Fell no pain, but my life ain't easy
I know I'm my best friend
No one cares, but I'm so much stronger
I'll fight until the end
To escape from the true false world
Undamaged destiny
Can't get caught in the endless circle
Ring of stupidity

Out for my own, out to be free
One with my mind, they just can't see
No need to hear things that they say
Life is for my own to live my own way

Rape my mind and destroy my feelings
Don't tell me what to do
I don't care now, 'cause I'm on my side
And I can see through you
Feed my brain with your so called standards
Who says that I ain't right
Break away from your common fashion
See through your blurry sight

Out for my own, out to be free
One with my mind, they just can't see
No need to hear things that they say
Life is for my own to live my own way

See they try to bring the hammer down
No damn chains can hold me to the ground

Life is for my own to live my own way
Life is for my own to live my own way
Life is for my own to live my own way
Life is for my own to live my own way
Life is for my own to live my own way
Life is for my own to live my own way
Life is for my own to live my own way


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Escape Lyrics as written by Kirk L. Hammett James Alan Hetfield

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  • +4
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    I think its about a guy who didnt follow societies rules, and dared to 'be different' or himself, and because of this people dont like him, but he would rather have people hate him for who he is. In my opinion this shows up in most metallicas early songs.

    vagabond1987on April 05, 2005   Link
  • +3
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    This song is about escaping the mindless self-indulgence of today's society, by not being a part of the so-called system, to no longer live your life in redundancy, and to be your own fucking person. Don't live your life like the rest, be out there!

    The prison sirens in the background in the end are to strengthen the feeling of escaping, which has a really strong effect if you realise that.

    RyanWolfehon December 18, 2012   Link
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    About finally coming to terms with the fact that everyone is ultimately alone at the emotional level.It is so true but people try to keep denying it for as long as they can. Since living alone is not easy,most people will compromise on their feelings and desires in order to fit the mould and avoid conflict with society. This helps them in nurturing the myth that they are part of some large whole.This song is about those who sacrifice the world and gain themselves.

    noisicuson May 19, 2002   Link
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    i once printed out the lyrics of this fucking ace song and put loads of copies in my headteachers office, he was a fucking one minded fuck son of a bitch.i hope it taught him a lesson

    wildyon December 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    vagabond1987 is totally right on this one. People just cant see that not following societies rules can be right, not having the same "standard" thinking (go to school, graduate, get a job, marry, grow old and die) Why do we have to think that? what do we gain for following that order? The Only time we really are individuals is when we rebel...dont be one of many, follow yourself.

    "To escape from the true false world Undamaged destiny Can't get caught in the endless circle Ring of stupidity"

    But he understands that he is larger than the societies rules and doesn't have to be as ignorant to follow them..because what do we gain for following them? a silent death and a forgotten grave.

    Please everyone and read the lyrics closely and do understand the society pushes us down and not letting us be individuals. this song i can closely relate to The Unforgiven, if you think about those songs and how they connect with eachother..

    Mentalityon May 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    Definetly one of Metallica's best songs, better than For Whom The Bell Tolls and Trapped Under Ice anyhow. I see it as being about non-conformity, and living by your own rules and standards, using a prison to represent America's conformist society, and an ecsaping prisoner as the daring non-conformist who challeges it. This is defenitly the most underrated song on Ride The Lighting, and one of Metallica's most underrated songs in general (such as No Remorse, Disposable Heroes, ...And Justice For All, To Live Is To Die, and The God That Failed.)

    Just as bonus info, this the my favorites from Ride The Lighting from #1-#8.

    1.Fade To Black (Yeah, I know it's cliche, but it's just such a great song that I can't help but call this song the best on the album.)

    2.Creeping Death (Killer fucking riff)

    3.The Call Of Ktulu (Excellent guitar and this song has a very interesting origin [Read H.P. Lovecraft's The Call Of Cthulu to know what I mean)

    4.Escape (Great song, and as I've said, tragically underrated)

    5.Ride The Lighting (Excellent riff and solos)

    6.Fight Fire With Fire (A brutal slab of pure thrash metal)

    7.For Whom The Bell Tolls (Excellent song, but just a wee bit overrated)

    8.Trapped Under Ice (Good, solid song, but nothing particularly special)

    Overall rating: out of

    Thrash Metal Rulezon October 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    i call it the unknown song because its the only song on RTL many ppl havent heard of

    razean55on June 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
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    This is simply about getting away from wha teveryone wants you to be and live life your own way. Who says it's not right?

    King Nothingon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    The song "Escape" is about an escaped prisoner on the run which can also be interpretated as an escape from everything which is preventing you from doing what you want to or even from beeing as you want to be. You all should stop making guesses and refer to our beloved metallica themselves and see the real meaning of the song

    I_LIKE_BEANSon May 30, 2002   Link
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    Yea, i dunno why they (or just james) dislike(s) playing this song live, its deffinetly a great song on a great album.

    Harvester of Sorrowon August 20, 2002   Link

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