I'd sign - a contract with the devil
I've tried - for so very long
I'd die - to become immortal
that's why I sing this song
Am I a wannabe? - have I no dignity.
Who'd give up all my life.. to be
In the book of heavy metal.. metal!
In the book of heavy metal

In life - I have no religion
besides the heavy metal gods
wear nothing but black skin tight leather
My skin's clad with Metal studs
Am I a wannabe? - have I no dignity.
I give up all my life to be..
In the book of heavy metal.. metal!
In the book of heavy metal

Some twenty years ago, the goods put down there feet,
So firmly in to the ground that no man of sword nor pen,
could ever chains the rules upon which
The very fundament of metal was made.

Read all about it, in the book of heavy metal
Read all about it, in the manual
Read all about it, in the book of heavy metal
Read all about it
Don't need no flashy house, no kids/car or ugly wife
the only thing I want, is what my parents don't
need no widescreen TV, No in all honesty
the only thing I want to be (to be or not to be)

In the book of heavy metal - In life - metal!
In the book of heavy metal - to death - metal!

I've signed - a contract with the devil
I'd like to become a star
I'd die - to become immortal
That's why I play the guitar


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The Book of Heavy Metal (March of the Metallians) song meanings
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    General CommentIt's metaphor for how to achieve immense success and immortality in music, and particularly in genres like rock and metal, where you're pressured to make a Faustian bargain to devote yourself to the image and the style at the sacrifice of other interests and parts of your self.

    The part that begins "Some twenty years ago, the gods put down their feet..." is about how some of the most popular heavy metal bands thus far came around or reached their peaks about 20 years ago, and their popularity has defined the sound of what is "metal" to some degree or another forever after. You can't be "metal" unless you follow this pattern, in music, style, and behavior. It's why so many metal songs share certain traits, like the strong tendency to throw in guitar solos even when they'd be pointless, or how a lot of bands always have at least one guy who has shoulder-length or longer hair. If you don't fit the template, you're not "metal."
    mnerosavon October 12, 2007   Link

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