My eyes seek reality
My fingers seek my veins
There's a dog at your back step
He must come in from the rain
I fall 'cause I let go
The net below has right away
So my eyes seek reality
And my fingers seek my veins
The trash fire is warm
No one's safe from the storm
And I can't bare to see
What I've let me be
So wicked and worn

So as I write to you
What is done and to do
Maybe you'll understand
And won't cry for this man
'cause low man is due
Please forgive me

My eyes seek reality
My fingers feel for flame
Touch clean with a dirty hand
I touched the clean to the waste

The trash fire is warm
No one's safe from the storm
I can't bare to see
What I've let me be
So wicked and worn

So as I write to you, yeah
What is done and to do, yeah?
Maybe you'll understand
And won't cry for this man
'cause low man is due
Please forgive me
Please forgive me
Please forgive me

So low the sky is all I see
All I want from you is forget me
So you bring this poor dog in from the rain
Though he just wants right back out again

And I cry, to the alley way
Confess all to the rain
But I lie, lie straight to the mirror
One I've broken, to match my face

The trash fire is warm

No one's safe from the storm
And I can't bare to see
What I've let me be
So wicked and worn

So as I write to you, yeah
What is done and to do, yeah?
Maybe you'll understand
And won't cry for this man
'cause low man is due
Please forgive me
Please forgive me

So low the sky is all I see
All I want from you is forget me
So, you bring this poor dog in from the rain
Though he just wants right back out again

My eyes seek reality
My fingers seek my veins


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  • +4
    General CommentThere is definately alot of feeling in this song. This song (to me) is about death, suicide as a matter of fact.

    This guy who's about to kill himself is writing to a loved one asking for forgiveness ("Please Forgive Me...Maybe you'll understand And won't cry for this man") for the fact that he can't change whatever is wrong with him, possibly a drug addiction("So, you bring this poor dog in from the rain Though he just wants right back out again") It's about sorrow, the guy is torn and depressed. He cries in the alleyway and confesses all to the rain, but then he lies to the mirror. He's Definately Got Issues.

    The Song Is Open To Miles Of Interpretation But That's How I Saw It Off The Top Of My Head, Defintely One Of My Favorite Metallica Songs
    Mr_Montezon August 15, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI've been waiting for months to tell you guys, that the line "and my fingers seek my veins" doesn't mean he was taking drugs or trying to kill himself. Its like checking to see if he is alive, if there is a pulse
    DistributorOfPainon April 18, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSo as I write to you, yeah
    What is dawning to do, yeah?
    Maybe you'll understand
    And won't cry for this man
    'cause low man is due
    Please forgive me
    Please forgive me


    to me..it sounds like he sings "what is done and to do" instead of dawning. Which makes more sense..particularly with the suicide theme.

