Dead Man Walking (Overture II)

Album: Vale (2017)
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  • Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack wrote the lyrics for this song immediately after Donald Trump was elected as US President in November 2016. He told Kerrang:

    "I'm not going to get into a situation where I'm writing directly political things about this administration, partly, because that's not what this band is. But by the same token, I felt a responsibility to talk about how I felt in regards to the current situation in a way that represented my feelings, other than my political ideology."
  • Biersack explained that the fears and turmoil of the post election period inevitably surfaced in the Vale tracks.

    "I'm not someone who writes political songs, and it's not meant to be a political record, but it was very hard for me not to feel a sense of anger and anguish towards what was happening in the country post election," he explained. "And now there's a feeling that you have to be able to rise above that stuff. Without making a political statement about it, I wanted to at least write about those emotions and how they relate to the world that Black Veil exists in. Which is very much a world about self preservation and discovery and finding a way to defend yourself from the darkness of the world around you."

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