Hit dirt
Shake tree
Split sky
Part sea

Strip smile
Lose cool
Bleed the day
And break the rule

Live, win
Dare, fail
Eat the dirt
And bite the nail

Then make me miss you
Then make me miss you

So wash your face away with dirt
It don’t feel good until it hurts
So take this world and shake it
Come squeeze and suck the day
Come carpe diem, baby

Draw lead
Piss wine
Sink teeth
All mine

Stoke fire
Break neck
Suffer through this
Cheat on death

Hug the curve
Lose the time
Tear the map
And shoot the sign

Then make me miss you
Then make me miss you

So wash your face away with dirt
It don’t feel good until it hurts
So take this world and shake it
Come squeeze and suck the day
Come carpe diem, baby

Live, win
Dare, fail
Eat dirt
Bite the nail

Strip smile
Lose cool
Bleed the day
And break the rule

Hug the curve
Lose the time
Tear the map
And shoot the sign

Then make me miss you
Then make me miss you

So wash your face away with dirt
It don’t feel good until it hurts
So take this world and shake it
Come squeeze and suck the day

Come make me miss you
Come carpe diem, baby
Come carpe diem, baby


Lyrics submitted by elmoz, edited by Ashram

Carpe Diem Baby song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentSome sexual innuendo, too.
    Analuon August 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's actually "cheat on death" which would keep that number of cussing down....
    BeanBoyon March 30, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim with Kookkie on this one, its about living every day of your life to the fullest. And yes, James has cussed in songs before (Fuel, Whiplash, Am I Evil, So What, Damage Inc.) i know theres a few more, but im just naming some of them. I doubt the sexual inuendo, because Carpe Diem means "sieze the day" and i dont see how any of it is anything sexual. And whoever submited this fucked up the lyrics pretty bad.
    BigKurtCon April 08, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song kicks ass, The solo is just so fucking cool. You can just imagine Hammett rising on some huge kind of plinth as he plays it. Very good though,one of the best songs on Reload. That bluesy opening riff is fucking awesome.
    Razormasticatoron April 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think i read somewhere that this song is based on JaymZ getting burned during a concert in Detroit
    renandstimpyon January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeize the day, dude!
    mattzimanon September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentp.s. - "shit" is that the first time James has ever cursed in one of his songs?!?!? I doubt it, but I've never noticed it!
    mattzimanon September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnah dude one of the lines in Fuel is "fuck it man, White knuckles tight!" so it may be the second or third but your right they don't do alot of swearing in the actual lyrics of the songs...they seem to reserve most of that for when they're actually onstage or doing an interview..
    Eternal_Darknesson September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favourite metallica songs because of its simple yet fundamental meanings.

    PS - the lyrics are very messed up.
    Ar3son April 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics up there ^^^^^^^^ aren't entirely correct.
    bionicgoldfishon June 05, 2003   Link

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