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Song Released: 1986

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Battery Lyrics

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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    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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    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.


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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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    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.


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    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.


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    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


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    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.


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    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...


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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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    Oct 28th, 2016 10:49am report

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

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    Sep 4th, 2014 9:54pm report

    Its only about his fame. Battery = Metalica.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.


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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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    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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