Born to push you around
You better just stay down
You pull away
He hits the flesh
You hit the ground
Mouths so full of lies
Tend to black your eyes
Just keep them closed
Keep praying
Just keep waiting

Waiting for the one
The day that never comes
When you stand up and feel the warmth
but the sunshine never comes
No the sunshine never comes

Push you cross that line
Just stay down this time
Hide in yourself
Crawl in yourself
You'll have your time
God I'll make them pay
Take it back one day
I'll end this day
I'll splatter color on this gray

Waiting for the one
The day that never comes
When you stand up and feel the warmth
but the sunshine never comes
No the sunshine never comes

Love is a four letter word
And never spoken here
Love is a four letter word
Here in this prison
I suffer this no longer
I put it into
This I swear!
This I swear!
The sun will shine
This I swear!
This I swear!
This I swear!


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  • +5
    General CommentWhen I listened to this song I invisioned an abusive relationship.

    Born to push you around
    better just stay down
    you pull away
    he hits the flesh
    you hit the ground

    I read in a metallica post somwhere that the war themed video does not flow with what the song is truely about.

    This is one of those songs that can be inturpreted in many ways. LOVE IT!
    knighthawk127on August 22, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHoly shit.
    Phonejackon August 22, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis one hits home with me, so i understood it from the get go and many of james' songs are about this very upbringing, it's common knowledge he's got daddy issues... however, he never got the chance to get back at his father.

    Born to push you around
    You better just stay down
    You pull away
    He hits the flesh [ daddy is abusive ]
    You hit the ground
    Mouths so full of lies [ he tells you it won't happen again ]
    Tend to black your eyes
    Just keep them closed
    Keep praying
    Just keep waiting [waiting for the day you can get back at him ]

    Waiting for the one
    The day that never comes [where he gets revenge]
    When you stand up and feel the warmth
    but the sunshine never comes
    No the sunshine never comes

    Push you cross that line
    Just stay down this time
    Hide in yourself
    Crawl in yourself
    You'll have your time
    God I'll make them pay [ either both parents sucked, or he was bullied ]
    Take it back one day
    I'll end this day
    I'll splatter color on this gray [ kill him, his blood on your grey life ]

    Love is a four letter word
    And never spoken here [this isn't love, it's abuse]
    Kaerthonon April 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know what it means, and i don't care. It's just such an amazing song. It has everything that metallica has done, from old to new stuff. Amazing. We love you, Metallica.
    yndisison August 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGiven the video's got a war theme, I think this song's about a wounded soldier in Iraq who feels betrayed by the "people in charge" and no longer has the will to fight.
    sk8tripron August 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti havent thought any other ways to see this song but as i was reading all the comments and i was shocked. i totally disagree with everybody. allright so here we go on my point of view. its about a growing up person who is looking for love. he knows it is there. the day just never comes. ive allways thought it was obivious but i guess you see what you want to see :S
    zlickdudeon May 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI like all of the interpretations I've seen. I've been listening to this song a lot likely and for me, it takes a more general perspective on everything I've seen. When I coupled the lyrics with the instruments, it came together for me.

    Born to push you around
    You better just stay down
    You pull away
    He hits the flesh
    You hit the ground
    Mouths so full of lies
    Tend to black your eyes
    Just keep them closed
    Keep praying
    Just keep waiting

    The idea of "just stay[ing] down" when in the eyes of some kind of adversity (someone "born to push you around") is of course suppose to be the opposing voice of the songs message. The person goes to hit the ground i.e. having some sort of struggle such as being bullied or maybe failing at what someone aspires to be great at. The "mouth so full of lies" could be akin to naysayers surrounding this individuals or even to those trying to console the person saying "things will get better" which tends to black your eyes because it doesn't get any better or because the negative things said only hurt you. Classically, this individual is weak and meager and just hopes whatever they are going through will end.

    Waiting for the one
    The day that never comes
    When you stand up and feel the warmth
    but the sunshine never comes
    No the sunshine never comes

    This individual sits around waiting for the day he will be free of whatever problems he has- the day that never comes, the sunshine that he won't feel because the sun won't come.

    Push you cross that line
    Just stay down this time
    Hide in yourself
    Crawl in yourself
    You'll have your time
    God I'll make them pay
    Take it back one day
    I'll end this day
    I'll splatter color on this gray

    This individual has been pushed by whatever problem he has so much that he crawls inside of himself and hides, hoping that one day he can make whoever caused the pain pay for what they did. But again, this is all "wishful thinking". He speaks in the future but it has never happened. We see that "the day that never comes"- the day of redemption- doesn't come because these individuals are sitting back and taking it and not standing up. In a way its about making that day come, not waiting for it.

    The music goes from sad, depressed and painful to full of angst, passion and energy as the lyrics come to with

    Love is a four letter word
    And never spoken here
    Love is a four letter word
    Here in this prison
    I suffer this no longer
    I put it into
    This I swear!
    This I swear!
    The sun will shine
    This I swear!

    There is no love because the problem has been overthrown by "the prison" (the problem entrapping the individual). He must deal with his problem head on, fully facing it and create his own sunshine because it won't simply come to him. And this individual swears he will break free from his problem and feel that sunshine.

    After this, the music becomes immensely powerful and full of passion, the same passion we see during the chorus, but that passion ends and becomes a sad melody again because the individual simply gave up and waited. Now, the power is in full force because the individual had sworn to make change and to take all of the empty promises they had made in the second verse and make them happy.

    I believe this song is about standing up and fighting, not sitting back and waiting for the good times to come. You have to make your good times and fight hard and energetically for them- The sun will shine, this I swear.

    This song is so powerfully emotional and raw. The lyrics fit the music and the song is a masterpiece and my favorite of the whole album.
    tjwojoon July 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is just ok for the first few minutes, but the solos get me very, very excited for this upcoming album
    Desolatoron August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh yeah, I think the song's great regardless.
    sk8tripron August 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy interpretation of the song is as knighthawk127 says, a abusive relationship. Doesn't have to be a romantic relationship but a relation of any kind where someone is a bully, and the the hate the bullied starts to grow when he/she is oppressed and beaten. As the lyrics says the beaten never seem to be able to to reach out and feel the warmth of real love, the hate grows and he/she thinks of revenge but the day when it'll happen never comes, as most people in abusive relationships never does take the stand, they just take the beating and hope it'll end (on the day that never comes).

    And now I understand what Hetfield meant when he said that he didn't want the song to be interpreted as being only about the Iraq war. As the video is made by a director who's interpretation is expressed in the video.

    I think the song is great, the lyrics can be interpreted in many ways as great lyrics should be. And Hetfield again proves his skills at writing great lyrics and great riffs. And of course the other guys did a great job on this. Death Magnetic looks like it'll be a GREAT album :).
    Benightedon August 22, 2008   Link

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