METALLICA (1991)

(Hetfield, Ulrich)

So close no matter how far
couldn't be much more from the heart
forever trusting who we are
and nothing else matters

never opened myself this way
life is ours, we live it our way
all these words I don't just say
and nothing else matters

trust I seek and I find in you
every day for us something new
open mind for a different view
and nothing else matters

never cared for what they do
never cared for what they know
but I know

so close no matter how far
couldn't be much more from the heart
forever trusting who we are
and nothing else matters

never cared for what they do
never cared for what they know
but I know

never opened myself this way
life is ours, we live it our way
all these words I don't just say

trust I seek and I find in you
every day for us something new
open mind for a different view
and nothing else matters

never cared for what they say
never cared for games they play
never cared for what they do
never cared for what they know
and I know
YE-YEAH!!!

so close no matter how far
couldn't be much more from the heart
forever trusting who we are
no nothing else matters


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  • +9
    My InterpretationI read through some of the comments before writing my own opinion of the song's meaningful nature. Some of them were useless and a whole lot'a babble, others were religiously based, which made me want to gague and roll on the floor, and occasionally some good points were mentioned. My interpretation of the song will probably have the same reactions to the ones I'd seen above or worse of ones. So, here I go, I'll try and summerize as best I can!

    Nothing Else Matters-Metallica

    When I'd first heard this song I was stumped, I didn't know what they were talking about, how could such a melody have lyrics of such dark nature, well, this is how I percieve it after replaying it to the point of having 567 plays on my Itunes:

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    So close, no matter how far
    Couldn't be much more from the heart
    Forever trusting who we are
    And nothing else matters

    Comment: The narrator speaks of a first love, or maybe even a true love after searching many years for him/her (perhaps also a signifacant other). In love we need to trust, and even more so in ourselves. The narrator says that in love trust and being true to your heart is all that matters.

    Never opened myself this way
    Life is ours, we live it our way
    All these words I don't just say
    And nothing else matters

    Comment: The narrator is opening himself to him/her like a book, telling secrets and sharing things he/she'd of never imagined sharing. He/she is having a spur of reality, rebellion even, deciding that their life is their own and that he/she is determined to live it how they want no matter what people say. Being true to you is all that matters.

    Trust I seek and I find in you
    Every day for us something new
    Open mind for a different view
    And nothing else matters

    Comment: The narrator now is finding a sense of belonging and trust in their significant other, learning new things and keeping an open mind towards what's happening. Being open and willing to change is all that matters.

    Never cared for what they do
    Never cared for what they know
    But I know

    Comment: The narrator is accusing people of not caring enough for their actions and shaming them for not using their knoweledge. He says he knows, something of the reality. Perhaps a break in the trust?

    Never opened myself this way
    Life is ours, we live it our way
    All these words I don't just say

    Trust I seek and I find in you
    Every day for us, something new
    Open mind for a different view
    And nothing else matters

    Comment: The narrator repeats himself, obviosuly destressed from some event, telling you that he/she needs to stay true to themselves and rebuild a trust. Again, he/she says that trust and staying true is all that matters.

    Never cared for what they say
    Never cared for games they play
    Never cared for what they do
    Never cared for what they know
    And I know

    Comment: Now we know there has been a break somewhere between then and now. The narrator tells us that they don't care about their actions, that they're playing games and know it. He/she might appear oblivious to what's going on, but he/she makes it clear that they KNOW what's happening, that they have and still do.

    So close, no matter how far
    Couldn't be much more from the heart
    Forever trusting who we are
    No, nothing else matters

    Comment: The song ends with a specific cluster of lyrics, saying that you need to trust in you and not others. He/she says that no matter how far you are, or how close you are to love or something more than what you have, always stay close and true to you, that's all that matters.


