Metallica: Enter Sandman Meaning
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Song Released: 1991
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Enter Sandman Lyrics
Don’t forget, my son
To include everyone
Tuck you in, warm within
Keep you free from sin
Till the sandman he comes
Sleep with one eye open
Gripping your pillow tight
blackthorn7861 Jun 26th, 2007 6:35pm report
This song is linked to many meanings. The way I feel is this song has to do with faith. just listen to what I have to say. The way I take it is how we are taught to be scared of going to hell and that you must pray and believe in god or else bad things will happen, like sandman killing you.
The child is praying to god, he is scared of sandman, which is a creature that takes away children in their sleep, and its about how we are scared into believing. and it is a child because children are very influencable, and it is most little children that are taught to be scared of going to hell, and it is bullshit that we are taught that if you don't believe and obey what god says, you will die. You won't be good enough. this song does not rule out Metallica's faith though.
I am not saying they don't believe, or that they do, and I'm not saying that they worship satan or anything as to their beliefs. so don't twist my words and use them to lie. I'm just telling you what I think the song is about, and I am showing my beliefs, but not saying that is the bands belief. and don't rate the song or this interpretation as bad just because you believe something different than I do. The facts are there, and others will see the song differently, and thats fine.
anonymous Aug 4th, 2013 8:32pm report
I think it's about a child who's having nightmares. The parent comforts him/her by lulling them to sleep ("Take my hand, off to Never Never Land.") Freaking Masterpiece. One of my favorites, besides "Raining Blood" by Slayer (mah fav band!) and "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. :33
anonymous Apr 28th, 2013 4:36pm report
Honestly, I'm not big on metal. But you don't need to be a fan of metal to see "Enter Sandman" as the genuine masterpiece that it really is. Great works of art should be identified by their ability to capture the imagination and invoke our own creative ability to interpret their meaning. "Enter Sandman" is absolutely one of them. The sound of the music that stands on its own merit so matches the mood of the message. In my most humble opinion, this work ranks among other musical masterpeices such as Beethoven's Fifth, and among icons that emanate from other artforms such as the Mona Lisa, King Lear, and Cassablanca. Literally, its about children's nightmares - but whether intended or not - its implications extend beyond the universe.
anonymous Jan 3rd, 2013 1:33pm report
its about nightmares, but the prayer illustrates how religion does not protect many kids, and is often infact part of the nightmare (child molestation/ forced marrage / psycological abuse)
anonymous Aug 11th, 2012 8:40pm report
I have listened to this and have looekd at the video and its about a child in bed who is scared about the so called boogeyman or their nightmares coming true!
anonymous May 25th, 2012 5:30pm report
I can understand the interpertation regarding people needs to fear from fear itself, or just the requirement of fear in life.
I also believe it can regard to drug use in many ways. I can definetly see references to very bad trips and hillucinations.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2012 4:44pm report
This song is about nightmares.
The first verse talks about the mother or father putting a child to sleep.
The chorus is about the child being terrified before driving off to sleep.
In the next verse the child wakes with a start and runs to flip on the light.
The child tries to sleep again with the light on but it still scared out of their mind during the chorus.
Then during the bridge the father comes in and says a bedtime prayer with his child and tells him everything is all okay and that it is in his head.
And then there is the chorus out where the child still can not sleep. What scared them? We can only imagine. ;)
anonymous Apr 11th, 2012 4:12pm report
i think this song is about the self induced nightmares that people put themselves in.for instance some people talk themselves into believing nothing is fair or that people are against them "dreams of wars dreams of lies.." like when you are a child you believe there is a monster under your bed and you are scared but their is nothing there.when people believe something is true the feelings accompany their belief whether the belief is true or not.
anonymous Apr 1st, 2012 4:57pm report
I believe that it is about secrets within a family... Serious ones. So the child has overheard something and asks his father about said thing, the father reassures the child that everything will be ok then prays with him ( now I lay me down to sleep... ) he then leaves the room and closes the door behind him and snaps. He kills his wife and child and all is over! (or something along those lines! The reason I know this is that hetfeild once said something similar in an interview!
anonymous Mar 9th, 2012 3:08pm report
I have to agree that it has the vague resemblance of a "memory" and find it tantalizing that if played backward you can hear snake because I think this song is a perfect portrayal of our most ancient and primitive instints or fears...the fear of the dark; the unknown, and how as adults we are just as vulnerable to harm when asleep, as children.
