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Avenged Sevenfold - Afterlife

[Verse 1]
Like walking into a dream, so unlike what you've seen,
So unsure but it seems, 'cause we've been waiting for you.
Fallen into this place, just giving you a small taste,
Of your afterlife here - so stay, you'll be back here soon anyway.

I see a distant light,
But girl this can't be right
...
Such a surreal place to see,
So how did this come to be
?
Arrived too early

[Pre-Chorus]
And when I think of all the places I just don't belong,
I've come to grips with life and realize this is going too far.

[Chorus]
I don't belong here, we gotta move on, dear
Escape from this afterlife

'Cause this time I'm right, to move on and on
Far away from here!

[Verse 2]
Place of hope and no pain, perfect skies with no rain,
Can leave this place but refrain, 'cause we've been waiting for you.
Fallen into this place, just giving you a small taste,
Of your afterlife here - so stay, you'll be back here soon anyway
.

This peace on earth's not right (with my back against the wall)
No pain or sign of time... (I'm much too young to fall)
So out of place, don't wanna stay,
I feel wrong and that's my sign,
I've made up my mind
!

[Pre-Chorus]
Give me your hand but realize I just wanna say goodbye,
Please understand I have to leave and carry on my own life
.

[Chorus]
I don't belong here, I gotta move on dear,
Escape from this afterlife.
'Cause this time I'm right, to move on and on,
Far away from here!
Got nothing against you and surely I'll miss you,
This place full of peace and light.
And I'd hope you might, take me back inside,
When the time is right
!

Loved ones back home all crying 'cause they're already missing me
I pray by the grace of God that there's somebody listening
Give me a chance to be that person I wanna be
(I am unbroken; I'm choking on this ecstasy! )
Oh Lord I'll try so hard but you gotta let go of me

(Unbreak me, unchain me, I need another chance to live! )

Aah!

I don't belong here, I gotta move on dear
Escape from this afterlife
'Cause this time I'm right, to move on and on
Far away from here!
Got nothing against you and surely I'll miss you
This place full of peace and light
And I'd hope you might, take me back inside
When the time is right!

"Afterlife" is a single by the American hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold. The song is the fourth on their self-titled album and features a string orchestra. It was written by the band's drummer, The Rev. It was voted the best song of the new album on the band's homepage. The single and a live-action music video were released in early 2008. The music video is directed by Wayne Isham who has shot videos for bands like Bon Jovi, Judas Priest and Mötley Crüe. As a side note, in the album version, there are violin parts in the intro and later in the song, both of which are cut out of the video, along with the bridge of the song, which features The Rev's vocals. "Afterlife" is available as downloadable content for the music video game Rock Band, along with "Critical Acclaim". This song is also featured on the soundtrack to EA Sports NHL 09. The song is about a man who dies early and finds himself in heaven. Upon entering, he realizes that he has too many things to do on Earth, and to go back and make it right he has to escape from the afterlife. (This part was mentioned by Zacky Vengeance in the "Making of 'Afterlife'" video).

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