What does Now That We're Dead mean?

Metallica: Now That We're Dead Meaning

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Song Released: 2017


Now That We're Dead Lyrics

When darkness falls
May it be
That we should see the light

When reaper calls
May it be
That we walk straight and right

When doubt returns
May it be
That faith shall permeate our scars

When we're seduced
Then may it be
That we not...

  1. anonymous
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    Sep 5th 2017 !⃝

    I and many others I know thought this is about a murder-suicide. Man kills girlfriend who tries to leave him then kills himself so they can be together forever.

  2. anonymous
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    Jul 13th 2017 !⃝

    Posted on Song Facts:

    James Hetfield sings here of someone whose lover has died, and he is looking forward to them being reunited in the afterlife.
    When Metallica started tracking the song, they found they were overthinking it and were forced to use one of the preproduction rehearsal takes. Lars Ulrich explained to Rolling Stone:

    "With 'Now That We're Dead,' we recorded it and everything kept getting tighter and precise, and all of a sudden you go, wait a minute, I think we just beat all the life out of this thing [laughs]. We went back and listened to the preproduction floor takes – almost like the last rehearsals – and it's like, 'Hey, wait a minute. There's a completely different vibe there. It sounds like a living, breathing entity rather than something put together by a drill sergeant.' [Laughs] So we went with a version that was a little bit looser."


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