"Close to Heaven" as written by and Benjamin Burnley....
Pain come alive, I try to breathe, shade my eyes
Follow the damned, I have lost the way again

Stay, trust in life, carried beneath, dead arise
Sorrow avenged, I will face the weak within

So I'll stay unforgiven
And I'll keep love together
And I'll be yours forever
I'll sleep close to Heaven

Hate lost inside, I dare to dream, faithless lies
Caught in the web, I will face the weak within

So I'll stay unforgiven
And I'll keep love together
And I'll be yours forever
I'll sleep close to Heaven

I'm coming home
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
Release me, my love

So I'll stay unforgiven
And I'll keep love together
And I'll be yours forever
I'll sleep close to Heaven

I'll sleep close to Heaven
I'll sleep close to Heaven


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"Close to Heaven" as written by Benjamin Burnley

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is all about not allowing your loved one to move on and transcend either in the afterlife or in their life on earth. The main character refuses to move on and wants that love to last forever. He's willing to be hated for holding onto lost love. Finally the loved one says "release me, my love". The main character still doesn't want to move on, which is sad...tragic. Sleeping close to heaven - as good as it gets but not true bliss..
    Legendkiler101on July 10, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is about some kind of addiction. It's pretty evident in the first lines, "Pain come alive, I try to breathe, shade my eyes/Follow the damned, I have lost the way again." He's waking up after relapsing, realizing he's now following the "damned," basically addicts.

    He says "I'll sleep close to Heaven" which really strikes me as a reference to heroin use as it makes you both very blissful and pretty sleepy. He's "coming home" to the bliss he feels from the drug, which he compares to Heaven.
    tenebrousabysson June 25, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPain come alive, I try to breathe, shade my eyes (He feels pain when he thinks about his ex. HE tries to breathe but he feels like he can’t without her. Shade my eyes could mean hide my shame)
    Follow the damned, I have lost the way again (He goes down on to a path of criminal behavior. He’s lost from the light in the moment)
    Stay, trust in life, carried beneath, dead arise (He wants her to stay with him. Dead feelings arise)
    Sorrow avenged, I will face the weak within (Taking revenge on the pain, he faces her. She’s his weakness)
    So I'll stay unforgiven (it’s a forbidden love. Being with her means, he’s sinning.)
    And I'll keep love together (He’ll make sure they won’t lose love again)
    And I'll be yours forever (He wants to be her always)
    I'll sleep close to Heaven (She is heaven to him, even if it is a forbidden love. Without her he feels pain. With her, he knows it’s wrong but it’s all he wants)
    Hate lost inside, I dare to dream, faithless lies (Pushing the truth away, he dreams of them being together.)
    Caught in the web, I will face the weak within (caught in the web could be trapped in the feeling of love for her)
    So I'll stay unforgiven
    And I'll keep love together
    And I'll be yours forever
    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    I'm coming home (He’ll find his way back to her)
    I'm coming home (He’s coming back for her)
    I'm coming home (She is home)
    Release me, my love (This could be sexual. He needs her to release him. He needs it.)
    So I'll stay unforgiven (If they commit this sin together, God won’t forgive him)
    And I'll keep love together
    And I'll be yours forever
    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    To me, it’s about a relationship that shouldn’t be. He can’t live without her, but he’ll probably be judged for staying with her. In the end, he’d rather be unforgiven than left a broken man without her.
    immafanofthaton January 27, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems like there's a slight homage to the great band Metallica hidden in this song. If that's true, then there's an incredibly deep meaning in the lyrics. The Unforgiven 1&2 told a story about a guy who endured a lot throughout his life and found someone who understood what he'd been through and how he felt. The woman and man both had painful pasts. He tells her about his demons, and she accepts him for who he is.

    In this song, Close to Heaven, the lyricists found someone who held the key to his soul, however, he's still fighting his demons, evident in the first two verses; "pain come alive, I try to breathe, shade my eyes, I have lost the way again"

    He is no longer with the female who held the key and saw into his true self, perhaps his soul mate, but it's not over between them. "I'm coming" home refers to going to heaven.

    The song doesn't indicate how their relationship ended, but it could be due to her death... perhaps suicide, or moving on with her life to face her own demons.

    It happens everyday, we meet someone who helps us, who we adore and love, but love is complicated and doesn't always work out. Only, the male in this song loves her so immensely that he will go to great lengths to allow their love to exist.
    However, it is no longer a mutual feeling. Perhaps it once was, but now only the male seems to be the one who is holding on to the love they shared.

    Also, if you look even further in to the words, it seems like the male is committing suicide to be with her, after she is dead, hence, he'll sleep close to heaven.

    Amazing song, however way you interpret it.
    mentalbreakon February 21, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe won't abandon the one he loves but he's well aware of the fact that if he holds onto his love for her forever, he'll be hated by her "unforgiven". She's out of his life, and he's refusing to let go and is saying, no I'll always be here and I'll always love you. Maybe he thinks that even God considers it a sin because he's with someone else and she's with someone else, but he still lusts and desires her, thus making him stay "unforgiven".

    "And I'll keep love together." - Maybe he feels like she still loves him and that's why he feels the need to be the bad guy and hold onto the love, until she caves in and starts loving him back. Like I know you love me, I'm showing you after all this time I've always loved you and still do, now show me you still love me. Lol. Hope that's not too confusing for anyone.

