"Some Kind Of Monster" as written by and Robert Jens/hetfield Rock....
These are the eyes that can't see me
These are the hands that drop your trust
These are the boots that kick you around
This is the tongue that speaks on the inside
These are the ears that ring with hate
This is the face that'll never change
This is the fist that grinds you down
This is the voice of silence no more

These are the legs in circles run
This is the beating you'll never know
These are the lips that taste no freedom
This is the feel that's not so safe
This is the face you'll never change
This is the God that ain't so pure
This is the God that is not pure
This is the voice of silence no more

We the people
Are we the people? (x2)

Some kind of monster...
Some kind of monster...
Some kind of monster...
This monster lives

This is the face that stones you cold
This is the moment that needs to breathe
These are the claws that scratch these wounds
This is the pain that never leaves
This is the tongue that whips you down
This is the burden of every man
These are the screams that pierce your skin
This is the voice of silence no more

This is the test of flesh and soul
This is the trap that smells so good
This is the flood that drains these eyes
These are the looks that chill to the bone
These are the fears that swing over head
These are the weights that hold you down
This is the end that will never end
This is the voice of silence no more

We the people
Are we the people? (x2)

Some kind of monster...
Some kind of monster...
Some kind of monster...
This monster lives

This is the cloud that swallows trust
This is the black that uncolors us
This is the face that you hide from
This is the mask that comes undone

Ominous
I'm in us (x4)

This is the cloud that swallows trust
This is the black that uncolors us
This is the face that you hide from
This is the mask that comes undone

Ominous
I'm in us (x4)

Are we the people?

Some kind of monster...
Some kind of monster...
Some kind of monster ..
The monster lives


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"Some Kind of Monster" as written by Lars Ulrich James Alan Hetfield

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    My InterpretationGiven the inherent meaning of "We the people" in a democracy in that it pretends at inclusiveness while in fact specifically excluding the minority, anyone who asks "are we, indeed, the people" must conclude, when they find from the person using that term's definition that no, they are not part of "the people,"-- "What am I, then, some kind of monster?" The main body of the lyrics list what messages the "monster" (anyone outside the intended constituency of the person speaking of "We the people," it can be considered any generic politician, regardless of party, since Metallica doesn't do songs with partisan messages) happen to receive about the nature of the speaker once they sift through the "traps that smell so good" (the supposed meaning of the person's words).

    In recognizing the horrific implications, and stating "This monster lives," the generic politician of the story is rejected by the narrator.
    ragnarrahlon March 28, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI think that the monster is hateful people in society. The first two stanzas seem to show the monster as hating and hurting someone, "These are the boots that kick you around," "These are the ears that ring with hate," "This is the fist that grinds you down," etc, etc... Also, the "you" that is being hurt by the monster is probably an outcast (or an ethnic or religious minority) who society is constantly beating. He tries to run and hide from the hate, "These are the legs in circles run," but he feels trapped and fearful because of the constant torment, "These are the lips that taste no freedom," "This is the feel that's not so safe," "This is the pain that never leaves," etc... The persecuted person is trying to rebel against the hateful society around him, hence the "voice of silence no more". By saying that, "this monster lives," it is implied that this hate lives in modern day society. The question, "Are we the people?" has two meanings: First, it is meant to imply that our society is full of monsters as opposed to people; and Second, it is meant to reflect the Declaration of Independence's "We the People," and is therefore asking whether or not these hateful people in America are deserving of the rights they have that our forefathers fought for, and how this hate goes against everything the Declaration stands for. The ending part has a different tone, and it is lyrically much darker that the rest of the song. The, "black that uncolors us" is the darkness that lives inside every person ( "I'm in us") , and how we are all capable of hate and violence despite trying to hide it ( "This is the face that you hide from / This is the mask that comes undone"). Evil exists inside all of us, and this means that we cannot trust each other, ( "This is the cloud that swallows trust").
    BloodFalconon May 26, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI always understood this song as if Metallica is talking about humanity as a whole. The humans are ruining the Earth in many ways.

    It's not really about the environment, nor is it really about animals or humans that are being hurt for no reason whatsoever. It is about everything we do, as a whole. A monster is not a monster because of what things it has done, a monster is a monster because of its nature.

    It's very unclear, I am not sure if anyone would ever understand what I mean with this, I think it is probably just a very personal look on things too. It is fine that everyone looks at this differently, I guess. What's important is that you enjoy the song. It speaks truth, in combination of perfect instrument use, combination, perfect stereo sounds, I really love it :)
    Maplestripon January 14, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthanks to drop2 for the lyrics
    rubenon June 12, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song isnt about a particular thing..it is about any problem or burdon in your life and how it can be a monster
    tallicasr05on June 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSurely the other name for the album.Awesome song.
    Razormasticatoron June 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentcant be arsed to give an explanation of the lyrics cause that would mean reading them, but i do think this is a really good song, one of the better ones on the new album. good work 'tallicA, shame ur such sellout wankers...oh well.
    joeytheboyon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song did grow on me, but when I tried to play it I learned that the main riff is really only 3 notes, and that's the tune for basically the whole song. It's simple, but pleasing to the ears (after a while). The whole album seems to follow this formula.
    king nothing2on April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreat name for a movie ..!
    Freshly Bakedon May 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentbad things are challenges that equal the monster, both within yourself and the outside world. bad things such as failure, temptation, violent conflict, etc. life is full of challenges and problems. i love this song. great riffs.
    In-My-Treeon June 16, 2004   Link

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