Don't Tread On Me Lyrics - Metallica

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don't tread on Me.
said Don't tread on Me.

Liberty or death, what we so proudly hail
once you provoke her, rattling of her tail
never begins it, never, but once engaged...
never surrenders, showing the fangs of rage
said don't tread on me

so be it
threaten no more
to secure peace is to prepare for war
so be it
settle the score
touch me again for the words that you'll hear evermore...

don't tread on me

love it or leave it, she with the deadly bite
quick is the blue tongue, forked as a lightning strike
shining with brightness, always on surveillance
the eyes they never close, emblem of vigilance
ooh, No, No, No.

said don't tread on me

so be it
threaten no more
to secure peace is to prepare for war
so be it
settle the score
touch me again for the words that you'll hear evermore...

don't tread on me

so be it
threaten no more
to secure peace is to prepare for war
liberty or death, what we so proudly hail
once you provoke her, rattling of her tail

so be it
threaten no more
to secure peace is to prepare for war
so be it
settle the score
touch me again for the words that you'll hear evermore...

don't tread on me

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No apparent reasson? | Reviewer: The world | 5/2/12

This Metallica song is telling about the dream of it's makers, which is totally diferent on what the US has become. US is world's biggest fascist country and thins that it's a global police man and everybody has to listen to it. Well let me tell you something about that! WILL NOT PASS! Since the collapse of USSR and the disbalance of power america is repressing the other weak countries because they have 1: oil 2:geo-strategical position 3:something that they don't like! You ask why much of the world hates america from the bottom of their souls? Well maybe because america bombed them in recent history or still is. You are killinp people for oil for christ's sake! What do you think you are?! A barrel of oil is more important than man's life?! What are you doing in Afg.? What does Afg. has that you don't, so you have to take it?! All empires have fallen and so will you! More and more ppl will hate amercia until it passes the little red line and then, the end! Unless the ppl of america remember the voices of their founders and destroy their brain washers (medias and polititians)and make a revolution that will put reason in americans. Until you realise what are you doing everybody will hate you and will just wait to stab a knife in you! Greetings from ''by america'' ruined Balkan...

Inbred illiterates | Reviewer: Pantheon of Hope | 4/17/12

To all of the dumbed down inbred illiterates calling themselfs American patriots. Your country shines as an example of what not to become. How can you be so proud? Give us an example, tell us about the greatness of America today. You blindly serve a corrupted congress and an impostor, spending money on false happiness. America to the rescue? To achieve what? Peace in the middle east? A safe America? To make amends for your blind fate, your unquestioned support of slaughtering hundreds of thousands and poisoning middle east soil with depleted uranium for fucking centuries to come, you, the American "heroes" and the warmongering jews should bow down in awe before the powers that will judge you, screaming for forgiveness whilst being burned with the mark of treason as the traitors to humanity you are. BOW fuckers! Bow and pray that the rest of the world will forgive you cause you won't make it on your own. You will rot and decay in your own stinking filth of vaccinated into insanity driven plea for more directions in how to FUCK UP EVEN MORE.

Don't tread on me is a good Metallica song. Nice and heavy.

From Sweden with love.
Revolution Without Weapons

your all wrong | Reviewer: f | 2/7/12

Its an take-off from a Ben Franklin quote you morons. for christs sake, read a damn history book America. this song shows the irony from where we have been, and where we are going... tards.. all of you are tards.

I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids. She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shown and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal. Conscious of this, she never wounds 'till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.

Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America? - Ben Franklin

To those who say Desert Storm wast american led | Reviewer: James | 1/24/12

I must ask, first: Are you refering to the one MOST people CALL desert storm, or the ACTUAL desert storm? Eather way, the NATO led one was suggested by the USA, and most did not want to. The USA advanced, and others were forced to join in

Just a comment | Reviewer: Diaa Rozza | 10/15/11

Hey guys I'm egyptian and I didn't imagine actually how hard you care about iraq and afghanistan, most of you I mean, I thought that all of you only care about 9/11 and american's freedom of speech..., etc It's good of you to care about the people died on that day and I support you as we all do anyway I a huge fan of metallica <3 and that's all xD

Real meaning of this song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/21/11

Freak1995 has this song all wrong. It's not a "USA! USA! USA!" song. It's a "Liberty! Liberty! Liberty!" song. As in, "liberals, commies, conservatives, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists...fucking don't tread on me. I'm watching you. To secure peace is to prepare for war."

The snake referred to is from the Gadsden Flag, first flown by the Continental Marines in the American Revolutionary War.

Obviously Afghanis and Iraqis are insignificant threats to the liberties of Americans compared to the threat posed by the federal gov't and the fascists on all sides of the aisle supporting the ever-increasing scope and power of gov't.

Steff and Wan | Reviewer: anonymous | 7/15/11

For both of these commentors, i respect their opinions, but each do have some incorrect facts. Number one, Steff, 9/11 was an act of Jihad, not politics. Number two, the prime reason that the Middle East hates us is because we have declared war on Radical Islam, and act to destroy it, as it does to everybody else. Number one for Wan, Desert Storm was not our decision, it was a NATO operation. Every other cowardly country in NATO forced the United States to do all the work and they just sat on their asses the whole time. Number two, what happened in Cuba and Afghanistan were both acts of the Cold War. Everything we did in that era was to prevent a nuclear armegeddon and World War 3. We were successful in this so you should not criticize any event that transpired during the Cold War, we were just trying to not destroy the world with the Soviet Union.

