What does Fade To Black mean?

Search Login

Metallica: Fade To Black Meaning

Song Released: 1984


Get "Fade To Black" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon
Get MP3 from iTunes

Fade To Black Lyrics

Life it seems, will fade away
Drifting further every day
Getting lost within myself
Nothing matters no one else
I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free

Things not...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    james
    click a star to vote
    Sep 22nd 2014 report

    This song is about depression and where it can lead too.
    "Life, it seems, will fade away
    Drifting further every day
    Getting lost within myself
    Nothing matters, no one else"

    He is constantly thinking about reality. Were born we grow up get old and eventually die. His depression takes over his life, lost in his thoughts nothing he does seems like it matters. Thinking if he were never born the world would keep spinning, Someone else would be doing his job, so why even bother anymore, nothing he does really matters.

    "I have lost the will to live
    Simply nothing more to give
    There is nothing more for me
    Need the end to set me free"

    This is the point he just gives up, his thoughts won't go away or change.
    He realizes the only way to ease his pain, to set his thoughts free is to take his own life.

    "Things not what they used to be
    Missing one inside of me
    Deathly lost, this can't be real
    Cannot stand this hell I feel"

    He remembers good times wishing he could relive his past when things weren't bad.
    He misses the way he was happy and so full of life. He realizes his thoughts and hates the way he feels.

    "Emptiness is filling me
    To the point of agony
    Growing darkness taking dawn
    I was me, but now he's gone"

    He feels like he's alone no one cares,
    He feels like people dont even want him to be here. The happy person he was before his thoughts took over will never come back he will always be sad lonely and hurt.

    "No one but me can save myself, but it's too late
    Now I can't think, think why I should even try
    Yesterday seems as though it never existed
    Death greets me warm, now I will just say goodbye"

    He doesn't tell people how he feels, what his thoughts on life are so nobody will try and stop him. He is determined to take his own life. Why bother. The days grow as long as his thoughts. The point of termination of life he imagines the reaper creating him with arms wide open. If people in this world dont want me maybe there is one in the next life.

  2. 2TOP RATED

    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jul 4th 2009 report

    OKay
    I love this song. Not to sound like a pansy, but it is pretty beautiful. ok nevermind
    here's how it goes
    It could be about James Hetfield's stolen stage gear, which sent him into a deep depression, but that is not likely. most think that is the case, but it is not. In that case, the "suicide" in the song is James quitting Metallica. That is Wrong. I say that because he says "I have lost the Will To Live", "Death Greets me warm", and "Nothing Matters, no one else". This song is about a man (Portrayed By James) who is contemplating suicide, and then eventually does kill himself. That's why this song is so grim, because of the seriousness and sadness of the topic.

  3. 3TOP RATED

    #3 top rated interpretation:
    punkemorocker
    click a star to vote
    Apr 3rd 2006 report

    hmm, well I love this song, one of my favorite metallica songs, and not only becuase of the kick ass guitar, but it shows that people who you think look, or act tough, and really write something this emotionally involved, that's not wat the songs saying, I just wanted to make a note of that, but the song too me is pretty much about, well depressing things, about changning who you are, maybe to fit something your not, or not being able to ahve something u've set your life forand losing yourself, and getting futhur away form people you love, because your so worried about one thing, and you eventualyl start too die inside, adn there's nothign you can do, and your not sure, and you feel lost, so you might try to look for death, as a nice way out, and it looks as if the person in this song does die, and not necessarily ina physical sense, but more in an emotional sense

  4. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Apr 8th 2018 report

    I was told by a member of Exodus who started out as roadies and techs for Metallica that the song was about a person losing there spouse of many years. I won’t go into the line by line mentions because, well, I was stoned out of my mind so this all may be bullshit but I do know I talked to the guy cause I have the Polaroid

  5. militarymom11_16
    click a star to vote
    Jan 12th 2018 report

    It's about our military and all the suffering of our soldiers ..only my interpretation

  6. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jan 12th 2018 report

    I've loved this song for years and always thought it to be about our military on D day .."red" was bloodshed!

