This ominous, riff-driven tune is the first fully formed track on Attention Attention
. Vocalist Brent Smith explained to Billboard
the song is about being afraid:
"'Devil' is about being terrified of not only yourself, in some respects, but the world around you, and understanding that there are so many things and so many different situations and people and places and atmospheres and exposure that human beings are put in front of on a daily basis, [and] the world can be a really difficult place to navigate. So that's where the story starts."