C++ (Love Will Get You Killed)

Album: Low Teens (2016)


  • This is a track from Every Time I Die's eighth studio album, Low Teens. The record was affected by life-threatening complications in 2015 involving vocalist Keith Buckley's seven-months pregnant wife, Lindsay, as she prematurely gave birth to their daughter. Buckley abandoned the group's tour to be with Lindsay during the difficult time and traumatic experience.
  • This song is about the first night Buckley spent with his wife and new child in the intensive care unit:

    "I had never felt so helpless," he recalled to Billboard magazine. "I could do nothing for her. I couldn't tell her it was going to be OK. I couldn't even tell her that death wouldn't be better because I had no idea yet if our daughter had even made it. I kept asking doctors what the machines meant, and eventually I could tell they were sick of me asking so many questions. I realized that if I could only understand what their beeps meant I might have some hope. I might have some answers."
  • Buckley wrote the album as a way to process his feelings as his wife and child recovered. "I didn't know what I was doing or exactly how it was working, but writing lyrics at night and feeling like I had made sense of some of my confusion gave me hope," he said. "I would take that hope into the hospital rooms. We would get more good news. I would go back to writing lyrics with confidence. Confidence made me hopeful."


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