  7. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Dec 14th 2017 report

    I've always thought it was about the military, as Metallica has a lot of song dealing with the suffering of veterans. I think it's about a man who is trying his best to get through with d day. As it was so gruesome, and all the suffering from this day

  8. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Sep 4th 2017 report

    This song is about depression, it's what depression sufferers may feel, and what it can also lead to, with it being possible suicide.
    Life can sometimes seem to fade away, and drift further, but this is what it's like to have depression, it's a very sad song.
    It was written because of some stolen equipment which james' mother gave to him before she died.

    And I honestly think of Chester Bennington when I listen to this, because probably felt this

  9. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jan 1st 2017 report

    any one actually think to ever just ask James what the song means? I'd try there first...

  10. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Oct 18th 2016 report

    **Punkemorocker**

    Your a moron the song is about depression and suicide nothing more nothing less...

  11. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Apr 23rd 2016 report

    Back then in the early days metallica was on drugs (obviously) lars was too sensitive to narcs and started to get in the stage of suicide by drugs and at the time they were in england and hetfield and kirk plus lars put there thoughts and ideas together and made this song and they were stoned in the making so this would interperate depression and suicide.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  12. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Dec 15th 2013 report

    Alright yes when i first heard this song, i thought straight away it was about suicide and it somewhat is, it is yeah a suicide song but the meaning behind why he wrote it is that..their band equipment was stolen while on tour and they were kicked out of their managers house. They were all really bummed out about it and this is where the song came from.
    It's not exactly the best meaning behind it but it's where the song originated from. Not suicide, although the lyrics are about suicide and it is a suicide song.

  13. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Nov 8th 2013 report

    Honestly, it's about suicide, depression, self-harm, sadness, shit like that.

  14. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    May 30th 2013 report

    Does anyone know, in which song Metallica sings the words "fade to black"??

  15. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Feb 17th 2013 report

    I guess it is differant for everyone. Me myself feel the words like they are my own. Im going through a battle with drugs right now and have most more then anyone ever loose because of it and on top of that im dealing with mental issues as well that recently have taken over everything that the drugs didnt. So to me the song is saying everyday im getting more lost and mostly lost on myself feeli'g trapped helpless and like i have nothing elsr i can do.pain is an everyday thing along with a deep emptiness for all i have lost worst of all myself. Because what i am npw is not me,not the me i was but that exists no mote so much so that i cant remember a time when it did. Like he said, yesterday seems as though it never existed. Im not me anymore. I know only i can save or help myself but im so tired now and cant even try. And im not sayin i want to fie but apart of me just wants the death,meaning tje bad ending that i know is the end result to happen alrezdy tjrn maybe i can finally be free because i can give up. Shitty i kno just how it feels at times

  16. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jun 24th 2012 report

    Heroine. This fuckin song was written by dave mustane before its ride the lightning debut.

  17. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Apr 9th 2012 report

    Suicide,man. Just suicide

  18. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jun 23rd 2011 report

    this song is about severe depression(clinical depression) and it clearly describes some of the ways a a person suffering from this may think. including feeling like he or she "needs the end to set he or she free"

‹ prev 123



More Metallica song meanings »


 


Latest Articles

 


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]





Just Posted

Float anonymous
Welcome To My House anonymous
Back Door Man anonymous
I Was Never There anonymous
Do Ya Wanna Taste It anonymous
Burn The House Down anonymous
Speed Your Love to Me tjscott
See You Again anonymous
Call Me Little Sunshine anonymous
Act My Age anonymous
Coming Home anonymous
Chasing Ghosts anonymous
Every Time You Leave anonymous
Rikki Don't Lose That Number anonymous
Brother anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

The Foundations Of Decay
My Chemical Romance
5 Foot 9
Tyler Hubbard
Provenza
Karol G
Efecto
Bad Bunny
Otro Atardecer
Bad Bunny
Andrea
Bad Bunny
Love You Better
Future
Frozen
Lil Baby