Yeah, I'm gonna make you, shake you, take you
I'm gonna be the one who breaks you
Put the screws to you, yeah, my way
Yeah, come on and come on, come and make my day
Make my day

Yeah, got some hell to pay, I steal your thunder
The joy of violent movement, pulls you under
Oh, bite the bullet, well hard
Yeah, but I die harder, so go too far, too far

Friction, fusion, retribution
I can't hear you, talk to me
I can't hear you, so talk to me
I can't hear you, are you talking to me?
I can't hear you, are you talking to me?
Can't hear you, time to meet my lord
I can't hear you, talk to two by four, hey

Yeah, I'm gonna make you, shake you, take you
I'm gonna be that one who breaks you
Put the screws to you, my way
Hey, come on and come on, come and make my day
Make my day

Friction, fusion, retribution
I can't hear you, talk to me
I can't hear you, come talk to me
I can't hear you, are you talking to me?
Oh, I can't hear you, are you talking to me?
I can't hear you, time to meet my lord
I can't hear you, talk to two by four, hey
Yeah, talk to two by four

It don't take no more
Come on, yeah, come on
Come on, come on
Talk to two by four
Talk to two by four

Friction, fusion, retribution
I'm gonna make you talk to me
I'm gonna trick you, oh, so talk to me
Hey, I can't hear you, are you talking to me?
I can't hear you, are you talking to me?
I can't hear you, time to meet my lord
I can't hear you, talk to, talk to two by four
She don't take no more, yeah


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2 X 4 Lyrics as written by Kirk L. Hammett James Alan Hetfield

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  • +5
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    Ya know, I challenge ANYONE to form a band, work their ass off, beat Overwhelming odds, stick to your guns, rely on touring and live shows to win your fan-base, live through losing a band member who's just like family, NEVER give an inch, Live It, Eat It, Sleep It, Breathe It and BE IT for 22 years AND NOT try to get some variety in what you play. Remember, it's ALL about going with your gut and sticking with what's in your heart, and Metallica has done Nothing but exactly that, so everyone who says sell-out, washed-up, has-beens, losers and any of the other unthought crap that seems to get said of these guys, put yourself in their shoes, oh wait, you dont have the Balls to!!!!!!!

    WorkerAnton April 10, 2004   Link
  • +2
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    I think this song is about a man beating and raping a woman to death.

    ZLightrideron July 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
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    yeah, king nothing, when somone has lost his mind and looking to beat somone up

    drop2on June 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
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    This song is awesome, it just has that kick ass power groove going through it.

    Razormasticatoron April 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    I think it's about someone always resorting to violence when the situation really doesn't call for it. The clencher is: The joy of violent movement, pulls you under.

    It means the person is enjoying the violent side and is looking for a fight.

    FullStopon October 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    what does he mean by "2 by 4" ??

    Mr.ArMaGeDdOnon November 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is not about Walking Tall. Walking Tall came out 8 years after this song did. I'd like to believe too that they can foretell the future, which would prove my idea that Metallica is god, but thats another story. =]

    This song is about one-upping, outdoing, getting in someone's face, ect., because you have this raging spitefulness for them. The second verse expresses this, especially where he basically says "I'll even die better than you will. I'll take it that far just to prove I'm better than you." And by the chorus he's saying "If you've got something to say fugger, you can say it to my brick-sized piece of wood."

    • chriss*
    Ketchup_or_Catsup?on October 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    Basically just beating that shit out of someone with a 2x4...lol

    Metallfreak_puppetzon December 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    when the album first came out I thought the line was "i can't hear ya tryin to meet my lord" so I thought of it as a song about religious abuse but later I found out that the line is "time to meet my lord" so I don't think that anymore.

    I have heard that the "I can't hear ya, are ya talkin to me?" Is a quote from Robert Deniro posturing in front of a mirror in the movie Taxi Driver. So its about a weak man trying to posture and seem tough. I tried to find a reference online but couldn't find one.

    DirtyRottenImbon January 24, 2015   Link
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    Probably about people who love to fight.

    King Nothingon May 03, 2002   Link

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