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Metallica: Master of Puppets Meaning

Tagged: Drugs [suggest]

Song Released: 1986


Master of Puppets Lyrics

End of passion play, crumbling away
I'm your source of self-destruction
Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear
Leading on your death's construction

Taste me, you will see
More is all you need
You're dedicated to
How I'm...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    anonymous
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    May 16th, 2007 5:06pm report


    I'll prove it

    'End of passion play, crumbling away
    I'm your source of self-destruction
    Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear
    Leading on your death's construction'

    How you inject the drugs into your veins and it kills you faster.

    'Taste me, you will see
    More is all you need
    You're dedicated to
    How I'm killing you'

    About how once you've tasted drugs you'll want to come back to them and just keep doing them.

    'Come crawling faster
    Obey your master
    Your life burns faster
    Obey your master
    Master'

    You'll find yourself a slave, or puppet, to the drugs and your life will end quicker, and you will crawl back to them

    'Master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings, yeah
    Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
    Blinded by me, you can't see a thing
    Just call my name, 'cause I'll hear you scream
    Master
    Master
    Just call my name, 'cause I'll hear you scream
    Master
    Master
    Hell Yeah!'

    How you will be blinded by the drugs and your dreams will become impossibilities and you will screw up your mind

    'Needlework the way, never you betray
    Life of death becoming clearer
    Pain monopoly, ritual misery
    Chop your breakfast on a mirror'

    How you will use needles to inject and how you usually snort cocaine off of a mirror

    'Hell is worth all that, natural habitat
    Just a rhyme without a reason
    Never-ending maze, drift on numbered days
    Now your life is out of season'

    This part is basically about how you will get lost in a maze created by the drugs and dying from them

    'I will occupy
    I will help you die
    I will run through you
    Now I rule you, too'

    How when you are addicted, it's hard to stop, it will control you and kill you faster.

    There.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 19th, 2005 4:39pm report


    Master of Puppets is about how substance abuse (mostly drugs) destroys your life. The master of Puppets is the drugs controlling your mind.

    Ex. "Chop your breakfast on a mirror"
    Cocaine addiction

    Ex. " Needlework the way, never you betray, life of death becoming clearer."
    Heroine addiction, you can't quite the drug, your life is continually ruined as you delve deeper into the addiction

    Ex. "Master of puppets is pulling your strings."
    Addiction controls you

    If you listen to the song there are many other examples

    And don't forget

    METALLICA KICKS ASS!!!!!

    Your fellow metalhead,
    Joe



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    skinbabe
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    May 30th, 2006 5:01am report


    Ummmm nooooooo, it's not about James having no vein in his penis... It's about drugs and how they take over your life.. The drug is the master "come crawling faster, obey your master" crawling back to the drug (the master) "taste me you will see more is all you need" that makes it very clear it's about drug use. "master of puppets I'm pulling your srtings, twisting your mind and smashing your dreams, blinded bu me you can't see a thing, just call my name and il hear you scream" drugs crash your dreams and as you probably know when your on drugs its like a master hence "master of puppets" your the puppet. another good example "taste me you will see more is all you need" you have it once your more than likely to have it again.
    so I really dnt think it's about his veinless penis...
    correct me if I'm wrong ... and go easy I'm only 15 haha

    BIGGEST METALLICA FAN EVA



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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 4:19am report


    It's obviously about Jim Henson.



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    Jerry Mael
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    Oct 26th, 2015 10:17am report


    I agree it is about drugs but the government overtones are quite apparent, too and well founded.
    The TV is a master to most people. The Media is a master to most people which is ran by....the government or at least Murdoch. People pay income taxes when no income tax law can be shown to them (this is called voluntary compliance).
    They lie through media to send other people's kids to their deaths fighting for oil and corporate gains.
    The Government also wants to control most of your life from cradle to grave and none of this was different prior to Metallica. ijs \m/



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    anonymous
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    Oct 3rd, 2015 10:28pm report


    Heroin addiction



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    anonymous
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    Oct 3rd, 2015 10:54pm report


    It's about heroin addiction



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    anonymous
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    Oct 12th, 2014 10:02am report


    The song is about drugs, I will go through the lyrics and say the meaning
    End of passion play,crumbling away, I'm your source of self destruction. This means that once drugs are in control (which normally is the first try) your life is ruined, and drugs kill you.
    Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear, leading on your deaths construction. This means once again that drugs kill you and destroy you.
    Taste me you will see, more is all you need. This means that once you try drugs you'll be hooked. This goes on for the rest of the song and other consequences of doing drugs.
    BTW I am the craziest, most hardcore, biggest Metallica fan ever, and Master of Puppets is my favorite song of all time.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 12th, 2012 10:00pm report


    the first bit is the drug talking to an addict saying how he is the Drug's Slave,when its saying :"master where are the dreams i've been after ..." he is the grug addict talking to the "drug"



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    anonymous
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    Aug 5th, 2012 8:19am report


    somebody asked here what "just a rhyme without the reason" means. I think it describes the state of drug addict, he's exactly like a rhyme without a reason in songs or poems - he has no goal or deeper meaning of his life, he is just there.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 5th, 2012 6:53pm report


    No , ..... The master is satan ! He is the one james is talking about , and the puppets are all you , metallica fans, every time you leasten and enjoy the song , you are crowling more and more into hell ....
    Maybe is 4 that reason the band has that fame and money .....
    There is only one that promised eternal life , JESUS , he is real , and his kingdom Too.....

