What does Wrong Side of Heaven mean?

Five Finger Death Punch: Wrong Side of Heaven Meaning

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Wrong Side of Heaven Lyrics

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 swears he's not to blame.
And I understood, cuz I feel the same.

Arms wide open, I stand alone.
I'm no hero,...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 15th 2016 !⃝

    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.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 22nd 2014 !⃝

    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.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 8th 2014 !⃝

    It's not about the fall of man. It's about returning military and thestuff they go through PTSD, 22 commit suicide daily and more and more are homhomeless. Just look at zoltan bathory's interview on it.

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2023 !⃝

    I believe this song is saying sometimes you have to be ashamed of your self for doing thing didnt realized would hurt you so much

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 31st 2022 !⃝

    I know this song is in honor of our veterans, but it released right as I was fighting to become sober and I was able to take a lot of the lyrics and felt they applied to where I was in my life then.
    I didn't know myself anymore who was I and who had I become. I felt as though I was spiraling into hell.
    I am now 9 years sober and just like it does for a veteran it takes help from other people if you are lucky you'll come through it.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2022 !⃝

    I Think its About a Soldier doing Terrible Things to Save His Country "Wrong Side of Heaven" Meaning Him Killing Kids/Innocents in War "Righteous Side of Hell" Him Doig It All For The Freedom of His Country. Thats My Opinion at Least.

  7. anonymous
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    May 8th 2022 !⃝

    My boyfriend passed away 8.26.21. First I feel like this song is about whatever you feels it’s about! That’s music!
    To mean it’s about how I feel where I am right now.. the wrong side of heaven and righteous side of hell— that being here alone without him!

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2021 !⃝

    I'll say this: The song is amazing, but I can't seem to figure out why Ivan refers to God as a she. The best thing I can figure is he's speaking from a Catholic POV, in which he would be speaking of Mary. But the song is a great one that I'm glad they came out with. It's an issue that has to be addressed. My dad is a Marine Corp and Army veteran and once he got out, he was 110% on his own. He even said the VA did nothing to help, but he soldiered on and he made it. That was almost 20 years ago. The point is, there are thousands of men and women who are more than fighting for us. They're DYING for us. Just as the music video said, we are failing them. To see a veteran on the streets is spirit breaking and it makes me so happy that a band as popular as FFDP called out the problem, now the only thing left to do is lend a hand and help them to at least make an attempt to repay them for what they did for us.

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  9. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2020 !⃝

    First of all, Anonymous commenter on Aug 10th, 2017 8:39am, don't call people idiots. It was a question, not a thing for you to call out on. What you said is just plain mean and rude. Besides, how do you know if the person you called an idiot was like me, a sheltered innocent kid who didn't know some things? Not all of us are Einsteins. I know for a fact because I'm not a genius. I ain't no Einstein-genius who can calculate the universe. I'm just a human, alright? So is the so-called "idiot" you called out. You're a human too, you aren't perfect, just like the rest of us.

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 27th 2020 !⃝

    Im a 36 year old man. When u was 18-20 I tried so hard to join all branches of the U.S service. Expunged my record and everything but still was rejected. At this point I'm do passed i never got in but I'm also happy I never got in.. you guys are promised so much and built up so high until you retire from the military then you're on your own. Thank God nkt so much now as it was back when there was war. I salute all of you who read this and I support all veterans and active duty members. God bless you all and I hope no vet ever has a hard life or takes their life. You mean everything to all 350,000,000 of us that you served or fought for. God bless you and thank you so so so much

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2020 !⃝

    As a combat veteran in the Gulf war 1990 1991 I have 100 percent rating from the Va PTSD and this video has a lot of meaning to which only a combat veteran would understand.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 16th 2019 !⃝

    i totally see this being about veterans i also see this song being about someones personal war inside their on heart and head. Theres alotta crazy shit out there that a parent tries to keep away from their home and far from their children but wen then devil whispers sweet nothings into ur kids ear and then he is gone forever theres a painful war in a mothers soul that just cant be beaten. The guilt the tornment the not being able to revive your son knowing youre responsible for killing ur first born son is some shit that is so fucking painful it should kill u but it just doesn’t. War is everywhere and its right in my own head and it will never be won or lost it just exists and it full of complete craziness that camt be tamed its a constant loudness that just buries me every second of everyday! God Bless All the Military out there and thank you all for EVERYTHING YOU DO AND EVERYTHING YOUVE DONE!

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 28th 2018 !⃝

    I take the song as god thing. A preachers son who question the existence of god since 5th grade. Yet have been places in my life where i have awaken by a sense of someone standing over me open my eyes unable to move only to see the reaper standing over me. Not wanted by either in the afterlife i shall always roam. I have embraced my choice.

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  14. anonymous
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    Oct 18th 2017 !⃝

    I feel what the veterans are going through. By the time I finished watching the video tears were streaming down my face.

  15. anonymous
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    Sep 26th 2017 !⃝

    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

  16. anonymous
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    Aug 10th 2017 !⃝

    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

  17. anonymous
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    Aug 8th 2017 !⃝

    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.

  18. skullripper48
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    Jul 15th 2017 !⃝

    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

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