Since Five Finger Death Punch are about to release new music, I thought it was time to look back at same of the great lyrics Ivan Moody has written.
The Pride (2011) from American Capitalist
It’s the 2011 version of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” Five Finger Death Punch has a history of using vocal melodies from other songs. The current single, Lift Me Up is proof of that. I am all for it. Derivative works is how music has evolved throughout the ages.
Zoltan Bathory has also said that the message in the song is about rebelling “against your circumstances, laziness and mediocrity — not the system.”
Johnny Cash And PBR
Jack Daniels, Nascar
IPod, Bill Gates
Smith and Wesson, NRA
Firewater, Pale Face
Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop
A timeline of events following a similar structure to We Didn’t Start The Fire.
I will not be forgotten
This is my time to shine
I’ve got the scars to prove it
Only the strong survive
I’m not afraid of dying
Everyone has their time
I’ve never favored weakness
Welcome to the pride
The Commandments of Five Finger Death Punch. In order to join their Pride, you need to have lived. You need to have experienced. You need to have loved and lost. You need to have the scars to prove it.
Far From Home (2009) from War Is The Answer
Another day in this carnival of souls
When I see a lyric line that uses the word carnival, I immediately think of the concert experience.
The faces of people I’ll never see again
And i can’t seem to find my way home
I thought of Turn The Page by Bog Seger and Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi when I first heard Far From Home.
Ashes (2007) from The Way Of The Fist
You don’t understand me… And you probably never will!
I got a tendency to self destruct… And a soft spot, for the filth!
A hair trigger temperament… A switchblade, for a tongue!
I’m a walking 1 man genocide… With a black belt, in corrupt!
It could have come from a Motley Crue album. It’s got that same agnst and tongue in cheek humour. How powerful are those last five words? A BLACK BELT IN CORRUPT. How powerful is that person?
War Is The Answer (2009) from War Is The Answer
This ain’t a test, Fuck the rest
Time to set the record strait
Talk your shit, Behind my back
Let’s hear you say it to my face
I’ve heard the words fall out your lips
You little trendy fucking bitch
The time has come to get you some
Cause i do not give a shit
We all have a version of the truth that we like to set straight on someone. I have allowed that quest to consume me for a long time, until I finally realised one day that it’s not worth it. Nothing was really going to change if i came out on top.
Under And Over It (2011) from American Capitalist
Did you hear the one about me being a punk?
Did you hear the one about me being a drunk?
Did you hear the one about me losing my nerve?
Or how I’m just another fucking sheep in the herd?
Did you hear about the money, how it made me change?
So funny to me, all the time that they waste.
Did you hear the one about me giving a shit?
Cause if I ever did I don’t remember it.
The song is about internet rumours. It’s the anger in the vocals that hooks me, along with the marching pulse of the music. You get that feeling that Ivan Moody is marching the cyber highway with his posse, trying to get the rumour mongers.
Remember Everything (2011) from American Capitalist
Remember Everything is The Devils Own ( from The Way of The Fist album released in 2007) Part 2. The Devils Own has lyrics like, “Slap on the wrist, smacks in the face, the family tree, gave me a name, and nothing more, neglected seed.”
Oh dear mother
I love you
I wasn’t good enough
‘Cause in your eyes
I just never added up
In my heart I know I failed you
But you left me here alone
He is reaching out, trying to get acceptance from his parents. Even in The Devils Own, the first verse, has the following lyrics “Where did I go wrong?, Who was I supposed to be?, No matter what I’ve done…You’ve ALWAYS criticized me, Where did I go wrong?, Who was I supposed to be?, When it’s said and done…Will you remember?”
It makes you feel sorry for him.
The Tragic Truth (2011) from American Capitalist
I’m drowning in the bottom of a bottle
Running from a man I swore I’d never be
No one ever has to face tomorrow
But I’m the one that has to face me
How true is that verse? We are never the same when we are intoxicated. I have sure burned a lot of bridges in my intoxicated state. The next morning, when sobriety kicks in, is the real killer. That is when the big fall happens. That is when I say to myself, “what have i done?”
Are we born to be broken, sinners, and thieves
It’s that old fallback position when everything goes up in smoke. Maybe we are all born to suffer.
Back For More (2011) from American Capitalist
It’s time to rise up, man up, get back up, never been and won’t be broken
Dust off and then come back for more
You’ve gotta reach down, dig deep, break ground,
Show them all you won’t be beaten
Brush it off and then come back for more!
Come back for more
The war cry of life. Get back up and go back for more.