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Avenged Sevenfold: Welcome to the Family Meaning


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Song Released: 2010

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Welcome to the Family Lyrics

Hey kid, do I have your attention?
I know the way you've been livin'
Life's so wreckless, tragedy endless
Welcome to the family
Hey! There's something missing
Only time will alter your vision
Never in question, lethal injection
Welcome to...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 23rd 2013 report

    Quote from the band referencing the death of James Sullivan,

    We have a song, “Welcome to the Family” — we realized for the first time in our lives that people go through this every day around the world. There is someone very close to them that they’re losing, every day. That song is, We know how you’re feeling. Welcome to our lives. That was a really heartfelt song that was written out, it’s a song that Jimmy actually came to us with musically, and I’m pretty sure he actually said “welcome to the family” when he demoed it out. And then we wrote the lyrics and made it what it is now.


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    Mar 8th 2011 report

    This song is about how people suffer everyday. It's about how so many people are going through hardships everyday. The guys said they realized this when The Rev passed. To them it was like being part of a group, or "family", hence the title "Welcome to the Family"


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    Aug 21st 2012 report

    To me this songs sounds like it was meant for a heroin addict...just my interpretation but this is why

    "Hey kid, do I have your attention?
    I know the way you've been livin'
    Life's so wreckless, tragedy endless"

    how more wreckless can you live your life than by chasing that next shot...day after day....and it is for sure an endless tragedy.

    "Hey! There's something missing
    Only time will alter your vision
    Never in question, lethal injection"

    there's something missing...everyday after your addicted you feel like something is missing...and only time WILL alter that vision....and heroin...definetly NEVER IN QUESTION...A LETHAL INJECTION.

    "Not long ago you found the answers were so crystal clear
    Within a day you find yourself living in constant fear"

    one day you think you got it all figured out....then in a day you're living in constant fear of not getting that desperatly 'needed' hit

    "Hey, I have to question
    What's with the violent aggression?
    Details blurry, lost him too early
    Welcome to the family"

    acting out violently because of the withdrawals...details blurry...family and friends saying they lost him to early....

    "Hey, why wont you listen?
    Can't help the people you're missing
    It's been done, a casualty re-run
    Welcome to the family"

    every addict hurts their friends and family...they are the casualty re-run thats all been done before

    btw "welcome to the family"...worst family you could ever be in...trust me...addicts know the darkest side of life

    I could be completely wrong about my interpretation...but as a recovering addict...this song speaks volumes to me...even if i have it totally wrong...any other addicts or recovering addicts must see the strong correlation.

    ...again this is just my opinion...thank you

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 31st report

    Personally i thought it to be based around someone going to prison and realising the hard truth theyre not getting their live back. They mention lethal injection which is of course death row. They mention whats agression and thing that cant be justified nor rationalized and welcome to the family is other prisoners welcoming him in.

  5. anonymous
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    Dec 15th 2019 report

    It's really not that hard, just put yourself in the mindset of someone going insane and you'll figure it out. But let's not forget there are many roads that lead to insanity.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 29th 2019 report

    This is my quick explanation.

    What about the older generation to the newer generation having a discussion. Finally, the kids from A7X Generation say: Its our war. In the end well surely lose but thats alright. Older generation says So have you figured out so have you figured it out.
    Then Q showed up lol!
    A7X! The Rock community needs you!

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2016 report

    I think it's written as a sort of fanfiction of the anime and light novel series Highschool DxD (which I would recommend for anyone over the age of 18).

    Think about it:
    Rias welcomes Issei to the family.
    The song talks about problems and answers, Issei and the whole family in DxD have problems and answers to find.
    One line, "You can't win this fight." could refer to the many times Issei fights far superior beings, and is often told he can't win.

    These are only a few of the ways that this song could be linked to Highschool DxD.

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  8. anonymous
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    Oct 14th 2016 report

    This song is about an adult telling a kid that, although he's in a bad situation with lots of problems, HE IS NOT ALONE.
    So, the song is trying hard so that the kid don't give up.

    Sorry for my english, I'm spanish.

  9. anonymous
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    Sep 10th 2014 report

    Isn't this song about people returning from any war?

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 18th 2013 report

    when i first heard it what came to mind was about selling your soul to satan,you now apart of the huge family that consumes many artists, now that you no longer have your soul you now live in constant fear of demonic beings,nightmares, etc. you start to regret what u have done, hurts to look in the mirror and see yourself, you may try to reclaim what u have lost, but like the song says, you can't win this fight...

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  11. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2013 report

    This song is about the challenges that people, especially teenagersx, face on a daily basis. These teenagers usually turn to drugs (a lethal injection) or suicide (details blurry, we lost him too early) as a way out. The line 'We'll surely lose but that's alright' is saying that everyone will die one day so what you're going through right now doesn't really matter. Welcome to The Family is a way of saying that there are other people out there who are going though the same thing.

  12. anonymous
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    Jan 1st 2013 report

    In my opinion, it's about how people cry and complain about their life (or at leasg in part of the song)
    I think when they say "lifes so wreckless, tragedy endless
    Welcome to the family"
    They say it sarcastically. EVERYONE has gone througj hard times and theyre sick of hearing people complain.
    "we all have emptiness inside, we all have anwsers to find..."

  13. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2012 report

    This is just me, I honestly think this song is about going to jail and being on a death sentence
    1: lethal injection- is a chemical they put in an i.v when they put you on a death sentence to make your heart go slower.
    2:Its been done a cavialty rerun: Getting shot with the chemical over and over again
    3:Welcome to jail, Your new family is here

    Now this what i think because of the lyrics but i know its about people suffering, But this all my opoion so dont hate because you dont agree with me

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 24th 2012 report

    I believe this songs about everybody's struggle in democracy,being its a failed system and corrupt welcome to the family being as you get older you make choices but either way your stuck in the grind just like everybody else, like a family , and frankly im scared too.

  15. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2012 report

    This song is definitely about religion. For example, "a king that has been dethroned, cast out in a world you'll never know," is definitely a biblicle reference.

    The song has God and satan trying to persuade him to choose sides. Basically, God is saying that I can't make things better for you, I can only give you strength. On the other hand, you have satan feeling bad for him and saying, "It's just not fair, God doesn't care about you, but I understand, choose to come with me, etc."

    Basically, throughout life you can choose to overcome hardships and strive to be a better person, which is the way to heaven. Or, you can take the easy, more appealing route, which is the road to hell. Here, I am speculating that the Rev chose the easy route. I say this because Nightmare seems to be about how Rev made a bad choice and now he's in a nightmare that he can't wake up from.

    Just my thoughts...

  16. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2012 report

    Who ever the f*cking retard is who said it's about the rev doesn't know sh*t, he wrote the song retard

  17. anonymous
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    Jan 30th 2012 report

    sorry, I pulled an Obama I meant the marine Corps

  18. anonymous
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    Jan 27th 2012 report

    That guy who said this song is about nothing:just because you are to stupid to figure it out doesnt mean it doesnt have a meaning!

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