#SongLyricSunday & #RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “So Far Away” – Avenged Sevenfold


I already had this post scheduled for tomorrow, but when I saw the theme on Helen’s blog, I knew I had to share it today.

This week’s theme is: Lost

Typically, we discover new music and new bands on the radio, a friend’s recommendation or hear it play during a movie and just have to know who it is. But that’s not how I found Avenged Sevenfold. The very first time I ever heard them was live and in concert. I wasn’t there for them, obviously, I had no clue who they were – yet it was love at first scream.

That would be “Scream” their number one hit single at the time. I mean nothing says this song is gonna rock like a blood curdling scream right out the gate, right? That night, I was about 10 feet away from Papa Roach when he snuck down onto the floor before the concert kicked off, kind of recall Shinedown performing and especially enjoyed Buck Cherry‘s extended and totally X-rated version of “Crazy Bitch” and yet, the only thing I could think of when I got home was this new-to-me band, Avenged Sevenfold. I immediately went in search of their music and “Afterlife” became my new favorite jam for quite awhile.

Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan was the composer of that song and many others. Known for his ‘signature’ drumming technique, “The double-ride thing”, Jimmy was a Singer/Songwriter/Drummer, that like too many other talented artists out there, passed away from a fatal combination of narcotics and alcohol in 2009; three days after he wrote what was supposed to be the final song for A7X’s new album Nightmare.

But with his passing, the album got an additional track before its release. “So Far Away” was written by lead guitarist and The Rev’s lifelong friend, Synyster Gates. It’s hard to miss the depth of emotion in Synyster’s guitar playing and coupled with M. Shadow’s powerful vocals, this makes for quite an emotional send off to the “8th Greatest Drummer – ” and “5th Greatest Singing Drummer of All Time.”

The Rev lost. The band lost, his friends and family lost, the world of music lost. You won’t hear the word lost a single time in this song, but I don’t know any other that implies it more than this one.

Never feared for anything
Never chained but never free
A light that healed the broken heart
With all that it could

Lived a life so endlessly
Saw beyond what others see
I tried to heal your broken heart
With all that I could

Will you stay?
Will you stay away forever?

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
I have so much to say but you’re so far away

Plans of what our futures hold
Foolish lies of growing old
It seems we’re so invincible
The truth is so cold

A final song, a last request
A perfect chapter laid to rest
Now and then I try to find
A place in my mind

Where you can stay
You can stay awake forever

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
I have so much to say but you’re so far away

Sleep tight I’m not afraid (not afraid)
The ones that we love are here with me
Lay away a place for me (place for me)
‘Cause as soon as I’m done I’ll be on my way
To live eternally

How do I live without the ones I love?
Time still turns the pages of the book it’s burned
Place and time always on my mind
And the light you left remains but it’s so hard to stay
When I have so much to say and you’re so far away

I love you, you were ready, the pain is strong and urges rise
But I’ll see you when He let’s me
Your pain is gone, your hands untied

So far away
And I need you to know

So far away
And I need you to, need you to know


Songwriters: Zachary Baker / Brian Haner (Synyster Gates) / Matthew Sanders / Jonathan Seward
Lyrics found on Google
So Far Away lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics or video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.


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6 responses to “#SongLyricSunday & #RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “So Far Away” – Avenged Sevenfold”

  1. Call me crazy, but this is only one of the few songs of theirs that I like. Good share!

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    1. It is their mellowest song, I think. The rest are pretty heavy and loud – but if you’re any kind of fan of AC/DC’s style, you might like their song “Hail To The King”.


  2. I feared that this would be shouty but it’s actually a really lovely song. Thanks for the introduction 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You’re very welcome, glad you liked it! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Melody,

    Thanks for the song introduction. It’s a nice change from some of their other songs. Great share!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It is, yes, so mellow by comparison. Glad you liked it! 🙂

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