    But I could be wrong, english is not my second language after all :)
    weaselfierceon August 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt should be "Net below has ROT away" not right away.
    ChaseKendereson April 05, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou guys are all being way too specific. The purpose of these lyrics are so that everybody can relate. It doesn't necessarilly have anything to do with an addiction, or a homeless person. The song is about coming to terms with your mistakes. He or she has made a major mistake somewhere along the line and a friend has tried to help them out but were pushed away (So you bring this poor dog in from the rain Though he just wants right back out again).
    Now he or she wishes that they had taken the help and are ashamed of what they have become (and i can't bare to see, what i've let me be). And now is asking to be forgiven for the stubborness.
    The effect that i think is supposed to be felt by us (the fans) is this, If you are in any trouble, don't deny help because it will only get worse and life isn't meant to be lived alone.
    I can see how drugs would be brought into this (my fingers seek my veins) but consider this:
    It says My eyes seek reality - He or she is coming to terms that this is reality, this is the persons life. Maybe they're seeking veins to check that he/she is alive. Whether or not they are really living their life.
    This song is full of metaphors and a million meanings could be thought up about it. It means whatever it means to you.
    squatto24on March 20, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about accepting one's true nature. It combats the popular religious belief that you can be forgiven by confessing your sins. You can apologize to others for who you are, but that's not the same as forgiving yourself. You'll always be tied to what you've done and at the end of the day if you feel like you're not a good person, then the only resolution is to attempt to change your nature. Yet, you're trapped forever in your own mind with the memories of what you've done in your life. If you have corrupted and harmed other human beings, then it's difficult to feel like you really deserve forgiveness. If you can't look at yourself and say that you've lived your life the right way or treated people well, then how will you ever feel like you're deserving of the good that life has to offer?
    LL2369on June 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about a man who is writing a suicide note. The trash fire is the little bit of hope that this person offered him, but the storm is the inevitability that he will kill himself, as he knows that the net has rotted away, but still chooses to give up and let go of his life. It’s a suicide note because it says, “What’s done and to do”, which means by the time he/she reads the note, he will be dead, but it hasn’t yet happened. And as he’s writing, he is feeling like he’s already dead (being so low the sky is all he can see, like in a grave), which is why he’s figuratively feeling for a pulse and is so far gone in his depression, that he sees nothing but that looming cloud of death in the distance. He also sees himself as this worthless person who doesn’t deserve to live. He tried to feel better about himself, but it was only on an outward notion, as it says that he’s lying to himself. He’s asking forgiveness because even though he may not feel like he deserves it, the person will be hurt that he killed himself. The note he is writing is to give some kind of clarity as to why he is killing himself, so the person he is writing it to will understand. He’s sorry because this person has already saved him from committing suicide before, but he just wants to put himself out of his misery and save the world from himself. When he says that he’s touching the clean to the waste, it’s actually him who is the waste and is comparing the person who saved him as clean and he’s tainted the person with the burden of trying to save this man.
    RobinMatt1on August 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell, my favorite lines are
    "and i can't bear to see
    what i've let me be
    so wicked and worn"
    and the verse
    "And I cry, to the alley way
    Confess all to the rain
    But I lie, lie straight to the mirror
    One I've broken, to match my face"

    they are just..........dammit i cant express myself too good. i feel this song though, particularly those lines. bleh. *hides back into shell*
    bionicgoldfishon April 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou'll find the correct lyrics here:

    My eyes seek reality
    My fingers seek my veins
    There's a dog at your back step
    He must come in from the rain
    I fall cause I've let go
    The net below has rot away
    So my eyes seek reality
    And my fingers seek my veins

    The trash fire is warm
    But nowhere safe from the storm
    And I can't bear to see
    What I've let me be
    So wicked and worn
    So as I write to you
    Of what is done and to do
    Maybe you'll understand
    And won't cry for this man
    Cause low man is due
    Please forgive me

    My eyes seek reality
    My fingers feel for faith
    Touch clean with a dirty hand
    I touch the clean to the waste

    The trash fire is warm
    But nowhere safe from the storm
    And I can't bear to see
    What I've let me be
    So wicked and worn
    So as I write to you
    Of what is done and to do
    Maybe you'll understand
    And won't cry for this man
    Cause low man is due
    Please forgive me

    Please forgive me
    Please forgive me

    So low the sky is all I see
    All I want from you is forgive me
    So you bring this poor dog in from the rain
    Though he just wants right back out again

    And I cry to alleyway
    Confess all to the rain
    But I lie, lie straight to the mirror
    The one I've broken, to match my face

    The trash fire is warm
    But nowhere safe from the storm
    And I can't bear to see
    What I've let me be
    So wicked and worn
    So as I write to you, yeah
    Of what is done and to do, yeah
    Maybe you'll understand
    And won't cry for this man
    Cause low man is due
    Please forgive me

    Please forgive me

    So low the sky is all I see
    All I want from you is forgive me
    So you bring this poor dog in from the rain
    Though he just wants right back out again

    My eyes seek reality
    My fingers seek my veins
    BipolarRoyaltyon April 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI think the line "I touched the clean to the waste" is "I touched the clean through the waste", meaning despite all this wrong-doing he's reached through and had good moments.
    cam1895on January 28, 2010   Link

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