy. “If you want to make sure you wash your hands for 20 seconds, start singing Welcome to the Black Parade from ‘When I was’ to ‘the beaten and the damned.’”

Just in case you need a quick reminder of how that goes, here’s exactly what you need to get through:

When I was a young boy
My father took me into the city
To see a marching band
He said, “Son, when you grow up
Would you be the saviour of the broken
The beaten, and the damned?”
He said, “Will you defeat them
Your demons and all the non-believers?
The plans that they have made?
Because one day, I’ll leave you
A phantom to lead you in the summer
To join the black parade”
When I was a young boy
My father took me into the city
To see a marching band
He said, “Son, when you grow up
You will be the saviour of the broken
The beaten, and the damned?”

Other alternatives come via @JenMonnier on Twitter, who has suggested that the choruses of Beyonce’s Love On Top, Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide, Prince’s Raspberry Beret, Dolly Parton’s Jolene, Lizzo’s Truth Hurts and Africa by Tota will all also suffice.

Three cheers for sweet, er, cleanliness…

Pass along your thanks to Gerard Way and co. for their attention to hygiene at the following dates this year.

My Chemical Romance world tour 2020


20 Melbourne, Australia – Download Festival
21 Sydney, Australia – Download Festival
25 Auckland, New Zealand – Western Springs
28 Osaka, Japan – Intex
29 Tokyo, Japan – Download Festival


16 Cornwall, UK – Eden Project
18 Milton Keynes, UK – Stadium MK
20 Milton Keynes, UK – Stadium MK
21 Milton Keynes, UK – Stadium MK
23 Dublin, Ireland – Hospital Kilmainham


01 Hungary – Volt Festival
03 Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks
04 Bologna, Italy – Arena Parco Nord
06 Bonn, Germany – KUNST!RASEN
07 Bonn, Germany – KUNST!RASEN
11 Moscow, Russia – Park Livem


09 Little Caesars Arena Detroit, MI
11 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
12 Riot Fest Chicago, IL
14 Scotiabank Arena Toronto, ON
15 Garden Boston, MA
17 Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY
18 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA
20 Music Midtown Festival Atlanta, GA
22 Prudential Center Newark, NJ
23 Prudential Center Newark, NJ
26 BB&T Center Sunrise, FL
29 Toyota Center Houston, TX
30 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX


02 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
04 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA
06 Oakland Arena Oakland, CA
08 The Forum Los Angeles, CA
10 Aftershock Festival Sacramento, CA
11 T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, NV
13 The Forum Inglewood, CA
14 The Forum Inglewood, CA
15 The Forum Inglewood, CA

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