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    Anyway, that's my disection of the song, and how I interpreted it so many times over. Feel free to agree and disagree, but that's how I see it. A song is a song and a song holds a meaning; how we as individuals take in that meaning is how we as individuals will learn to appreciate the song as a piece of art, and even at times, a part of us. We relate and understand things differently, hope this helped!
    00Birdie00on November 18, 2012   Link
  • +8
    General CommentThis is a very special song to me. My mom tells me everytime she hears it that its going to be her funeral song. She tells me because the song means that no matter what happens in life, who you meet, the things you do...remember who you are. Dont let what people think about you and what they what you to be change you. always "true in who you are". The person you truly are. And if you always remember exactly who you are, nothing else in life matters.
    treible58on January 20, 2012   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningThis song is what you'd get if you made the poem Invictus into a beautiful love song. There are two threads to it, the first thread is the love song:

    "So close, no matter how far"
    We're emotionally close even when we're physically apart
    "Couldn't be much more from the heart"
    I love you from the bottom of my heart
    "Never opened myself this way"
    I've never opened up to someone like I have with you
    "Forever trusting who we are"
    We'll always believe in ourselves and each other
    "Trust I seek and I find in you"
    I need someone I can trust and it's you
    "Every day for us something new"
    We're not growing stale, every day of our relationship feels exciting and new
    "And nothing else matters"
    Nothing matters but our love
    "All these words I don't just say"
    I'm not just saying these words, I mean them

    The second thread is a fierce "declaration of independence", a rejection of the rest of the world:

    "Life is ours, we live it our way"
    We'll live how we want, not how others tell us to
    "Open mind for a different view"
    We see the world with our own eyes and that gives us a different view.
    We don't copy the unexamined opinions of others.
    "Never cared for what they say"
    Other people gossip and disapprove but we ignore those fools
    "Never cared for games they play"
    Other people play games and don't mean what they say but we ignore those fools
    "Never cared for what they do"
    Other people do bad or stupid things but we ignore those fools
    "Never cared for what they know"
    Other people gossip but we ignore those fools
    "And nothing else matters"
    The rest of the world doesn't matter, only our love matters

    A couple more points:
    - The words "nothing else matters" tie together the two threads.
    - For me, although the melody feels dark and dramatic, which might seem out of place in a love song, that power and anger emphasize how strong the singer's love is.
    spooktreeon January 08, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Commenthey everyone metallica is my favorite band this song james wrote about his girlfriend. He wrote it because he was missing her he had been on the road all the tiem and didn't get to see her very much. James did not want this song on the black album but the rest of the band loved it so the put it on.
    cmooreon April 17, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song is about the prosperity and preservation of human friendship, and that's all that matters, no matter what kind of personality you have the need for companionship is always there, lover, friend, or relative.
    Sephirothon May 22, 2002   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think its about releationships.. of any kind. Whether it be your spouse.. boyfriend or girlfriend.. your best friend.. whatever. To James I think it might have meant his band-mates. I think it'd be an excellent wedding song. If I ever do get married again, this will be the first dance.
    Fireravenon June 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song made me cry the first time i heard it it is so emotionally powerful its just telling you to be yourself and not care what people think
    hell_i_call_my_headon April 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTis a love song... no doubt.. it doesn't need the word "love" in the lyrics to be about love... It's the straight forward feeling you get form the words, and how he sings them... You can tell that he's singing to someone who means just an incredible amount to him, someone that he misses...

    ADMM85- lol... I've been trying to get my gf to accept this as "our song" she insists we get one... and I can't stand the poppy junk she suggests... I think I almost have her for it.... and about the wedding song... My older cousin and his bride actually had an acoutic version of the song played during their ceremony... it was funny... I was up in the balcony taping, and it started playing.... I was sittin there singin along... They also danced to it for their special dance at the reception...
    Ogre8954on May 03, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwell you obviously don't feel anything at all
    King Nothingon May 18, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of the most, if not THE most, amazing song I have ever heard in my entire life. I almost cry when I hear it, I'm just too embarrassed to. It has a very personal message to me and it'll just hurt me to try to explain it.

    "No one important" sucks.
    Aerionon June 08, 2002   Link

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