You rise.
You fall.
You're down, then you rise again.
What don't kill ya make ya more strong.
You rise.
You fall.
You're down, then you rise again.
What don't kill ya make ya more strong.
Rise, fall, down, rise again
What don't kill ya make ya more strong.
Rise, fall, down, rise again
What don't kill ya make ya more strong.

Through black days
Through black nights
Through pitch black insights

Breaking your teeth on the hard life a comin'
Show Your Scars.
Cutting your feet on the hard earth running
Show Your Scars.
Breaking your life, Broken, Beat, & Scarred.
But we die hard.

The dawn,
The death,
The fight to the final breath.
What don't kill ya make ya more strong.
The dawn,
The death,
The fight to the final breath.
What don't kill ya make ya more strong.
Dawn, death, fight, final breath.
What don't kill ya make ya more strong.
Dawn, death, fight, final breath.
What don't kill ya make ya more strong.

They scratch me.
They scrape me.
They cut and rape me.

Breaking your teeth on the hard life a comin'
Show Your Scars.
Cutting your feet on the hard earth running
Show Your Scars.
Breaking your life, Broken, Beat, & Scarred.
But we die hard.

Breaking your teeth on the hard life a comin'
Show Your Scars.
Cutting your feet on the hard earth running
Show Your Scars.
Bleeding your soul in a hard luck story.
Show Your Scars.
Spilling your blood in the hot sun's glory.
Show Your Scars.
Breaking your life, Broken, Beat, & Scarred

We die hard.
We die hard.
We die hard.


Lyrics submitted by Phonejack, edited by mikema, ExitLight7

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  • +3
    General Commentdeath magnetic ROCKS !
    rimastratocasteron September 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't think you need to be a grammar teacher to write songs. James is no naive or uneducated songwriter, he displays quite an extended range of language choices in his songs, I'm sure he wrote that kind of line because it fit the song's melodic structure, that's all. And yeah I think it's about themselves: they're basically saying: yeah, keep hating us and telling us we've sold out and thrown our own legacy and story in the garbage, but we're still standing and strong.
    Marquezon February 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know if he did it elsewhere but when Hetfield was introducing this song on the Sheffield gig of World Magnetic he said:

    'This song is dedicated to Metallica, its about them*, its about ourselves individually, its about you also, if you have struggled out there, if you have had a tough time in life, at any point, and you made it through, with the help of friends, with the help of family, and maybe the help of music, this song is for you....cos WHAT DON'T KILL YA, MAKE YA MORE STRONG *song starts*'

    Immense concert from the best band ever!

    * Them being the Metallica family consisting of the fans and the band themself.
    Phantomtekon May 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song pretty much speaks for itself. don't let things get you down.
    ps first comment! hyalgh! metallica rocks
    guitarking125on September 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah,you're right... it's about them, lol
    stefan333on September 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSaawweeetttt
    Chrisbrfcon September 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits straight forward!
    luv metallica luv death magnetic!
    TUNDRA35on September 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about all the criticism and character assassination they took from St. Anger and the SKOM movie. The "Shoot Me Again" of this album, I guess.
    sk8tripron September 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese aren't complete

    here's the whole thing
    You rise you fall your down and you rise again
    What don't Kill you Makes you more strong
    You rise you fall your down and you rise again
    What don't Kill you Made you more strong
    Rise Fall down Rise again
    What don't Kill you Makes you more strong
    Rise Fall down Rise again
    What don't Kill you Made you more strong
    Through black days through black nights
    Through pitch black insights

    Breaking your teeth on the high life?? are coming
    Show your scars
    Cutting your feet on the hard earth running
    Show your scars

    Broken Beat and Scarred
    But we die hard

    Dawn the death the fight to the final breath
    What don't Kill you Made you more strong
    The Dawn the death the fight to the final breath
    What don't Kill you Make you more strong
    Dawn Death Fight Final breath
    What don't Kill you Make you more strong
    Dawn Death Fight Final breath
    What don't Kill you Make you more strong
    The scratch me they scrape me they cut and rape me

    Breaking your teeth on the high life?? are coming
    Show your scars
    Cutting your feet on the hard earth running
    Show your scars

    Breaking your life and Broken Beat and Scarred
    But we die hard

    Breaking your teeth on the hard life?? are coming
    Show your scars
    Cutting your feet on the hard earth running
    Show your scars

    Braiding your soul in a hard luck story
    Show your scars
    Spilling your blood an a hot suns foray

    Breaking your life and Broken Beat and Scarred
    But we die hard

    We die hard!!!
    We die hard
    metalocalypseon September 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis Song Is Definitely one of the BEST off the New Album!!! Fast, and To the Point!!! Its One of those songs that makes you want to fuckin kick ass... and be proud of it... THIS IS METALLICA!!! WHOA!
    Chadsomeon September 08, 2008   Link

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