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Metallica: Harvester of Sorrow Meaning

Song Released: 1988

Harvester of Sorrow Lyrics

My Life Suffocates
Planting Seeds of Hate
I've Loved, Turned to Hate
Trapped Far Beyond My Fate

I Give
You Take
This Life That I Forsake
Been Cheated of My Youth
You Turned this Lie to Truth

You'll Suffer unto...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 26th 2008 report

    Man people I read a book by Metallica and they are quoted as saying the song is about a man who is married too young and has kids and one night he snaps and kills them all.

    There now stop with the damn abortion shit.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 13th 2007 report

    If it's about abortion, explain this part:
    "Drink up
    Shoot in
    Let the Beatings Begin
    Distributor of Pain
    Your Loss Becomes My Gain"

    I'd be willing to bet it's addiction he's talking about. Ever see the vid of them in '92 playing? James does the little hand-motion for "shoot in" like he's shooting up heroin or some such. I don't think abortion is the issue.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 12th 2007 report

    "To see into my eyes, you'll find where murder lies ...infanticide."
    Murder lies in infanticide. Infanticide is abortion.

    The Harvester of Sorrow is the abortion industry, the Language of the Mad is the bullshit that they spew to convince pregnant women that their baby isn't human, and is just an inconvenience.
    "I've loved, turned to hate, trapped far beyond my fate"
    "I've loved" Meaning, "I've had sex". "Turned to hate" Meaning, "I hate the product of the sex I had, and I'm gonna have an abortion". "Trapped far beyond my fate" Meaning that you've OKed the murder of an innocent unborn kid, and have thus damned your soul to Hell.
    "I give, you take, this life that I forsake."
    "I give" Meaning, "I give you money so you'll take the unborn child so you can kill it and rid me of it". "You take, this life that I forsake". Do I need to explain?

    "Pure black (The evil of abortion) looking clear. My (Switching to the Harvester's point of view) work (Preforming the abortion) is done soon here. Try getting back to me, get back which used to be (The mother realizes the evil she's done, and wants the baby back, only to have it thrown in her face that the infant has been brutaly murdered)".
    By brutally murdered, I mean, the back of the infant's head is impaled by a large needle. The brains are sucked out, and the skull is crushed in. In other cases, younger cases, the baby is dismembered while still alive and in the womb. That, my friends, is the brutal horror of abortion. I think it's awesome that Metallica adresses it in their song.

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2017 report

    Farming horror, be fruitful and multiply as the corn multiplies or abort

    It's someone thinking I must be responsible for a change since I'm not and abort this kid Bcz there is already too many People breeding without approval or a vote as she feels it's her right to impact another life like theft and murder or the abuse we all go through (Unforgiven) when born via population control for lacking birth control. That should be be the only thing free government provides in a world where smart people know nothing is free yet the majority via democracy push for welfare. As population grows unsustainably out of balance with nature or God, we lose liberties and economic war issues occur, that's why people work towards beauty, and others hate Christ for it, exodus 34:14, 1 Samuel 16:7, John 18:36, Matthew 24:9 (CEB)

    - working slave Jew (we worsen slavery, work we all must do), now work smart not stupid

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2016 report

    a song about insanity! how uncommon for Metallica(coughsanitariumfrayedendsthethingthatshouldnotbecough) sorry. I had something in my throat

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 2nd 2015 report

    I kind of think it's about a guy who really loved his family,but goes insane(for whatever reason) and murders his family.

  7. tirititrantrantran3
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    Aug 10th 2014 report

    This song is about the soviet famine that took place in the URSS around 1932, in the major grain-producin areas as Ukraine and Kazakstan. If u read the lyrics and imagine yourself as a farmer during this period, it makes much sense.

  8. Naomers
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    Jan 19th 2013 report

    The song is pretty much self-explanatory. He murders his family or a loved one because of psychopathy. It might not even be a loved one. He could be sarcastic when he says "darling."

    The guy who submitted the Rated #1 is 101% correct.

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 10th 2012 report

    its about james parents and killin mosoin of james by james's father

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 30th 2011 report

    To me this song is about a man, who keeps all of his anger and aggression bottled up inside and then one day he snaps. He is filled with so much anger and hate that he goes insane and kills those who mean the most to him

  11. anonymous
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    Aug 30th 2011 report

    'thou the correct central idea of every song lies into the songwriter themselves, I think this song tells about abortion and the possible consequence of alcoholism.

  12. anonymous
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    Aug 1st 2011 report

    There is a reason why artists usually avoid explaining the meaning of a song. It can be interpreted in more that one way , and it is ,, designed " to make you feel a certain sensation , to give you a state of mind . In this song , for one , I feel sadness , violence , darkness , loneliness...Sure I have a ,, novelistic " interpretation of it , but I'd rather keep it to myself .

  13. anonymous
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    May 8th 2011 report

    This song is about the corruption of innocence.

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2011 report

    Harvester of Sorrows is about a man who lives in the modern world, supposedly living the "American Dream". The pressure and absudity of modern living, modern morales(or lack thereof) and the corrupted form of american capitolism drive him insane, and sends him spiraling into a murderous ramapage.

  15. anonymous
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    Dec 17th 2010 report

    It is about a drunk guy who tortures his family right before killing them. I think he kills himself afterwards but it's mainly killing his family while being drunk.

  16. anonymous
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    Jun 22nd 2010 report

    The Song is about a man who loves his family, and after drinking one night, snaps and kills them all.

  17. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2009 report

    The true beauty in the crafting of great art is leaving it open to the personal interpretation of the observer. This makes the observer (listener, in this case) gain ownership of the art piece. Give it up to Papa Het, a great lyricist/poet/songwriter, to leave the lines just blurry enough for us to debate, rather than have a simplistic song that needs no interpretation. Metallica was at their creative and technical peak for this album.

  18. anonymous
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    Aug 19th 2009 report

    This song is about a alcoholic drug-addicted father/husband, who torments his wife and baby, and his sanity snaps and he kills them.
    "Drink up, shoot in", drinking and doing heroin
    "Look into my eyes, you'll see where murder lies...Infanticide...", He kills his baby
    "Let the beatings begin, distributing pain, your loss is my gain" He beats up his family, and his "gain" of releasing his anger, and it his family's "loss" for obvious reasons
    "I've loved, turned to hate" He has had sex (loved), and now has a baby, and he hates himself (turned to hate)

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