While Geoff Tate
songs approach a broad range of ideas, he prefers to filter his thoughts, however abstract, through personal experience. "I think there is something to be said for writing about what you know," he told vintagerock
. "You write about what’s important to you. Often times the best kinds of songs come from that."
"Take a Bullet" exemplifies this songwriting approach, taking a universal concept and exploring it through Tate's own experiences. It's a heavy, thunderous peace of alt-rock, while on the lyrical side of things Tate angrily confronts a friend, or possibly friends, over an unspecified betrayal.