- These lyrics at the end of the song "Danger Line." The solo starting just after the last line only adds to the punch.
I never meant to leave this world alone
I never meant to hurt the ones who care
And all this time I thought we'd just grow old
You know, no one said it's fair
Tell my baby girl that it's alright
I've sung my last song today
Remind the Lord to leave his light on, for me
- The Rev himself singing "I know it's not your time, but bye-bye ... 'Cause everybody's gotta die sometime" in "A Little Piece of Heaven". Also a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, Given the context of the lyrics.
- Also, "I Won't See You Tonight Part 1".
- "So Far Away" and "Victim". The video for the former makes it even worse.
A final song, a last request
- "So Far Away" is probably their biggest Tear Jerker song of all, due to the fact that it is about The Rev. Synster Gates had started writing the song about a family member, then rewrote the lyrics when The Rev died to make the song about him. When performed on the Nightmare tour, the banner behind the band displayed the image of The Rev hugging his bandmates. The lyrics are incredibly powerful:
A perfect chapter laid to rest
And now and then I try to find
A place in my mind
Where you can stay,
You can stay awake forever
- The song "Seize the Day". They may be a hard rock band, but damn they know how to yank at your heartstrings. The guitar solo in the middle of it, especially in the video is beautiful. (Also noting the video is quite a Tear Jerker).
- The end of "MIA" is about a soldier who can't come to terms with what he's done in war, just completely broken psychologically:
Walk the city lonely
Memories that are not passing by
A murderer walks your streets tonight
Forgive me for my crimes
Don't forget that I was so young but so scared
In the name of God and country
- "Afterlife". The lyrics tell a story of a man who dies too young, but gets a chance to see the afterlife and the option to stay or go back to Earth. In the bridge, he talks about wanting to go back because his family and friends are already mourning his death and he wants a chance to make his life better. At the end of the bridge, before the solo starts, the backing vocals come in screaming "I need another chance to live!". Already a sad song, it became an even bigger tearjerker after The Rev, the drummer who wrote the song and did the backing vocals, died at age 28 — because the song is exactly what happened to him, minus the happy ending.
- The entire Nightmare album minus the tracks "Nightmare" and "Welcome to the Family". The last two tracks "Fiction" and "Save Me" are all about The Rev (who as mentioned above, died).
- "Fiction" is probably the worst, because it's the last song he recorded. That's the Rev singing on the track. Then they perform it live with the empty piano and his vocals playing and there's not a dry eye in the house. It's also worth noting that the majority of the song was recorded in secret by The Rev three days before he died, and it is widely considered by fans and the surviving members of the band to be his suicide note.
- "Brompton Cocktail". It's about a man who has given up living and has become addicted to painkillers, asking desperately for one last dose, one that can bring the smile back on his face and free him from his life. The chorus line below is just too haunting and powerful.As if the entire song wasn't charged with agony and hopelessness:
"And I'll take my life tonight,
'cause I have the right to die how I wanna,
and leave how I arrived, so alive.."
- "Dear God" may also qualify.
- The last ten minutes or so of the All Access DVD thanks to Harsher in Hindsight
- "Acid Rain", which is basically an apocalyptic love story. "There's no death, no end of time, when I'm facing it with you…"
- Debatably, the quiet parts of "Bat Country."
- During an interview a few months after Jimmy's passing, M. Shadows lamented over the fact that Jimmy's not just gone from the band, but from his life. To quote him: "I go the studio and he isn't there, and then I go home and he isn't there".
- The Rev's death is probably the biggest tearjerkers for the band period. Considering how any video shows him as a Nice Guy Cloud Cuckoo Lander who was True Companions with all the other members (especially Syn) hits it hard. Makes it worse that despite the Rev being gone since 2009, the band still show signs of mourning... It should be noted as well that The Rev was friends with M. Shadows and Syn since they were 10 years old.
- "Exist" is a mix of despair and slivers of hope. All 15 minutes of it. Especially the monologue that makes up the final 3 minutes, about how human beings are the only threat to their own existence.
- Similarly, "Higher"'s story (about an astronaut going to "meet" a dead comrade who died in space) and ethereal atmosphere are full of sadness, but also warmness and comfort. All of the emotions mix beautifully.
Meet you in the stars tonight.
There you find me, drifting in the ether within the lull…
- Another heartbreaking interview in the months after Jimmy's death was with Zacky Vengeance, who told a story about Jimmy's leather coat that he always loved:
"He called me five seconds after he left my house, hasn’t even left the neighborhood, and is like, “Hey dude, I left my jacket,“ his favorite jacket, “I left it on your coat rack.” So I’m like, “Dude, just turn around, come grab it, you’re like, three seconds from my house.“ And he’s like, “Nah, nah, don’t worry about it.” I’m like, “I can bring it to you tomorrow.“ And he’s like, “Ah, no, don’t even worry about it.” It’s like he knew, ‘cuz I always loved that jacket and he knew I always loved it. And there his favorite jacket is sitting on my coat rack right now. I haven’t touched it."
- Syn was once interviewed about the hardest song from the band he can't listen to. Obviously it was "Fiction", but the heartbreak comes in when he mentions how back then he could listen to it when Jimmy was around...and then mentioning how it's his favorite song off the record and how back then he could still listen to it.
Tear Jerker / Avenged Sevenfold
This metalcore/alternative metal band has some songs that can really tug at the heartstrings.