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Song Released: 1992


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Sad But True Lyrics

Hey
I'm your life
I'm the one who takes you there
Hey
I'm your life
I'm the one who cares
They
They betray
I'm your only true friend now
They
They'll betray
I'm forever there

I'm your dream, make you real
I'm your eyes when you...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 21st, 2017 12:02am report


    Sad but true is obviously a song about inner conflict of sorts. Although the interpretations of say drug addiction or manipulation are valid as well, i never heard this song in that way. I envision it as a reigning in of the shadow self which has become externalized, perhaps by external sources, by the true self. A dialogue between the two, i hear in the lyrics. Well, that might not be the way to put it, but similar. I hear the voice of the guilty conscience, or the true self, speaking to the person during a moment of reflecting, when i hear this. I dont feel like quoting the lyrics but these are my thoughts.



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    curtus1
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    Jun 4th, 2009 6:49pm report


    This Song Is about the stages of manipulation and seduction from a variety of different topics. My favorite interpretation of the song is that this is the evil inside of you (or Satan) and how it or he controls you and leads one down the path of evil. Another interpretation is that how Drugs can control you and take you over and eventually can become a part of you. one other interpretation is that this song is about someone blaming god for his/her problems.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 21st, 2017 4:20am report


    This song is about life itself and how life actually controls you. It's not about manipulation or anything like that. The simple explanation is usually the right one. The lyrics clearly say it
    (Hey
    I'm your life
    I'm the one who takes you there
    Hey
    I'm your life
    I'm the one who cares
    They
    They betray
    I'm your only true friend now
    They
    They'll betray
    I'm forever there)

    It is how your past and decisions build you and have a result over your future. And it is "Sad but true" that you can't escape your past and your fears build by it and that the future has already been written by your past decisions. The song itself puts the story from the POV of your "life" (future and past). It has nothing to do with religion or drugs or anything.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 12th, 1:15pm report


    To me it's about a narsicistic relationship. The first verse is how the abuser draws in the victim. Telling them that they care, the only one, the isolation from friends and family. Then the next verse is about how they use the victim. They project their wrongs into the scapegoat. And towards the end "I'm your hate, when you want love" it's how they control by withhold their love until they get what they want. And at the vary end " open your eyes I'm inside " it's how they make the victim feel that they are the bad one, the wrong one. Because they now are the victims life and they now have nothing else.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 30th, 2019 8:21pm report


    It is about your conscience.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 11th, 2019 2:52am report


    A lot of people who have sold their souls talk about being taken over and being trapped inside screaming while satan is making them famous etc..
    Michael jackson talks about for example how he would just go to sleep and wake up with a new songs. Lots of metallica lyrics I believe are a description of the feeling of them being taken over . A lot of song from the black album the master of puppets album. Black whole sun by soundgarden even speak of these feelings.it just all comes out through their lyrics. Satan is also referred to as the rainman and sandman. Just my belief. Regardless metallica is my favorite band of all time.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 27th, 2018 12:48am report


    Heroin addiction.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 16th, 2018 6:05pm report


    This song clearly is about the alterego alterego inside on you or alterego outside an other person who is your other side completes you.your other ego who wants to get out your other self who you want to be but you not are is like tyler durden fight club



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    anonymous
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    Apr 21st, 2018 4:14pm report


    I think this song is about Karma. “ Repay”

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    anonymous
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    Jan 22nd, 2018 1:08am report


    I always think it is about satan or something like that.
    Your evilside who take care of you.
    They betray, im your only true friend.
    Etc



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    anonymous
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    Dec 31st, 2017 12:27am report


    Clearly this song is written by someone who spent an evening drinking skunk Miller lite from a can opened years after it's born on date. It's powerful and makes even the wimpy Millennial male feel they can bench press Rosie O'Donnell the lyrics hint to something dark and evil pulling the strings . . . Likely the Guy driving the Miller truck selling the outdated Miller lite he as saposed to dump at a discount to Juan the sleazy bar manager. We've all felt the affects. Water, asprin and sleep followed by something greasy from Denny's is the only cure. . . Oryou know . . It's just a song.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 6th, 2017 8:53pm report


    This song is about mind control, psycological warfare, it explains what a mind control operative might say to try control the victim and also gives insight to how much of the victims mind is under control. AT The end "IM YOU" says how the operative is controlling the mind of the victim so much that he might as well be him.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 28th, 2014 3:00am report


    A think that the song is a riddle. When the song is interpretated the verses are like clues for the one who is listening to help them to guess "who is?" the one that is interpretating and the last verse is the answer of the riddle ¨I´m you"



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    anonymous
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    Oct 9th, 2012 10:30am report


    This song is about manipulation in his many ways.

    Hey
    I'm your life
    I'm the one who cares
    They
    They betray
    I'm your only true friend now
    They
    They'll betray
    I'm forever there"

    Is clearly the isolation part of the manipulation. The manipulator isolate the victime. No one else has to care, the manipulator is "your life" and the others "They betray". So only manipulator opignon exists. No frends, no family, etc...

    After, the song enumerates all the things you can acualy do under manipulation. Drugs is also a way to manipulate.

    "I'm your dream." I'll tell you what you whant.
    "I'm your eyes" I'll tell you how you have to interpret things hapends to you in life, and i'll tell you what hapend when you weren't there. I tell the truth
    "I'm your pain" I'll make you care, i'll make you feel pain when you have to.
    I control all of this things of you.

    "I'm your truth," I'll tell you what's the truth, but in fact i'm "telling lies"
    "I'm inside open your eyes" I can control your feelings, you dreams, i'm inside you.
    "I'm you" I control you so deeply that i'm you, or you are me, well you are what you wan't me to be,I owne you, so "I'm you". You are the relection of me. (Some manipulators are scisofrenics.)

    You start of taking concience of this, "open your eyes", but you can fight it. You finaly resign, it's "Sad But True".

    So this songs, perfecly speeks about manipulation, as if the manipulator would tell you, laughing at your face, of how deeply he can control you. The title make reference to the impotency of the victim to get free of this manipulation, that see all this, but can't get free of the manipulation. And belive me, it is Sad But True.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 4th, 2012 10:50pm report


    I think the individuals in Metallica were Project MKUltra Mind Control victims in their youths. The 'do my dirty deed, scape goat' represents being a Project Monarch, Blue Bird, Manchurian Candidate assassin where there are no connections to the handler doing black ops through the victim. But instead at any time the Manchurian candidate could be called up to unleash mayhem on a specific target by subconscious suggestion but instead are puppets to the puppet master by an ultra top secret decades old program within our own government inspired by top World War II German scientists brought over to the United States during the post war era via Operation Paper-Clip. I am sure that its no coincidence the large 'M' and 'K' depicted in the band's icon and that Metallica and MKUltra sound very similar as well when pronounced out loud. Perhaps the band members are depicting their own victimization like Cathy O'Brian describes in her book 'Trance-formation of America' or the documentary video 'Most Dangerous Game.' This was the same situation as Valerie Wolf, Chris deNicola, and Claudia Mullen testified about their 1995 testimonies of childhood experimental victimization.

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    anonymous
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    Jul 27th, 2012 7:45pm report


    This song is about your soul.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 14th, 2012 6:00am report


    I believe that it's about people in control of others for example in the first verse it's telling them to trust them and only them.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 28th, 2012 2:40pm report


    For me its a matter of possitive or negative sides of your self which u choose to control you....



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