Go to Hell, for Heaven's Sake

Album: Sempiternal (2013)
  • Bring Me The Horizon approached their songwriting for Sempiternal in a different manner than for their previous albums, the fruits of which can be seen on this track. Bassist Matt Kean explained to Sugarscape: "In the past we would go into one room and jam it out but it gets kind of like noisy and then when everyone is stuck and nobody has any ideas it can turn into - people start writing funny songs and you just kind of lose your concentration. So for this one, instead of going into a room to jam and play the songs we would pre-record riffs or keyboard parts or anything like that, then if there was a good part we'd record it on the computer directly. Then we had the idea and we could step back and think about it, like replay it and replay it in a loop or whatever, and think about it with more of a perspective. It definitely helped this time."
  • Vocalist Oli Sykes' lyrics for this song were inspired by his atheist views and an encounter with somebody who had a differing viewpoint. He explained to The Independent: "I obviously just don't believe in God. But I've had a lot a sorting myself out do, and it came to the point where I was put in a position where I asked to believe in God. I was asked to hand over my faith to God, and let someone try and help me. For me, I just thought 'are you serious?', because they thought my only reason to get better was because of God, that imaginary guy in the sky. That really struck a chord with me, and I thought of all the people around me trying to get better because of this reason, because of God. I didn't get it then and I still don't get it now. Everyone in the world, no matter who you are, knows what's right and what's wrong; you don't need anyone to tell you. You don't need a set of guidelines to tell you what's wrong; you know when you do it. That's how you should live your life, you shouldn't have to believe there's a fiery hell that you're going to, or there's a kingdom that you'll go to."
  • Sykes explained the song's meaning to The Sun: "It's written to sound like it is about someone I don't like and don't want to have a connection with any more," he said. "But it's a letter to myself, talking to the side of me that needed to be destroyed."
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