Metallica: One Meaning
Song Released: 1989
Can't tell if this is true or dream
Deep down inside I feel to scream
This terrible silence stops me
Now that the war is through with me
I'm waking up, I cannot see
That there's not much left of me
anonymous Apr 28th 2011 report
I believe that this song not only interprets the video that it is made from but, it tells us that war is far more destructive and catastrophic than the government and the people know.
anonymous Apr 17th 2011 report
The song is based on the film "Billy Get Your Gun" the character loses his arms, legs etc.
anonymous Jan 20th 2011 report
Based on Johnny Got His Gun, its a book/movie. Read it, good book.
anonymous Nov 29th 2010 report
One of the best songs ever. This is about a war.
anonymous Nov 26th 2010 report
This song is about his penis as well
Awesomedude Aug 3rd 2010 report
War!!!! That is what it's about.
anonymous Jul 7th 2010 report
This is a song about the book Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, which had clips from the movie in the music video. The book was based on a trip the Prince of Wales had taken to a canadian hospital during World War 1, where he had seen a man who had his limbs blown off from a landmine, but was still technically alive, even though they believed that he could not feel any pain. He then wrote the book in the midst of WW2, 1939, and named it "Johnny Got his Gun" because of the propaganda song "Johnny Get your Gun", encouraging men to join the military. This is definetly an anti-war book, suggesting that this is what the proverbial "Johnny" got for joining the war. All of the lyrics in the song relate to the things in the book, him losing his limbs to a landmine, and wanting to eventually kill himself, but being unable to. He was eventually able to communicate with morse code, but when he asked for death, or to be able to use his body as an anti-war symbol, they denied him, ending the book with his desperate, unstopping attemps at reaching the outside world. Another interesting thing is that Trumbo and his author had decided to suspend the book a year after publication untill the end of the war, because of its anti-war message.
anonymous Jun 10th 2010 report
One is about a soldier that, during a battle, steps on a landmine. The result is that he loses his limbs and senses. He cannot tell if he is alive or dead, awake or sleep. The line " hold my breath as i wish for death" can possibly mean he is trying to suffocate himself
anonymous Mar 8th 2010 report
The song is about isolation. One. Maybe the movie Johnny got his gun was what inspired the song. I don't know, even though it is part of the video. But, can you imagine what it would be like to lose your ability to touch ,see, speak and hear. Man that would be a pretty lonely place. Isolated from the rest of the world. It might be how James felt at that time in his life. To be surrounded by people everywhere you went and still feel so alone.
anonymous Aug 28th 2009 report
This song is about the American Government sending people out to war to fight for nothing, whilst the Government bath in their money. That's what the whole album's based upon.
This song however, is about a boy who gets sent out to fight
at war, and gets blown up by a land mine. Although I've never heard about this happening when somebody steps on a land mine, somehow, he loses all of the things he takes for granted. Everything. Arms, legs, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and his face is a pile of rotting mucus, which is why his face is covered up in the video, so the nurses don't freak out at his 'face'. The only thing still working in his body is his heart.
The boy is sent to the hospital (obviously) and is quickly put under a life support machine. He soon realizes that he cannot live on like this, and wishes to die. Through morse code, he tells the nurse to cut off his life support machine, and is left to die, alone.
This very dark and saddening song, is based upon the movie and book 'Johnny Got His Gun'. The music video shows a lot of the main happenings in the movie.
jchristopher Jul 7th 2009 report
Rhetoric is the art of speaking and writing to emphasize persuasion effectively. The rhetorical analysis focuses on diction, audience, writer’s stance, purpose of the text, and topic. Metallica’s song writers James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich wrote the lyrics to One for their album …And Justice for All inspired by the movie Johnny Got His Gun. The words used in the lyrics describe absolute horror as Hetfield sings them with a strong deep hardcore diction. The song develops an audience that continues to buy tickets that sell shows out at every event since Metallica wrote the song in 1988. The purpose of the song which going to war means fighting and dying for democracy, but suffering for medical science is not the life the soldier wanted to live. The song based on an analysis of audience interpretations, research, and personal thought describes a soldier that was fighting a war and is wounded in battle, then is forced to “live” in pursuit of medical science against normal humane practice focusing Metallica’s anti-war efforts.
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