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Metallica: To Live is to Die Meaning


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To Live is to Die Lyrics

When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.
These are the pale deaths which men miscall their lives.
All this I cannot bear to witness any longer.
Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation take me home?


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    Nov 4th, 2018 11:56am report

    The lyrics are a poem written by Cliff and this song is a homage to his memory.


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    Sep 23rd, 2017 9:02pm report

    The first two lines are by the 17th century poet, Paul Gerhardt.


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    Jan 22nd, 2017 1:07am report

    Just talking about the lyrics here, I think it is about the band contemplating the idea of suicide because
    "All this I cannot bear to witness any longer"
    Also it could mean the fact that they were unsure if they should have continued making music or not.
    Much respect and love to Cliff, you glorious king!


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    Jun 2nd, 2014 6:46am report

    Jason Newsted wrote this song as a poem. It's not about cliff.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Mar 15th, 2014 3:12am report

    The song is a tribute and dedicated to the late Cliff Burton. This song clearly has a lot of meaning to the band because not only did one of their own pass away, but he did while on tour. The song is sort of peaceful and for the most part is an instrumental, but the peaceful tone is almost eery, as it drags out to be more intense. It think its a lovely yet emotional song.


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    May 30th, 2011 5:36pm report

    it's dedicated to the late and great Cliff Burton

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