Avenged Sevenfold: Fiction Meaning
How this world can overcome a man.
Like a friend we saw it through
In the end I gave my life for you.
Gave you all I had to give
Found a place for me to rest my head.
While I may be hard to find
123Mustafa Oct 10th, 2010 10:59pm report
This song is not about the Rev. James sullivan wrote the song and sung it in a demo two days before he died. The song was originally entitled death, though after the revs passing, the members of the band changed it the fiction. This was because jimmy had a tattoo down his chest because he said " my life is like a fiction book, if I told someone my life they wouldnt beleive me. " The actual song is about dying and telling you loved ones to move on. It's an extremely emotional song, which is why, despite its popularity, it is not preformed live. god bless jimmys enlarged heart (literally he was born with an enlarged heart), and may his soul res in peace for eternity ,
anonymous Oct 31st, 10:11pm report
It's a shame that the rev died but its clear to me that the rev wrote a great song that should not be downplayed. Just enjoy it.
anonymous May 17th, 2016 5:15pm report
He has died because he drank his brompton cocktail he didn't want to die of enlarged heart so he said goodbye with fiction as his suicide note. I love u rev RIP
anonymous Apr 9th, 2016 4:06pm report
A gutwrenching chilling goodbye song from the conscientious mind of James ''The Rev'' Sullivan that may have foresaw and realized there wasn't to much time left for him under the condition that he struggled and suffered in this life with a loving heart that became to big and heavy for him to carry all the love and pain in it. To me it was like writing a letter as a song to a friend out of love and respect for him that he may have seened part of ''god'' in him. Where in the end he gave all that he had to give to him, where he saw his friend in Him as a good friend in life that could also be any of his brothers and sisters or family members that knew and walked with him to wish them well to find their way when he's gone to R.I.P
anonymous Nov 10th, 2014 11:05pm report
Just like to comment on someone interpretation, fiction is played live as they played it when I seen them in Manchester in 2014, fiction was played and matt said how much he missed him and loves him, matt sings his part and the Rev is on recording so it can still be performed, So Far Away was made in his honour. Also like to add eventhough it has been mentioned The Rev certainly did not commit suicide he cherished life, loved his friends and family and didn't give a Damn about what other people thought of him because he was crazy, he was loud and that was him and that's why people loved him, he was himself, didn't give a care in the world for people's judgement and inspired me and many others to not change yourself so others like you but to be yourself and be loved for who you really are. Jimmy Sullivan taught me so many things and has changed my life forever, I couldn't possibly have more respect for anyone in the world, I love Jimmy for teaching me that if I'm gonna be a crazy bastard in life, never have a second thought about it.
anonymous Jul 9th, 2014 7:19am report
To all the people that are saying this song is a suicide note, it's really not. As quite a few people have said Jimmy knew he was going to die young due to his heart. He wrote and (from what I've read) played instruments for this song, then have it to the band. The fact that he died a few days later is a coincidence. The band were all like brothers and Syn is his best mate they would have been able to read between the lines. I think the lyrics are his way of letting them know to let go when his time did come and was his tribute to them.
<3 to the Rev rock in peace foREVer
anonymous Aug 10th, 2013 8:49pm report
Three days before the Rev died he gave it to the guys and said "this is it, this is the last song for the album" he also wrote Brompton cocktail, this song could be interpreted as his suicide note but I know not wasn't written for pinkly smooth, he had a tendency to go off the map for a couple days to write songs, if you look at the songs he wrote from the self titled album to Fiction it's pretty self explanatory of how he was feeling at the time. It's not secret he was an alcoholic or that he did drugs and the pills that he took are the exact ones as a Brompton cocktail. Fiction is a blood chilling song that if you listen closely you will hear pain in his voice unlike how it its in Little Piece of Heaven, or critical acclaim.
anonymous Apr 7th, 2013 4:41am report
the rev knew he would die before 30 but I don't think he committed suicide but I don't think it was much of an accident either. because of his heart problems it was nearly impossible for him to not die soon anyway. but maybe he did want to end his pain but nobody knows what he was thinking. the song was not a suicide note but more likely a goodbye note. m shadows remembered the rev saying "this is the last song I don't have it in me to do anymore" so he had probably been in more pain right before he died than he ever was before. but whatever the story is, we all miss you deeply rev rip the reverend tholomew plague rock in peace you were the greatest drummer ever. only the good die young. we hope youre in less pain now
anonymous Jan 23rd, 2013 1:48pm report
I'm honestly surprised no one else sees this... I am a HUGE fan of A7X, as soon as The Rev's death was leaked to the public I got a tattoo saying RIP The Rev... BUT as we know he did drugs. When he says "Under my skin let it burn..." I mean it sounds like he is talking about heroine. Please everyone take the time to look over the lyrics again and think of it as if he was writing about overdosing on heroine, please. I am so surprised that I am the only one thatI have seen comment on this... Well regardless, Love you Jimmy <3. Oh and I heard that if you listen to the song backwards The Rev says something along the lines of "This December I will end my life". I hope that's not true but this is how I interpret the song.
anonymous Nov 1st, 2012 11:27pm report
Also, brompton cocktails seems to describe his pain "Doc I'm dying" "I won't stuggle long" "I'm not running away" which is like "I'm not running away but it's to hard to carry on" R.I.P Jimmy, you are my hero
anonymous Jun 24th, 2012 6:39am report
I don't get why everyone thinks its about suicide. The Reverend wrote the lyrics in high school. I think it's about how you need friends to overcome your problems. " now I think I understand, how this world can overcome a man" then " like a friend we saw it through, in the end I gave my life for you". A lot of songs from "nightmare" ( album ) are made out to be break-up songs. The band is accused of being gay, but they don't love each other in a sexual way. When they lost Jimmy, they lost a close brother, not a boyfriend.
anonymous May 13th, 2012 5:40am report
Well the anonymous guy from sept 22 2010 is a moron... the rev sings on this song (thankfully to the demo of the song before his death)
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
zackattack Mar 7th, 2012 3:40am report
Fiction was made about Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan dying. R.I.P The Rev. This song describes Jimmy's final feelings. Jimmy's suicide note is in Fiction. The following is the note: "Now i think i understand, how this world can overcome a man,
not that i could nor that i would let it burn under my skin let it burn
I hope it's worth it out on the highway, i hope you'll find your own way when i'm not with you"
anonymous Feb 9th, 2012 2:35am report
I believe this song is a suicide note write by the rev himself. If you notice the song Brompton Cocktail, its a song about killing yourself by mixing excessive amounts of alcohol and pills. How did he die? He overdosed on alcohol and pills. He was only expected to live to the age of about 30 because of his enlarged heart, and that it would be a painful death so he killed himself instead. It all makes sense if you think about it.
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