The song is a cover of an old English folk song, 'Oh, Waly, Waly'
My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way has recorded a new track for a forthcoming film by director Kevin Smith.
Titled ‘Oh, Waly, Waly’, the track is a cover of an old English folk song written in the 1600s. Way’s rendition runs over the end credits to Tusk, Smith’s latest film.
Speaking to Radio.com, Smith said: “At one point in Tusk, the Michael Parks character sings a few verses, so I thought it might be nice to end the film with the song itself. Gerard turned the piece into this achingly beautiful, haunting declaration of undying, hopeless love.”
He said: “If you’ve ever been in that kind of love, this song will crush you. It’s such a heartbreaker, you can’t help but well up with tears. You could play this track at a wedding or at a funeral and it would be equally appropriate in both places. I love it.”
Smith and Way – who both separately have a sideline writing comic books – previously united for two episodes of Smith’s weekly SModcast. “After the shows the we kept in touch by email,” said Smith, whose best-loved work includes Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. “But because I hadn’t made a movie since ‘Red State’, there was really no reason to ask him to record a song for me without sounding like Kathy Bates in Misery.”
Meanwhile, Way – who turned 37 yesterday (April 9) tweeted about a recording session.
Recording session went really late last night but finished the song in one day. Very happy but been off the grid.
— Gerard Way (@gerardway) April 8, 2014