Avenged Sevenfold: Nightmare Meaning
Now your nightmare comes to life.
Dragged you down below
Down to the devils 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
anonymous Jan 17th 2011, 14:31 report
it is NOT about jimmy because if anyone payed attention or was real fans of avenged sevenfold they would know that jimmy wrote this song before he died. its like he was predicting his death because a week after he wrote it.. he died.
anonymous Jan 2nd 2011, 01:40 report
This song about someone going to Hell."Dragged you down below, down to the devils show to be his guest forever." is totally about hell. And anonymous, the video might be dedicated to The Rev, but the song is not about his death. it was written before he died.
anonymous Dec 1st 2010, 16:57 report
The song has got people wondering. If you look at the lyrics, its obviously about the end of the world and the consequences of not being a christian. So stand in line while they ink numbers in your head
You're now a slave until the end of time here
You should have known
The price of evil
And it hurts to know that you belong here
It's your f*****g nightmare
While your nightmare comes to life
Die (Die! ), die again (die! )
Drenched in sin (sin! )
If you look I the book of Revelation, it says basically all of the lyrics I posted and some more. So what is it about? it's about the end of the world.
anonymous Mar 15th, 14:54 report
It's about if you sin you will go to hell. God only takes Christans to Heaven.
anonymous Nov 12th 2012, 22:07 report
I hate to admit it, but the primary meaning behind this song is someone going to hell for not being a Christian or a Muslim or whatever. I'm an atheist and I think it's incredibly arrogant of M.Shadows to write a song about that, and I also believe the concept of hell is completely bollocks, but this song is about hell.
However, there are other meanings in it too. For instance, the line 'You've been lied to
Just to rape you of your sight
And now they have the nerve to tell you how to feel' is more than likely a reference to political propaganda.
Anyway, that's just my humble opinion. And despite M. Shadow's arrogant lyrics I still think this is a badass metal song. (And no, this song isn't about the Rev).
anonymous Nov 12th 2012, 08:17 report
i think that nightmare can be about anything bad thats happening in your life, anything that you did wrong, and then you have to accept the consequences of the mistake and you're living your nightmare
anonymous Nov 8th 2012, 17:17 report
The Rev only played on the demo mike portnoy played the final version
metalheadjared Oct 11th 2012, 16:20 report
It's about the zombie apocalypse. If you reach to round 20 on moon in COD zombies it plays. It basically reflects on the trouble all the characters have gone through from world at war to black ops. the quotes, "still dancin' with your demons" and "victim of your own creation" talks about how Richtofen created the zombies with element 115 and caused the plague all over germany. Another quote goes, "Or you'll end up like the others" meaning they will either be killed in action or become zombies like the others who fought them. "You're now a slave until the end of time here", meaning the characters have no choice but to fight the hordes endlessly also quoted in "it aint over yet". "You've been lied to" tells how cunning Richtofen has been from the very beginning, and "Fight(2x)not to fail(2x)not to fall(2x)" refers to how the players must avoid being overtaken by the ghouls or its a game over all together. Final quote "Your pain is what we desire" tells how Samantha and her Father Dr. maxis want to get revenge on Richtofen for attempted murder. But still this is just my opinion if anyone can find any other hidden messages in the song let me know.
anonymous Aug 12th 2012, 12:31 report
IMO this song is about the sole state of mind. The broken heart, failed dreams and betrayal of trust. In other words, hell on earth is perception of solitary struggle and rejection. Like in revelations! A Nightmare in life u cant wake up from!
anonymous Jul 4th 2012, 13:03 report
Ahh...does no-one ever watch interviews? Matt (lead singer) said that "Nightmare, is basically about people, most notably young teenagers who do as they wish, but when they get older, they realise that actions have consequences and the song is talking about them consequences, and this is the only song out of the whole album to have the lyrics not be changed because Jimmy loved them so much"
anonymous Jun 14th 2012, 14:10 report
I think its about a man who sinned very much and paid the price for it.
anonymous May 17th 2012, 15:14 report
One interpretation is that the person who is being sung to has somehow become part of a cult or religion that is "evil".
"Dragged you down below
Down to the devils show
To be his guest forever"
The victim is now viewed as some sort of villain, the use of "dragged" implies that they were pressured into their actions, and the passage appears to be an allusion to hell.
"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 line while they ink numbers in your head
You're now a slave until the end of time here"
these also support that the sung-to is, in fact, a victim of pressure from cleverer religious persons. the last line in the first passage further implies religious origins, and implies that the victim's soul (or perhaps allegiance) is easily earned because he is gullible or needy. The second passage also implies that a group has claimed ownership of the victim and that he can no longer escape what he's become involved in.