While a "fear of the dark" is irrational, for there are no beasts in the closet nor under the bed, the "beast" is somewhat of a mythical archetype deeply rooted in our psyche and is as old as the sands of time to when we were beasts of the land.
Also, mention of a dragon, snow white, the sandman and nevernever land indicate stories that were intended to describe these primordial fears in reletive ways that have been adapted to cultural changes throughout the ages.
Dragon fire could represent the warmth, light, and protection that a fire gives in the night to, perhaps, a nomatic hunter/gatherer clan.
Snow white represents innocence within a deep slumber unaware of the dangers that lurk in the night...she is completely vulnerable to predators.
The sandman is the initiator of sleep and describes the anticipation of when gritty eyes will close, thus becoming blind in the dark.
Nevernever land indicates that in sleep we are just as innocent and vulnerable as a child which "include[s] everyone."
The most creepy part is when the child recites a prayer which is mimicked by the singer but is meant to provoke a sence of protection, I believe. A parent "sleeps with one eye open" when their children are home as to be alerted to any danger that may ensue in the night such as the prayer is also meant to pray for protection from danger while you sleep and brings a sense of comfort, that while drifting into slumber, someone is watching over you.
Dreams of war, dreams of liars, represent the nightmares of reality and how reality often transpires within the dream. Dreams are thought to be the brains attempt to process and store our perception of reality into memories. However, nightmares also are "defense mechanisms" meant to arouse us from deep sleep where we experience paralysis of the limbs and cannot hear if danger is near.
Nightmares, I believe, were necessary to our survival as a species and I wonder if our ancestors experienced nightmares more frequently than we do today. Perhaps it is an evolutionary "memory" deeply engrained in the amygdala that Metallica was able to transcribe into music, something also primitively engrained, to communicate a message that everyone can really feel with this song!
Side note: this is not a good tune to jam after your child had nightmares of tigers the previous night.
It hit me right at "nevermind that noise you heard..." Oh, crap! And quickly turned it off.
anonymous Sep 21st, 2011 9:11pm report
The song is about satan (sandman) entering the life of a child (believer in god) and death "crossing to the neverland". One has to see this song in line with other songs metallica plays such as "the god that failed" "the unforgiven" to understand they are moved by a satans forces. This explains also that they able play good music since satan was a musician. Their songs in general are explaining satans feelings towards god, if you listen carefully they are all coded messages i.e. Satan is speaking through metallica to god. You may think that i am speaking rubbish but i have seen things in my life that convinved me there are things out there. Dont be fooled this band is not what u think it is. I am not saying they are evil or bad, no i dont believe they would harm anyone. But there is a spiritual connection.
anonymous May 30th, 2011 5:33pm report
There is no true meaning to this even Hetfield said so its just about some nightmare he was having and that's it
anonymous Feb 21st, 2011 2:21am report
hmmm.... I have given this song a lot of thought....
Here is my version. PARENTS ARE FUCKED TO CHILDREN!
Hush little baby dont say a word and never mind that noise you heard. Its just the beast under your bead, in your closet in you're head.
Children believe their parents right? Now in abusive homes (emotional and physical), the child is now going through a series of denial. The parents are telling him/her that nothing has happened to you, REALITY: I am going to cover it up by being a bible beater... its all in your head. They have nightmares, a way their sub conscience deals with these things they are forced to keep quiet about....SANDMAN comes and wakes them up from these demons they r keeping deep in them.
just my version THANKS :D lol
anonymous May 25th, 2010 5:51pm report
It means when we have nightmares we are not sure if the are real or fake so we are afraid
anonymous Apr 21st, 2010 4:13pm report
The song is based on E.T.A. Short story "The Sandman" The follows the romanticism horror story where the main character envisions the sandman coming every few nights to his home. Read the story then listen to the song with the real meaning.
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