Metallica: And Justice for All Meaning
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Song Released: 1988
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And Justice for All Lyrics
Power Wolves Beset Your Door
Hear Them Stalking
Soon You'll Please Their Appetite
Hammer of Justice Crushes You
The Ultimate in Vanity
Exploiting Their Supremacy
Emperorlawson Jun 5th, 2007 6:27am report
The lyrics clearly deal with corruption in the Justice System (e.g. bribery);
"Halls of justice painted green
power of the judges over citizens and how truly frightening it is;
"Power wolves beset your door
Hear them stalking
Soon you'll please their appetite
Hammer of justice crushes you
about how the wealthy and judges take advantage of this power;
"Exploiting their supremacy..."
and about the overall exploitation ("rape") of the American Justice System, about how there is justice no more and how untruth has risen from the ashes of honest justice
"Justice is lost
Justice is raped
Justice is gone
Pulling your strings
Justice is done."
The song closes with music with a sort of "scary" tone and puts an emphasis on how what the song is dealing with is true, sadly (the wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee part of the song)-
"Find it so grim, so true, so real".
anonymous Jun 5th, 2016 6:18pm report
It's about the evils of liberalism. Made during the Reagan/Bush era. 'nuff said.
anonymous Nov 1st, 2013 11:35pm report
"Give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry. Just randomly thought I'd say that. Quite honestly, I do think it's about signing the Declaration of Independence...we're learning about this in world history right now. :P
anonymous Jul 12th, 2012 7:10am report
for example if nobody can pay for some things like extractions of teeth or other things that are too expensive. and people can't bring our troops back to america. that'd be good justice. and bad things do happen to people that are not meant to suffer pain and agony. good and honest people. if any of you are one of them. this song is for you.
anonymous Apr 28th, 2011 4:09pm report
i think that this song indicates the bribery and the money put into tilting and manipulating justice to the most bais point that it can possibly reach. it shows that people use money to " rape " justice into lying about legal matters.
anonymous May 7th, 2010 5:52am report
The meaning behind this whole album was saying how there isn't justice and nothing is right, bad things happen to good people, etc. The band was crushed by the death of Cliff Burton and new he had so much more time. He had so much talent and they felt like he was taken way too early and this shows how bad things will happen to good people.
anonymous Jan 5th, 2010 1:45pm report
This is pretty straightforward:
People who disobey the law and get caught find a way to get out of it because the justice system is screwed up. The judges are frightening because they have 'power' and can do whatever they feel like to someone, guilty or not.
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