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Avenged Sevenfold: Coming Home Meaning


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I've been away, searching for a reason
Another purpose to find
I've sailed the seas, fought my many demons
I've looked the gods in the skys
I've stood in hell, where many had to suffer
I stared the devil in the eyes
Walked many roads to...


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    Mar 6th, 2017 3:10am report

    I think it's the story of Paul - can I get a second on this?


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    Aug 2nd, 2014 8:31am report

    In my way of relating to it is what he's lived through and is going back to his life before the events that changed him.


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    Mar 24th, 2014 3:40pm report

    Shadows says this song is about how the band has traveled all over the world but at the end of the day they just want to get home. "I've stood in hell where many had to suffer" apparently refers to them standing in Saddam Hussein's palace and "I've looked the devil in the eye" refers to the portrait of Saddam on the wall.


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    Dec 8th, 2013 12:17pm report

    I think the song is about Odysseus, an ancient Greek hero. Primarily Homer's Odyssey, when Odysseus is coming home from the Trojan War. I base my interpretation on the lyrics, "I looked to gods in the skys" a reference to the Greek gods on Mount Olympus. There is also other evidence this is just one piece.


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    Nov 12th, 2013 11:53pm report

    I personally believe this song is about corruption and redemption. For instance, he was once a good person but throughout the many hurdles and events in his life ( "fought my many demons" "walked many roads" etc) which has possibly sent him down the wrong path to a less moral, or evil in exaggerated terms, behaviour. He says he's stood in hell, and looked the devils in the eyes which could be seen as he's been bad enough to be able to almost match the devil, or perhaps an adaption/play on the saying 'the devil in their eyes'. Although there are many hints to the start of his journey away from evil ("while i escape the night" "i won't sin again") showing that he is trying to redeem himself and once again be a good person. Hence he is trying to almost return to his old self, which i believe is he refers to as 'home' therefore 'coming home' is saying that he is on the path to being his old, good self. (also, "tend your light" would be saying how he's returning home to the light, and he needs to tend his light to almost reignite it [the light obviously representing good in this situation] ) although home could also be intepreted as his close ones, so he is becoming good again and he is telling his family/friends that he is coming home and he will be his old self once again.
    Towards the end it is simply saying how he may have grown old, but he is still trying to redeem himself and eventually die as a good human being. The mentions of heaven and hell are possible saying how at the end of it all if he doesn't redeem himself, he will go to hell, so when he has decided he wants to go to heaven and not go to hell where 'many have suffered'

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