Fixxxer Lyrics - Metallica

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Dolls of voodoo all stuck with pins,
One for each of us and our sins,
So you lay us in a line
Push your pins, they make us humble.
Only you can tell in time
If we'll fall or merely stumble

But tell me
Can you heal what father's done?
Or fix this hole in a mother's son?
Can you heal the broken worlds within?
Can you strip away so we may start again?
Tell me, can you heal what father's done?
Or cut this rope and let us run?
Just when all seems fine and I'm pain free
You jab another pin
Jab another pin in me

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Mirror, mirror upon thy wall
Break the spell or become the doll
See you sharpening the pins
So the holes will remind us
We're just the toys in the hands of another
And in time the needles turn from shine to rust

But tell me
Can you heal what father's done?
Or fix this hole in a mother's son?
Can you heal the broken worlds within?
Can you strip away so we may start again?
Tell me, can you heal what father's done?
Or cut this rope and let us run?
Just when all seems fine and I'm pain free
You jab another pin
Jab another pin in me
Jab it

Blood for face
Sweat for dirt
Three x's for the stone
To break this curse
A ritual due
I believe I'm not alone
Shell of shotgun
Pint of gin
Numb us up to shield the pins
Renew our faith which way we can
To fall in love with life again
To fall in love with life again
To fall in love with life again
To fall in love
To fall in love
To fall in love with life again

So tell me
Can you heal what father's done?
Or fix this hole in mother's son?
Can you heal the broken worlds within?
Can you strip away so we may start again?
Yeah, tell me, can you heal what father's done?
Or cut this rope and let us run?
Just when all seems fine and I'm pain free
Jab another pin
Jab another pin in me
Oh yeah

No more pins in me, yeah
No more, no more pins in me
No more, no more pins in me
No more, no more, no more
No, no, no



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jon h. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/16/12

I think I will agree with "hero of the day's" view of this song. As I see it, we all are gods voodoo dolls. I too have a similar story that could easily be compared to James. I think he is asking god all these questions, looking for answers. Because of this song, I am able to find temporary relief from the pain I deal with on a daily basis.

Who is James talking to? | Reviewer: Chris | 12/20/10

I think that all of you has caught the
meaning of this song I love.

But I also think there is an important point still to mention.

J starts referring to someone as "you"

"So you lay us in a line and
Push your pins, they make us humble.
Only you can tell in time"

but then throughout the song he continues

"But tell me
Can you heal what father's done? say and yes
...
Can you heal the broken worlds within? say and yes
Can you strip away so we may start again? say and yes"

So the same "you" he refers to initially, who pushes the pins in him, is also the "you" he then begs to strip them away.

The first "you" should be his Father, the second God (someone he begs to heal what a father has done). But in the end the two are one, his father was finally God to him, being he so strict.

Sadly, he was the God that failed in granting
him peace and salvation from pain.

Thanx to J for writing this song I love to listen ritually every end/beginning of the year.

To fall in love with life again.

Thanx to you all for sharing these thoughts.

XXX

james... | Reviewer: motorbreath1 | 10/28/10

This is one of my favorite metallica songs and sadly, it goes unnoticed. The song is about his struggle with the loss of his parents ( his dad not being around and his mother dying when he needed her most) and the loss of the religion he was brought up with and didn't fully believe. James was raised as a christian scientist and when he got to the point where we all get to when we start to come into our own, he rebelled through music... and other substances. If he didn't create metallica, he would most defiantly be in prison or worse. As far as the voodoo dolls and pins go... the way I see it is, he (of course) is the doll and the pins are everything he did wrong and everything that his dad said was wrong. Also, when you think about the line " just when all seems fine and I'm pain free, you jab another pin in me" it means his dad wont let it go or he can't let it go and he blames himself and it keeps reminding him of all the fucked up shit... that's what I think from all the metallica history I've read and all the concerts I've been to and all the pain I've seen him go through... he came out clean and on top and I am damn proud of him!

