Scream Hallelujah

Album: The Moment You Realize You're Going to Fall (2012)
  • Black Light Burns is led by Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, whose credo is evident on this song. "I was thinking how I would probably kill myself if I was in a 9-to-5 cubicle type of job," he said in our 2013 interview. "I thought about how all these people in the world are looking at their phones all the time at dinner and they're watching reality television and how most of the things that they're talking about conversation-wise are either gossip about other people, or they're talking about a show that they watched."
  • Explaining the song if further detail, Borland told us: "'Scream Hallelujah' was a lament; it was a very sarcastic lament encouraging people to just stay on the tracks that they've been put on, stick to the ideals that their parents instilled in them as they were growing up. Don't stay inside and watch that s--tty show over and over again until you're unable to breathe in the plastic bag that you put over your head to kill yourselves.

    It's almost like worshiping Western culture and how just f--ked it is, not in a paranoid way where I think that they're putting something in the water that's brainwashing everyone, but they're definitely putting something through our televisions and through the food we're eating and through fashion magazines and through insane maniac, everyone panic type of media. Giving people all this stuff to worry about and talk about that really doesn't matter at all. People are basing their whole lives on it, so it's almost like a religion."
  • The vocals were written before the music was composed for this song. Wes Borland feels that many of his best songs begin with the words, as it's easier for him to come up with riffs to match a strong set of lyrics than the other way around.

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