Metal Guru, is it you?
Metal Guru, is it you?
Sittin' there in your armor-plated chair, oh yeah

Metal Guru, is it true?
Metal Guru, is it true?
All alone without a telephone, oh yeah

Metal Guru, could it be
You're gonna bring my baby to me?
She'll be wild
You know, a rock 'n' roll child, oh yeah

Metal Guru, has it been
Just like a silver-studded sabre-tooth dream?
I'll be clean, you know
Pollution machine, oh yeah

Metal Guru, is it you?
Metal Guru, is it you? Oh yeah

Metal Guru, could it be
You're gonna bring my baby to me?
She'll be wild
You know, a rock 'n' roll child, oh yeah

Metal Guru, is it true?
Metal Guru, is it true?
All alone without a telephone, oh

Metal Guru, could it be
You're gonna bring my baby to me?
She'll be wild
You know, a rock 'n' roll child, oh yeah

Metal Guru, is it you?
Metal Guru, is it you? Yeah, yeah, yeah
Metal Guru, is it you? Yeah, yeah, yeah
Metal Guru, is it you? Yeah, yeah, yeah

Metal Guru, is it you? Yeah, yeah, yeah
Metal Guru, is it you? Yeah, yeah, yeah
Metal Guru, is it you? Yeah, yeah, yeah
Metal Guru, is it you? Yeah, yeah, yeah

Metal Guru, is it you? Yeah, yeah, yeah


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Metal Guru Lyrics as written by Marc Bolan

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    General Comment

    The song is about 'God', or as Marc himself said; "Is a festival of life song. I relate 'Metal Guru' to all Gods around. I believe in a God, but I have no religion. With 'Metal Guru', it's like someone special, it must be a Godhead. I thought how God would be, he'd be all alone without a telephone. I don't answer the phone any more. I have codes where people ring me at certain times."

    FranknFurteron December 30, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning

    Bolan's songs have a lot of inner meaning. It just depends on what kind of meaning you seek. This song is not about cars neither drugs - these are all superficial things. It's about love actually. About his dream of love... That he will be clean because you know - pollution machine, with time passing your mind gets a little dirty, that's how it works, this pollution machine which is life. But he hopes that he will be clean some day, that something good will happen and he'll be understood. That's the meaning, as simple as that.

    Dorian21on December 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    understood and loved ;)

    Dorian21on December 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    why does no one comment on these songs?! t.rex n marc bolan r ledgens! i have no clue what this songs about, bot its good anyways

    fight_the_waron December 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I love this song. For ages I thought it was "Metal Guru is a jew." I'm sooo glad I know now. Yea, it sounds like a car to me. ^_^

    xbohemian_dreamer_xon September 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    I love this song. For ages I thought it was "Metal Guru is a jew." I'm sooo glad I know now. Yea, it sounds like a car to me. ^_^

    xbohemian_dreamer_xon September 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    OLDFOGY AT IT AGAIN TALKING CRAP WHO DO YOU LIOSTEN TO DONNY OSMOND

    TANX3on April 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    you lazy people should try to get info from more sources than just one website:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_Guru

    The Bishopon June 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Maybe it's about a guy's expectation that having a car will reel in babes. I dunno. Seems most T Rex lyrics have miniminal "meaning", yet maximum impact. Lyrics as beautiful as they are enigmatic. Some people might accuse Bolan of style over substance, but I think that, in his case, style is substance. One of the best songwriters ever!!! Brilliant man, brilliant band.

    Thor the Almightyon January 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Certainly brought a heavy rock sound to an 11 year old kid when released. From then on, I just assumed he was a heavy metal guru - absurd, but to a kid who listened to the radio & had not heard anything as heavy on pop radio. We are talking radio 1 in the UK in the early 70's - I did not know what heavy metal was!!

    nagromnaion February 23, 2006   Link

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