In the name of desperation
In the name of wretched pain
In the name of all creation
Gone insane!

We're so fucked!
Shit out of luck!
Hardwired to self destruct!

On the way to paranoia
On the croocked borderline
On the way to great destroyer
Doom design!

We're so fucked!
Shit out of luck!
Hardwired to self destruct!

Once upon a planet burning
Once upon a flame
Once upon a fear returning all in vain
Do you feel that hope is fading?
Do you comprehend?
Do you feel it terminating in the end?

We're so fucked!
Shit out of luck!
Hardwired to self destruct!
Hardwired to self destruct!
Self destruct!
Self destruct!
Self destruct!

Lyrics submitted by elmoz, edited by Lithering

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  • +2
    General CommentMy first thought on hearing this one was also the 2016 (US) presidential election, although on further consideration, I'm not sure a song specifically about that would have been ready in time for a November CD release. Sure fits well, though.

    Of course, it also fits well in many ways with the general state of the world -- Brexit, Syria, Daesh, Russian involvement in Ukraine, North Korea doing nuclear testing, the list goes on and on and on...

    To quote a different song, "There's never been a time as fucked up as this."
    fjbon December 30, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is just a summation of all the songs and what they all touch upon, greedy, inhumanity, morals, war, ptsd, naciscism, etc. It takes all these and just asks the question, are we all Hardwired... to self destruct
    Kz24on February 28, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI'm too lazy to interpret a deeper meaning, but the song is definitely about humanity in a nutshell. We're never going to learn of our flawed was and in the end it will be our own doings that destroy the planet and ourselves.

    Not sure if it has anything to do with Trump vs Clinton 2016, but the comparisons make sense.
    WyomingAliveon July 25, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationJust heard the song, and as awesome as the song is, I am just taking a stab at this one. This is my first attempt at interpreting a song, so it might be completely wrong.

    I think this song is about the 2016 election year in America, and how most (if not all) the candidates represent [or at least perceived to be] a great danger to the world.

    "In the name of desperation... in the name of wretched pain...." speaks about how the parties of the U.S. dislike the current direction America is headed and, out of desperation to get out of the current "pain" they feel, seek some type of resolution. Whether you're a conservative who dislikes the way people are becoming too P.C., or if you're a liberal who believes America is structurally flawed, this line speaks to you.

    "We're so fucked, shit out of luck" means how the current candidates (in the most unbiased lens) are not fit to preside over the United States, hence the way Americans are basically screwed no matter who wins.

    Meanwhile, the titular line "hardwired to self destruct" could be the way our political system is flawed to begin with, allowing the presidential predicament to occur in the first place; the major example of the current topic being how, in California, the presidential primary should have gone to Bernie Sanders, but was supposedly rigged in Hillary Clinton's favor. This sentiment is also echoed in [what I believe to be the actual] line "doom design", rather than "do design".

    "On the way to paranoia... crooked borderlines" is about how the American people are paranoid about the way in which the United States is going to hell, whether it be in the form of mass shootings, Islamic extremism, open borders (hence "borderlines"), police brutality, racism, or class warfare; this may contribute to the following line "on the way to great destroyer", symbolizing Americans resorting to electing the great destroyer as president.

    The last verse "once upon a planet burning.... once upon a spirit turning all in vain..." could be a reference to how America was once one of Britain's colonies, which dominated the entire planet, symbolizing how the earth was burning under a [British] flame. The spirit that's turning in vain is how the founding fathers of America would be ashamed at what they had fought for if they realized that the U.S. was about to basically fall under a new tyranny.

    With the last lines about hope actually being straightforward from that point, I conclude my very first interpretation. Once again, it could totally be false, but I like to think I wasn't the only one who was thinking this when I first heard this song. Whatever the meaning is, I'm glad to Metallica going back to their thrash roots! \m/
    ThrashAddicton August 20, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIf I only take the chorus on a first-thoughts basis it just sounds like James is singing about how we are wired to screw ourselves over. We're some of the smartest, curious, most inquisitive and creative beings that will ever exist. But that will be our downfall. We've discovered so much through technology, but it will bring us to our demise.

    We've created nuclear warheads. We've created a world online where we can live and only interact with "friends" virtually. We idolise absolute fucking idiots. We watch TV shows that kill our creativity and dull our personalities. We're slowly becoming robots and our materialistic world gets more and more materialistic all the time. The western world is losing its way and the next generation is only going to have it worse.
    daniel1131on July 06, 2018   Link

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