...And the road becomes my bride
I have stripped of all but pride
So in her I do confide
And she keeps me satisfied
Gives me all I need

...And with dust in throat I crave
Only knowledge will I save
To the game you stay a slave
Rover, wanderer
Nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will

But I’ll take my time anywhere
Free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll redefine anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home

...And the earth becomes my throne
I adapt to the unknown
Under wandering stars I’ve grown
By myself but not alone
I ask no one

...And my ties are severed clean
The less I have, the more I gain
Off the beaten path I reign
Rover, wanderer
Nomad, vagabond
Call me what you will

But I’ll take my time anywhere
I’m free to speak my mind anywhere
And I’ll never mind anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home

But I’ll take my time anywhere
I’m free to speak my mind
And I’ll take my find anywhere

Anywhere I roam
Where I lay my head is home

Carved upon my stone
My body lie, but still I roam

Wherever I may roam


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  • +2
    General CommentVery good song despite its meaning? The song is completely good...
    efkanon April 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's not about a nomadic life. It's about Metallica's touring.
    Necrothon April 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove the drums. this song is awesome times 90000
    maggotbrainon February 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationits about metalica going everywere they can to escape "The Game" see line 9 (to The Game you stay a slave) PS you just lost the game
    RHCProckson March 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA loser believes in himself, takes pride in his power to express himself. takes no crap from anyone. not enslaved by the need to be socially accepted
    turquoise1on June 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Metallica songs, and also one of my favorite songs in the world.
    It is just great.
    What is it about? Well, a nomadic life. You just know it after the first verse... "and the road becomes my bride"
    And of course, all the song is in this same theme.
    I especially like the "where I laid my head is home" part
    Nachoon February 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Metallica songs, and also one of my favorite songs in the world.
    It is just great.
    What is it about? Well, a nomadic life. You just know it after the first verse... "and the road becomes my bride"
    And of course, all the song is in this same theme.
    I especially like the "where I lay my head is home" part
    Nachoon February 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definitely one of my favorite metallica songs ever. It's huge. Just like the cover Turn The Page from Garage inc. this song is about a rock band on the road.
    my favorite line is "off the beaten path i reign". Genius!
    Al Bundyon March 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually I believe that it's about what happens after you die. The main line for this is "my body lies but still I roam" (not to mention on the tshirt it shows a gravestone/burial ground). But then I also do believe the Metallica touring part too. Lots of evidence of that, and their video gives that impression...so whos knows really?
    Smasher/Devoureron April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with smasher/devourer. Except it'sa little bit more. Like maybe a Ghost
    "my body lies but still I roam"
    "the earth becomes my throne"
    "And I'll redefine anywhere" - as in appear anywhere
    even "off the beaten path I reign" - as in the idea thatghosts Mainly dwell in places where men do not.
    supernaut1978on May 01, 2002   Link

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