One Day The Only Butterflies Left Will Be In Your Chest As You March Towards Your Death

Album: Post Human: Survival Horror (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • This glacial funeral march is a duet between Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes and Amy Lee of Evanescence. The haunting ballad offers a bleak look into the future, with Sykes representing humankind and Lee Mother Nature.
  • The collaboration came about after the two band's managements exchanged words over the alleged accidental plagiarism of part of BMTH's "Nihilist Blues" from Evanescence's 2011 song "Never Go Back." They resolved the legal spat when Amy Lee received songwriting credit for the song. According to Sykes, the argument didn't involve Lee.

    Evanescence's team kept in contact with Bring Me The Horizon. "They were like, 'Amy really likes your band and would love to work with you,' Sykes recalled to NME. When Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish came up with this ecological number, Lee was the perfect fit to sing the part of Mother Nature. "It felt like the perfect thing to have the mother of rock singing it," Sykes commented.
  • The collaboration came during a period when Lee was feeling creatively stuck. It proved to be a unique experience for the Evanescence vocalist as she lives in the US and Sykes in the UK. The pair guided each other vocally over the phone as they discussed their idea for what they wanted their duet to sound like.

    "It was just a really fun escape from that little stuck moment that I was in, and it inspired me," she told Loudwire. "It helped me feel, I don't know… beautiful. The song is beautiful. That song is always gonna have a special place in my heart because I felt like, in a moment as an artist when I was stuck, another artist came along and helped me."
  • Both Sykes and Lee mention the longwinded song title in their verses. Sykes said it is his favorite lyric from Post Human: Survival Horror as he'd been trying to get that line in a song for about a year.

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