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Metallica Disposable Heroes Lyrics

Last updated: 08/21/2014 05:17:47 PM

Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end
No one to play soldier now, no one to pretend
Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all
Victim of what said should be
A servant `til I fall

Soldier boy, made of clay
Now an empty shell
Twenty one, only son
but he served us well
Bred to kill, not to care
Do just as we say
Finished here, Greeting Death
He's yours to take away

Back to the front
You will do what I say, when I say
Back to the front
You will die when I say, you must die
Back to the front
You coward
You servant
You blindman
[End Chorus]

Barking of machinegun fire, does nothing to me now
Sounding of the clock that ticks, get used to it somehow
More a man, more stripes you wear, glory seeker trends
Bodies fill the fields I see
The slaughter never ends


{Why, Am I dying?
Kill, have no fear
Lie, live off lying
Hell, Hell is here} x2

I was born for dying

Life planned out before my birth, nothing could I say
had no chance to see myself, molded day by day
Looking back I realize, nothing have I done
left to die with only friend
Alone I clench my gun


{Back to the front}x5.

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Depends the reason | Reviewer: Duke | 8/21/14

I m also from Greece. There is a Far East saying...
Be always prepared for fight. So that you'll never need to fight!

After all, agressive fighting for oil or whatever other Company Interests is stupid and faul.
But when it comes to defend your family from slaughter and dishonour then i say one thing ...NO PRISONERS NO MERCY motherfokaz!!!!

Greeks that dont want to go to army and learn how to defend the very last piece of land thats left for us ,in this barbaric neighbour we live here last 1000 years, defend their family and friends... they are just coward piece of shits...they dont deserve to call themselves Greeks. And i already know many persons of that shity kind... they are selfish and untrustful . Unworthy of doing anything right except of whimping around for everything like sisies. SO... NO MERCY... again

21 | Reviewer: socom | 9/1/13

Better to serve for your country than to let the PMC rule your countries.
21 st century? So what? Nothing changed from battlefield to battlefield.
If someone attacks your country you should defend it.
War never changes...

About Greek Conscriptions | Reviewer: TrGuy | 8/22/13

"Dedicated to all the greek youth,believe it or not Greece is the only country who has conscription and if you dont wanna go to the army youre going in jail and you pay very big penalties!!"
Here in Turkey is the same shit. If you refuse to serve in military, you are treated as a traitor. Yes, it is accepted as treason and they put you in jail, plus socially stain you.

I think that crap comes with the territory. It's 21st century for god's sake!!! Cut that crap already!

How can there be ambiguity in its meaning?... | Reviewer: slik43 | 6/21/12

It's about how pointless joining the army is for both sides, when all the so called perks of joining are pumped in every teenage boy's head (Hero. be a man and earn your stipes), when in reality you were always just a servant ti'l you died.
There's a reason politicians never send their sons and daughters into battle, they know better.
This is pretty much what the song is about. It does not glorify war and being a soldier in any way. In fact, it takes a great steaming dump on this military hero mentality our society shares.

Yes about the military... | Reviewer: thepastosonline | 12/29/11

thepastosoniline is BACK BABY! GREAT SONG!!! its one of kirk's hardests composicions and it completly captures what us soldiers feel. By the way. Greece aint the only place where ur forced into military service, there are places like Venezuela colombia or bolivia. I am 16 years old and i am already a soldier. The song gives me the strenght i need cause of its machinegun like riff! Excelent work james!!

To finnish guy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/27/11

>>No, Finland has conscription too.

Yes but you must live in Greece to understand that.Here they have kept the laws since Junta and WW2 and they chasing with very big penalties through tax office(which is against the law) and if you say that you have the right not serving to the army for anyone reason then they try to put you in jail(wich is against the law too)
In Greece conscription serves the interests of public servants and the local society of the country its too complicated!Genneraly i wish i was in Finland like you(you have the right to not serve the army or alternate service like a job with money)in greece alternate service is 18-24 months in the army again!! have a wonderfull country

Greek conscription | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/23/11

"Dedicated to all the greek youth,believe it or not Greece is the only country who has conscription and if you dont wanna go to the army youre going in jail and you pay very big penalties!!"

No, Finland has conscription too.

Dedicated to | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/20/11

Dedicated to all the greek youth,believe it or not Greece is the only country who has conscription and if you dont wanna go to the army youre going in jail and you pay very big penalties!!

Here's my honest opinion | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/23/11

I'm only 18, and I truly believe that when Metallica was in their prime(after And Justice For All album is where they gradually started turning mainstream) then they would have been greater than Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest!!! Excellent lyrics, mind-blowing riffs, master-class albums, beautiful meanings, and amazing solos makes Metallica(in their prime) the greatest band of all time. Just wish they could've kept it up(they're still making kickass songs though like Cyanide and The Day That Never Comes)

Our Military.......Disposable Heroes!? | Reviewer: Tanis Pellegrini | 2/2/11

Kickass song that expresses the common civilian question: Is our military that disposable to our government? The Answer would be yes, and having been a Metallica fan since I was born thanks to my sometimes amazing parents, I think Metallica thinks yes, and so do I. My friend wants to sign up for the military, but I told him to listen to this song a few times and he changed his mind.

Back to the front! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/24/10

This song is an embodiment of what war is: a lie. It tells the sad tale of young man forced into becoming a soulless machine. He is powerless to do anything, and he fights for the profit of the government, not for freedom.

ok. | Reviewer: eyebehold | 11/11/10

Ok. just to clear things up. MOP (the song) is about addictions in general, probably alcohol, (because james had a problem with that for a while) and the album is a general "Fuck you, authority." Disposable Heroes is about the hypocrisy in the military, and how you join, you're a hero, but then they make you do "heroic" (stupid) things. leper messiah is about religion, true. yeah. the album cover is about the entire album, not just the song. the crosses are where "disposable heroes" were buried, the strings are pulled by the master of puppets, and the light in the distance may represent god.

It is what it is | Reviewer: King Killer | 10/30/10

This is a great song. As a war veteran, i can relate to the lyrics even though i listened to this album when it was released originally and loved it for the instrumental value. It added an extra layer to the album for me now. There is no mention of specific wars or politics, because war is war wherever you are from, different era etc...
People have been killing each other since the dawn of our species and will continue to do so. Personally that is another layer that adds to the value of this song for me. I was disappointed at the direction that the band eventually went, they had to lose their edge eventually but that is the industry for ya. It is what it is.
Rock the fuck on!!! Enjoy the music for what it is, not what you want it be imho.

Master of Puppets.. | Reviewer: M | 10/1/10

seriously -- Metallica is Life to me!!! I'm so glad I didn't get caught up in signing-up for the military.....As for signing your life away to the Military.. realize you have a 50/50 change of survival! These guys were basically "SMART" at a young age to see the Bullshit! I will always love them.... Thank You!!! Been a fan since 1984!!!

as a member of the armed forces.. | Reviewer: me | 7/30/10

what an awesome song. has been and always will be. it's amazing how james (and whoever else wrote the song) can boldy explain the running feeling of some soldier who's lost his belief in what he's doing in the middle of a trying time(last verse). whether you feel that current wars are about making money or about an authentic necessity is your opinion. whether or not i agree with the band on their views toward war in this song is beside the point. great song and if i have it on my ipod while in the field, i will jam to it! many pilots jammed to metallica in the 1st gulf war and this song never seemed to sway them from their task at hand.