The House That Jack Built Lyrics - Metallica

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Open door, so I walk inside
Close my eyes, find my place
to hide
And I shake as I take it in
Let the show begin

Open my eyes just to have them close again
Well on my way, but on my way to where I've been
It swallows me as it takes me in its fog
I twist away as I give this world the nod

Open door, so I walk inside
Close my eyes, find my place to hide
And I shake as I take it in
Let the show begin

Open my eyes just to have them closed once again
Don't want control
As it takes me down and down and down again
Is that the moon or just a light that lights this dead-end street?
Is that you there or just another demon that I meet?

The higher you are
The farther you fall
The longer the walk
The farther you crawl
My body, my temple
This temple, it tilts
Step into the house that Jack built

The higher you are
The farther you fall
The longer the walk
The farther you crawl
My body, my temple
This temple, it tilts
Yes, this is the house that Jack built

Open door, yes, I walk inside
Swallow me so the pain subsides
And I shake as I take the sin
Let the show begin

The higher you are
The farther you fall
The longer the walk
The farther you crawl
My body, my temple
This temple, it tilts
Yes, this is the house that Jack built

The higher you are
The farther you fall
The longer the walk
The farther you crawl
My body, my temple
This temple, it tilts
Yes, I am, I am, I am

Open my eyes
It swallows me
Is that you there
I twist away
Away
Away
Away






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...Jack built | Reviewer: Jonas | 4/28/14

The house (that) Jack built is taken from a popular British nursery rhyme and cumulative tale. The point made of this in the song is that one thing always leads to another. I just want to add this as another clue to the debate

Maybe... | Reviewer: Darth Anakin | 7/7/10

Maybe the song is about a mixture of drugs and alcohol. If you were to take Cocaine, you would have to drink lots of very hard liquor to take the edge off of the Cocaine, thus,

'Open door, so I walk inside'
Could mean that Hetfeild himself or the person the song's referring to has found a place where he goes to take the drug.

'Close my eyes, find my place to hide'
May be interpreted as the person doesn't want to see what he's doing to himself through drugs and alcohol.

'And I shake as I take it in'
Could mean that while he is administering the drug, his body shakes at the action of the drug.

'Let the show begin'
He's waiting for the drug to take full effect on his body, being referred to as the 'show.'

Yet, in the later chorus;
'Open door so I walk inside,
Swallow me so the pain subsides'
His body is in so much pain from drug and alcohol abuse, he either wants death or unconsienceness, so he won't feel anything.

'And I shake as I take the sin'
He knows what he's doing is wrong, he's shaking because he knows that he's become addicted to the drug, and he thinks he doesn't have the strength to turn back and rectify the problem.

'Let the show begin'
As I stated earlier, he's waiting for the drug to take effect on his body.

Please don't become predujiced over what I have said, this is what I think the song means, and I am NOT making any referrences as to say that Hetfeild has taken any drugs, and is writing about his experiences, I wouldn't know because I am only 13 and I don't know nor am I Hetfeild.

The Scythe | Reviewer: White | 4/16/10

Someone who didn't write his name wrote aboute the book "The Scythe". It's in the post "correction".
If someone knows the writer who wrote it, please, post here) because I wont read this book, but I can't find it.

They got the title wrong o.O | Reviewer: anonymous | 3/4/10

I have the album Load. On the back cover it says "The House Jack Built" not "The House That Jack Built". Why are so many websites making the same mistake? o_O Anyway, besides the error correction, the song is amazing. Lyrics can be understood however they want to be understood by the listener. A song doesn't need to specifically be about anything. Maybe James wrote it with the book "The Scythe" in mind, as the previous reviewer suggested, or alcohol. Point is, the lyrics can be understood in multiple ways, depending on the person listening to them.

correction | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/20/10

The House that Jack Built is actually about the book, 'The Scythe'. In the book a mad man cuts a field of corn down, not knowing that each stem of corn represents a human being. He only discovers this after it is too late and kills his own stem. You can see reference to this in the phrases 'On my way to where I graze' and 'As I kill this world'. The song 'Harvester of Sorrow' is about the same subject.

Is it you or another demon that I meet? | Reviewer: psychot30 | 10/1/09

I believe that when they are talking about the house the Jack built its referring to his body, and his life experiences. Hence, the references of demons, and dead end streets. The song is alluding to heavier drug use that kind the needs to be shot up or snorted in. The kind that makes you hitchhiker in your own body. The kind makes your body quake, shake and offers an ectasy that kind that only found psychtropically. Chorus refers to the long-term effects of physical dependencey of coke, heroin or meth as it systemically distroys what should be healthy, vibrant and capable of surviving life's struggles. Has anyone seen what meth does to people after a couple years of use?

. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/24/09

This song is filled with all the pain he experienced... And it doesn't get away... It stays and he cannot get out of that house... I feel so sorry for him... It seems that he goes deeper and deeper in it... It's not a pain that can be healed... It just comes and takes over you... And you don't even have the strenght to want to get out of the house... It's just that pain that stays there, deep inside, people may not see it, but it's there... There isn't any obvious reason for this pain, but there are small bits that make the whole... Can't explain... But I know what the feeling is and I feel so sorry for him because he knows it too... The whole song is filled with that pain...

Matman | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/31/08

Fantastic song, with great riffs, solos, and vocal work. I agree that the song is relating to the warped world of alcoholism (specifaclly J.D.ism) and the demons you meet there, and what it does to your mind and body.

But more specifically than that, I think its about before going on stage. Waiting to start the show, with all the anxiety and nerves building up. It gets too much, so you reach for the bottle that'll make it all go away. You can become someone else so you are capable of doing the show, as you believe you're not strong enough to do it by yourself.

Open door so I walk inside, signifies the open bottle. Swallow me so the pain subsides - the demons of the bottle tempting you to drown your sorrows. And I shake as I take it in - A shiver of mixed pleasure and defeat as you give in to the effects of the drink. Let the show begin - Now he's ready to go on stage.

Also, Don't want control, as it takes me down.
He doesn't want too much control over the crowd, as he's afraid of the reponsibility, and doesn't want to get comfortable with having that kind of control as he doesn't know what it would do to him, or what he would become. Hence, Is that you there, or just another demon that I meet? I've always imagined Het. staring into a mirror before he goes on stage, wondering whether it actually himself he's looking at, or something else that he's become (The Demon).

Well. thats my take on it, anyway. :)

Alcoholism. | Reviewer: Tyler | 7/28/08

I'm pretty sure this song is about alcoholism.

"The house jack built" - "house" can be interpreted as representing the body, the mind, the spirit, etc.

Jack being a fairly obvious reference to Jack Daniels.
Ugh, i really don't feel like picking this apart piece by piece.

title | Reviewer: andi | 12/1/07

I really like this song, the "The higher you are, the farther you fall..." part is so nice, and the whole song is really emotional. But still I don't get it, why is it entitled "the house that jack built"?

title | Reviewer: andi | 12/1/07

I really like this song, the "The higher you are..." part is so nice, and the whole song is really emotional. But still I don't get it, why is it entitled "the house that jack built"?

wrong | Reviewer: osso | 9/4/07

what is this?the name of the song is (the house jack built),not (the house THAT jack built.i hope this don`t happen again.and now,what i think about the song.a cool song with much guitar effects.i like hetfields voice in this song to.and the solo...well,it`s kinda special.a good song.



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