Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare

Nightmare is the first of eleven tracks (twelve on the deluxe version) on Avenged Sevenfold’s 2010 album, Nightmare. A demo version was recorded with The Rev on drums before he died, which was made available on the Limited Edition Book of Nightmares version.

Lyrically, “Nightmare” deals with an individual who is damned for his wrongdoings on earth. The song is sung from the point of view of a resident of hell, who may have once been a living person too, mocking the other character and pointing out that it’s his own fault he’s in hell. It is their first single released without former drummer The Rev, who died on December 28, 2009.The song was released digitally on May 18 and 21, 2010 on the US and worldwide, respectively, on iTunes as well as an animated lyric video on YouTube, which received over 275,000 plays in 24 hours A preview for the song was released on May 6, 2010 on Amazon.com, but was removed soon after for unknown reasons However, on May 10, 2010, a 30-second audio uncensored sample was again revealed, but this time at SoundCloud.

“Nightmare” was nominated for Best Single at the Kerrang! Awards 2010, but lost to Liquid Confidence by You Me At Six.[7] The song is also one of Avenged Sevenfold’s best known, and had been certified Gold by the RIAA.[8]

Lycris

Nightmare! (Now your Nightmare comes to life)-

Dragged ya down below, down to the devil’s show-

To be his guest forever, peace of mind is less than never-

Hate to twist your mind, but God ain’t on your side-

An old acquaintance severed, burn the world your last endeavor-

Flesh is burning, you can smell it in the air-

Cause men like you have such an easy soul to steal (steal)-

So stand in like while they ink numbers in your head-

You’re now a slave until the end of time here-

Nothing stops the madness, turning, haunting, yearning, pull the trigger-

You should have known the price of evil-

And it hurts to know that you belong here, yeah-

Oooo, It’s your fucking Nightmare (Now your Nightmare comes to life)-

Can’t wake up and sweat, cause it ain’t over yet-

Still dancing with your demons, victim of your own creation-

Beyond the will to fight, where all that’s wrong is right-

Where hate don’t need a reason, loathing self-assassination-

You’ve been lied to just to rape you of your site-

And now they have the nerve to tell you how to feel (feel)-

so sedated as they medicate your brain-

And while you slowly go insane they tell ya-

“Given with the best intentions help you with your complications”-

You should have known the price of evil-

And it hurts to know that you belong here, yeah-

No one to call, everybody to fear-

Your tragic fate is looking so clear, yeah-

Oh, it’s your fucking Nightmare, hahaha-

Fight (Fight), not to fail (fail), not to fall (fall), Or you’ll end up like the others-

Die (die), die again (die), drenched in sin (sin), with no respect for another (ah)-

Down (down), feel the fire (fire), feel the hate (hate), your pain is what we desire-

Lost (lost), hit the wall (wall), watch you crawl (crawl), such a replaceable liar-

And I know you hear their voices (calling from above)-

And I know they may seem real (these signals of love)-

But our life’s made up of choices (some without appeal)-

They took for granted your soul, and it’s ours now to steal-

(As your Nightmare comes to life)-

You should have known the price of evil-

And it hurts to know that you belong here; yeah-

No one to call, everybody to fear-

Your tragic fate is looking so clear, yeah-

Oooooo, it’s your fucking Nightmare-

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