"Afterlife" as written by Jonathan Seward, Jr. Haner, Matthew Charles Sanders, James Owen Sullivan and Zachary James Baker....
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 peace 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, I 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, I 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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"Afterlife" as written by Jr. Brian Haner

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  • +7
    General Commentalright lets settle this. Straight from M.Shadows mouth. Afterlife is about a man who died but as he gets into his afterlife, he realizes that there's too much stuff back on earth for him to do so he tries to escape from his afterlife.
    DevilDog989on March 01, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentOkay, so the band actually stated that this song is in fact a song about someone who goes to the afterlife (Heaven to some), and realizes that even though it is beautiful and perfect, he has unfinished business on earth and wants to go back.

    Also, to me this song defines who Avenged Sevenfold are. This is, and always will be, my favorite song because it so beautifully performed, and the vocals, instrumentals, and just the way it is done makes me feel exhilarated. Then there is the guitar solo... My ears had orgasms when I heard the full thing. Better then Dragonforce and Slasher put together. By the time the Rev starts laughing, I am always smiling to this song. (Which creeps people out around me mind you). Six stars to this song, and I thank the band for making it to much.
    Smytheice123on December 09, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOh my god! I love The Rev's backing vocals!
    UnholyNighton October 30, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn first listening to this album, other than the first song (critical acclaim, an antiwar song) it really sounds like the whole album is an ode to the girl that he's breaking up with. It's hard, and he doesn't want to do it, but he realizes that it's the best thing to do. The afterlife referred to in this song is his life after leaving this girl. Maybe, though, just maybe, the time in their lives will be right and they will get back together. But now, it's not right.

    All references to song lyrics in the above paragraph are intentional.
    StormTrooperVIIgon November 29, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentpersonally i think this song is about suicide and when he gets to his afterlife hes realizes that he was really loved by many people which is why the line "loved one's back home all crying cuz they're already missing me" and he sees that all these people are grieving and he wants to go back and fix it and help them get them through everything i dont know thats just how i percieve it
    megrubbzon May 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis is about a guy who has a near death experience and goes into heaven where he is met by a loved one. He thinks he's still on earth but then he starts to notice little things like there's no sense of time or any hurt, everyone is at peace with each other. That's when he makes a list of all the pplaces he doeanst belong and realises that he's in heaven and he doesnt belong there yet so he has to 'escape from this afterlife.' He has to leave but when his time comes to return permenantly they won't hold it against him and will instead except him with open arms.
    FuckMeCozImPrettyon April 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfucking awesome song, can't stop listening to it.
    spunkychickon December 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow do you know the lyrics when the cd isn't even out yet????????
    Betrayed101on September 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsimple. it about an accidental drug overdose. and the narrarator wants to go back to earth.
    auzzmanon October 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah 'auzzman' you hit the nail right on the head....great song
    Betrayed101on October 25, 2007   Link

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