Seven Ways To Die

Album: Confessions (2013)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Confessions is an album based on the seven deadly sins. Frontman Josh Todd based the album's lyrics on his childhood and transformation into adulthood. He told Classic Rock Revisited: "Doing a record around the Sins is something Keith [Nelson] and I talked about for a couple of years. A lot of people have covered the subject in bands and in movies, but they are just so cool and they are timeless. We wanted to do our own take on it."
  • Regarding this song, Todd explained to Classic Rock Revisited: "I wanted kind of a title track to bring it all together, so we came up with that song. It has a great groove to it and the way the melody goes in and out of those pockets just fu--ing punches you."
  • The seven deadly sins are pride, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, avarice and sloth. They are supposedly mortal sins as opposed to pardonable ones and carry the threat of eternal damnation. There is no reference to them in the Bible, but the list was drawn up by the early Christian church and Pope Gregory I drew them into Catholic teachings. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that such mortal sins can only be forgiven by confession and penance.
  • A 2011 report based on a study of confessions carried out by Jesuit scholar Father Roberto Busa outlined how the sexes deal differently with the seven deadly sins. Two lists were compiled, one for men and one for women. Men's greatest weakness, it said, was lust, followed by gluttony, sloth and then anger, whilst women most usually confess to sins of pride and envy, followed by anger.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears

David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & TearsSongwriter Interviews

The longtime BS&T frontman tells the "Spinning Wheel" story, including the line he got from Joni Mitchell.

Francesca Battistelli

Francesca BattistelliSongwriter Interviews

The 2011 Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards isn't your typical gospel diva, and she thinks that's a good thing.

Superman in Song

Superman in SongSong Writing

Not everyone can be a superhero, but that hasn't stopped generations of musicians from trying to be Superman.

Al Kooper

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.

Brenda Russell

Brenda RussellSongwriter Interviews

Brenda talks about the inspiration that drove her to write hit songs like "Get Here" and "Piano in the Dark," and why a lack of formal music training can be a songwriter's best asset.

Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee JonesSongwriter Interviews

Rickie Lee Jones on songwriting, social media, and how she's handling Trump.