Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end
No one to play soldier now, no one to pretend
Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all
Victim of what said should be
A servant 'til I fall

Soldier boy, made of clay
Now an empty shell
Twenty-one, only son
But he served us well
Bred to kill, not to care
Do just as we say
Finished here
Greetings, Death
He’s yours to take away

Back to the front
You will do what I say, when I say
Back to the front
You will die when I say, you must die
Back to the front
You coward
You servant
You blind man

Barking of machine gun fire does nothing to me now
Sounding of the clock that ticks, get used to it somehow
More a man, more stripes you bare, glory-seeker trends
Bodies fill the fields I see
The slaughter never ends

Soldier boy, made of clay
Now an empty shell
Twenty-one, only son
But he served us well
Bred to kill, not to care
Do just as we say
Finished here
Greetings, Death
He’s yours to take away

Back to the front
You will do what I say, when I say
Back to the front
You will die when I say, you must die
Back to the front
You coward
You servant
You blind man

Why, am I dying?
Kill, have no fear
Lie, live off lying
Hell, hell is here

I was born for dying

Life planned out before my birth, nothing could I say
Had no chance to see myself, molded day by day
Looking back I realize, nothing have I done
Left to die with only friend
Alone I clench my gun

Soldier boy, made of clay
Now an empty shell
Twenty-one, only son
But he served us well
Bred to kill, not to care
Do just as we say
Finished here
Greetings, Death
He’s yours to take away

Back to the front
You will do what I say, when I say
Back to the front
You will die when I say, you must die
Back to the front
You coward
You servant
You blind man

Back to the front


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Disposable Heroes song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentThis is about how many people go into war with the desire to be heroic. In reality, most of them are an expendable commodity, used and abused for their ruler's ends.
    Jigokusabreon April 12, 2002   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningThis is a great song, in both the instruments and lyrics. I think it describes how joining the military is made to look so heroic and respectful to your country, but once you're out on the battlefield, nothing matters but yourself. The government doesn't care if you live or die, they just want you to do their bidding at your expense. Of course, this doesn't mean that you are ignorant for joining the armed forces, I still think it is very respectable, and I'm not taling about the U.S. government in particular.
    TheMasterOfPuppetson November 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about how war is glorified when, in reality, every soldier is a hero. And war isn't as 'cool' or glamorous as some people make it out to be.
    nemesison April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkinda the same as no remorse...how war shatters innocence and lives "Barking of machinegun fire, does nothing to me now" see what i mean about shattered innocence? how much more shattered can you get?
    hell_i_call_my_headon April 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song because our government feeds us propaganda from the time we're born to think that being a soldier is so glamorous, but in reality the government doesn't give a shit out of any of us and every soldier is really just a disposable tool the buereaucratic machine exploits to get more money and then just throws it away, because there is an endless supply of disposable heroes. We all need to escape the governments mind control over us and think for ourselves. Just ask yourself what you're fighting for? Is it worth your life to maintain safety and prosperity for the rich and greedy? For the ones that make you 50 hours a week, holding a shitty wage over your head, and controlling your life with a dollar bill. The fact that they attempt to screw you in every situation possible? America brainwashes us to think we're fighting to maintain the great American way of life, but the "great American life" is a life of slavery.
    MrMojoRisin5552on May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about war in which the soldiers are just sent out to the front to die. There are so many soldiers that one death doesnt matter. BACK TO THE FRONT!
    DisposableHeroon May 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my all-time favorite songs from Metallica. It's fast, heavy and has deep meaning. I think this song talks about war and soldiers. This song is graphically stating images that a soldier sees in war and how it changes him along the way. Also, it shows the effects of drafting someone into the services and making them "bred to kill, not to care. Just do as we(government) say" Great song.
    Mheadon July 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song closes the mouth of all who say metallica have to deep meaning. Not like all the pop songs who talk about love and love and love. This is reality. I am not sure but the song can be against Bietnam
    4saken4on August 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about war in general I think. It could be ww1, ww2, korea, vietnam or any other modern conflict.
    weaselfierceon August 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds along the same lines of a couple of their , "For whom the bell tolls" and "One" are along the same lines and are some of my favorite metallica songs. Disposable heros seems to be about how kids would rush off to war only to find death for their comrades and themselves
    Jagermeisteron September 03, 2002   Link

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