Drawn & Quartered
by HIM

Album: Tears On Tape (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • This was the first song that HIM frontman Ville Valo started writing for Tears On Tape, but he struggled to complete it. "We nearly didn't include it on the album," he told Artist Direct. "It was just an acoustic and really bulky. I couldn't find the right way to present it with the band."
    "I started working on that straight after we toured Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice, Chapters 1-13 in 2010," Valo continued. "I wanted to see how far I could take a melody. That song keeps going forward. On occasion, it comes back to the refrain. It's as sad and melancholy as everything we do [Laughs]. I think the lyrics are pretty direct and fairly straightforward. There's no hidden meaning. It's one of my favorite songs. It's more prog-y. There are a lot of things going on. It's great to have songs that get you going immediately, but it's also cool to have some growers that may take a while. Usually, those are the tracks that, let's say, the loyal hardcore fans will gather around over the years and appreciate. At the end of the day, it would be super boring to have balls-to-the-wall songs from beginning to end. It's good to have something more surreal and challenging in between."

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