Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd
said in an interview with Star Polish
: "I kept playing these chords over and over again on my guitar at home. I was just singing this melody, [which became] the chorus of 'Lovely Bones.' Finally, there was just a lot of loss going on around me, human loss, at the time. There was this book lying around the house - actually it was a book that my wife, I'm married, by the way - had gotten to read and she just would never read it. I was like, 'Are you ever going to read this?' and she told me what the book was about. I thought it was something that I'd like to read, so I started reading it. It was just this series of events that inspired me to write the song. Starting from that guitar chord, this is what came out."