Nervos Belli Pecunium Infinitum | Reviewer: Flavius Stilicho | 6/29/11

America, where is your citizen army not controlled by your government? Where is your wealth in land owned without taxation? Where are the rights of the states that founded the Union? Where is your wealth? Where is your ownership of property and land that the government may not appropriate? Where is your balance of powers? Where is your distrust of government? Where is your lawful money in gold and silver? How do your people assert their sovereignty? Where is the rule of law? Where is your hard work and creative enterprise that doesn't need banks to capitalize their efforts and which therefore remain free and owned by the people? Learn a little about Christopher Gadsden, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson. The Bill of Rights doesn't defend itself.

VERY POLITICAL. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/10/11

But talking about how the US USED to be, not how it is today.

As was said earlier, these lyrics are based on a quote from Ben Franklin. He is the one who invented the rattlesnake image, which the cover of the Black Album was based on. Part of Dr. Franklin's actual quote:

"She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. … she never wounds ’till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her.”"

Politic song definetly | Reviewer: Steff | 5/10/11

Well, first of all, I am a huge Metallica fan. And "Don't tread on me" is my favourite Black Album song. I think this song is 100% percent political, otherwise we wouldn't be talking about war and US Foreign policy.

Second of all, I love James, and I love the fact that when he and the rest of Metallica write songs, they do not talk about love, they talk about a lot of other important and meaningfull topics as well.

I have always thought that he WAS actually talking about American's attitude towards the world, and the international issues, but It have never even occured to me that James was being seriuos. What do i mean with it?
I thought he was just being ironic. I mean, I thought he was criticizing US, just a so many other american singers do. And do not call me crazy, I thought it was just another song against war, like "one" or "disposable heroes". Like, for example the phrase "To secure peace is to prepare for war": that is called "preventive war" and that is was America has always done.
I don't know if I am making myself clear, I thought he was critizing those kind of politics, and just describing US attitude towards the rest of the world. I cannot believe he may have said it seriously, not after listening to other of their songs, where he spoke against it (in all of them).

And just for the record, I love the US, but PLEASE, PLEASE, read about why all of the Middle East countries hate America. Is like when someone hates you so much and for no apparent reasson, you first have to ask youself "Did I do something to provoke this? Or did it come from nowhere?"

I do not know what they teach you guys in American's schools, but most of the world considers that they are not telling you the whole story. Do not get me wrong, killing people is the worst thing to do, and I am really sorry for what happened in 11/9. I am really sorry beacuse inocent people paid for your politicians mistakes, ambition, and arrogance. NOTHING in POLITICS happens for no reasson. At least that is what Harvard taught me.

Non political | Reviewer: Amy | 3/8/11

I see it as a man who took everything away from a woman,emotionally,mentally scarred her,and trying to gain strength she continually is berated by this man,she counteracts...and what does he do, back to hisself..all awhile she is stronger and and yet tries to soothe this situation.She will not tolerate this mans abuse.

Def. Patriotic | Reviewer: Wes | 11/1/10

If u thnk this song isnt patriotic look up the gadsten flag. Or don't tread on me at wiki. Ben franklin wrote almost al the lyrics when comparing the american public attitude to a timber rattler. And marine guy I knw where ur comen from. I listened to this song while I was on the ma duce
While in baghdad!

pacifist | Reviewer: Wan | 7/5/10

"The more you sweat in Peacetime, The less you bleed during War."

I love this song. That being said, America has put her dirty hands into every pie she can over the last 150 years. Would the world be better had America not fought for the freedom of Cuba? Would the world have been better had America not aided the Afghans during the Soviet occupation? Would the world be a better place had America let the Middle East solve their own problems during Desert Strom?

Before you answer, look at history. What were the major motivations for the actions taken. Do you believe that these motivations were the right ones? Look at America now. Do you think that she is meant to fall? Look again to history, how many countries have fallen? How many governments have changed to stay their borders?

"He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes."

Before you do anything in life, question why you are doing it. Never be the fool that rushes in blindly. Never be the fool that stands on the side and watches. "If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man."

somthing to think about | Reviewer: Damjan | 5/30/10

The U.S, is like any nation a propaganda machine. So like any propaganda machine, they attack what ever they are lead to be the enemy, and if you dont agree your a terrorst supporter... Honestly you will never win against a country where world news is banned in some states... Give it an other 10 years the states will lose its entire cause, and justifiable reason. Cough Cough nazi germany in the late 30s, in there propaganda they thought for the revitiliztion of the country the would take back the parts that were seperated; That only ended in France... Over all what i am trying to get to freedom is and illusion, at one point we may have been fighting for freedom but like anything we have gone full circle and we have to realize that there's two sides to a story, and "we may be wrong". Has popular consensus always been right? What about those witch hunts... just a perfect reason to join in a angry mob and kill innocent people. I am not hating on the U.S, the one thing that will always remain constant tho will be war, justified or not. Plus how do you win a war where every civilian could be the enemy, and then not kill innocent people? One last thing, if history repeats itself could we not just be Germany this time?

This song is patriotic | Reviewer: anonymous | 4/1/10

Whats wrong with some of u people. This song tells completely the attitude our country should have. Think of 9/11. They treaded on us, killed our citizens,and we went to fight these terrorists in the Middle East to get our revenge on them for what they did to us. They provoked us and therefore felt the rattling of attack them, our tail. If we don't attack them and get revenge, whats to stop them from hitting us again? Words? What kind of educated person could beleive that what we sat would affect these people?

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