Until It Sleeps Lyrics - Metallica

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Where do I take this pain of mine
I run but it stays right by my side

So tear me open and pour me out
There's things inside that scream and shout
And the pain still hates me
So hold me until it sleeps

Just like the curse, just like the stray
You feed it once and now it stays
Now it stays

So tear me open but beware
There's things inside without a care
And the dirt still stains me
So wash me until I'm clean

It grips you so hold me
It stains you so hold me
It hates you so hold me
It holds you so hold me
Until it sleeps

So tell me why you've chosen me
Don't want your grip, don't want your greed
Don't want it

I'll tear me open make you gone
No more can you hurt anyone
And the fear still shakes me
So hold me, until it sleeps

It grips you so hold me
It stains you so hold me
It hates you so hold me
It holds you, holds you, holds you
until it sleeps (x4)

I don't want it, I don't want it, want it, want it, want it, want it, noo..

So tear me open but beware
There's things inside without a care
And the dirt still stains me
So wash me 'till I'm clean

I'll tear me open make you gone
No longer will you hurt anyone
And the hate still shames me
So hold me
until it sleeps (x5)

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until it sleeps | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/5/14

I saw a interview from James telling this song lyrics were about is mom dying from cancer when he was 16, and then is father dying from cancer 1 year before this song, he tells that its like some "curse", you can see that on this part of the lyrics:
"Just like the curse, just like the stray
You feed it once and now it stays
Now it stays"
It makes perfect sense, everytime i hear this song i get chills.. its so strong and beutifull at the same time.

This is Music, people. | Reviewer: Rozen | 1/1/14

This is the beauty of Music, there is not a solid thing about songs like this.

To me this is a love song :) well, a song about a man who is really afraid of falling in love...

He doesn't want anyone to Know him because he hates himself so much... but he is alone, and that is exactly what he needs: someone who can "hold him", hold his hand after knowing all those "things without a care", all these inner demons that make him so bitter...

until it sleeps.

This is getting ridiculous. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/18/10

Okay, guys, another thing is, Hetfield writes his music purposefully to be vague and to apply to a lot of people; read any of his interviews about his writing process if you want proof of that. So yeah, what it means to you may not be the same meaning as what others think. That's the point, at least in post-Justice Metallica. =\

Chill out people | Reviewer: Dane | 11/20/10

To those people who are getting all defensive and self-righteous in regards to what they deem to be the true meaning of the lyrics to Until It Sleeps; here's something for you to ponder:

How does the fact that James Hetfield wrote the song, make his interpretation of the lyrics - whatever they may be - anymore valid or definitive than any random individual who reads/hears the lyrics and forms his/her own interpretation?

In my opinion, the only true meaning of any song is the meaning that is formed by whoever happens to read/listen to it at any given time.

Ps - Not a huge Metallica fan, but for me that is one of their better songs. And lyric-wise it is certainly one of, if not Hetfield's best. So powerfully emotive and imagery-inducing, yet such simplistic and concise use of language.

..... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/14/10

I heard that James wrote this song about his dad passing of cancer n the pain that you feel! I have so much in common with this song as my dad just passed recently of it! N u might think ohwell get over it I'm only a young kid that's inlove with Metallica my dad is the one that introduced me to them. They r the best band in the world n I thank my dad so much for showing me them!

Sorry I had to get that off my chest

Mushoe | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/2/10

I just read the first post on here from Darth Anakin, and it was a little harsh i'd say, but to each their own. I gathered from the posts that there are some arguments as to what the song is actually about. I'm not claiming to know anything just for the record, but I heard a D.J. talking about the songs meaning today on the radio on a Local Ottawa station and strangely enough came upon this post right after...

Anyways the D.J's explanation of the song was that it was written about the PAIN someone felt after loosing thier mother... to cancer I don't know. But either way that explination made sense to me, because pain and depression can be very overwhelming, whatever the cause of it may be. Either way i just thought i'd share that because it was a pretty reliable source that this possibly false information came from, and maybe people shouldn't be told to die for repeating it!! Lol

Anyways the song is amazing and I think that anybody going through any type of pain can relate to it, so use it for that and not for anger!!
Peace and Love everyone!! hehehe

JOHN V...DIE!!! | Reviewer: Darth Anakin | 7/7/10

I totally agree with why everyone knows that you're a retard. If you can't accept the fact that Metallica has ruled the world for longer than most Rock/Metal bands, that started around the same time as Metallica, yet they all died out in the 80's, yet Metallica continued to own for a good 2 decades after...and even when they released Death Magnetic, NOT DEATH MEGANETIC, YOU GAY FAGGOT, GET READING AND SPELLING LESSONS YOU TWAT, they were still big. So FUCK OFF AND WANK HITLER, YOU BASTARD!

