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Metallica: Nothing Else Matters Meaning

Song Released: 1992

Nothing Else Matters Lyrics

So close, no matter how far
Couldn't be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
and nothing else matters

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
and nothing else...


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    Mar 3rd, 2011 3:24am report

    The song, if one listens to it and actually seperates the lyrics to a literal philosophical level, it may be about how someone becomes free from their own reprimed self. But the only way we can do it is opening ourselves to someone we love, we trust, we believe in. Love, yes. Romance? Maybe, but My own idea is that it mostly relates to Friendship. A friend or friends that one can trust, feel supported by, fight for, and die for. Friendship that shows that no matter who, what, or how it is it will never break. Nothing else matters, just us. Never opened like that to anybody else than to the person you most trust. It can be a family member, it can be your parent, your own bloodline, your friend, a random person you met, an employee, or even an enemy. It will all end into the most purest and truest friendship that can be fonded. And no matter what people say, believe, think or mock.Nothing else matter than the love you have for that person, and the love that person has for you.


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    Nov 6th, 2008 11:00am report

    This song was written for his old girlfriend. he feels so close to her heart no matter how far apart they are, he has never opened himslef up to anyone like this before, he is seeks for trust and he doesn't care what she does or says, he loves her for who she is... METALLICA KICKS A** !!!


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    Dec 2nd, 2008 12:31am report

    I don't know what Metallica's interpretation of this song is or why they wrote it. It's got deep meaning for me though because it fits how I feel about my guys in the army. My comrades. We go through things that the average people don't. When we serve together, then or now, we remain true to eachother... no questions asked. No bond stronger, undoubtedly. A different breed, definitely. Open up to each other and tell things that we wouldn't dare tell even our priest. Time or distance doesn't separate or shift our bonds. We live our lives our way, different than most but the same as each other's. Brothers and sisters in arms both on and off the battlefields... I love all of them. God this fucking song gets me.


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    Oct 3rd, 2015 10:46pm report

    James said the song is about an ex-girl friend, a stripper, that he dated


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    Aug 7th, 2014 8:57am report

    I think the meaning of the song is that you always have your best guidence for yourself within you. Don't look for guidence outside of you even though those outside of you can be a reflection to open you up for more of yourself.
    Best song ever!


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    Jun 21st, 2014 6:21am report

    This song goes out to everyone around the world soliders who fight for our well beings,our freedom,our family,our safety.To people who just maybe are going or have been inrough times. To people who just need comfort when you don't want to talk they just wanna feel.This song doesn't have to be about his personal problems. It can be about life
    Itself. The world in what he's seen or have been put in.


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    Jun 21st, 2014 6:05am report

    I wonder why he wrote this song it has so much feelings and
    Heart and soul into this....it means something to me because of family and friends and my emotions. This song puts be in a place I don't want to be inside me ....it made me realize different things.


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    May 8th, 2014 5:48am report

    To me it sounds like a relationship he had or has that nobody could accept or like and so ma y people and being on the road his music fans and friends was getting v in the way but he wasn't going to let it because there love for each other was so deep and strong its a beautiful song no matter what the meaning is. Its from the heart and its deep and I'm sure lots of people can relate to it. I'm still in love with the song it'll always be my favorite.


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    Sep 20th, 2013 9:10pm report

    I believe it is meant for the Fans. that even though their music style had changed, that they were still and would always be "Metallica"


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    Jun 21st, 2013 6:56am report

    He was singing to aliens :)


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    Dec 12th, 2012 12:49pm report

    This song is about how we have to profit everyday like it's the last we live. It's like a carpe diem so, i think, they mean love now, during u can still love, and live everyday like it's the last one, no matters what other people say. Still be the one you are and find the girl/boy you want to be with


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    Oct 18th, 2012 10:13pm report

    To sum it up, Its about James talking about how he really doesn't give a shit anymore, "Life is ours, we live it our way"- Is just him explaining that it really doesn't matter...or atleast thats my trancendenelism of it.


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    Sep 22nd, 2012 9:49am report

    James Hetfield himself said the song was about being on the road and missing home. That is 100% accurate.


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    Aug 17th, 2012 8:21am report

    Call me wrong...I really don't care..but this is what I know.. It does involve his girlfriend but its not really really about her though. He was talking on the phone with her when James came up with the main riff of the guitar. Now the lyrics is actually about being on tour so much and missing his actual home.


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    Apr 24th, 2012 4:28pm report

    I dont know about James's GF and the fact he wrote the song for her. as someone who has listened to this song countless times i would interpret it this way;
    so close no matter how far could'nt be much more from the heart in this world , all of us have our own aspirations and wishes which may sound interesting to others or not.to make them come true we may have to put ourseleves on a path towards which friens, parents and even the society as a whole might raise objection. however no matter how close their advice sound they aint closer to you than your heart so we need to put trust in who we are and make as much effort as needed to get who we are supposed to be regardless of how stupid it may look to others.
    'never care for what they do .... should be explicite enough to persive. this is what i feel whn i listen to this song. it may not be what metallica had in their minds back then. even so i would still like to interpret it this way.


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    Apr 7th, 2012 4:25am report

    This song is about an ups and downs relationship. Wherever they are, whatever they do, their hearts can't be separated. I love you yesterday, today, forever and ever. Please love yourself and me. Nothing else matters.

    We're all born for love. Its the principle of existence and its only end.


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    Feb 22nd, 2012 2:14am report

    I've been reading some of the interpretations, and, seriously? The top rated one is almost right. It's about them been on tour for so long and not being able to spend time with their loved ones. He originally wrote the starting guitar intro whilst on the phone to someone, his free hand picking the 4 strings (E, G, B, E). He was afraid to show the rest of the band the song, thinking it wasn't Metallica enough, but they all missed their loved ones too and agreed it was suitable.


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    Oct 8th, 2011 10:43pm report

    i think this song is of philosophical meaning..we have to trust in ourself..that is the main point in this song.what we think is far reach from us can become so close if we trust in ourself.Life is hard and sometimes the path is so dark that it seems the road ends nearby...But if we change our view with an open mind,theres a lot more await for us.what the heart thinks sooo far can become so close if we dare..no matter what people knows,no matter what others do.nothing else matter...You can do anything.

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