omg ok so i go to a catholic school (I am in no way religious) and during specific months we pray the rosary. I thought it would be really funny if i brought this in and used it during one of the sessions. My teacher would be like “what the hell is that?!”
There’s been a lot of speculation as of late regarding the recently released music video and overall meaning behind Black Veil Bride’s song Goodbye Agony. Below I will be breaking down both the song and the video, but please keep in mind that these are my observations and opinions-I am NOT affiliated with BVB in any way, shape or form.
Heaven’s gone, the battle’s won I had to say goodbye Lived and learned from every fable Written by your mind And I wonder how to move on From all I had inside Place my cards upon the table In blood I draw the line I’ve given all my pride
The very first line of this song speaks of Heaven-well BVB often talk of Heaven, especially in their hit song from their second album, Fallen Angels. The battle-possibly speaking of the battle between F.E.A.R and the Wild Ones. Andy had spoken in a few interviews about how some of the songs on this album will allude to the previous record. Watching the video, the first few frames land on a spider in a jar labeled Golgotha. Golgotha is a place believed to be right outside of Jerusalem, where Jesus was crucified. It also has a Latin meaning, which when reversed translated means “Calvary”. The BVB fan base has always been considered an Army-a Calvary to the band itself.
Watching the video further, we see Alicia Vigil(from the Wretched and Divine movie) as she walks around a very run down room with white words written on the wall. These words “God had numbered your days of reign and brought it to an end” thus bringing yet another allusion to the days of the Wild Ones and F.E.A.R. It should also be mentioned that the band is playing in front of what is known as Andy’s Coffin, which he had previously buried his old alias, Andy Six, in. Now the next two lines in the song speak on living and learning from every fable, written by your mind. Andy has claimed to always be very theatrically minded, coming up with the previous concept record and the movie.
Also in the video we see Alicia holding what is known as the BVB rosary, yet another symbol of the BVB Army. In the song, Andy sings of not knowing how to move on, from all he had inside. Andy Six has always been inside of Andy-they are one in the same and it is possible that he’s still trying to fight his alter ego to the ground. During this part of the song, in the video, Alicia is holding the same black binder with the BVB stargram from the movie. Perhaps Andy and the guys are trying to move on from their previous record, which caused the band some strife. Andy has said himself that the last record was mostly his desires for a record and that he let his ego get out of control.
Now, the final part of the first verse speaks on placing that cards on the table. That usually means being honest-no more keeping things hidden. Drawing a line in the sand also means picking sides, which could mean that Andy has finally come to a resolution about his alter ego, Andy Six. Lastly, we all know how prideful Andy is in everything that he does-his career and especially in his music. It is his pride and joy, but in many ways it has made him miserable. In the video during this piece, we see Alicia doodling a sketch that looks like the torn flags that the Wild Ones and their Legion carried to the battle with F.E.A.R.
Living a life of misery Always there, just underneath Haunting me, quietly alone It’s killing me, killing me Dead and gone, what’s done is done You were all I had become I’m letting go of what I once believed So goodbye agony
Andy has said himself that he felt miserable the last year. He felt like he wasn’t himself and that the pressures from the third album and the strain it put on the band had been eating away at him. Something being always there, just underneath could allude to Andy Six-he will always be a part of Andy because that’s who he was for so long. Also the current Andy could be haunted by his former self, which would make him feel even more miserable thinking about how he was when he was Andy Six. It is not unknown that a lot of fans are not happy about Andy shedding his Six moniker, but there’s little to be done about it.
Also, just as the chorus kicks in, we see a boy find Alicia and upon a closer look it is obvious that this is the kid from the Knives and Pens video. Curious that Andy would be singing about his past haunting him and this kid shows up. What’s done is done-Andy had buried Andy Six and can’t bring him back, even though Andy Six was ‘all he had become’. Letting go of what I once believed-we all know Andy was a very hostile and angry young man with his strong opinions and beliefs about how the band should be see and should present themselves. Saying goodbye agony could mean that Andy is letting go of everything that made him miserable, including his current self and way he looks at the world.
Also a lot of the bands wide shots include Andy’s Coffin, again saying that he could possibly be saying a final farewell to Andy Six.
I watch the stars and setting suns As the years are passing by I never knew that hope was fatal Until I looked it in the eye And now I’m not sure I am able To reach the other side Casting out the light
Speaking of years passing, Andy is obviously aware of how far both he and the guys in the band have come from their earlier days. Knowing that he was always hopeful for success, Andy never really saw it until it finally hit him. He has always been honest about how much pressure he is under, especially from fans who claim that he has saved them, which could mean that he feels unable to truly help many when he hasn’t even really been able to help himself.
