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Song Released: 1986



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Lashing out the action, returning the reaction
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
Pounding out...

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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 18th, 2006 11:24am report


    This was actually a pitch to the Duracell battery company for an ad campaign.

    Nope.

    The word "Battery" in this song could pretty much sum up the feelings and ideas behind thrash metal.

    Lashing out the action, returning the reaction
    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
    Pounding out aggression
    turns into obsession
    cannot kill the Battery

    Cannot kill the family
    Battery is found in me

    Battery

    It's like such a rush of energy, a release, contained in such a small space, a battery.
    Or its used in the sense of being battered, the song is constantly bombarding you, the "Hammer comes crushing", it's "Pounding out aggression".
    Circle of Destruction, Hammer comes crushing
    Powerhouse of energy
    Whipping up a fury, Dominating flurry
    We create the Battery

    Metallica creates the "Battery", the song is a "Powerhouse of energy", heavy metal is a "Circle of Destruction".



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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st, 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.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 6th, 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...



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    anonymous
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    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



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    anonymous
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    Oct 28th, 2016 10:49am report


    Sounds like anyone amped about something. Boston tea party to......dare I say....ISIS

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    anonymous
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    Sep 4th, 2014 9:54pm report


    Its only about his fame. Battery = Metalica.

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    anonymous
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    Oct 29th, 2013 10:20am report


    Metallica is talking about domestic violence...........And some other stuff asa well--it doesn't have just one meaning but if you listen "cannot kill the family" you will understand. But like I said it means domestic violence and everything above.

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    anonymous
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    Aug 4th, 2013 8:05am report


    I think the song is a play on the different meanings of the word 'battery' and how they're linked to Metallica's music.

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    anonymous
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    Jan 20th, 2013 1:39am report


    No need for all that thinking guys. Just replace the word "battery" with "religion" and you will start to understande the meaning.

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    anonymous
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    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.



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    Lowden6
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    Aug 21st, 2010 8:30pm report


    The First Place Metallica Played was in a place called Batery. The song might be a tribute to tht first concert the played, even though they were only paid Four Bucks each.
    Unlikley.



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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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    segpatrol94
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    Apr 9th, 2009 4:28am report


    It's about a killer he goes off one day and goes on a killing spree.

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    anonymous
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    Feb 20th, 2009 2:12pm report


    When Metallica was starting to get well known in the metal circut, they used to play alot of clubs and bars on a street called Battery Street. And I think that street was special to James Hetfield hince the part that goes "BATTERY IS FOUND IN ME..." Any way you look at it, it's an awsome song



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    unkown
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    Jan 22nd, 2008 1:56pm report


    Battery is about an artillery battery in WW2, it has to be World War 2. It is also about the guy trying to destroy it "cannot kill the battery" come on man it could be about any force any time, it's probably not though.

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