Five Finger Death Punch: Wrong Side of Heaven Meaning
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Wrong Side of Heaven Lyrics
What have I become, what have I done?
I spoke to the devil today, and he swears he's not to blame.
And I understood, cuz I feel the same.
Arms wide open, I stand alone.
I'm no hero,...
Its about soldiers who do their duty when they go off to war... They are trained to kill enemy paper targets but the psychological effects change when paper becomes flesh.
"I spoke to god today, and she said that she's ashamed. What have I become what have I done.
I spoke to the devil today, and he said he's not to blame, I understood cuz I feel the same."
That's the soldier looking in the mirror. Sad upset hurt and pissed that he took another human life yet he did what he was supposed to do what he was trained to do.
"I'm not defending, downward descending,
falling further and further away!
I'm closer EVERYDAY!
I'm getting closer every day, to the end.
The end, The end, the end,
I'm getting closer EVERYDAY!"
The soldier feels what he did was wrong he is not justifying his actions he sees the faces of of the men he has killed every time he shuts his eyes he hears the horror the screams the bullets in every routine daily activity.
He wants an end to the pain he wants to take his own life.
Approximately 22 veterans take their own life every day most of them under the age of 30.
I am a veteran. I was a 249 gunner this song depicts exactly how I feel.I thank Five Finger Death Punch for putting my very thoughts to music.
I think most people are missing the point of this song, and yes I have seen the video.
It unfortunately has nothing to due with veterans (even though I am a disabled vet.) It has more to do with the fall of man.
The song is sung from Adam's point of view.
God is ashamed, (adam ate the fruit)
Devil claims he isn't to blame (free will)
I stand alone (no other men)
I'm not made of stone (depression for what he has done, releasing sin into the world)
I heard from God and she sounded just like me (Having knowledge of good and evil)
I saw the devil today and he looked a lot like me (A sinner, fallen from grace)
Wrong side of heaven Righteous side of hell - physically somewhere in the middle like earth,(not in the Garden any more) - spiritually neither good nor bad, just Human
Let me know what you think.
The fall of man and human guilt have always been interconnected. When God exposed the fact that Adam and Eve had eaten from the tree of absolute knowledge, they both felt guilty and immediately tried to cover themselves up. They felt embarrassed by their own sin and nakedness. Anyone adhering to the Christian, Jewish or Islamic faith knows instinctively that guilt and the fall of man cannot be separated from each other. That's what the singer in this song is struggling with.
The question then becomes, how do we free ourselves from our own guilt? The answer lies in forgiveness...
anonymous Oct 18th, 10:50pm report
I feel what the veterans are going through. By the time I finished watching the video tears were streaming down my face.
anonymous Sep 26th, 9:41am report
I agree with most who say it's about veterans and the fall of men.
Just one more thing that came to my mind:
"I saw the devil today, and he looked a lot like me."
Devil might represent the enemy, those who they're supposed to kill. But maybe he saw a soldier from the other side and recognized they're a human being just like him, maybe facing the same struggles as he does.
And the following lyrics:
"I looked away, I turned away."
Suggest to me that he turned away instead if shooting, sparing their life.
Yeah just my thoughts on that part, love the song <3
anonymous Aug 10th, 2017 8:39am report
To the anonymous commenter from Jan 4th, 2017 1:22pm you are an idiot the video in and of itself is about the two sides of the problem that veterans face on the outside, the lack of knowledge about options they can make use of and lack of funding for those options to the point that even if they attempt to make uses of the tools available they may still be denied and the general apathy of the public towards the issues the veterans have as well as the fact that while supposedly the veterans have a better chance of getting a job but the reality is that most employers are LESS likely to hire a veteran due to the fact that they (the employers) want someone they can train in the specific way they want a job done and they would have to fight the way the veterans were trained to do a task to have them do it their way
anonymous Aug 8th, 2017 8:21pm report
My husband texted me the first verse of this song on Monday 07/31/2017. He had a massive heart attack on 08/03/2017 and died.
He had been a sniper with the 82nd airborne. He rarely spoke of what he actually did in the military. His soul was troubled and deeply conflicted. He suffered from PTSD and anxiety. He rarely left the house and had been sober just over a year when he died.
He was so gentle. He would not even kill a bug and would rush to the defense of spiders or other insects. Then there was this other side that tried to care for no one and get close to only me.
We had been married for 26 years. I turned 47 08/01. I spent over half my entire life with Butch. I am so lost and heartbroken. His would of been 50 on 08/24. He marveled that we would be 50 in a few weeks. He never believed he would live as long as he did.
I knew he had not been feeling well for the past week but he did not let on to how bad it was. I pray he can finally have true peace. My life will never be the same and I do not know how to go on.
I have read the lyrics of this song everyday since he left and am so sad that there are so many suffering as he was. I cared for him for 26 years and so hope I didn't fail him at the end.
skullripper48 Jul 15th, 2017 7:25am report
this song is about the thoughts of a veteran in my opinion, they fight for their country, and are deemed murderers by people who don't deserve to walk on the same ground as them.
