Background[edit | edit source]
The song ends the album with a lasting declaration of hope, as described by a Metal Hammer review in early March 2021. Amy Lee's Kerrang! cover story said the album ends on a note not of doubt, but of hope with this song. This what she said about the song:
“I believe it’s in us as a human race to survive this time. Absolutely, I believe we will get through this. But, of course, I don’t know for sure. Ending the album with Blind Belief was deliberate, particularly the line ‘love over all’, because that’s impossibly hard to say, especially when we’ve seen the evil that’s crept out of the dark corners in broad daylight in the last few years. Not that we’ve never seen that before, but it’s just been so in our face, especially as Americans. Even so, I believe we do need love over all. It should be simple, but it is complicated. The album is a journey through grief, among other things. The ending is reaching that seemingly impossible point of acceptance. Forgiveness, honour, remembrance and love over all. And when I come to the end of all those feelings – including the rage, the grief, all of that all mixed up – I feel released. I feel like I want to step into the future.”
Lee told Loudwire in May 2021:
This is another one that's a little bit in the political zone, or social. Why do we believe what we believe? Why do we do the things we do? Why are the laws that are in place, some of them aren't there for good reasons. Some things are just the way they are because they've always been that way.
And I think we've reached a time where we need to say, "That's not enough. We need to make changes that make sense for how much our world and our awareness has grown, and how we need to be better." We need to improve over time and not just leave things the way that they are.
I was actually writing those lyrics, being inspired by the Confederate statues coming down. We can still love our ancestors even if they made mistakes, and we can actually love them better, we can actually do better for our world. It doesn't have to be a betrayal if your grandparents thought differently than you.
We can only grow by moving forward and making better and better decisions as the generations go on. And if we want this place to get better, then we need to admit that things are wrong!
Saying "We hold the key to redemption" is saying you don't have to stand by something that's wrong. Go ahead and let icons fall! Just because something is the way it is and it's always been that way doesn't make it right. We should be asking those questions, and sometimes change is good. It's nothing to be afraid of.
In November 2020, the band shared an Instagram story of an orchestra recording the strings for this song at Ocean Way Nashville.
The Bitter Truth Evolution cassette from the album's fan box set contains a 29-second audio of the band working on the song on Side A, and Side B contains a instrumental of the full song.
Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Audio[edit | edit source]
Credits[edit | edit source]
- Amy Lee - vocals, piano, keyboards, additional programming, songwriting
- Troy McLawhorn - guitar, songwriting
- Tim McCord - bass guitar, songwriting
- Will Hunt - drums, songwriting
- David Campbell - strings arrangement
- Alan Umstead - strings contractor, concertmaster
- Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra - strings
- Nick Spezia - strings engineer
- Nick Raskulinecz - production, mixing
- Ted Jensen - mastering engineer
References[edit | edit source]
- Metal Hammer UK - March 2021
- "I needed to face the abyss head on". March 10, 2021. Kerrang!.
- "The Tragedies That Inspired Evanescence's 'The Bitter Truth'". Loudwire. May 10, 2021.