This song was penned by Carly Smithson, who then altered it after watching the 2009 horror movie Drag Me to Hell
. She told Artist Direct
the story of the song: "I'd started the song in Atlanta and when I met the boys that was the icebreaker that started the whole record. It was the first song we did together. We saw Drag Me to Hell
one night and, at the end of the movie, the girl falls into a grave. It's raining, and she's trying to get out. We were like, 'That's really cool!' I'd left California and gone back to Atlanta where it's quite Southern. I'd been in the entertainment industry for so long and I had so many people that I watched success and fame ruin. They were so pure and lovely, and they fell to the earth. I'd watched the industry consume them and them consume themselves. It's like that line, 'I watched you let yourself die.' You let the awesome person you are just waste away and now you're just that networker or social butterfly. It's basically that 'You stabbed me in the back to get ahead' kind of lyric. After seeing Drag Me to Hell
, I changed the lyric to 'Bury Me Alive' at the beginning. It means the same thing, but it's a little bit more visual."