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Metallica: Nothing Else Matters Meaning

Song Released: 1992

Nothing Else Matters Lyrics

So close, no matter how far
Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
and nothing else matters

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
and nothing else...


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    Mar 3rd, 2011 3:24am report

    The song, if one listens to it and actually seperates the lyrics to a literal philosophical level, it may be about how someone becomes free from their own reprimed self. But the only way we can do it is opening ourselves to someone we love, we trust, we believe in. Love, yes. Romance? Maybe, but My own idea is that it mostly relates to Friendship. A friend or friends that one can trust, feel supported by, fight for, and die for. Friendship that shows that no matter who, what, or how it is it will never break. Nothing else matters, just us. Never opened like that to anybody else than to the person you most trust. It can be a family member, it can be your parent, your own bloodline, your friend, a random person you met, an employee, or even an enemy. It will all end into the most purest and truest friendship that can be fonded. And no matter what people say, believe, think or mock.Nothing else matter than the love you have for that person, and the love that person has for you.


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    Nov 6th, 2008 11:00am report

    This song was written for his old girlfriend. he feels so close to her heart no matter how far apart they are, he has never opened himslef up to anyone like this before, he is seeks for trust and he doesn't care what she does or says, he loves her for who she is... METALLICA KICKS A** !!!


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    Dec 2nd, 2008 12:31am report

    I don't know what Metallica's interpretation of this song is or why they wrote it. It's got deep meaning for me though because it fits how I feel about my guys in the army. My comrades. We go through things that the average people don't. When we serve together, then or now, we remain true to eachother... no questions asked. No bond stronger, undoubtedly. A different breed, definitely. Open up to each other and tell things that we wouldn't dare tell even our priest. Time or distance doesn't separate or shift our bonds. We live our lives our way, different than most but the same as each other's. Brothers and sisters in arms both on and off the battlefields... I love all of them. God this fucking song gets me.


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    Sep 20th, 2013 9:10pm report

    I believe it is meant for the Fans. that even though their music style had changed, that they were still and would always be "Metallica"


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    Jun 21st, 2013 6:56am report

    He was singing to aliens :)


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    Dec 12th, 2012 12:49pm report

    This song is about how we have to profit everyday like it's the last we live. It's like a carpe diem so, i think, they mean love now, during u can still love, and live everyday like it's the last one, no matters what other people say. Still be the one you are and find the girl/boy you want to be with


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    Oct 18th, 2012 10:13pm report

    To sum it up, Its about James talking about how he really doesn't give a shit anymore, "Life is ours, we live it our way"- Is just him explaining that it really doesn't matter...or atleast thats my trancendenelism of it.


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    Sep 22nd, 2012 9:49am report

    James Hetfield himself said the song was about being on the road and missing home. That is 100% accurate.


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    Aug 17th, 2012 8:21am report

    Call me wrong...I really don't care..but this is what I know.. It does involve his girlfriend but its not really really about her though. He was talking on the phone with her when James came up with the main riff of the guitar. Now the lyrics is actually about being on tour so much and missing his actual home.


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    Apr 24th, 2012 4:28pm report

    I dont know about James's GF and the fact he wrote the song for her. as someone who has listened to this song countless times i would interpret it this way;
    so close no matter how far could'nt be much more from the heart in this world , all of us have our own aspirations and wishes which may sound interesting to others or not.to make them come true we may have to put ourseleves on a path towards which friens, parents and even the society as a whole might raise objection. however no matter how close their advice sound they aint closer to you than your heart so we need to put trust in who we are and make as much effort as needed to get who we are supposed to be regardless of how stupid it may look to others.
    'never care for what they do .... should be explicite enough to persive. this is what i feel whn i listen to this song. it may not be what metallica had in their minds back then. even so i would still like to interpret it this way.


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    Apr 7th, 2012 4:25am report

    This song is about an ups and downs relationship. Wherever they are, whatever they do, their hearts can't be separated. I love you yesterday, today, forever and ever. Please love yourself and me. Nothing else matters.

    We're all born for love. Its the principle of existence and its only end.


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    Feb 22nd, 2012 2:14am report

    I've been reading some of the interpretations, and, seriously? The top rated one is almost right. It's about them been on tour for so long and not being able to spend time with their loved ones. He originally wrote the starting guitar intro whilst on the phone to someone, his free hand picking the 4 strings (E, G, B, E). He was afraid to show the rest of the band the song, thinking it wasn't Metallica enough, but they all missed their loved ones too and agreed it was suitable.


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    Oct 8th, 2011 10:43pm report

    i think this song is of philosophical meaning..we have to trust in ourself..that is the main point in this song.what we think is far reach from us can become so close if we trust in ourself.Life is hard and sometimes the path is so dark that it seems the road ends nearby...But if we change our view with an open mind,theres a lot more await for us.what the heart thinks sooo far can become so close if we dare..no matter what people knows,no matter what others do.nothing else matter...You can do anything.


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    May 29th, 2011 5:09pm report

    Maybe it's about recovery from drugs/alchohol & experiencing everything as new & from a different point of view(clean) and the only & most important thing to stay alive is through sobriety...NO MATTER WHAT& WITHOUT SOBRIETY NOTHING ELSE MATTERS because nothing in life is real if your always distorting it with substances. Who wants to live an unreal & disguised world??


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    Apr 17th, 2011 4:27am report

    It is a song about Hetfield's girlfriend at the time.


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    Apr 13th, 2011 4:08am report

    Pretty good interpretations... if the stuff about the gf is true then I think all of these interpretations are right


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    Mar 29th, 2011 3:11pm report

    This Song Is A Love Song. James Hetfield Wrote It For His Girlfriend And He Considered It A Private Song. He Loved Her Very Much And Wanted Her To Know It. This Song Is Talking About No Matter How Far You Are You're Still Close Through The Heart. It's An Amazingly Sweet Song And James Really Loved That Girl Because The Message Is Nothing Else Matters But Our Love.


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    Nov 23rd, 2010 11:34pm report

    This songs is actually aboout life and family . The line ' So close , no matter how far , Couldnt be much more from the heart , Forever trust in who we are , and nothing else matters . ' was the few last words of James hetfield's Grandfather before he died .

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