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Metallica: Eye Of The Beholder Meaning


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Song Released: 1988

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Eye Of The Beholder Lyrics

Do you see what I see?
Truth is an offence
You silence for your confidence

Do you hear what I hear?
Doors are sliding shut
Limit your imagination, keep you where they must

Do you feel what I feel?
Bittering distress
Who decides what...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 4th 2007 report

    I believe this song possibly deals with one or two more things. One is perhaps about governments or an elite group of some sort pulling the wool over the citizens' eyes, assuring them that they're free to do what they please and should be happy that way, when their freedoms are actually very restricted...

    "Doesn't matter what you see
    Or into it what you read
    You can do it your own way
    If it's done how I say"

    ... And about how your true freedom is decided by "Your money and your wealth."

    It could also be about how freedom for one sometimes hurts another. The following:

    "Freedom of choice
    Choice is made for you my friend"

    Could be a reference to abortion, though highly unlikely; about how the choice of the mother can be harmful to the child, saying its choice of whether or not it would like to live is made for it. There's a slight chance this could be possible because Metallica has been thought of as being pro-life, such as when Hetfield says "Infanticide" in Harvester of Sorrow. Though this hasn't really been confirmed.

    One more note: Please, no abortion arguments. I'm not personally pro-life. I'm just giving a possible interpretation of a song, not trying to make a political statement on abortion.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 14th 2006 report

    The first one is right or at least closer .. It is about gov..

    Read this

    you can do it your own way
    if it's done how I say

    independence limited
    freedom of choice
    choice is made for you my friend
    freedom of speech
    speech is words that they will bend
    freedom with their exception

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    Jun 1st 2020 report

    Of course it's about the government. You can translate almost every song on the album to something about the government. Hence "and justice for all".

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2015 report

    I believe that it is a prophecy, which has became reality.

    It predicts political correctness in America, like we see now.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 11th 2006 report

    It talks about how life can be preceived in different ways because different personalities see things in different ways. It all depends on the "eye of the beholder".

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 30th 2005 report

    From 1895 to 1917, Nicholas had secret police everywhere. You couldn't talk about how bad the government was or you would be killed or sent to Siberia. If you told the truth about the government, it would be considered an offence.

    "Do You See What I See?
    Truth is an offence"

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway

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