"Wrong side of heaven" refers to striving for righteousness, but finding yourself viewed as a villain
anonymous Feb 25th, 2017 2:43am report
I relate to this song because i am the daughter of a vet and i salute all people who try to save us(police ems military firefighters and all veterans) my father is a firefighter and my mother had killed and almost got killed but she kept going and before she had me she thought that life was at its lowest and then she met my father who also has depression and axiety just like me and my mom. I relate to the song because i fight physically and emotionally but i keep going because people care about us veterans and police officers and ems and firefighters. I saluted the flag since 1st grade and now i have a song that is the story of my life. I thank vets, police, ems, and firefighters. But some people cant figure it out so im saying this from my point of view. A soldier for a mother a firefighter for a father and me a soldier in training whos already killed.
anonymous Jan 4th, 2017 1:22pm report
I have a question? Why does the video talk about veterans becoming homeless is it because what they did was wrong(meaning killing and taking others people's lives in wars)
anonymous Oct 30th, 2016 10:58pm report
I loved the video !!! it was well matched to the song !!! now the video is unavailable and the other version is shorter !!! Love the song and its meaning just thing the Vet campaign was finally getting a voice in a positive way only to be deleted !!!! sad day for me !!!
anonymous Sep 30th, 2016 9:32pm report
Great feedback, I loved this song the first time I heard it, it got me thinking, it made me sad & angry then made me excited & hopeful, it was just an emotional roller-coaster of emotions. So my 2 cents in short form are "DUALITY". Read on if you wanna know details, sorry for the tome. The video shows how different people deal with the same situation, it shows sad statistics that bring to light some sad issues that veterans deal with, a seemingly happy ending or two and in the end it reinforces the brotherhood a soldier carries as the successful man shot first helps the now homeless seemingly drug addicted man who helped him years before but the others on the street get no happy ending. Duality is seen again as one is white and one is black. I think it's about dogma, duality, morality & our internal struggles with these that sometimes have drastic effects on our lives. The dogma of evil & good, man & god, woman & man; fables & myths are systematically taught to children assisting in their mental formation of a moral compass along with one's life experiences and environment. The nurturing aspect of a mother such as mother Earth are why he refers to god as a "she", further expressing duality by referring to the devil as "he".
The lyric "What have I done, What have I become: are the realization that the moral code has been violated, an internal struggle in the form of questions. The little girl wants to give the man sitting losing his family on the street a flower but the mom pulls here away, taking that nurturing motherly aspect away subtlety, again duality. The lyric "Arms wide open, I standing alone" I believe is a conscious awakening and the realization that you alone answer for your actions, singularity.
The reference to god & the devil looking and sounding like him are references to him beginning to realize this fact but not understating right & wrong point to the fact that there is a struggle. Duality of right & wrong can be seen differently depending on which side of the weapon you stand. The second part of the song he is realizing he sounds like god and looks like the devil, stripping duality as he is one, the same and/or both. The lyric "I'm no hero, I'm not made of stone" refer to the fact that he is just human, struggle is natural and expected, we came into this world naked with nothing and will leave it alone with nothing, singularity. He turns from the devil symbolizing a choice representing the positive or morally right, there's something positive but he earlier stated he looked a lot like the devil so he's turning from himself, singularity & duality.
The repeat of the choirs although musically necessary remain unchanged, a dual singularity so as a human he goes back to the internal struggle. Struggling at first then recognizing each-other in the video, finally walking away together, the black man, the white man, the homeless drug addict, the successful businessman; strip away all dogma that religion, family, friends, government and society have taught them.
The brothers walk away aware of duality but stripped of its chains, expressing care for each-other and recognizing the need for care, expressing true morality and the beginning of the healing process. The hook, "Wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell" are the internal summation of the answers to the questions struggled within to justify who he is and who he has become.
anonymous Aug 9th, 2016 8:45pm report
As a former soldier, and as an Uncle that has lost a cousin and a nephew, one to PTSD and know FFDP, this is for the soldiers. Thank you FFDP
anonymous Aug 7th, 2016 8:27pm report
Ok all seems the wrong side of heaven would be the USA for the fact he is home or they are home. The righteous side of hell would be the fact that he is living the war over and over in his head and can't break free. Yes they are home so please don't thank them a simple welcome home will do. Much respect for the men and woman who fight for your freedom on the front line and places abroad. Your welcome home is always waiting my brothers and sisters.
anonymous Jun 15th, 2016 6:01pm report
To those that feel this is not aimed for Vets with PTSD:
Your part of the problem. Watch the video.
Think about what it says.
Wrong side of heaven. (what we did made us unworthy of heaven)
righteous side of hell. (We don't deserve to be in hell for what we did because our actions saved lives as well.)
I'm no hero. (we don't want to be thanked. We did what we had to do. It turned from being about the USA, to just the Marines next to you)
I'm not made of stone (We do not show our pain. We are trained to control our emotions, but it eats us up inside.)
We don't want to be thanked, and many of us still function in the civilian world. There are those that don't. If you care, buy that homeless man you pass on the way home some dinner. It would be a selfless act for someone who fought against those that would hurt you.
anonymous Mar 4th, 2016 3:00pm report
I thought the band has been pretty clear this song is about veterans suffering from PTSD. The lyrics can have different meanings to different people but if the point of this website it to try to figure out what the songwriter meant, in this case we already know.
anonymous Jun 10th, 2015 6:03pm report
This is my favorite song, and the first one i listened to by 5.F.D.P
When I explain this song to my girlfriend, I explain it as this....
Pretty much, this man (or woman) is trying to be a good person, but it gets hard over time. He doesn't mean for any of it to be bad, and he wants it to all be good. He regrets what has happened. He feels like he is alone and he is looking for help. He says that he sounds like God (meaning he speaks of truth and light) But looks like the Devil(meaning he is seen as a bad person,and may sometimes act like a bad person.) Now, he can't even tell if he is wrong or right. He is caught between two worlds."
I have heard this song countless times, and it pretty much explains my life story.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2015 3:22am report
From a solider/police officer perspective:
Given the vet ptsd theme of the video here is my take. The song is definitely a moral dilemma.
Spoke to god today and she said shes ashamed....I understand cuz I feel the same.
Put in to a situation to do bad shit to bad people and having a guilty conscious for killing.
Arms wide open...righteous side of hell.
Cant take the pain of killing/seeing buddies killed and am I doing bad things to do the right thing?
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