Ooooh
Run away, the past will bite again
Ooooh
No matter where you dwell
You
Here again, a captive of the howl
You
Welcome back to hell

Faithful, as the full moon is rising
Beauty and the beast are colliding

Sharpened edge touch liquid flame
Deepened seed soaks anger's reign
Arching back, shape-shift derange
Father, how I watched you change

Am I savage?
Scratching at the door
Am I savage?
I don't recognize you anymore

Ooooh
Tooth is fang, twisting under skin
Ooooh
Foul tongue, black breath
Change
Snap inside, the beast about complete
Change
Soon infects the rest

Faithful, as the full moon is rising
Beauty and the beast are colliding

Sharpened edge touch liquid flame
Deepened seed soaks anger's reign
Arching back, shape-shift derange
Father, how I watched you change

Am I savage?
Scratching at the door
Am I savage?
I don't recognize you anymore

Ooooh
Inheritance, the past has bit again
Ooooh
The next heir of anarchy
Feel
Stretching skin so far beyond belief
I feel
The ever changing, you, in me

Am I savage?
Scratching at the door
Am I savage?
Howling evermore
Am I savage?
I don't recognize you anymore
Anymore
Anymore
Am I savage?


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    My InterpretationMetallica seems to revisit several themes they've done before on Hardwired to Self Destruct, making new interpretations or continuations of old songs. Thematically, this song reminds me of a darker version of "Of Wolf and Man" from the "Black" album. Obviously, both songs involve werewolves. However, where "Of Wolf and Man" was a little chilling lyrically, it didn't seem dark to me. Am I savage definitely has a darker vibe - something the afflicted person can't control. The werewolves of "Of Wolf and Man" seemed in control and able to regulate their change whereas the creature of Am I Savage seems out of control, ready to inflict mindless pain, even on those it loves.

    I don't recognize you anymore...

    I have to admit, that gives me a little bit of a shiver.
    GiveMeHamon May 21, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised there's not more discussion about this song. I think it's a clear allusion to "Of Wolf and Man", and that indicates strongly what this song is about. "Of Wolf and Man" was about seeking "the wolf in thyself", of connecting with inner primality and embracing "the wild", complete with a quote from Thoreau's "walking", his treatise on reconnecting with the wild, uncontrolled world we live in. In this follow up, it seems the main character is now questioning whether he is a tame, civil being who was exploring wildness, or a wild, uncontrolled being attempting to be tame and civil. The context seems to be in regards to being a father and "passing on" the wildness to children. Hetfield alludes to a bit of a troublesome wild streak in various songs, like "The Thorn Within". There's also a a sense that a child is seeing the wildness in the father and fearing it. they don't recognize him. I think there's some allusion here to how some people transform under the influence of alcohol and become abusive, only for their children to grow up and do the same- a perpetuating cycle. It's deep stuff, and I think this one has more meaning layered into it than most Metallica songs. And it's Hetfield and Metallica, so... werewolves are metal, why not use that.
    jason11483on October 04, 2018   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me this song is about alcohol abuse/addiction.
    And a relationship between a father and a son.
    My father was an OK father, when sober. He looked normal. Like a wolf, in this song.
    When he was drunk, the expression in his face turned and he raged. Into a werewolf, of sorts.
    I couldn't recognize him, he was terrifying. I was only 5-6, (I think) since conciousness/awareness didn't "kick" in earlier, lol...
    My parents divorced when I was 12, just about or had hit puberty etc.
    Here I am, turning into the werewolf myself at the ripe age of 34.
    Just my interpretation, seeing as Daddy Hetfield & Jaymz himself also struggled with alcohol.
    Kyuss1on June 04, 2019   Link

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