Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro has released a new solo track 'For The Lost and The Brave' following the death of transgendered teen Leelah Alcorn.
The track 'For The Lost And Brave' was written a year ago but Toro decided to release it following reading reports of Alcorn's suicide following the ongoing arguments with her parents. Toro's lyrics perfectly articulate an alienated teenager's perspective including lines like "Walking in the rain / The feeling comes again / Something in my head / Tells me I'm nothing".
Below: Listen to For The Lost and The Brave below
"I wrote this song about a year ago, waiting to release it on my record when it was complete" Toro wrote in a blog post on his official site. "There have been many times that I’ve almost put it out, but have always found a reason to hold it back. But lately there seems to be so much hate and misunderstanding in this world. As I’m sure many of you felt after reading the news of young Leelah Alcorn taking her own life, my heart sank. I felt sick. Yet another young life gone because of not being heard, not being understood, and not being unconditionally loved for who they truly were.
After hearing her story, and reading her final Tumblr post, I finally felt it was time to share this song. It is time we learn to accept each other for who we truly are. Being seen, heard, and truly loved as our authentic selves is something we all want, and something we all deserve."
Toro's forthcoming solo album Minimization Procedure is expected later in 2015.