Luck. Runs. Out.
Crawl from the wreckage one more time
Horrific memory twists the mind
Dark, rutted, cold and hard to turn
Path of destruction, feel it burn

Still life...Incarnation
Still life...Infamy

Hallucination
Heresy
Still you run, what's to come?
What's today?

'Cause we hunt you down without mercy
Hunt you down all nightmare long
Feel us breathe upon your face
Feel us shift, every move we trace
Hunt you down without mercy
Hunt you down all nightmare long, yeah
Luck. Runs.

You crawl back in
But your luck runs out

Luck. Runs. Out.

The light that is not light is here
To flush you out with your own fear
You hide, you hide, but will be found
Release your grip without a sound

Still life...Immolation
Still life...Infamy

Hallucination
Heresy
Still you run, what's to come?
What's today?

'Cause we hunt you down without mercy
Hunt you down all nightmare long
Feel us breathe upon your face
Feel us shift, every move we trace
Hunt you down without mercy
Hunt you down all nightmare long
Luck. Runs.

You crawl back in
But your luck runs out

Then you crawl back in
Into your obsession
Never to return
This is your confession

Hunt you down without mercy
Hunt you down all nightmare long
Feel us breathe upon your face
Feel us shift, every move we trace
Hunt you down without mercy
Hunt you down all nightmare long, yeah
Luck. Runs.

You crawl back in
But your luck runs out

Your luck runs out


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  • +4
    General Commentin my understanding this song is about some truma that you might have suffered and the memories of such tragedy come back and haunt you. this song is awesome metallica is amaizing
    musicislife68on December 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs MetallicA guys say, it's about historic 1908 Tunguska event and the Video Clip shows this.

    but my analysis about this song : i think it's about REINCARNATION.
    MetallicA is destructing the reincarnation thesis.

    Crawl from the wreckage one more time ==> reviving
    Horrific memory, twisting the mind, dark, rugged & . . . . ==> properties of reincarnation

    And by then the reincarnation is just a HALLUCINATION, is just INFAMY … why????
    Cause we hunt you down without mercy, hunt you down all nightmare long ==> dying, reviving, dying, reviving &. . . . Your somehow endless circulating life is compared to a NIGHTMARE.

    Try to read it once again with this point of view. That’ll work…;)


    masoud1368on December 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDo you people know that this song is actually based on a novel... "the Hounds of Tindalos" of the cthulhu mythos. Their other mythos-inspired songs are (as you probably know) "The Call of Ktulu" and "The thing that should not be" James have said that he wanted to return to the mythos with this song.
    mrHaydon May 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about the Cthulhu mythos, about these hounds that chase you through your nightmares and can kill you from angles.
    Luy22on May 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about running away and trying to escape horrific past experience. The thought of what happened haunts your nightmares for the rest of your life until you confront it.
    AnalMagickon September 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about drugs. also how life is like a bowl of cereal...you may be able to choke on the clusters if you let the milk slide through your teeth ya know?
    this song rocks rock on
    guitarking125on September 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah,me too... it's about drugs
    stefan333on September 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot so much drugs but fear and addiction would seem to be the theme here. From a personal view I look at it as the church during the inquisition and crusades or you could even look at it as society today demanding conformity and attempting to hunt down those who resist.
    And to a person dwelling outside the bounds of society and religion, this could be a grand nightmare indeed.
    EnragedKingon September 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally this could be my favorite song on Death Magnetic.

    I think that first verse is about Metallica themselves at their darkest hour, 1. When Cliff Died, 2. When James struggled with addiction, 3. The failure of St. Anger and the loss of many fans through out the years.

    As a whole i think the song is about the thing that you fear the most and how you're unable to escape it until you aren't afraid of it anymore. When you're dreaming a Nightmare IS real.
    Andonioon September 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah it's about a something you've regret and now your trying to run away from it but it haunts you, you manage to escape but you know your luck will run out....
    Metalixon September 09, 2008   Link

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