I'd sign - a contract with the devil
I've tried - for so very long
I'd die - to become immortal
that's why I sing this song
Am I a wannabe? - have I no dignity.
Who'd give up all my life.. to be
In the book of heavy metal.. metal!
In the book of heavy metal

In life - I have no religion
besides the heavy metal gods
wear nothing but black skin tight leather
My skin's clad with Metal studs
Am I a wannabe? - have I no dignity.
I give up all my life to be..
In the book of heavy metal.. metal!
In the book of heavy metal

Some twenty years ago, the goods put down there feet,
So firmly in to the ground that no man of sword nor pen,
could ever chains the rules upon which
The very fundament of metal was made.

Read all about it, in the book of heavy metal
Read all about it, in the manual
Read all about it, in the book of heavy metal
Read all about it
Don't need no flashy house, no kids/car or ugly wife
the only thing I want, is what my parents don't
need no widescreen TV, No in all honesty
the only thing I want to be (to be or not to be)

In the book of heavy metal - In life - metal!
In the book of heavy metal - to death - metal!

I've signed - a contract with the devil
I'd like to become a star
I'd die - to become immortal
That's why I play the guitar


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The Book of Heavy Metal (March of the Metallians) song meanings
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    General CommentThis song rocks. Obviously all about wanting to be a Heavy Metal God. And this means going against your parents wishes, the pressure of society and even possibly needing to sign a contract with the Devil to do so.

    It may be a bit cheesy but it is undeniably good.
    Lailseaxon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentheh This song is amazing. \m/ Has a very excellent "Manowar" feel about it, especially in that line 'the goods put down there feet,".

    Obviously, this song is about ascending to the pantheon of the Heavy Metal Gods, and having your name written in The Book Of Heavy Metal. To do so, though, requires you to sell your soul, give up yourself, do everything in your power to gain such a privilage.

    \m/ \m/

    Noah, Duke of West Chester
    MavrikGandalfon June 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's metaphor for how to achieve immense success and immortality in music, and particularly in genres like rock and metal, where you're pressured to make a Faustian bargain to devote yourself to the image and the style at the sacrifice of other interests and parts of your self.

    The part that begins "Some twenty years ago, the gods put down their feet..." is about how some of the most popular heavy metal bands thus far came around or reached their peaks about 20 years ago, and their popularity has defined the sound of what is "metal" to some degree or another forever after. You can't be "metal" unless you follow this pattern, in music, style, and behavior. It's why so many metal songs share certain traits, like the strong tendency to throw in guitar solos even when they'd be pointless, or how a lot of bands always have at least one guy who has shoulder-length or longer hair. If you don't fit the template, you're not "metal."
    mnerosavon October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI was listening to this when I had a vision, about my future, Eddie VanHalen himself, told it to me! He told me that I was gonna play Bass, and then for one instant the clouds broke and a ray of sunlight was shinning on me, (AND IT WAS MIDNIGHT! I like to jog at midnight) The part about the sunlight actually happened, some satalite in Kazakastan had reflected a beam of sunlight off some other satalites, and had bounced it all the way accross the world, I saw it on the news the next day. And I thnink the part about VanHalen, might have been due to the tequilla. I TALK TO MUCH DON'T I?
    Gothzilla666on January 03, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"In life - I have no religion
    besides the heavy metal gods
    wear nothing but black skin tight leather
    My skin's clad with Metal studs
    Am I a wannabe? - have I no dignity"

    I disagree, I think this is a tongue-in-cheek reference to people who want to be a part of the metal subculture to the point where they become a one-dimensional metal fanatic.
    fasiqon September 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so fucking epic love the riff love the solo this should be every hang
    banger national anthem thats how epic it is a very good head banging song
    rokk123on November 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentYeah. I think this song is symbolic for people wanting to gain power, money, and whatever else they desire so much that they go through such extreme, immoral meassures (as represented by "I signed a contract with the devil").
    MetalRoxon August 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOMG!! So much fucking cheese! I love it. Gus G bitches \m/
    KeepItProg!on October 08, 2015   Link

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