In this song of 5FDP: The wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell

Why do they use righteous instead of right?

Is that the same thing, so you can use both, of have a different meaning on this case?

Is there a similar case to the wrong word?

  • 2
    I think it's meant to be a pun, or thought-provoking language. Poets and songwriters do that. – J.R. Feb 13 '14 at 13:49
  • I thought this too... that's why I asked if it's a similar word or something that was needed in the phrase. – Marco Feb 13 '14 at 14:53

For starters, in a song, you will want to keep to the rhythm, the meter of the song. So that might be one reason to use righteous instead of right.

Then, righteous and right are related, righteous being descriptive of someone that does the right things. The right side of hell might not be the same as the place in hell were the righteous people are, but that might lead to a more theological or philosophical discussion than would be appropriate on this site :)

As for the "wrong" equivalent, you might be looking for "wicked" - it is often used as an antonym for righteous.

| improve this answer | |
  • Great answer @oerkelens, I've tried so many times to understand that but got confused about the relation that the 2 words have. Thank you o/ – Marco Feb 13 '14 at 13:16
  • Truly, a righteous answer. Not because it gives OP the correct answer, obviously, since that would just be an incorrect/whimsical usage. But with only a slight extension from the traditional theological sense, it's not unreasonable to say it's "righteous" to declare philosophical discussion ... [in]appropriate on this site. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Feb 13 '14 at 17:52

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.