Messenger of Fear in sight
Dark deception kills the light

Hybrid children watch the sea
Pray for Father, roaming free

fearless Wretch
insanity
He watches
lurking beneath the sea
great Old One
forbidden site
He searches
Hunter of the Shadows is rising
immortal
in madness You dwell

Crawling Chaos, underground
cult has summoned, twisted sound

Out from ruins once possessed
fallen city, living death

fearless Wretch
insanity
He watches
lurking beneath the sea
timeless sleep
has been upset
He awakens
Hunter of the Shadows is rising
immortal
in madness You dwell
Not dead which eternal lie
stranger eons Death may die

drain you of your sanity
face The Thing That Should Not Be

fearless Wretch
insanity
He watches
lurking beneath the sea
timeless sleep
has been upset
He awakens
Hunter of the Shadows is rising
immortal
in madness You dwell


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The Thing That Should Not Be (Metallica cover) song meanings
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    General Commentoh come on you idiots

    this song is about The Greatest Lord Of Chaos and Lord Of The Old Ones, Cthulu of R'lyeh! even a casual Lovecraft fan would realise this

    it speaks of cthulu rising and the subversive insanity that will consume humanity as this happens.

    oh and "not dead which eternal lie" in full is

    "That is not dead,
    which can eternal lie.
    Yet come strange aeons
    even Death may die" which is one of lovecraft's more famous pieces of poetry (it even apopears on the tombstone of Edward T. Head on Iron Maiden's World Slavery Tour double-disc album, Live After Death as Eddie's epitath) which means two things in the one poem. Firstly it means that in billions of aeons all humans will become again living, and experience nothing but a short blank of a couple of billion years which felt like a five minute nap (whether through molecular sciences or cyber-neuronets is not to be questioned owing to it's irrellevancy), and also the mystical side of raising the dead, with which Lovecraft was more concerned.

    Metallica did a great tribute to lovecraftian lore in writing this song however i love Primus' interpretation with all my body (including my pee-pee) because of their unique sound and musical coordination.
    Slap Bass Ninjaon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentmetallica
    halxabanon March 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentduh?
    blind_rockstaron August 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoh come on you idiots

    this song is about The Greatest Lord Of Chaos and Lord Of The Old Ones, Cthulu of R'lyeh! even a casual Lovecraft fan would realise this

    it speaks of cthulu rising and the subversive insanity that will consume humanity as this happens.

    oh and "not dead which eternal lie" in full is

    "That is not dead,
    which can eternal lie.
    Yet come strange aeons
    even Death may die" which is one of lovecraft's more famous pieces of poetry (it even apopears on the tombstone of Edward T. Head on Iron Maiden's World Slavery Tour double-disc album, Live After Death as Eddie's epitath) which means two things in the one poem. Firstly it means that in billions of aeons all humans will become again living, and experience nothing but a short blank of a couple of billion years which felt like a five minute nap (whether through molecular sciences or cyber-neuronets is not to be questioned owing to it's irrellevancy), and also the mystical side of raising the dead, with which Lovecraft was more concerned.

    Metallica did a great tribute to lovecraftian lore in writing this song however i love Primus' interpretation with all my body (including my pee-pee) because of their unique sound and musical coordination.
    Slap Bass Ninjaon March 21, 2003   Link

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