Cross to Bier (Cradle of Bones)

Album: Blood for Blood (2014)


  • Hellyeah lead singer Chad Gray wrote the lyrics to this metal monster about the feeling of being judged. In our interview with Gray, he explained: "As an artist in this day and age where everybody's got something to say, because of the anonymity, they aren't the nicest things that people can say. And everybody wants a little something from you and everybody's got their hand in your wallet. It's like, Do I get anything? You want to hang me up and crucify me and judge me. In the end, it's like, 'F--k it. Tear me off my cross to bier. Put me in my coffin so cold.'"
  • A "bier" is a platform used for transporting a coffin to a gravesite or other ceremony. The song has a double meaning in this sense, as the "bier" translation relates to the feeling that you have been stripped of life and are going to the grave. "Cross to Bear" is an expression meaning a heavy burden, which in this case is the constant criticism and judgment facilitated by social media and a layer of anonymity.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors Examined

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors ExaminedSong Writing

Doors expert Jim Cherry, author of The Doors Examined, talks about some of their defining songs and exposes some Jim Morrison myths.

Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

Lajon Witherspoon of SevendustSongwriter Interviews

The Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.

Dave Edmunds

Dave EdmundsSongwriter Interviews

A renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."

Pam Tillis

Pam TillisSongwriter Interviews

The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater RevivalFact or Fiction

Is "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" about Vietnam? Was John Fogerty really born on a Bayou? It's the CCR edition of Fact or Fiction.

British Invasion

British InvasionFact or Fiction

Go beyond The Beatles to see what you know about the British Invasion.