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Song Released: 1992

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...and the road becomes my bride
I have stripped of all but pride
So in her I do confide
And she keeps me satisfied
Gives me all I need

...and with dust in throat I crave
Only knowledge will I save
To the game you stay a slave


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    Aug 8th, 2009 8:08am report

    I'm about %99.99 sure that this song is about Metallica. When bands tour, they move around alot. So when he says "And the road becomes my bride" I'm sure he means that he spends most of his life on the road. And traveling? Nomad, Vagabond, Roamer, and Wanderer all pretty much mean "Traveler" Which is what the band does. All. The. Time. "Carved upon my stone, My body lies" I'm sure references that they will do this until they die, or even after they die. (metaphorically, of course) So the song is basically metallica's life. Traveling.


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    Dec 8th, 2008 12:17pm report

    the song is about a guy who is a loaner. why do people think that every song is about drugs? rover, wandere, nomad,vagabond, call me what you will? oh the dudes on drugs! c'mon people!


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    Apr 11th, 2018 4:36pm report

    This song is about the minority on the palnet earth, the white race. How can the minority of the planet earth conquer and rule every other race?The wanderer that stuck a flag in the dirt of every nation he stepped foot upon and claimed it in blood.The vagabond who couldn't even speak language until they evolved and stole from every culture.


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    Dec 6th, 2017 12:11am report

    This song is about the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes. Throughout his life he lives as a vagabond and does not obey to any social rules.


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    Jul 31st, 2017 7:23am report

    It is about Cliff Burton who is still wandering on Earth although his body lies....as curved on his tombstone
    "...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home...".


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    May 3rd, 2017 5:24am report

    Yeah I don't think there's any drug reference to this song but I think cocaine is in the mix you have to do cocaine and listen to this song to know yes about the road but a lot of the rock stars did cocaine on the tour bus so they can stay up the dust in throat that they crave is cocaine you can't get dust in your throat when you're on the fucking bus so you could have both meanings just my Oh Pinyan every time me and my friends did cocaine we put this song before we rolled out this was the cocaine song


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    Apr 23rd, 2017 4:00pm report

    The song deals with the U. S. Military, stationed in Iraq, prior to and during Desert Storm. Wander, nomad, vagabond, call me what you will. Wherever I may roam, where you are stationed. Out in the middle of nowhere. Why can there not be military references when the U.S. Government subsidizes rock bands and rappers to give them fight songs to kicking butt. Should of had more during Vietnam.


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    Oct 3rd, 2015 10:05pm report

    It's about being in a band and living your life on the road, from all the touring


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    Jun 25th, 2014 6:22am report

    I think it's about reincarnation.


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    Jun 10th, 2014 6:33pm report

    When I first heard this song back n the '90s (I know, I'm old) I thought it was about bikers


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    Jun 30th, 2012 6:50pm report

    This might be me, but I think its about that book Into the Wild, because James sings and my ties are severed clean, and only knowledge will I save, off the beaten path I stray, and then goes on about nomad vagabound, and all the other traveler names. Well, the main character in Into the Wild (Chris McCandless) severs all connections with family (and my ties are severed clean), destroys all his possessions (cash, cars, etc.) and James sings only knowledge will I save and lastly he says "off the beaten path i reign" and in the book Chris wanders off into the Alaskan wilderness by himself. So, it could be about the book. Or just metallica and their touring and whatnot but it dosent seem right to me.


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    May 18th, 2012 5:48pm report

    the song is about not giving a fudge what people think of you.. its a about being bad...it gets me so pumped when teachers are talkin smack to me...and when they do so i blast this song to the max


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    Apr 4th, 2012 4:41am report

    he says there might be the saying on his grave some day. but not yet.
    it's about a person who moves/travels a lot, someone who can adapt easily to anywhere and doesn't care what others think about it.
    He's not atached to anything and doesn't depend on anyone.
    So basically: someone self suficient, independent, adaptable and with some need or passion to move frequently. He can feel at home anywhere but never stays too long.


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    Apr 2nd, 2012 4:31pm report

    This song was written after one of there band members died while they were on tour.

    Nomad, Vagabond call me what you will. -They're traveling

    The road becomes my bridge. -They're always traveling

    And the earth becomes my throne
    I adapt to the unknown
    Under wandering stars I've grown
    By myself but not alone
    I ask no one - This is their dead band member, he's still with them in spirit but he's in a grave.

    And my ties are severed clean
    Less I have the more I gain
    Off the beaten path I reign - In a grave. He's dead.

    Carved upon my stone
    My body lies, but still I roam,
    Yeah yeah! -More Obvious that he is in a grave. He still roams with the band.


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    Oct 4th, 2011 10:48am report

    Its about someone that has had everything but lost it all and is now a "nomad" basically a homeless guy with nothing "i have stripped of all but pride" and is alone on his jurney of self discovery and is happy to be that way as the earth provides everything he needs there is no!!!!! drug referance in any!!!! way he is just out of luck and he will keep roaming even after he has gone.


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    Aug 29th, 2011 8:33pm report

    This song is NOT about drugs!
    Rover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond,
    call me what you will.
    He doesn't care what anyone thinks. There is absolutley no drug reference in this song.


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    Jun 16th, 2011 6:06am report

    it's about a man who desires solitude. But he is not always alone. He is a free spirit who wishes nothing more than to wander. Answering to no one. Like a nomad king. the last part merely states that even if he dies, he wishes to roam freely like the wanderer he has described.

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