;> | Reviewer: sleazyduck | 9/19/10

I think Hero's review is quite insightful but I would like to break some parts of the lyrics down a bit more.
Let me clarify..

"Dolls of voodoo all stuck with pins,
One for each of us and our sins,"

"One for each of us and our sins,"

This means that there is an extra pin in said "doll"

In Christianity there is a belief called "Original sin" which is (briefly): that everyone has inherited sin from our ancestors.

This is quite insightful, because it shows that James must have a deep understanding of religion.
Looking at the lyrics (and even some titles) of his songs, there is a clear disenchantment with religion.
Seemingly conflicting, interesting..
Similar to what Hero said in earlier comment, I think James fell out of religion when his mother died, but I probably think up to that point, he would have been young an naiive enough to not had his own mind on the matter.
But his mother dying made him question God, his father and maybe even himself.

This song is a clear remeniscent marker of a turning point in his physical and spiritual life.

I'm truly grateful for James to share these lyrics so we can listen, enjoy and debate on what we think he meant!

As for the song, this was my first 'tallica album and this is my favourite song from my favourite album!

Keep up the awesome reviews guys/gals!

Maybe... | Reviewer: James | 12/28/09

I think this song is the point of view from a sinner looking to God. The sinner is struggling and asking God to "strip away" the pain, and sin. It's also for James, who was a Christian Scientist. His mother died, and he fell to sin.

Anyway, this song rocks (as with all Met songs)

The Meaning | Reviewer: King Nothing | 10/14/09

What hero just said might be correct, and could be what it means to Hetfield. But the I think that besides the meaning a song or a story has for the writer, it can have a different meaning for everyone because everyone looks at it in his or her own perspective. So there never is one true meaning in a song.

Amazing Song | Reviewer: Hero of the Day | 3/18/08

I have to agree with everyone on here. Fixxxer is an amazing song and I would definitely say the best off of ReLoad. It's one of my personal favorite Metallica songs of all time.

I think Zeus got the closest to the meaning of the song. Thor isn't that far behind though.

My interpretation of the song:

Hetfield actually grew up with a father more than he did a mother. His mother died from cancer when he was still very young. After that he never had a very close relationship with his father because of his father's belief in the Scientific christianity, which had always alienated James at school and in his daily life.

Because James never agreed with or even liked Scientific Christianity at all, he bases alot of his songs on God and religion in general. A good example is The God That Failed. In this, Fixxxer, God looks down upon his subject, Hetfield, and puts pin after pin into him like a voodoo doll. Each pin is something that drastically changed his life. The first being his mother's death. The second not having a really close relationship with his father, and lastly, his father dying(which occurred right before the release of Load/ReLoad I believe.) So when he asks the questions in the chorus "Can you heal what father's done? Or fix this hole in a mother's son?" He's looking up, asking God these questions. And lastly, the reason that leads me to believe Hetfield is talking to God in this, are the following lines: "Renew our faith which way we can" & "To fall in love with life again" This meaning that because of all the pain he's experiencing with the death of his mother and father, he's doubting God and lost his "love" for life.

That's just my two cents.

Nice | Reviewer: Zeus | 1/4/08

This is one of Metallica's best songs. And the lyrics are so "Hetfield". Very profound. It's not just about growing without a father, it is also growing with a ill mother which in the end dies. Sad...

Fixxxer.. | Reviewer: Thor | 11/26/07

I didn't take it as growing up without a father but maybe I misinterpreted it. I thought it meant pain that the father inflicted that scared the child. And for the rest of the child's life these scars were the pins that kept being stuck into their voodoo doll selves. Whatever the case, this was one of there better songs off that album.

True | Reviewer: Metallica Feeds The Soul | 10/13/07

This song is good, and I have grown without a mother yet I don't complain. Metallica always comes up with deep songs :D

A Typical story of life | Reviewer: Alvaro | 6/29/07

This song represent to a lot of young people who has growned without a father.
It's something that affects in every society of the world not only the civilized society but also the most third world's societies.



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