Avenged Sevenfold: Nightmare Meaning
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Song Released: 2010
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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 Mar 20th, 2011 3:38pm report
In an interview M.Shadows said that nightmare was the only lyrics on the album that hadn't been adapted due to the revs passing, because Jimmy love the lyrics so much, he also says the song is about how kids are growing up these days and the consequences of their actions.
anonymous Mar 2nd, 2011 3:13am report
This song is basically about hell and if you are going to keep on being sinful you're going to end up in the "nightmare" which is hell.
The part where he sings "i know you hear there voices calling from above"
they are talking about god trying to help, but since u lived the life of sin u belong in the nightmare.
"No one to call everybody to fear your tragic fate is looking so clear"
that's hell for your a$$
anonymous Feb 12th, 2011 2:30am report
to the anon's who say the song is about The Rev it is not. The Rev was alive when the song was written which is evident because if you pre-ordered the special addition "Book Of Nightmares" edition of the album you got a demo version of Nightmare that had Jimmy playing the drums. the video however is a bit of a dedication to Jimmy. those who are saying that the song is about the end of the world and the whole christianity thingy i believe that is what the song is about but its also about society and society's expectations of us
anonymous May 14th, 2018 5:39am report
I believe it's about the Holocaust. "Ink the numbers in your head" most likely means about the Nazis inking Numbers onto the Prisoners in the Death Camps. "Mental Holocaust" probably means the torture and torment the prisoners went through to survive.
(or it could be about Hell and heaven but it's worth a try)
anonymous Nov 4th, 2017 11:37pm report
Well I think it's about bad dreams or a bad day. You know how people make you feel, like it's a nightmare.
anonymous Apr 16th, 2016 4:16pm report
About the most ''terrifing'' feeling to realize that you're actually being [body or mind or both] dragged down to your worst Nightmare that you ever had imagined in your sleep that is awakeing and coming to life up on you in reality of your conscience mind that cannot hold back it's defences anymore against your continues collective sins and demons [fears and beliefs ''mixed'' and induced with drugs] that are breaking through from your sub-conscious mind. That took you over and under, into your worst nightmare that feels it's not ever going to stop in reality that you awoke in that feels ''very real'' as like you're in The Devil's Show [wars like the Middle East or other places, where soldiers could've had these phycosis breakdowns and needed to be taken to a Mental Hospital] where you feel to believe the Devil's demons want your soul for his show, 'cause all of this living Nightmare feels like you're in the actual Hell and fighting for your soul against the evil with the anti-phycotic drugs they've giving you that could make your feet feel the burn into subduing you to a straightjacket to surreder and just give yourself [soul] up. All the while struggling in this living Hell who needs to SCREAM THE NAME OF JESUS to hear your cries for some relief with the hope to be saved.
SkhairKro89 Nov 12th, 2015 11:07am report
I agree with one of the user's interpretations, that this song's indeed about Revelation End Times, however, I disagree that it's about "After the Rapture," but more so After the "False Rapture." Scripture speaks about how one will be in the field taken and another left behind, for the past 200 years bible scholars have missrespresnted this passage as meaning a sorta "Rapture." where beliviers are taken away before the tribulation, however, there's another passsage that refers to branches not yeilding fruit being taken away to be burned, so clearly the passage about one being in a field taken, most likey refers to a person who's taken away to be burned like the branches not yeilding fruit. Otherwords, in the End Times, those that are "taken away." will have been believed to have been raputured, leaving those behind to think they've lost their salvation and were left behind because they didn't "Belive" or were "too sinful." The false rapture will corospond to people beliving the Anti-Christ is the true Jesus, and by beliving in him results in them being destroyed. He'll claim they've been taken to Heaven after they've appeared to "dissaper" when infact they were most likely taken away and killed in concentration camps or what not. This song refers to the time after that "False Rapture." where true believers of the real Christ, and not the antichrist are thrown into the system where they're tortured and told their "Sinners." that they "Deserve to be there." for now bowing down and showing allegience to the "Anti-Christ." Since he's posing as Jesus, claiming to be God, it will seem like these people being