"You've been lied to
Just to rape you of your sight
And now they have the nerve to tell you how to feel (feel)"
This passage supports the idea that the victim is somehow being tricked into performing immoral actions, and that they are being "brainwashed" by some sort of group, which is a common stereotype of many cults or religious gatherings.
There is more evidence than these, though it is only a single possibility and more evidence is not necessary to establish it as a possibility.
anonymous Mar 8th 2012, 00:18 report
I think this song was about hell and scary it is but I don't think they are saying that if you're not christian you are going to hell. But the video was definitely dedicated to the Rev because it was based on the most notable scene in the movie "Jacob's Ladder" which was one of the Rev's favorite movies because of how creepy it was. The part where we see the Rev's drum set from the City of Evil tour was similar to when Jacob sees his sons bike which reminds Jacob of his son. So the time when you see his drum set from the City of Evil Tour with spiders on it was supposed to remind them of the Rev's death and how tragic it was. The part at the end also reminds them of the Rev when it shows the drum set he used during the tours after the release of their self-titled album, and the one Mike Portnoy uses during concerts with avenged sevenfold, there is a kind of holy light in the shape of the Rev in the seat of the drum set, that I just talked about.
anonymous Feb 24th 2012, 08:12 report
This song is totally about the situation after the rapture...
the people who are left over...will have to go through this unbelievable torture..
the demons (people controlled by the devil, the one who sold their souls to the devil) will make people stand in line and force them to have the mark 666 on their forehead as they have power like the government holds. The one who accept this mark will end up in hell with the Satan and those who does not accept will be tortured mercilessly.
[Fight (Fight! ). not to fail (fail! )
Not to fall (fall! )
Or you'll end up like the others]
lines referring to torture
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! )
No one to call
Everybody to fear
Your tragic fate
Is looking so clear
while the people left over fight for their life...
they will hear voices of God, Jesus and the Holy-Spirit...ensuring them they can still win the fight against 666..
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)
...this refer to the situation before the rapture where there were two options...
1. to commit sins and being tortured for not accepting the number of the beast.
2. live holy and being ruptured before the torture.
anonymous Feb 11th 2012, 04:41 report
It's about somebody being forced to a mental ward. Watch the video, because M. Shadows is singing as he's dragged through a mental hospital.
anonymous Jan 6th 2012, 12:08 report
If u also watch the start of the video, Shadows has a tattoo of the Rev on his arm...
anonymous Dec 18th 2011, 01:32 report
About mental illness from drug abuse
anonymous Dec 16th 2011, 17:36 report
no.1 rated interpretation,i see were youre coming from with the apocolypse idea,but i think its more along the lines of a man/woman that killed themselves and is going to hell. why? because of the part that says,"nothing stops the madness turning haunting yearning PULL THE TRIGGER!".i think its from the angels point of view because of what the chorus is about. if you liked my interpretation, please rate it.
anonymous Dec 12th 2011, 20:12 report
i agree with you n.1, but the part were he sings,"nothing stops the madness,turning,haunting,yearning,pull the trigger says to me that its about a man who shoots himself and is living the nightmare of going to hell.
anonymous Nov 29th 2011, 10:59 report
Jimmy Sullivan WROTE the song. This is about people "living life to the fullest" and never caring where there sins will lead them. Well, it leads to hell. Standing in line inking numbers in there head, waiting for the mark of the beast. i am the ginga ninja!
anonymous Nov 5th 2011, 21:00 report
this song is a stiff warning.heaven or hell.
anonymous Oct 9th 2011, 19:02 report
Well plenty of people have gotten the literal meaning right. Yes, it is about hell, particularly someone who did not accept Christianity. Like many A7X songs, there are some references to the final book of the Bible, "Revelation". So while there may be different scenarios within the song, it always ends the same way, the person winds up facing eternal damnnation. Likened to a real life, never ending Nightmare. While the song was written before Jimmy's passing, the band has indicated that they retooled many songs on the album's lyrics in order to better fit how they felt after his passing. The Rev suffered from chest pains and other symptoms of Cardiomegaly, aka enlarged heart. While I would assume his drug use was fairly heavy, a couple of the drugs (specifically Nordiazepam and Oxymorphone) are medications that your average junkie would not use or even know about, pointing towards the conclusion that he was being treated medically as Oxymorphone is almost exclusively used for chronic pain, and broke the cardinal rules of drug use (medicinal or otherwise) particularly opiates and benzodiazipines- don't mix the two in high doses and whatever you do, don't drink alcohol. He was a victim of pain, frustration, and flat out ignorance (not an insult, he wasn't a Damn pharmacist). Anyway, that should answer any and all questions. I hope Jimmy is in heaven rocking out with Keith Moon, John Bonham, Buddy Rich... you get the idea. RIP Jimmy.
anonymous Oct 1st 2011, 19:09 report
the song is not about not being a christian its about paying for all the bad things you did in your life.
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