Afterlife – Avenged Sevenfold

“Afterlife” is a song by Avenged Sevenfold. The song is released as the third single from their self-titled album. The song itself features a string orchestra and was written by the band’s drummer, The Rev. It was voted the best song of the new album on the band’s homepage. The single and a live-action music video were released in early 2008.

The music video is directed by Wayne Isham, who has shot videos for bands like Bon Jovi, Judas Priest and Mötley Crüe.

In the album version, there is a string section in the intro and later in the song, both of which are cut out of the video, along with the bridge of the song, which features The Rev’s vocals.

The music video (legally released on March 12, 2008, by Avenged Sevenfold and Warner Bros.) consists of the band performing, on a small stage, a white room with black radiance and shows clips of M. Shadows running shirtless, Zacky Vengeance dancing with a woman, Synyster Gates holding a skull in a sea of lit candles, The Rev lying down with a Spider on his face, and Johnny Christ holding a flock of doves which he sends flying off all at once at the end of the video.

According to Zacky Vengeance the song is about a man who dies early and finds himself in heaven. Upon entering, he realizes that he has too many things to do on Earth and to go back and make it right, he must escape from the afterlife.

Lycris

Like walking into a dream, so unlike what you’ve seen-
So unsure but it seems, ’cause we’ve been waiting for you-
Fallen into this place, just giving you a small taste-
Of your afterlife here so stay, you’ll be back here soon anyway-
I see a distant light, but girl, this can’t be right-
Such a surreal place to see, so how did this come to be?-
Arrived too early-
And when I think of all the places I just don’t belong-
I’ve come to grips with life and realize this is going too far-
I don’t belong here, we gotta move on, dear-
Escape from this afterlife-
‘Cause this time I’m right to move on and on-
Far away from here-
A place of hope and no pain, perfect skies with no rain-
Can leave this place but refrain, ’cause we’ve been waiting for you-
Fallen into this place, just giving you a small taste-
Of your afterlife here so stay, you’ll be back here soon anyway-
This piece on Earth’s not right (with my back against the wall)-
No pain or sign of time (I’m much too young to fall)-
So out of place, don’t wanna stay, I feel wrong and that’s my sign-
I’ve made up my mind-
Give me your hand but realize I just wanna say goodbye-
Please, understand I have to leave and carry on my own life-
I don’t belong here, we gotta move on, dear-
Escape from this afterlife-
‘Cause this time I’m right to move on and on-
Far away from here-
Got nothing against you and surely I’ll miss you-
This place full of peace and light-
And I’d hope you might take me back inside-
When the time is right-
Loved ones back home all crying ’cause they’re already missing me-
I pray by the grace of God that there’s somebody listening-
Give me a chance to be that person I wanna be (I am unbroken, I’m choking on this ecstasy)-
Oh, Lord, I’ll try so hard, but you gotta let go of me (Unbreak me, unchain me, I need)-
(Another chance to live)-
I don’t belong here, we gotta move on, dear-
Escape from this afterlife-
‘Cause this time I’m right to move on and on-
Far away from here-
Got nothing against you and surely I’ll miss you-
This place full of peace and light, and I’d hope you might-
Take me back inside when the time is right-

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