I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

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"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
Single by My Chemical Romance
from the album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Released September 13, 2004 (2004-09-13)
(see release history)
Format 7" vinyl,1 CD,2 Digital download, DVD3
Recorded 2004
Length 3:081
Label Reprise,1 Eyeball
Writer(s) My Chemical Romance
Producer(s) Howard Benson1
Certification Gold (U.S.)
My Chemical Romance singles chronology
"Headfirst for Halos"
(2004)
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
(2004)
"Thank You for the Venom"
(2004)

"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" is the first single and fifth track from My Chemical Romance's second studio album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge.

Reception and accolades

It reached #86 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,45 and, in March 2005, #19 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also helped expand the band's fan base, and has been certified gold status by the RIAA.6 It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.7 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,3 and parts of it were filmed at Alexander Hamilton High School and Loyola High School in Los Angeles during August 2004.6 Greg Kaplan and Rafaelia Monfradini produced the video.6

This version of the video was also named #1 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.

In the media

The song is also included in the EA Trax listing for racing game Burnout 3: Takedown. The song is featured in the music game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

Covers version

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 2008.8

Track listings

US promotional DVD

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

UK promotional CD

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

UK CD1 and 7" vinyl

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

UK CD2

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

Charts

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 65910
European Hot 100 Singles 6711
New Zealand Singles Chart 3812
UK Singles Chart 19613
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 864
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 44
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 644

Personnel

Additional16
  • Produced by Howard Benson
  • Mixed by Richard Costey and Simon Askew
  • Engineered and recorded by Dan Wise
  • Written by My Chemical Romance

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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