As this verse begins, we see that now Andy is in front of his coffin, the band behind him. This could mean a lot of things-perhaps he’s trying to move on to a better place with the band and trying to get over past upsets from their experiences with the previous record. Also we see that Alicia and the Knives kid(did he ever get a name?) are sneaking around the area that was seen in BVB’s first video from this record-Heart Of Fire. The entire video speaks of a war, surviving a war and that war could very well of been the one BVB were waging against one another. At the very end of this verse we see a bloody hand print on the 'Bring The War’ banner. This print is known as Andy’s signature for any of his work he does with the Exhibit gallery. Is he claiming responsibility for this war within the band? Also a shadow that alludes to the guards of F.E.A.R seems to pass over it, watching as the two kids disappear in to the earth.
Living a life of misery Always there, just underneath Haunting me, quietly alone It’s killing me, killing me Dead and gone, what’s done is done You were all I had become I’m letting go of what I once believed So goodbye agony Goodbye agony
In the video, Andy is back to standing in front of his coffin just as we see the two kids coming around a darkened corner. Finally we see that they too have come across Andy’s coffin and sitting there, on the end, is his burnt green notebook. That notebook has shown up in a lot of videos for BVB and symbolizes a lot of their past. Andy wrote all of the first record and some of the second in that notebook, but then burned it in the Coffin video to show everyone that he was putting his past to rest. Andy Six had always been there for the fans, but many have claimed that The Prophet had turned cold and unfeeling towards them.
Not alone in forgiving The faithful and the blind Innocence is forsaken I leave 'em all behind And then I see that even angels never die
Could these first few verses mean that Andy knows he has been faithful and blind when it comes to his career? He kind of blinding changed everything about himself, not knowing or thinking about what was going to happen. Innocence being forsaken? Could this mean that Andy knows he’s not innocent in the troubles BVB has had because of their third record? He’s leaving them all behind-he’s moving on, as is the band. They have all spoken about how much better it’s been this time around working on this record, claiming that they are closer than ever. The curious thing is the last line, talking about Angels never dying. Andy and the guys were Fallen Angels not too long ago-perhaps he’s saying there is hope that one day those five Fallen Angels could come rising back to the surface.
Also as Andy sings about innocence, we see the dark outline of the guard again. The entire third record was about an innocent girl, escaping a world that didn’t understand her to a world where people were fighting a power that didn’t care. Notice how the Knives kid is the one who reaches out and touches that burnt notebook? Is it saying that perhaps he recognizes it? Maybe he’s lost all memory of who he used to be and what that book meant to him-just as Andy has. At the very end, when Andy is singing 'Angels never die’ the light in the coffin comes on, illuminating the nearby area. Perhaps his admittance of never losing that Fallen Angel inside has awoken something else within that coffin.
Living a life of misery Always there, just underneath Haunting me, quietly alone It’s killing me, killing me Dead and gone, what’s done is done You were all I had become I’m letting go of what I once believed So goodbye agony Goodbye agony Goodbye agony
In the video we see that that guard is slowing fading away-like the animosity from that third record. Also we see that a few of the guys are now playing in front of the coffin(poor CC!) and that could very well mean that they are putting everything behind them aswell-realizing that sometimes your past has to haunt you in order for you to learn from it. At 'dead and gone’ we finally see a peak in to the coffin and a collective gasp rings out as we realize that it is, in fact, our Andy Six. Wearing war paint of old, Andy indeed is dead and gone. 'You were all I had become’ leads us in to Alicia opening the coffin and us getting a real look at the Andy we once knew and loved. She places the binder from the third album in to the coffin, possibly to bury it and all it represents with the old Andy.
As the song comes to a close, we see that Andy is once again in front of his closed coffin, but the light in still shining inside. He gives a salute which I believe is to his past self, saying that he’s paying a respectful goodbye to who he once was. As the song comes to a grand close, the camera is now inside of the coffin, right up on Andy Six’s face. It’s wonderful seeing that face again and it just stays there until finally his eyes open and his pupils dilate. This could mean a lot of things-the old Andy Six is back seems to be a strong one. I do agree for the most part that it seems like the current Andy wants to bring Andy Six back, but he also knows that 'what’s done is done’ and he can’t bring him back fully.
Andy had admitted that he was not a very nice person this past year and the fans have cried out for the old Andy to come back. The thing is-he can’t be that Andy anymore. The guys are bigger than ever and sneaking out to the back alley for a smoke just isn’t going to happen. All in all I think the guys are coming full circle-this album is the closest they’ve come to their first in a long time-and maybe we will see some of the old BVB style.