Obey, obey
Come won't you stay
Sincere, sincere
All ends in tears
Endure, endure
Thoughts most in impure
Concede, concede
But both shall we bleed

Oh, halo on fire
The midnight knows it well
Fast, is desire
Creates another hell
I fear to turn on the light
For the darkness won't go away
Fast, is desire
Turn out the light
Halo on fire

Allure, allure
Sweetness obscure
Abide, abide
Secrets inside
Deprive, deprive
To feel so alive
Obey, obey
Just don't turn away

Oh, halo on fire
The midnight knows it well
Fast, is desire
Creates another hell
I fear to turn on the light
For the darkness won't go away
Fast, is desire
Turn out the light
Halo on fire

Prayers cannot get through
Return to sender
Unto which of you
Shall I surrender

Twisting in disguise
Dark resurrection
Lighting up the skies
Wicked perfection

Too dark too sleep
Can't slip away
Open or close
My eyes betray
Beyond the black
Come won't you stay

Hello darkness, say goodbye
Hello darkness, say goodbye
Hello darkness, say goodbye



Lyrics submitted by elmoz, edited by Lithering, 1withforce

Halo on Fire song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentI believe this song touches the theme of childhood trauma and in a way can be seen as a spiritual successor to the song Enter Sandman. Both songs are about a child (my interpretation) going to sleep but dark thoughts making sleep impossible. The darkness doesnt just come from the night but are way worse - they wont go away
    even when the light is turned on, and in a way the night becomes a comfort where the darkness can live its own life without confronting the real world. Both songs have religious references ("halo on fire", "prayers cannot get through", "pray the lord my soul to keep" etc.). It is known that James Hetfield was brought up as a christian scientist which he came to hate as their belief played a part in his mothers death to illness (not allowing medicine but only healing thorugh prayer etc).

    The end of the song is interesting with the lyrics "Hello darkness, say goodbye". In themselfes this can be interpreted in many ways - but the music that is played when these lines are sung are epic and uplifting. This indicates that the protagonist of the song have found a way out of the darkness - the darkness is still there for sure but he is now able to recognise it and say both hello and goodbye to it. This is a very different ending when compared to Enter Sandman that ends on a darker note. Halo on Fire thus becomes a song not only about trauma but about overcoming it as well.
    rasmus5624on April 22, 2017   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe title is actually "Halo on Fire"
    Marquezon January 18, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMy interpretation differs from the one by Rasmus. I think this song is simply about sex and infidelity.

    Could it be biographical? Possibly, James has had issues in the past, but here is what makes me think that.

    The song starts with 'Obey'. Traditional marriage vows where he promises to 'Love, honour and Obey', but as sincere as he is he knows that it's going to end in tears because he can't resist other women. He concedes to the temptation and both he and the wife he's cheating on bleed from guilt.

    His halo is on fire because he's perceived as being the good guy, the happily married man who is far from it. He feels massive guilt over this and lies in bed at night (with or without the wife) knowing he's done wrong. He fears to turn on the light because the woman next to him isn't who it should be, she's that 'darkness', the side of him addicted to sex.

    The rest of the song continues with the struggle, he needs the sex to feel alive but the guilt eats away at him. He goes back to the vows, Obey. He's begging his wife to not turn away from him and forgive him.

    Open or closed my eyes betray. He can't hide the truth from her, he asks her to stay but the ending of the song suggests he's saying goodbye to her and hello to the darkness thats now in his life.
    MrsMetallicaon February 07, 2018   Link
  • 0
    Link(s)As James said it in the discussion in Metallica's blog, metallica.com/blog/so-what-article/436104/…

    "You can plug anything into that one really. Obviously “Halo On Fire,” there’s a juxtaposition in all of us, good, evil, and when does that come out, when does it show itself? Some people portray themselves as real saints, [and] the more their darkness is, the more they have to portray themselves as saints. So you’re basically getting away from the real “you,” like you’re making up for all of this [stuff] that you think is really bad. "
    vennligeon July 07, 2018   Link

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