meaning of Unforgiven II | Reviewer: someone | 11/9/07

well this song is actually about a boy that loves a girl , but the girl doesn't love him .. so the boy kills her

how about looking up the meaning of paralyze | Reviewer: kyle | 9/14/07

par·a·lyze /ˈpærəˌlaɪz/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[par-uh-lahyz] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–verb (used with object), -lyzed, -lyz·ing.
1. to affect with paralysis.
((2. to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act)): The strike paralyzed communications.

Unforgiven too | Reviewer: eyebrows | 9/12/07

this song i believe has many meanings to anyone and to me its like how you have said but its a little bit different

The salvation that never comes | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/15/07

I think in this song he dub the woman who never could find as the unforgiven. This woman who he never found could be the key, or at least some type of cure.
Of course the key represents the exit, the way out. The key on its own is the exit and hence the woman. He bury it in her cos he can never find her and his pain never goes. He just had an illusion that finding this person would be as a said before the salvation of his endless problem or pain.
I dont know how years old is Hetfield now, maybe he found her, or keep searching.
This can be seen too in the "outlaw torn" song clearly.

Interpretation | Reviewer: Squirrelloid | 7/23/07

This is an absolutely gorgeous song, a somber ballad about trust and rejection. Its melody is derived from Unforgiven.

For convenience sake i will refer to the speaker as "him" and the referent as "her", although no gender is necessarily implied for either. I will also keep quotations to a minimum - reference appropriate verses as necessary.

Unlike many songs, time progresses through the narrative of the song. At the start we have a bitter untrusting person who has met someone he could care about, but he needs help letting her in. While "lay beside me" is probably a figurative joining, it may also mean sex (see biblical language). Regardless, the speaker is obviously scarred, as he wants his potential partner to chase away his demons, and only if she can empathize with his experience can he feel for her.

The second verse brings us into the relationship proper. The wicked skies are their shared emotional turmoil - both are still damaged goods. The relationship isn't especially happy ("black of days, dark of nights"), and even when he tries to open up there's nothing inside for him to give ("no sun shining through"), but she shares the same type of history ("we share this paralyze" is the relevant lyrics - but see last paragraph of review).

We get our first refrain, and it starts with a lament for his past, followed by his acknowledgement that the potential partner is there waiting for him to let her into his heart but he needs to open the door. This hope quickly fades in the second half of the chorus, where his aloofness and loneliness are emphasized. But he realized what he lost, and wants her back. He is, of course, unforgiven by himself for something prior to the relationship, and his inability to forgive himself is why he cannot truly open up to the other person. But if she's similarly hurting, it'll be ok - they can share their misery - its the same question/proposition as the last line of the first verse.

We get to verse 3, and something bad has happened. He hurt her and she hurt him, but they stay together briefly, but the relationship continues to sour. Its not clear to me whether he's contemplating leaving the relationship, or the relationship is over and he's contemplating "leaving" metaphorically - ie, committing suicide - because she left him. In the first case, her being there would mean "still attached", in the second he thinks she'll come around to loving him again if he kills himself for her.

The 4th verse stands out for a couple of reasons. First, he's now directing his despair at himself ("tell me what _I've_ done"), which recalls the first verse where he reveals his incomprehension at the acts of others that have scarred him. But what has he done? "The door is closed", the relationship/emotional attachment is over. Furthermore, "so are your eyes" (closed); he has killed her, possibly because of the events depicted in verse 3. However, now he finally truly feels for her when it no longer can salvage the relationship ("now i see the sun").

In the final chorus we have some lyric changes - notably he "takes this key" and buries it with her. The key is likely the one to his heart, though the burial is real. And he's waiting in the sense of Waiting for Godot - he knows she can't come, but he'll never love another. (Her revealed status as being Unforgiven was actually already revealed by verse 2, just not explicitly, and lyrically the chorus change works best here).

The only bad part about the song is the line snippet "we share this paralyze", which makes no sense. I can't argue with the lyrics - they're the same as - but the words "we share this pair of lives" fits rhyme and meter, and is perfectly sensible in the context of the verse. I'm tempted to suggest someone made a mistake transcribing the lyrics, which propogated across the net, but regardless, the lyrics would be *better* with my suggested change, and that's enough for me.

Wow... | Reviewer: Tyrone | 6/5/05

It is an amazing compliment to their first "the unforgiven". Im still not entirely shure what it means, but it is very strong.