Hey (hey), I'm your life
I'm the one who takes you there
Hey (hey), I'm your life
I'm the one who cares
They (they), they betray
I'm your only true friend now
They (they), they'll betray
I'm forever there

I'm your dream, make you real
I'm your eyes when you must steal
I'm your pain when you can't feel
Sad but true
I'm your dream, mind astray
I'm your eyes while you're away
I'm your pain while you repay
You know it's sad but true
Sad but true

You (you), you're my mask
You're my cover, my shelter
You (you), you're my mask
You're the one who's blamed

Do (do), do my work
Do my dirty work, scapegoat
Do (do), do my deeds
For you're the one who's shamed

I'm your dream, make you real
I'm your eyes when you must steal
I'm your pain when you can't feel
Sad but true
I'm your dream, mind astray
I'm your eyes while you're away
I'm your pain while you repay
You know it's sad but true
Sad but true

I'm your dream, I'm your eyes
I'm your pain
I'm your dream (I'm your dream)
I'm your eyes (I'm your eyes)
I'm your pain (I'm your pain)
You know it's sad but true

Hate (hate), I'm your hate
I'm your hate when you want love
Pay (pay), pay the price
Pay for nothing's fair

Hey (hey), I'm your life
I'm the one who took you there
Hey (hey), I'm your life
And I no longer care

I'm your dream, make you real
I'm your eyes when you must steal
I'm your pain when you can't feel
Sad but true
I'm your truth, telling lies
I'm your reasoned alibis
I'm inside, open your eyes
I'm you

Sad but true


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Sad But True Lyrics as written by Lars Ulrich James Alan Hetfield

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  • +11
    My Opinion

    I have been reading about the true self which is how we are when we are born and we are supposed to be free and happy but we get told not to do things,told to do things we dont want, smacked, judged, controlled, shamed for being alive. The shame remains inside the brain/body having learned from parents and school and it becomes automatic, judging and controlling us from the inside. 'It' learns do do things to avoid abandonment from parents and the true self underneath is constantly screaming to reconnect with us, which is the fear we feel, so we drink, smoke, party, distract ourselves from the true self fearing the shame but wanting to reconnect. It is like having a small child and constantly ignoring it and or abusing it and it is screaming and you cant stand the noise and distract yourself. All it wants is love and no more shame and this conflict is going on in our minds unconsciously. On the surface we have cravings,copulsiveness and addictions that seem to have no reason to be there. I think what they call the ego is a screaming frightened and abandoned energy reacting to inner and outer shame. It's emotions and energy are constantly being suppressed and drugs are a powerful way to release it by force. If we can do what we truly want without any fear or judgement and notice when we feel shame from within and the feelings that come with it we will feel happy without needing anything from out there. There is a cure from all this dysfunction, that is all it is! :)

    mermade27on May 29, 2010   Link
  • +8
    General Comment

    I think this song about dealing with an addiction, perhaps an alochol addiction considering that Metallia was once called Alochollica.

    abrooke01on October 24, 2004   Link
  • +5
    My Interpretation

    It's about inner demons. It could refer to drugs, violence, sex, power, greed or anything else. Everyone can relate to this song, we all struggle with something.

    sydirish11on July 10, 2016   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    uhh... since I once heard James Hetfield say that this song is about addiction, that is what I'm going to go with here. If anyone here has had the unfortunate experience of dealing with addiction you could see where it would make sense. Those of you who interpret the song as being about evil aren't far off as being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is a bitch and sometimes leads people to do things they wouldn't ordinarily do. the lines "I'm your life, I'm the one who takes you there....I'm the one who cares....do my dirty work scape goat......pay the price, pay for nothings fair." really work for the addiction scenario. The sad fact is that you can turn your back on your friends and family but you can't turn your back on a drug. And once you are controlled by a substance, and i mean really controlled by one it really changes your persona.

    friskittyon July 31, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    maybe its just me, but personally, i get the feeling that this explains the betrayal of one person to another

    avengedsoul6661on February 19, 2010   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaning

    I think its about a persons drug addiction, (or alcohol addiction which may be more likely), but, I think its from the perspective of said drug/alchohol, as if the item the person was addicted to was talking to the addict, corrupting him in a way but also telling him how it is, and what the item is telling him, is "sad but true"

    Mojowillon September 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Is this just my self or not, but i think it's about one word "addicted".. When you are addicted to something, that thing will be part of you.. Really love this lyric.. it make me think everything bad had a voices SAD BUT TRUE!!

    Thinktonothingon June 18, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    I thik this song is talking about God, but not in a possitive way. I feel like this song is supposed to be sang from the perspective of God and he is talking about how he says that he is everything for us, but it's not actually true. It says "I’m your life And I no longer care" which would be God talking and it's true, God says he's our life but doesn't seem to care. This song was probably written to make people think logivcally and realize that god is either evil or imaginary, and i think that what they believe is that he doesn't exist and they're right. Sorry if a offended anyone.

    Lucipheron April 26, 2017   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I with all of you. This is a song about a guys's dark side speaking to him and controling him. this song is antoher that is best heard live. This is like minus human with it's looseness and heavyness.

    EvilLawyeron October 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Uh definitely not about suicide, i think just about everyone else was right besides you Ekliptik. How moronic. Suicide...lol..there's one line that you can barely relate to the word in the song..so it must be about killing yourself eh? Clueless.

    Virroon May 08, 2003   Link

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