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(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentI think the song is about a bass solo. The "Bass solo" part seems to tell you that it had to do with a bass and maybe a solo. The "take one" Means that they recorded it.
    Metal666bassiston September 13, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentNothing beats a great metallica solo whether bass guitar or electric guitar...........Metallica's solos RULE
    jebus81on May 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard Ron McGovney, Metallica's first bassist actually started writing the song, and Burton just added to it. Who cares about who's the best bassist, you can't compare between styles, or really anything. Pretty sweet song though. Has sorta that classical pensive type feel or something, definately classical.
    TKon August 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou are all right, there is no best bass player. Not because there is some 5 year old out there that can play what Flea (why anyone would think he is the best bass player is beyond me, but everyone can have their opinion), but because the "best" is just an opinion. It is purely an opinion.

    P.S. Hasn't anyone heard of Stu Hamm or Geddy lee?
    mikeb26on March 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwho cares if there are better bassists out there (steve harris being one of them. fleas a tosser as are all the chilli peppers[in my opinion]) its a fucking good song lets leave it at that.why dont more metal bassists do solo tracks like this?
    batteryshighon May 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAhem... I have a few things (people) to address here. First off, Motorbreath: Jason simply played bass on "To Live is to Die", he didn't write it. The entire song is composed of several riffs from many of Cliff's notebooks, which is where the lyrics were found. Secondly, to the idea that Jason was better or even all that good: his bass playing was just enough to fit the track, never much more than a dumbed down single string translation of James' guitar riffs. His best original work was My Friend of Misery, which is more or less the same riff as Anesthesia, the song of which should be discussed (trust me, it's got the same notes in the intro, but Anesthesia's are played faster and run together). While not a technical bass player, i.e. quite able to play the bass but choosing lead guitar as my forte, I still listen in awe every time I hear this song, or anything off Kill, Ride, or Master. For Whom the Bell Tolls is a great example of excellent bass that goes underappreciated; during that part around 1:00 where the guitar starts playing the "dun dun dun dun" (E|3 2 1 0), you can notice the bass playing the same riff... with the E and A strings, hence a bass power chord. Does Flea do that? (Note: Flea's good at what he does, slap bass, but Cliff brought guitar sensibility to the bass.)
    BlackMageon July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell...the deepness of this song can be measu-...eh, screw it.

    Great bass solo though, it showed the late Cliff Burton's true talents.
    Prodigalon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCliff Burton was a fucking awesome bassist. I didn't even know those sounds could be made with a bass until I heard this song. He also sounds good in "Ktulu".
    King Nothingon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does you being a bassist have to do with u knowing everything about all the other talents out t here??
    munch_49337on May 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea, a lot of bassists are better
    look how mmetallica gets a new one every time a bass player comes along who is better that the current one, and arent they one of the greatest bands ever?


    i know, im a smartass
    POSSIBLY les claypool, by the way
    apathyon May 28, 2002   Link

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