Saint Veronika (song)

"Saint Veronika" is the third official single by Billy Talent from their fourth album, Billy Talent III.

"Saint Veronika"
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Single by Billy Talent
from the album Billy Talent III
ReleasedMarch 19, 2010
FormatCD single, Airplay
GenrePunk rock, post-hardcore
LabelWarner / Roadrunner
Songwriter(s)Billy Talent
Producer(s)Brendan O'Brien
Billy Talent singles chronology
"Devil on My Shoulder"
"Saint Veronika"
"Diamond on a Landmine"
Music video
"Saint Veronika" on YouTube

Music videoEdit

The music video premiered on February 1, 2010 on MySpace, and was directed by Michael Maxxis. The video starts with a family of dolls sitting down at dinner when the father gets angry at his daughter (likely Veronika); she flees the room, over to a shelf and grabs a couple of tools. The story is intercut with scenes of Billy Talent playing this song in a shed while other dolls' wheels are spinning thread. The girl leaves the house, jumps over a fence and unwittingly gets one of her threads stuck on a nail. Suddenly the other dolls try to chase her, possibly trying to convince her to come back. When they get to the fence they notice that her thread is stuck on the fence, and give up. The girl keeps running, not noticing the thread caught on the fence is slowly unraveling her and leading to her demise, and at the end of the video she collapses with barely any of her body left.

Track listingEdit

CD singleEdit

  1. "Saint Veronika" - 4:09
  2. "Line & Sinker" (live at the Horseshoe Tavern) - 4:06
  3. "Saint Veronika" (music video)- 4:18

Cultural referenceEdit

The song was based on the novel Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho. According to vocalist Ben Kowalewicz, The Alchemist, another of Coelho's books, is the band's "bible".[1]

Live PerformancesEdit

Billy Talent performed the song at the 2010 Juno Awards in St. John's.


Chart (2010) Peak
Canadian Hot 100 62


External linksEdit