Metallica – Heavy Metal Monsters with a Libertarian Message

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Metallica – Heavy Metal Monsters with a Libertarian Message

Ever since high school I’ve been a huge Metal­lica fan. For some rea­son I’ve always enjoyed vio­lent
music, whether it be Punk, alter­na­tive hard­core, or thrash metal. Most peo­ple who know me find this strange
because I’m such a mel­low, soft spo­ken, non­vi­o­lent per­son. The mes­sage con­tained in Metal­lica lyrics
appeals more to me than their aggres­sive music.

While I was in high school I did not have the knowl­edge nec­es­sary to artic­u­late what the mes­sage con­tained in the lyrics was. It wasn’t until I began a detailed study of all polit­i­cal philoso­phies that I acquired the nec­es­sary knowl­edge to explain that mes­sage. Dur­ing my study of polit­i­cal philoso­phies I dis­cov­ered that I am very much a lib­er­tar­ian. The lyrics of Metal­lica songs appealed to me so much because a great many of them con­vey a lib­er­tar­ian message.

James Het­feild, the lead singer and rhythm gui­tarist, is the
per­son respon­si­ble for Metallica’s lib­er­tar­ian mes­sage. He wrote the lyrics for all of the songs,
with the excep­tion of some on the album St Anger. Het­field has often been cryp­tic about his
true polit­i­cal beliefs, how­ever, this inter­view clearly
indi­cates he is a lib­er­tar­ian. Other
band mem­bers, specif­i­cally Lars Ulrich and Kirk Ham­mett, are on the oppo­site
end of the polit­i­cal spectrum.

The song Escape from their sec­ond
album, Ride the Light­ning, clearly illus­trates one of their com­mon lib­er­tar­ian themes,
indi­vid­u­als stand­ing up against some form of tyranny or oppression.

Rape my mind and destroy my feel­ings Don’t tell me what to do
I don’t care now ’cause I’m on my side And I can see through you

Feed my brain with your so-​called stan­dards Who says that I ain’t right?
Break away from your com­mon fash­ion See through your blurry sight

Out for my own, out to be free One with my mind, they just can’t see
No need to hear things that they say Life’s for my own, to live my own way

See them try to bring the ham­mer down

No damn chains can hold me to the ground

Dam­age
Incor­po­rated
from their Mas­ter of Pup­pets album echoes a sim­i­lar message.

Deal­ing out the
agony within
Charg­ing hard and no one’s gonna give in
Liv­ing on your knees, con­for­mity
Or dying on your feet for hon­esty
Inbred, our bod­ies work as one
Bloody, but never cry sub­mis­sion
Fol­low­ing our instinct not a trend
Go against the grain until the end

Blood will fol­low blood
Dying time is here
Dam­age Incorporated

Slam­ming through, don’t fuck with razor­back
Step­ping out? You’ll feel our hell on your back
Blood fol­lows blood and we make sure
Life ain’t for you and we’re the cure
Hon­esty is my only excuse
Try to rob us of it, but it’s no use
Steam­roller action crush­ing all
Vic­tim is your name and you shall fall

Metallica’s lib­er­tar­ian mes­sage is most evi­dent in their album And Jus­tice For All. That mes­sage takes cen­ter stage in sev­eral songs. The song And Jus­tice For All is a very clear indict­ment of the grow­ing gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion and polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness in this coun­try. It is also an indict­ment of the cor­rup­tion that is most evi­dent in a left wing governments.

Lady Jus­tice has
been raped Truth assas­sin
Rolls of red tape seal your lips Now
you’re done in
Their money tips her scales again Make
your deal
Just what is truth? I can­not tell Can­not
feel

The ulti­mate in van­ity Exploit­ing
their supremacy
I can’t believe the things you say I
can’t believe
I can’t believe the price we pay Noth­ing
can save us

Jus­tice is lost Jus­tice is raped
Jus­tice is gone Pulling your strings
Jus­tice is done Seek­ing no truth
Win­ning is all Find it so grim
So true So real

Seek­ing no truth Win­ning is all
Find it so grim So true So real

I really have to watch myself when I lis­ten to the song Eye of the Beholder
since I could eas­ily find my self singing along very loudly because of the
over­whelm­ing lib­er­tar­ian mes­sage. It would
not be good to dis­turb the other walk­ers on the track where I do my walk­ing and
lis­ten­ing with head­phones, and I have an atro­cious singing voice,

Doesn’t mat­ter what you see Or into it what you read
You can do it your own way If it’s done just how I say

Inde­pen­dence lim­ited Free­dom of choice
Choice is made for you, my friend Free­dom of speech
Speech is words that they will bend Free­dom with their exception

Do you fear what I fear? Liv­ing prop­erly Truths to you are lies to me

Do you choose what I choose? More alter­na­tives Energy derives from both the plus and negative

….Do you want what I want? Desire not a thing

I hunger after inde­pen­dence, lengthen freedom’s ring

Don’t
Tread on Me
from the album Metal­lica, which I don’t like because the band
aban­doned their thrash metal roots, dis­ap­pointed me because it has a true
lib­er­tar­ian name, yet is more of a con­ser­v­a­tive song that Pres­i­dent Rea­gan
would iden­tify with. No song or band is
per­fect, how­ever, most of the songs on Metallica’s first four albums come
close.

