Metallica: Battery Meaning
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Song Released: 1986
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Weak are ripped and torn away
Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower
Battery is here to stay
Smashing through the boundaries
lunacy has found me
cannot stop the Battery
anonymous Jul 6th, 2010 7:31pm report
Anonymous #2 is close with "Battery can mean an act of violence. I think that this song is about fighting in general. "Lashing out the action, returning the reaction" Person A punches Person B, B punches back. Ta-Da! We have a brawl breaking out."
To take it one step further, I've always seen this song as being about child abuse and how the child learns this behavior. that is why "battery is found in me" "battery is here to stay".
"Cannot kill the family" tells me that he won't (or can't) hurt the people responsible for his abuse as he sees it as acceptable behavior.
"Cannot kill the battery" tells of the abuse living on in the child, presumably to dish it out to his children. A bleak song, really; except for the awesome riffs and fitting lyrics, shown by the anger expressed as would befit one who physically abused children and the child himself unable to deal with it.
Just my $.02.
anonymous Jun 4th, 2007 6:17am report
I just think it's simply about a powerful, nearly unstoppable force of any kind. Such as a military battery, which is a unit of artillery, or perhaps battery as in assault and battery. Maybe even a vengeful force of someone who has been wronged by "deceivers" or "non-believers" ("Crushing all deceivers, mashing non-believers"). One could interpret it as any sort of dramatic, devastating force, be it artillery, physical violence, vengeance, or anything in that nature.
anonymous Feb 15th, 2009 2:06pm report
Battery is about James' time hanging out on battery street in SF during his early days in the band.
anonymous Jan 27th, 1:28pm report
The theme of the song revolves around the San Francisco thrash scene of the 1980s. The most prominent club played by Metallica was the Old Waldorf located at 444 Battery Street in downtown San Francsico. The tone of the song is one of familial ties and the positive release of energy through the common interest of metal. The lyric "Cannot kill the family, Battery is found in me" is a statement that while society at large doesn't understand the scene, those within it (i.e. "the family") will fiercely defend it as a show of solidarity against the glam scene that was popular in the Los Angeles area.
anonymous Dec 5th, 12:48pm report
Yea it probably is about a moshpit ... but if we look deeper it is also about the inner energy, and the fight that is a mans life.
anonymous Mar 29th, 2019 3:47am report
Phones? Bikes ?no clue get out my head lol love Metallica. Thank you to my brother. He had awesome music I would "borrow" and listen to and rock out and return when I was a young angry girl ! Lol
anonymous Nov 21st, 2018 11:40pm report
Battery: A frontal military assault designed to weaken or destroy the enemy by means of constant heavy attack. Usually carried out by blunt force, heavily armored artillery ground attack.
A most unpleasant and grim prospect as Metallica so adeptly conveys in this musical piece.
anonymous Oct 6th, 2018 10:48pm report
Well I know battery is a crime, another name for assault and I always thought it was the type of person that is violent and high strung.
I read the post at the and take the posters word for it, guess I was a little off but o'well it's obviously a great song about violance which is the easiest way to put it in a sense...
anonymous Apr 8th, 2018 4:13am report
Wow! I actually spoke to Kirk Hammet before a show I went to. Really cool dude and a very small guy. He just walked up to the back entrance and no one else noticed him. We talked for 10 minutes. Battery was playing inside the arena and I asked about it. He stated that it was the mentality of a guy going into a hardcore mosh pit. He likes everyone there hence the family and the phony’s that get away from the pit are the weak that are torn away. I’m not getting this across the same way he did but later during the show I got into a pit and left with a black eye and bruised ribs. Even stoned and drunk I realized what he meant about the song. Losing your control and diving into the fury of the pits
anonymous Apr 18th, 2011 4:23pm report
The song is about the power and energy at the live shows and how the fans would electrify the place with their energy.
anonymous Feb 16th, 2010 2:57am report
The word "Battery" in this song would most likely refer to violence and aggression, and the song is describing this as an uncontrollable entity in human beings ("cannot stop the battery...battery is found in me") that they themselves create ("whipping up a fury, dominating flurry, we create the battery"), which would also draw some metaphorical comparisons to a literal battery.
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