"Junior Dad" as written by and Lou Reed....
Would you come to me
If I was half drowning
An arm above the last wave

Would you come to me
Would you pull me up
Would the effort really hurt you
Is it unfair to ask you
To help pull me up

The window broke the silence of the matches
The smoke effortlessly floating

Pull me up
Would you be my lord and savior
Pull me up by my hair
Now would you kiss me, on my lips

Burning fever burning on my forehead
The brain that once was listening now
Shoots out its tiresome message

Won't you pull me up
Scalding, my dead father
Has the motor and he's driving towards
An island of lost souls

Sunny, a monkey then to monkey
I will teach you meanness, fear and blindness
No social redeeming kindness
Or oh, state of grace

Would you pull me up
Would you drop the mental bullet
Would you pull me by the arm up
Would you still kiss my lips
Hiccup, the dream is over
Get the coffee, turn the lights on
Say hello to junior dad
The greatest disappointment
Age withered him and changed him
Into junior dad
Psychic savagery

The greatest disappointment
The greatest disappointment
Age withered him and changed him
Into junior dad


Lyrics submitted by sepultura1987

"Junior Dad" as written by James Alan Hetfield Kirk L. Hammett

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    Song MeaningWhen Lou Reed was a teenager, his father sent him to psychiatric help because he was bisexual, and he got electroshocks as "therapy" for his sexual orientation. I reckon this is quite enough to say that Lou Reed's father used to hate his son. Now, getting older, the son turned into a "Junior Dad", because he looks like his father, and Lou can see reflected in the mirror the same face of the man who despised him (his father's face). This is true "Psychic savagery".

    Kirk: "That song, I don’t really want to pinpoint exactly what the song is about, because it’s one of those songs that could mean a million different things to a million different people, but what it really meant to me, it had everything to do with the fact that my relationship with my father was just kind of, you know, very emotional. And that’s really what hit it. It pretty much touched up on my own relationship
    with my own father. It’s a hard one for me to talk about. Even now, bro."

    The lyrics that apparently got to the two metal men were "Say hello to junior dad/The greatest disappointment/Age withered and changed him."
    Hammett added, "[Reed] managed to take out both guitar players in METALLICA in one fell swoop, with his amazing poetic lyrics."
    James Hetfield's father abandoned his family when James was just 13, an experience that the singer/guitarist has spoken about at length in a new documentary called "Absent".
    sepultura1987on May 05, 2012   Link

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