Metallica, Master of Puppets: inside the meaning of the lyrics

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Master of Puppets is one of the most popular songs ever done by Metallica. It’s a widely loved heavy metal song and it recently met a new wave of popularity thanks to a key scene in Stranger Things season 4, as the awaited song played by Eddie in their fight against Vecna. The lyrics contain many symbols and people asked often over the years what the real meaning of the song is. In this article we will provide all answers.

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Master of Puppets: the lyrics and their meaning

Master of Puppets is a song about drug addiction. The symbol of the master who controls the puppets refers to the influence that drug addiction has on people’s life. There are strong sentences that refer to the way a drug addict has no control on his own life and will, while the effects of drugs slowly kills him and takes out his ability to control his actions.

End of passion play, crumbling away
I’m your source of self-destruction
Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear
Leading on your death’s construction

With the first lines Metallica describe the way drugs builds its control on you. Through fear, through need, through the vicious thoughts about how life will be the day after, and how bad it can be if there won’t be more drugs to take.

Taste me, you will see
More is all you need
Dedicated to
How I’m killing you

The symbol of control of manipulation is perfectly rendered by the image of the master, who controls all his puppets. They all obey to his will, and they keep asking for more. They’ll scream the master’s name, and he will hear his slaves asking his help. The chorus of the song is scary:

Master, master
Master of puppets, I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing
Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master, master
Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master, master

In the second part of the song, Metallica arrive to the ultimate conclusion of drug addiction, mentioning hell as the end of the path. Is it worth it? Through the words of the master of puppets, of course the answer is yes. The incredible sensations of drugs is worth all the pain of the addiction. Obviously this is explained in a paradoxical, in order to give a strong message against drugs use, which is the real meaning of the song lyrics. Drugs take out the control of your life and fill your existence of pain and fear.

Hell is worth all that, natural habitat
Just a rhyme without a reason
Never-ending maze, drift on numbered days
Now your life is out of season

The song played by Eddie in Stranger Things can be seen as a reference to the way Vecna tortures his victims through their emotional weaknesses. The meaning of the Master of Puppets and its lyrics is highly symbolic and therefore can send an important message inside the plot of the series.

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The complete lyrics

End of passion play, crumbling away
I’m your source of self-destruction
Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear
Leading on your death’s construction

Taste me, you will see
More is all you need
Dedicated to
How I’m killing you

Come crawling faster (Faster)
Obey your master (Master)
Your life burns faster (Faster)
Obey your

Master, master
Master of puppets, I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing
Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master, master
Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master, master

Needlework the way, never you betray
Life of death becoming clearer
Pain monopoly, ritual misery
Chop your breakfast on a mirror

Taste me, you will see
More is all you need
Dedicated to
How I’m killing you

Come crawling faster (Faster)
Obey your master (Master)
Your life burns faster (Faster)
Obey your

Master, master
Master of puppets, I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing
Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master, master
Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master, master

Master, master
Where’s the dreams that I’ve been after?
Master, master
You promised only lies
Laughter, laughter
All I hear or see is laughter
Laughter, laughter
Laughing at my cries
Fix me

Hell is worth all that, natural habitat
Just a rhyme without a reason
Never-ending maze, drift on numbered days
Now your life is out of season

I will occupy
I will help you die
I will run through you
Now I rule you too

Come crawling faster (Faster)
Obey your master (Master)
Your life burns faster (Faster)
Obey your

Master, master
Master of puppets, I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing
Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master, master
Just call my name ’cause I’ll hear you scream
Master, master