What does Fuel mean?

Metallica: Fuel Meaning

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Album cover for Fuel album cover

Song Released: 1998


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Fuel Lyrics

Gimme fuel, gimme fire
Gimme that which I desire

Turn on, I see red
Adrenaline crash and crack my head
Nitro junkie, paint me dead
And I see red

One hundred plus through black and white
War horse, warhead
Fuck 'em, man, white-knuckle...

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 28th 2009 !⃝

    I think I read somewhere that this song is about going fast in cars. He wrote about cars because while he was struggling with alcohol, he took an interest in cars to occupy himself.

  2. Metallicamaniac666
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    Nov 28th 2009 !⃝

    James and the rest of the band love their cars and going fast. It also is like a biography of the band how they lived life on the edge and when in the song a junkie dies I think it's for remembrance of Cliff Burton R.I.P. Sept 27 1986

  3. Godfather
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    May 13th 2009 !⃝

    This song is obviously about crack or dope,I mean,all of Metallicaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa's songs are about dope-ity-dope-dope.Sorry,I drank four 7-Up's in the last hour...

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  4. anonymous
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    May 12th 2009 !⃝

    It's clearly about street racing

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 4th 2008 !⃝

    It's about both heroine use and racing.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2008 !⃝

    This Song is about Fighting.

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  7. anonymous
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    Oct 6th 2007 !⃝

    How the hell you can be so brutally stupid? What DRUGS? What ALCOHOLISM?... James is obviously like others said inspired with cars and in this song with a fuel too, so he put himself in this song like he is an engine and putting in him a human feelings to describe us how engine is alive, like a human too, which is thirsty for fuel

  8. YourFan
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    Jul 19th 2007 !⃝

    This song could be about drug use, especially alcoholism, a problem for James who wrote this song.
    But I think, it's about the thrill of fast driving and street racing, because it's about James's love of cars and fast driving. and the fact that his love of cars became a substitute for his love of drugs and alcohol.

  9. anonymous
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    Dec 13th 2006 !⃝

    My interpretation is similar to one above that talks about going fast, speed, and whatnot. I don't think the song is necessarily about speed as much as it is about the rush for fire and energy and adrenaline.

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 12th 2006 !⃝

    Its about how people throw their lives away by driving fast and unsafe

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2006 !⃝

    It is definately about drugs. "Take the corner join the crash" signifies turning the corner into doing the drugs and joining all the other people who do it. "white knuckle tight" signifies when someone is clenching their fist making their knuckle go white when they use heroin. They also need fuel (drugs) for their fire (addiction) hence "give me fuel give me fire give me that which I desire". also "quench my thirst with gasoline" signifies taking drugs ang getting your fix.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 12th 2006 !⃝

    It's most likely about drugs or life or whatnot. It is most certainly not for Cliff. "To Live is to Die" on Justice IS in fact for Cliff.

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  13. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2006 !⃝

    This may be about the crash that ended up killing the late great Cliff Burton.

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  14. MrPizzazz702
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    Nov 16th 2005 !⃝

    To me it sounds more like a crash that just keeps piling up. Hence the "take the corner join the crash" and other references to various injuries resulting from the crash.

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  15. malius
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    Aug 22nd 2005 !⃝

    I'm sure it's about cars and engines. James loves his V8s and Harleys, etc. He is a real rev head.

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