    He's being stubborn. He's like, babe even when you die you're still mine and I'm going to love you even then.

    ---> release me my love--> she's asking for him to stop it and let her go. Like saying please stop loving me and let me move on.

    Or maybe there was a suicide pact (which I doubt) and she wants him to kill her "release me" to end her pain. I'm coming home--> is when he kills himself to be with her after she's dead. Idk. My mind is odd and I look into things.

    I don't see it as tragic song about love that can't be... but more of a romantic song of love that should be. She's stubborn and won't let him in and he's stubborn and won't let her go. Cute.
    longsufferingon March 17, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReading some of of Ben's recent interviews makes me think that this is about him feeling sick, but loving his fans and making music enough that he wants to keep giving his all even if it kills him. Kindof gives me that 'punch' in the gut to think about it this way, and thinking about the sacrifices we make for the things/people we love. Beautiful song.
    ykol20on September 24, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I tend to agree with the comments before me. I think it's about love, his disease, and his wish to keep playing music.
    The first verse is about the symptoms and his decision to carry on. The second verse is about the crap the doctors told him about not having a cure for his disease and his decision to just deal.
    The verse is his way of saying, 'Fuck it.' He's going to do what he loves until he drops dead.
    The verse could be a conversation between he and his wife with him telling her that he will come home and she doesn't want him to go so he says release me my love.
    CharlieBrown29on November 27, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI interpret it as a guy who has fell in love with someone who is a beautiful almost angelic person inside. Because she’s such a good person, he knows she’ll be in heaven when she dies. He loves her so much that he wants to be with her in life and after death. He might not feel like a good enough person for heaven, so he’ll sleep close to heaven to be near her. It’s a faithless lie because it might not be possible to do that. He wants to keep their love together as long as he can.

    Pain come alive, I try to breathe, shade my eyes
    Follow the damned, I have lost the way again
    (I think he’s saying he’s fallen into his darkness again. That darkness is sin. It causes him pain and makes him feel like he can’t breathe. It’s some sort of addiction or temptation)

    Stay, trust in life, carried beneath, dead arise
    Sorrow avenged, I will face the weak within
    (He’ll stay and fight his weakness within)

    So I'll stay unforgiven
    And I'll keep love together
    And I'll be yours forever
    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    (He’s unwilling to let her go and will keep love together even after death. He’ll sleep close to heaven to be near her. He doesn’t mind following the path of evil as long as he has her. Being unforgiven is ok with him. He’d do anything to be hers forever)

    Hate lost inside, I dare to dream, faithless lies
    Caught in the web, I will face the weak within
    (His faithless lies are that he thinks he can always be with her. He dreams them and is caught up in the thought of always being a part of her. I think he used to be a hateful person before her, but that part of him is now lost inside)

    chorus- see above

    I'm coming home
    I'm coming home
    I'm coming home
    (He’s coming back to her)

    Release me, my love
    (She’s asking him to let her go or yeah it can be sexual I guess)

    Chorus-
    See above for interpretation

    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    (He’ll always be near and with her in a way. He’ll sleep close to heaven when she dies so that he never has to be without her)
    hiddenmeaningzon February 07, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationOne way I feel this song can be interpreted is that it’s about someone who has fallen in love with another who is married or in a relationship, someone they can’t have, and is struggling with their thoughts and feelings because they know it is wrong.

    Pain come alive, I try to breathe, shade my eyes
    (They are struggling with the pain their feelings are causing them.)
    Follow the damned, I have lost the way again
    (They have thoughts about the person they love who they cannot have, thoughts about if the marriage/relationship didn’t work out, thoughts about doing things with the person they want, even though it’s wrong. They’ve strayed from the right path, and gone down a sinners path, losing the way.)

    Stay, trust in life, carried beneath, dead arise
    Sorrow avenged, I will face the weak within
    (Knowing the thoughts they have are wrong, they know they must face the weakness within them and deal with it.)

    So I'll stay unforgiven
    (They can’t help but covet what they can’t have.)
    And I'll keep love together
    (But they choose to not act on their feelings, no matter what situation would ever present itself. They choose to not do anything that would break apart the marriage/relationship.)
    And I'll be yours forever
    (They can’t move past their feelings for the one they can’t have but regardless of the situation they still vow to be theirs forever.)
    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    (They will stay as close to that person as they can, even if it’s only friendship, but not interfere with the marriage/relationship. Because something is better than nothing.)

    Hate lost inside, I dare to dream, faithless lies
    Caught in the web, I will face the weak within
    (They are still struggling with their feelings, still dreaming about what they can’t have, thinking about the lies the one they can’t have would tell their significant other if anything intimate/wrong was to happen. They need to face this weakness and deal with it.)

    So I'll stay unforgiven
    And I'll keep love together
    And I'll be yours forever
    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    (See above.)

    I'm coming home
    I'm coming home
    I'm coming home
    Release me, my love
    (They are retreating to a safe space in attempt to remove themselves from the situation. They don’t want to feel the feelings anymore.)

    So I'll stay unforgiven
    And I'll keep love together
    And I'll be yours forever
    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    (See above.)

    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    I'll sleep close to Heaven
    (See above.)
    closetoheavenon April 09, 2017   Link

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