“IOU” by Five Finger Death Punch 

This song (“IOU”) is based on, most simply put, the vocalist depicting himself as a bad man, and he utilizes a lot of religious terminology to point to that idea. But as further implied in the second verse, he isn’t necessarily bad just for bad’s sake. Instead it’s as if there is a substantial amount of “pain” and “rage” built up within. So reading in between the lines, it’s like pick a fight with Ivan at your own risk.

And concerning the religious terminology, what the vocalist seems to be getting at is being caught up in the conflict of whether to “serve in heaven” in “reign in hell”. As such phrases are generally understood, that means that, under his belief system, he could play the nice guy and get nowhere in the world, or he can be a badass and achieve a higher standing. And these are the kinds of things that people tend to say when they are tempted – for whatever reason – to embrace the dark side, so to speak.

All lyrics of “IOU” considered, said reason would be something like other people trying to take advantage of the vocalist. And in that regard, this piece reads a lot as if what Moody is actually doing is defending himself and is deeply frustrated. Or at least that’s the impression you get when, at the end, he goes about asserting that he ‘owes absolutely nothing’ to the unspecified addressee(s).

Five Finger Death Punch, "IOU" Lyrics

When was “IOU” released?

“IOU” came out on 13 May 2022, complete with a lyric video that reportedly serves as a preview of a project Five Finger Death Punch is creating in the recently-launched metaverse.

This is the second single from the band’s 2022 album “AfterLife”, which is a product of Better Noise Music. The album’s first single, which is also titled “AfterLife“, came out about a month before IOU‘s release.

Credits

The writing of this song is collectively credited to the Five Finger Death Punch crew. At the time of the song’s release, the band is made up of these musicians:

  • Zoltan Bathory
  • Ivan Moody
  • Chris Kael
  • Charlie Engen
  • Andy James

The aforementioned names also, as a group, produced the track with Kevin Churko.

IOU

6 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve tried to wrap my head around this video! They crossed the line depicting an image of Jesus Christ while saying “I Owe You nothing ” Line crossed, and I’m really disappointed! I hope that they don’t lose their main fan base. And I pray that they use their talents and influence in the right direction! Peace Out!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Jesus Christ in the video. You should respect Jesus. You really Cross the line. I thought you are the good guys/messenger’s who help the weak people to get strong when they have bad times. I did had bad times and then I heard first day in my life song Lift me Up I must say that song changed my life and i feel better now and i am a big Five Finger Death Punch fan now. But when i saw IOU videos ending i get sad. I believe Jesus i believe good thing’s and Helping weaker people. Your music always give strength and help weak to stand up and keep going forward. Don’t change it give people power, believe and strength and your band remains in history forever. Can you really imagine how many people your music have changed in good way. Think about it. Respect Jesus because he takes care of you always

  3. Anonymous says:

    Respect Jesus

  4. Dr. Michael R. Stevens says:

    YOU OTHER COMMENT CLOWNS ARE TAKING THIS SH-T WAY 2 SERIOUSLY!! JESUS DOESN’T CARE IF THEY SHOW HIM IN THE VIDEO OF ANOTHER ASS KICKING SONG!! IF ANYTHING THEY WILL GAIN FANS!! F–K YOU SH-THEAD’S!! HAVE A SH-TTY NIGHT!!😁

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