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Metallica: Cyanide Meaning


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Sleep and dream of this
Death Angel's kiss
Brings final bliss

Empty, they say
Death, won't you let me stay?
Empty, they say
Death, hear me call your name..
Ooh, call your name.

Suicide, I've already died


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    Mar 22nd, 2018 3:03pm report

    This song might be a link to The Peoples Temple cult who performed a mass suicide in 1978 using cyanide, killing 918 people..


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    Jul 4th, 2015 7:42am report

    The song states that he has already died meaning that he is going to die no matter what but he also wants to stay to cause more chaos he is also calling deaths name wanting to die the lyrics cyanide dead inside refers to cyanide death penalty


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    Mar 22nd, 2012 3:57pm report

    It's about abortion

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Mar 31st, 2011 3:43pm report

    As many MetallicA songs, Cyanide has multiple meanings
    My 2 favourites are these:
    1) as the oldest comment said, it was about WWII, gas chambers, and nazis. The demo was entitled German Soup for that reason.
    2) Drugs. Since Metallica started to play many fellow singers, musicians and well-known people have died of drug abuse. The cyanide are drugs, so, as Metallica has survived, they are asking for permission to Death, so it may let them outlive all of their contemporary mates. It's all about old wasted rockers


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    Oct 4th, 2010 10:43pm report

    During the Chorus he says "Suicide, I've already died." The album is titled Death Magnetic is about suicide. "Death won't you let me stay, Death hear me call you name."


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    Oct 29th, 2009 10:47am report

    I believe it has to do with the gas chamber death penalty in the united states, because cyanide is used in that form of execution.

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