Lib­erty or death, what we so proudly hail
Once you pro­voke her, rat­tling of her tail
Never begins it, never, but once engaged…
Never sur­ren­ders, show­ing the fangs of rage

Don’t tread on me

So be it Threaten no more
To secure peace is to pre­pare for war So be it
Set­tle the score Touch me again for the words that you’ll hear evermore…Don’t tread on me

It would have been a true lib­er­tar­ian mes­sage if the song was about stand­ing up to a gov­ern­ment that was abu­sive or infring­ing on the rights of individuals,

***All lyrics are copied from the web­site AZLyrics. This saved me a lot of time and aggra­va­tion because I’m a lousy typist.

Ever since high school I’ve been a huge Metallica fan.  For some reason I’ve always enjoyed violent music, whether it be Punk, alternative hardcore, or thrash metal.  Most people who know me find this strange because I’m such a mellow, soft spoken,  nonviolent person.  The message contained in Metallica lyrics appeals more to me than their aggressive music. 

While I was in high school I did not have the knowledge necessary to articulate what the message contained in the lyrics was.  It wasn’t until I began a detailed study of all political philosophies that I acquired the necessary knowledge to explain that message.  During my study of political philosophies I discovered that I am very much a libertarian.  The lyrics of Metallica songs appealed to me so much because a great many of them convey a libertarian message. 

James Hetfeild, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, is the person responsible for Metallica’s libertarian message.  He wrote the lyrics for all of the songs, with the exception of some on the album St Anger.  Hetfield has often been cryptic about his true political beliefs, however, this interview clearly indicates he is a libertarian.  Other band members, specifically Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett, are on the opposite end of the political spectrum. 

The song Escape from their second album, Ride the Lightning, clearly illustrates one of their common libertarian themes, individuals standing up against some form of tyranny or oppression.

Rape my mind and destroy my feelings   Don’t tell me what to do
I don’t care now ’cause I’m on my side    And I can see through you

Feed my brain with your so-called standards    Who says that I ain’t right?
Break away from your common fashion    See through your blurry sight

Out for my own, out to be free    One with my mind, they just can’t see
No need to hear things that they say    Life’s for my own, to live my own way

See them try to bring the hammer down  

No damn chains can hold me to the ground

Damage Incorporated from their Master of Puppets album echoes a similar message.

Dealing out the agony within
Charging hard and no one’s gonna give in
Living on your knees, conformity
Or dying on your feet for honesty
Inbred, our bodies work as one
Bloody, but never cry submission
Following our instinct not a trend
Go against the grain until the end

Blood will follow blood
Dying time is here
Damage Incorporated

Slamming through, don’t fuck with razorback
Stepping out? You’ll feel our hell on your back
Blood follows blood and we make sure
Life ain’t for you and we’re the cure
Honesty is my only excuse
Try to rob us of it, but it’s no use
Steamroller action crushing all
Victim is your name and you shall fall

Metallica’s libertarian message is most evident in their album And Justice For All.  That message takes center stage in several songs.   The song And Justice For All is a very clear indictment of the growing government corruption and political correctness in this country.  It is also an indictment of the corruption that is most evident in a left wing governments. 

Lady Justice has been raped   Truth assassin
Rolls of red tape seal your lips    Now you’re done in
Their money tips her scales again    Make your deal
Just what is truth? I cannot tell    Cannot feel

The ultimate in vanity    Exploiting their supremacy
I can’t believe the things you say   I can’t believe
I can’t believe the price we pay   Nothing can save us

Justice is lost    Justice is raped
Justice is gone    Pulling your strings
Justice is done    Seeking no truth
Winning is all    Find it so grim
So true    So real

Seeking no truth    Winning is all
Find it so grim    So true    So real

I really have to watch myself when I listen to the song Eye of the Beholder since I could easily find my self singing along very loudly because of the overwhelming libertarian message.  It would not be good to disturb the other walkers on the track where I do my walking and listening with headphones, and I have an atrocious singing voice, 


Doesn’t matter what you see  Or into it what you read
You can do it your own way    If it’s done just how I say

Independence limited    Freedom of choice
Choice is made for you, my friend    Freedom of speech
Speech is words that they will bend    Freedom with their exception

Do you fear what I fear?    Living properly Truths to you are lies to me

Do you choose what I choose?    More alternatives Energy derives from both the plus and negative

….Do you want what I want?    Desire not a thing

I hunger after independence, lengthen freedom’s ring

Don’t Tread on Me from the album Metallica, which I don’t like because the band abandoned their thrash metal roots, disappointed me because it has a true libertarian name, yet is more of a conservative song that President Reagan would identify with.  No song or band is perfect, however, most of the songs on Metallica’s first four albums come close.

Liberty or death, what we so proudly hail
Once you provoke her, rattling of her tail
Never begins it, never, but once engaged…
Never surrenders, showing the fangs of rage

Don’t tread on me

So be it  Threaten no more
To secure peace is to prepare for war   So be it
Settle the score  Touch me again for the words that you’ll hear evermore…Don’t tread on me

It would have been a true libertarian message if the song was about standing up to a government that was abusive or infringing on the rights of individuals,

***All lyrics are copied from the website AZLyrics.  This saved me a lot of time and aggravation because I’m a lousy typist.