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The Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – # 3

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Is there such a thing as an ultimate sacrifice? There are many stories in Earth history that detail the struggle of one man and also of one woman. These epic heroes are against the odds of success. They are in some sort of peril, facing overwhelming forces or powers. Usually there is little energy left in the tank – so they act through pure adrenaline. They are committed to an ideal which is often retold as the salvation of those left behind. These fighters take the battle to the enemy or opposing force. They attack with purpose. They counterattack with precision. They often win the battle or the war. We back at home celebrate their victories and anniversaries, but remember the lost. When our heroes lose, they lose it all. They lose their future, their reward, and in one final indignity, their lives seem to be silently snuffed out. Is this the ultimate sacrifice which a hero can give for the good of those she/ he loved? Is more lost when they die for what they believed in?

In some sense we all lose when any loved one perishes in our place. They take on the responsibility of protecting our rights and way of life.  It is the fighting men and women of our nation’s military who appear to be the larger-than-life subject matter in a particular song from Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP). This group is American heavy metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the band says that their name comes from the Kung Fu genre film “The Five Fingers of Death” (1972).  As I understand it 5FDP  originally consisted of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, guitarist Caleb Andrew Bingham, bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer in 2005. Caleb was replaced by guitarist Darrell Roberts one year later. Then in 2009 he was replaced by Jason Hook. By 2010 bassist Matt Snell split from the band and Chris Kael took up the position. With all the talent coming and going, it’s a wonder that the foundation members did not seek out some type of separation counseling. Is what we see happening on the outside of a person explain the pain going on inside that person’s mind?

Ivan has told interviewers that just before joining 5FDP he broke up with his fiancée. At the same time his previous group was in a spiral of quarrelling and selfishness and then disbanded. That band’s manager had even passed away. This influenced the song “The Bleeding” which became 5FDP’s very first hit. It was track number four on their very first album “The Way of the Fist.”  The track was a top ten hit. The band, as of this posting, has completed their seventh album, entitled “and Justice for None” set to release May 2018 (excluding their “greatest” output). Each set of songs from the band’s inception has dealt with the unusual collision of trying to cope externally while suffering greatly internally.

It continues to be the dedication of 5FDP to the US military that directs the band’s efforts to perform concerts for veterans. Eventually they wrote a song that highlighted veterans who come home with no place to go. This particular song and video show how veterans suffer the most common of post-duty and after-tour consequences, namely post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Many of the servicemen and servicewomen who could not re-adjust to American society are also wounded warriors. The album “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1” contains many songs which expose the dual nature of our society.

The song “The Wrong Side of Heaven” is a poignant look who defends our freedom and how these individuals are treated when they have done their duty.  The song was released one year after the album was available in the summer of 2013. The track peaked at the #2 position on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The group states that they play for the military but “wanted to do more; educate, reach out and donate to the organizations that are making a difference to better the lives of our veterans.” Please see the link below.

It seems there is a certain kind of person who has the strength to face danger with “arms wide open” and then “stand alone.” They should not be in this position when they return to our shores, Loneliness is awful, powerful, and at times unavoidable. Only those of us who have compassion for our heroes can heal their wounds suffered during conflict, fear, and duty. It is in our best interest to be a thankful generation.

Lyrics: written by Zoltan Bathory, Kevin Churko, Ivan L Greening, Thomas Jason Grinstead, Jeremy Spencer Heyde

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, cause I feel the same.

Arms wide open, I stand alone.
I’m no hero, and I’m not made of stone.
Right or wrong, I can hardly tell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
The wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side, the righteous side of hell.

I heard from God today, and she sounded just like me.
What have I done, and who have I become.
I saw the Devil today, and he looked a lot like me.
I looked away, I turned away!

Arms wide open, I stand alone.
I’m no hero, and I’m not made of stone.
Right or wrong, I can hardly tell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
The wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side, the righteous side of hell.

I’m not defending, downward descending,
Falling further and further away!
Getting closer every day!

I’m getting closer every day, to the end.
To the end, the end, the end,
I’m getting closer every day!

Arms wide open, I stand alone.
I’m no hero, and I’m not made of stone.
Right or wrong, I can hardly tell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
The wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
The wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side, the righteous side of hell.

Learn more about 5FDP and veterans click here.

Depressed? Do something about it. Please find help before making any rash decisions.  Click here: the National Institute of Mental Health.

Eating disorder (ED)? CLICK HERE to get more information from the NIMH.

Read up on PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder Click Here.

Don’t try suicide. Talk to somebody. Click here for the phone number and information.

Think BEFORE you drink. Click here for AA.

Copyright © 1960-2018 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

 

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