So wake up, sleepy one
It’s time to save your world

Steal dreams and give to you
Shoplift a thought or two
All children touch the sun
Burn fingers one by one, by one

Will this earth be good to you?
Keep you clean or stain through?

So wake up, sleepy one
It’s time to save your world
You’re where the wild things are
Toy soldiers off to war

Big eyes to open soon
Believing all under sun and moon
But does heaven know you’re here?
And did they give you smiles or tears?
No, no tears

Will this earth be good to you?
Keep you clean or stain through?

So wake up, sleepy one
It’s time to save your world
You’re where the wild things are
Toy soldiers off to war

You swing your rattle down
(Hand puppets storm the beach
Fire trucks trapped out of reach)
Call to arms, the trumpets sound
(Hand puppets storm the beach
Fire trucks trapped out of reach
All clowns reinforce the rear
Slingshots fire into the air)
Toy horses start the charge
(All clowns reinforce the rear
Slingshots fire into the air
Stuffed bears hold the hill 'til death
Crossfire from the marionettes)
Robot chessmen standing guard
(Stuffed bears hold the hill 'til death
Crossfire from the marionettes
We shall never surrender)

All you children touch the sun
Burn your fingers one by one
Will this earth be good to you?
Keep you clean or stain through?

So wake up, sleepy one
It’s time to save your world
You’re where the wild things are
Toy soldiers off to war
Off to war
Off to war

So close your little eyes


Lyrics submitted by fennsk, edited by Ashram

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    General CommentSong about today's youth and how they should stand up for what they believe in.
    King Nothingon May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe song is based upon the short story "Shadow Over Innsmouth" by H.P. Lovecraft which has been written in 1936. "Shadow Over Innsmouth" was Lovecraft's sole story which has been released as a book when he was alive. His further short stories only appeared in his lifetime in a magazine called "Weird Tales
    I_LIKE_BEANSon June 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits about not preparing our kids for the harshness of the world..."toy soldiers off to war"...as soon as you are 18, you can go off and kill people in a war...most 18 year olds these days are no where near ready for the "real world"...i think this is mostly about boys, not so much girls...with so many fathers absent, we have thirty year old "boys" walking around, never being taught how to be men...
    7th_Havocon June 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of my top 5 favorite Metallica songs. I believe it is talking about how young kids grow up and when they get out on there own, they get a huge slap in the face with reality and they come to the real world. The real world is there the wild things are. They don't have parents watching their every move and they don't know how to react in it. The kids or toy soldier are off to war because they must learn how to fight in this world to be something.
    sting06on March 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with sting06.I love this song.Ace bass playing,i just cant get enough of Jasons playing at the moment.This is one of the top 10 songs for sure.
    Razormasticatoron June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAnd I still believe it.
    Razormasticatoron April 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBeans, have you ever actually read Shadow Over Innsmouth? Because only a minute few of the lines in this song could ever be tentatively related to it.
    In any case, I agree with sting. Pretty good song, though not one of my favourites.
    WingBladeon September 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBeans, how does this song, or any song with this lyrical tone for that, have anything to do with Shadow Over Innsmouth?
    Rebbal Aceon October 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThere's actaully a children's book called "Where the wild things are" The song could have something to do with the book as it's a story about a boy who goes to bed and goes to the land of the wild things and had to fight them. So where the song says "So close your little eyes" could be meaning the children to go to the land of the wild things and save their world. Which is all just a dream and in it the little boy is using his "toy soldiers" and "robot chessmen£ to help him.
    m3tall1caon January 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJames sounds awesome on this track. Also its about a wildlife park and hookers
    Burtoniteon June 21, 2005   Link

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