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I’m gonna make you, shake you, take you
I’m gonna be the one who breaks you
Put the screws to you, yeah, my way
Yeah, come on and come on, come and make my day
Make my day

Got some hell to pay, I steal your thunder
The joy of violent movement, pulls you under
Bite the bullet, well hard
Yeah, but I die harder, so go too far
Too far

Friction, fusion, retribution
I can’t hear you, talk to me
I can’t hear you, so talk to me
I can’t hear you, are you talking to me?
I can’t hear you, are you talking to me?
I can’t hear you, time to meet my lord
I can’t hear you, talk to two by four

I’m gonna make you, shake you, take you
I’m gonna be that one who breaks you
Put the screws to you, my way
Hey, come on and come on, come and make my day
Make my day

Friction, fusion, retribution
I can’t hear you, talk to me
I can’t hear you, come talk to me
I can’t hear you, are you talking to me?
I can’t hear you, are you talking to me?
I can’t hear you, time to meet my lord
I can’t hear you, talk to two by four

Talk to two by four
It don’t take no more

Friction, fusion, retribution
I’m gonna make you talk to me
I’m gonna trick you, so talk to me
I can’t hear you, are you talking to me?
I can’t hear you, you talking to me?
I can’t hear you, time to meet my lord
I can’t hear you, talk to two by four
She don’t take no more


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  • +5
    General CommentYa know, I challenge ANYONE to form a band, work their ass off, beat Overwhelming odds, stick to your guns, rely on touring and live shows to win your fan-base, live through losing a band member who's just like family, NEVER give an inch, Live It, Eat It, Sleep It, Breathe It and BE IT for 22 years AND NOT try to get some variety in what you play. Remember, it's ALL about going with your gut and sticking with what's in your heart, and Metallica has done Nothing but exactly that, so everyone who says sell-out, washed-up, has-beens, losers and any of the other unthought crap that seems to get said of these guys, put yourself in their shoes, oh wait, you dont have the Balls to!!!!!!!
    WorkerAnton April 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is awesome, it just has that kick ass power groove going through it.
    Razormasticatoron April 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard James Hetfield himself say in an interview this song is about being blinded by pure rage and fury "Can't hear ya trying to meet my lord" The fury has blinded him to everything else. "Talk to 2x4" I'm going to smash you with this large peice of wood now. have a nice day.
    un_4_gvn_1on April 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is not about Walking Tall. Walking Tall came out 8 years after this song did. I'd like to believe too that they can foretell the future, which would prove my idea that Metallica is god, but thats another story. =]

    This song is about one-upping, outdoing, getting in someone's face, ect., because you have this raging spitefulness for them. The second verse expresses this, especially where he basically says "I'll even die better than you will. I'll take it that far just to prove I'm better than you." And by the chorus he's saying "If you've got something to say fugger, you can say it to my brick-sized piece of wood."

    - chriss*
    Ketchup_or_Catsup?on October 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought the song was about interrogation.

    It sounds like Hetfield is interrogating someone with a piece of 2x4.

    I've probably got it wrong, but, ahh well, it was worth a try...
    johncliffburtonon May 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen the album first came out I thought the line was "i can't hear ya tryin to meet my lord" so I thought of it as a song about religious abuse but later I found out that the line is "time to meet my lord" so I don't think that anymore.

    I have heard that the "I can't hear ya, are ya talkin to me?" Is a quote from Robert Deniro posturing in front of a mirror in the movie Taxi Driver. So its about a weak man trying to posture and seem tough. I tried to find a reference online but couldn't find one.
    DirtyRottenImbon January 24, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a man beating and raping a woman to death.
    ZLightrideron July 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably about people who love to fight.
    King Nothingon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, king nothing, when somone has lost his mind and looking to beat somone up
    drop2on June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does this one mean to me? Quite possibly the worst song on Metallica's now second worst album, it means the beginning of the unfortunate transition of Metallica as thrashing, heavy metal gods to Metallica as top 40 alternative style hard rockers. But I still like it more than most other music.
    Dante Sinton June 22, 2003   Link

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