Many of the lyrics that Vic Fuentes writes for Pierce the Veil
are personal, self-admittedly first starting out as poetry scribbled down in notebooks. The story behind "Bulls in the Bronx," however, is somewhat different. Vic received an email from a pair of fans whose friend, a 16 year old girl, had recently committed suicide. The email included a link to girl's Tumblr. Speaking to Mind Equals Blown
, Vic said that "it was one of the most haunting things I've ever seen. There were things on there where she would say how she thought she was worthless, ugly, all of this crazy stuff. That whole thing really stuck with me for a while, and I wrote this song about her."
The song is written from the perspective of a nameless narrator and describes her efforts to find love and beauty in a world that seems intent on denying her both. The song's imagery grows steadily grim and more depressing, finally culminating in a tragic conclusion. Vic keeps the lyrics imprecise and universal, so that this could be any sad and lost person, not necessarily the girl who inspired it.