    And beleive me , what JESUS has for you , is much better than what the master of puppets can offer you

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Apr 12th, 2012 4:10pm report


    i think this song is about the devil(when i say the devil i mean the devil,drugs, everything that is bad for u) having control over our lives(which we give him because we are sinners, but God is love and will forgive you if u ask for real)
    "I'm your source of self-destruction" this the devil because he is the source of all evil and since we r sinners we want what is bad for us and we want to sin
    "Taste me, you will see
    More is all you need
    You're dedicated to
    How I'm killing you

    Come crawling faster
    Obey your master
    Your life burns faster
    Obey your master!
    Master!"
    to some people the devil is their master because they let him be their master and when the songs says obey ur master its the devil saying do bad "Hell is worth all that, natural habitat
    Just a rhyme without a reason" well i think thats the devil saying hey hell is fun do the bad things which seem fun but will lead to ur dead( and i think hell is not fun and not worth it) I AM NOT SAYING METALLICA WORSHIPS THE DEVIL OPR THEY DON'T THINK GOD IS REAL AND I AM NOT SAYING I AM RIGHT THIS JUST WHAT I THINK THE SONG MEANS



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    anonymous
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    Jul 14th, 2011 7:07pm report


    Sounds like DOOM E1M1 - At Doom's Gate



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    anonymous
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    Apr 17th, 2011 4:39am report


    The song is about drug addiction and a past members problems with them.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 6th, 2011 4:10pm report


    'End of passion play, crumbling away
    I'm your source of self-destruction
    Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear
    Leading on your death's construction'

    How you inject the drugs into your veins and it kills you faster.

    'Taste me, you will see
    More is all you need
    You're dedicated to
    How I'm killing you'

    About how once you've tasted drugs you'll want to come back to them and just keep doing them.

    'Come crawling faster
    Obey your master
    Your life burns faster
    Obey your master
    Master'

    You'll find yourself a slave, or puppet, to the drugs and your life will end quicker, and you will crawl back to them

    'Master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings, yeah
    Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
    Blinded by me, you can't see a thing
    Just call my name, 'cause I'll hear you scream
    Master
    Master
    Just call my name, 'cause I'll hear you scream
    Master
    Master
    Hell Yeah!'

    How you will be blinded by the drugs and your dreams will become impossibilities and you will screw up your mind

    'Needlework the way, never you betray
    Life of death becoming clearer
    Pain monopoly, ritual misery
    Chop your breakfast on a mirror'

    How you will use needles to inject and how you usually snort cocaine off of a mirror

    'Hell is worth all that, natural habitat
    Just a rhyme without a reason
    Never-ending maze, drift on numbered days
    Now your life is out of season'

    This part is basically about how you will get lost in a maze created by the drugs and dying from them

    'I will occupy
    I will help you die
    I will run through you
    Now I rule you, too'

    How when you are addicted, it's hard to stop, it will control you and kill you faster.



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    quickandead
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    Sep 15th, 2010 9:43am report


    Master of Puppets is plain and simply about speed. Not coke, speed. Best song about it ever written by boys playing metal and living it in the crank capitol of the world.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 10th, 2010 6:53am report


    The "master" refers to drugs and the song says that nothing good comes out of taking drugs and how they can control your life



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    anonymous
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    Mar 2nd, 2010 3:04pm report


    “Master of Puppets” is a song by heavy metal band Metallica. This song talks about drugs (specifically cocaine), and how they ruin one’s life. James Hetfield, the lead vocalist, explained that it, “deals pretty much with drugs. How things get switched around, instead of you controlling what you're taking and doing, it is drugs controlling you." The “Master” in the song refers to drugs that control the user, who is the “puppet”. This is evident in the lyrics,” I’m pulling your strings, Twisting your mind, smashing your dreams, Blinded by me, you can't see a thing”. This shows how drugs alter your thinking, destroys your dreams, and makes you blind to your long-term goals. The first stanza is written in the point of view of the drug. It says how using drugs is basically a slow suicide. What drug he is talking about is not directly stated, but the listener can infer that it is heroine, “sucking darkest clear” or cocaine (chop your breakfast on a mirror). Cocaine is sniffed from a mirror because it makes a good flat surface and makes small bits of cocaine easy to spot. This song also talks extensively about the powerful addiction of drugs. For example, “Taste me you will see, more is all you need” shows the addictive nature of drugs. It also talks about how drugs ruin people’s lives. Not only does it cause death (“I will help you die”), it also moves them further from their goals (“smashing your dreams”). According to the song, their lives are ruined and the want to be free from the addiction but they can’t (“Fix me”). Overall, this song tells about the dangers of using drugs.

    -SuperBarnie



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