Other drug related songs | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/19/10

I cant believe you guys are missing "the house that jack built". It is the song immedietly before until it sleeps in load, if you have ever heard an anti drug song, it is that one! In summary, yes they were off their respective faces but that doesnt mean they have to write songs supporting drug use. I am not stating this song is about drugs, just giving some input in regards to examples.

fraaaaaaaact | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/18/10

Hmm I'm sure 'tallica wouldn't approve of a few nerds trying to tell other people what this song is about.
It means something different to nearly everyone, for me I like to think it's about Hetfields struggle with addiction.
Addiction is hereditary and a disease, you don't choose to be an alcoholic/addict it chooses you;
"So tell me why you've chosen me
Don't want your grip, don't want your greed"

Addiction is a selfish disease throwing the victim into a downward spiral of 'greed' you could say.

So please people, try not to thrust your OPINIONS on others and just state it as what it is, an opinion.
Absolutely epic song (load/reload Hetfields vocal pinnacle imHo)

The meaning of Until It Sleeps | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/1/10

The song is not about cancer. Metallica's cover up about Asian-Italian American artist Goff Macaraeg's video Garden of Eden seen on MTV Asia. Metallica, shown Garden of Eden at MTV Asia studios in Singapore by a VJ friend, months before they got the ideas for Until It Sleeps and LOAD, copied from Macaraeg. Until It Sleeps refers to Metallica's notion that Macaraeg was questioning the divinity of Christ in his video. What do the words " and the hate still shames me " have to do with cancer? There is nothing in Metallica's song/video that has anything to do with cancer or their family members. If any video did, it would be ONE although specifically about fallen war heroes and the pain of being alive and unable to join the human race.

Some of you worried about your rockers selling out? You should be more worried about artists stealing from other artists and then trying to cover it up, as that is inexcusable.

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To all the people... | Reviewer: Nick | 12/19/09

Yeah so, I read one saying, "Ohh, well, metallica has never written a song about drugs. Please. Prove me wrong."

"Metallica had never written an anti-drugs song before and its unclear what made James tackle the subject at this point. 'Master of Puppets' is not only a masterful exercise in observing an addicts behavior, it also turns the typical junkie-state-of-mind song on its head to speak from the point of view of the drug itself."

Yes, our beloved MOP is about drugs. So, yes, you're wrong. That was a quote taken from 'Metallica, The Stories Behind the Biggest Songs." Written by Chris Ingham.

And for the song everyone's discussing, 'Until It Sleeps'.

"A smouldering and angry ballad, like 'Dyers Eve' and 'The God That Failed' it was inspired by Hetfield's Cbristian Science upbringing. This time it specifically deals with the subject of his father Virgil's painful, unmedicated death from cancer, just like his mother's."

So for people who think this song isn't about cancer you can suck my dick. I have a book on their songs, ALL OF THEM! Try me.

Nice song | Reviewer: BlackDoom | 12/16/09

I know it's not thrash metal but still like it. James' lyrics in this kind of songs are amazing (not saying that others lyrics are bad, he's overall a great songwriter) though I can't say the same about the arrangements (the Load era was full of these... experimental sounds and some of them sucked, I prefer the S&M version).
Excuse my English lol

Meh...it isn't that bad in retrospect. | Reviewer: Badman | 12/5/09

Actually, the last time I listened to this song was 10 years ago, and I don't think it's that bad now.

Metallica needed to make Load/Reload because they needed to do something fresh and exciting. Playing thrash every album would have made them burnt outs, and they would have quit sometime.

They may not have the flare of the old days in the studio, but trust me, they do more than that when they play live!!!

Masterpiece | Reviewer: GLENDA COSENZA | 12/6/09

I am a professor of music education researching rock & rap for a new text I'm writing. Metallica will be prominently featured in this text as an example of a band who plays extremely well together, who write epic, simply glorious, symphonically-conceived music, and whose legacy to music will not even be fully understood for some years yet. James Hetfield is possibly one of the top 5 frontmen in rock history and Kirk Hammett is simply magical as a lead guitarist. They are sincere musicians. Lars and James are genius songwriters and performers. Rare combination of extraordinary skill and vision. Until It Sleeps is perfectly beautiful, tortured song with a gorgeous melody and harmony. Generally, I can't say enough good about Metallica. They have become a personal music "totem" for me and the first time I EVER heard them was 2 months ago. I've become a heavy metal fan, to the shock and surprise of my friends & colleagues, mostly because of Metallica.


i never write comments or any of tht shit but i would like to say that john v is a fuckin retard with no fucking sense of music and i wud like to say when u become as successful as metallica or even write on song no one sentence of a song that is as successful as metallica then u can judge them otherwise suck a dick and shut up

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