thrown into these Mental Wards were placed there becasue they were "Evil" for not believing in this "Self proclaimed Jesus." Hence the lyrics "When all that's wrong is right." Which, in the context of this song being sung from the Devils perspective himself, openly admitting that his End Times reign will make "Wrong" appear to be "Right" and "right" to appear "wrong." He's sorta mocking these people who are suffering in these Mental Wards as being helpless despite knowing the truth that they are infact in the right, afterall, but there's nothing they can do about it, no-one to call, no-body to hear, it's a total Nightmare because their being accused as "Heritics and Unbelievers / evil sinners" and punished as such, when they're actually true believers in the real Chist and infact saints and martyrs. It's a sorta Anthem to how tough those times will be for true Christians who don't buy into the Anti-Christ as being God and the rampant almost Demonic presence of these people such as the Staff running these Mental Wards working along side the Anti-Christ System by submitting it's patients to all these mind and body destroing drugs "Given with the best intentions help you with your complications." They say, but it's really them just trying to drive these patients "Psychotic." in order to force them to surrender and accept the mark of the Beast. "I know you hear their voices, these signals of love" refers to these victems hearing the holy spirit, and since this song's taking the approach as if the Devil himself was singing it, he's mocking the fact that he knows they're hearing the Holy Spirit, but will make it seem like they're just mad hearing hallucinations from the drugs their being given, so that nobody will take their testiomony seriously. THey'll try telling the staff and workers that they hear these voices of truth, and they'll disregard it as nothing more than mere "insanity." The Anit Christ is trying to get the whole world as well as these victems suffering in these Mental Wards thinking they are there because they're "Infidels" and were left behind the so called "Rapture," becuase they didn't belive in this so called "Jesus" who's truly the Anit-Christ and that they "missed" their chance at Salvation. Also you see in the music video the priest reading scripture to the patient on the streatcher, he seems to be "Holy" and warding this patient of his "Evil" but you notice he's sorta a "Dark-looking priest" a priest of the "Anti-Christ System." Doing nothing more but playing along the Charade of apearing to the outside obserber as being on the "Good side" when really he's a "False Preist." This re-enforces those who havne't been sent to these Mental Wards, those that have accepted the Anti-Christ System that these "priests" and public figures working in these wards are somehow "good" and are quote on quote "fighting against these heritics." The end times will be all about "false apperances."
anonymous Oct 12th, 2015 10:02am report
this song is just an imaginery shit about how people think about hell and the anti Christ.
anonymous Nov 21st, 2014 11:25am report
I love Avenged Sevenfold, I love M. Shadows. I love Nightmare.
The song is full of vivid imagery and metaphors.
It is a song about a person who is an addict, again addiction represents anything that is wrong. And the journey of the addict after death as he faces hell fire. Hell fire is a place of regrets.
The song also brings about the image of choices that a person always has and it's upto the person to make the right or wrong choice. I love the dark and evil imagery in the song and that's what Avenged Sevenfold is about, a perfect blend of badass music with a touch on politics and religion.
anonymous Oct 20th, 2014 10:53pm report
It was inspired by the movie jacobs ladder watch it and you'll see, no illuminati, just about that movie.
anonymous Sep 25th, 2014 9:26am report
It is probably inspired of wrong turn 4.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2014 1:40pm report
it does seem like the song is dedicated to the rev, considering the drum set, and the fact that the rev was the band's drummer, but it still doesn't add up. if you hear the their single, so far away, you can tell the song is a memorial to a person he was close to. in the video, he shows a man in a series of photos, which is probably the rev. It seems like the singer thinks Christianity is crazy, even in some ways, satanic.
Down to the devils show
To be his guest forever
anonymous Nov 22nd, 2013 11:49pm report
It's about being dragged down to Hell and having nightmares after it. <3 Avenged Sevenfold. c:
anonymous Nov 12th, 2013 11:50pm report
anonymous Jun 11th, 2013 6:06pm report
This song wasn't about Jimmy's death. The song that was writtien by Jimmy about a weak before he died was called Death. Then renamed to Fiction. This song is about getting dragged to hell pretty much and being a sinner. The video is based off of Jimmy's favorite movie, Jacob's Ladder.
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