Metal Monday – 11/17/14 Edition

Metallica. This one word alone can illicit a host of reactions out of any metal head. Feuds with Dave Mustaine. The greatness of Cliff Burton. The tragedy of the Load albums. The even greater tragedy of St. Anger. The absolute fuckery that was the Napster fiasco. (Speaking of which, I’ll probably do a post or 10 on intellectual property.) But there was a simpler time and that was 1988. Jason Newsted had big shoes to fill, cocaine was trending harder than Kim K’s ass, and for Metallica, the alcohol flowed harder than a Twista lyric (Yes, I like hip hop too. Fuck off.).  Metallica hit the studio to record their most musically progressive album that also happened to be their most politically active (in terms of lyrics): …And Justice For All. Lyrical content included political corruption,  environmentalism, free speech and censorship, and anti-war themes. While One received much deserved radio airplay and is a permanent staple during live shows, I feel the unsung hero is the album’s title track. James Hetfield pulls no punches. Corruption, elitism, the influence of money, and even a degree of police brutality are on display in this 9 minute epic. Here’s a live recording if you want to get the full experience. Lyrics are below if you’re more the quiet reader type.


Halls of Justice Painted Green
Money Talking
Power Wolves Beset Your Door
Hear Them Stalking
Soon You’ll Please Their Appetite
They Devour
Hammer of Justice Crushes You
Overpower

The Ultimate in Vanity
Exploiting Their Supremacy
I Can’t Believe the Things You Say
I Can’t Believe
I Can’t Believe the Price You Pay
Nothing Can Save You

Justice Is Lost
Justice Is Raped
Justice Is Gone
Pulling Your Strings
Justice Is Done
Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real

Apathy Their Stepping Stone
So Unfeeling
Hidden Deep Animosity
So Deceiving
Through Your Eyes Their Light Burns
Hoping to Find
Inquisition Sinking You
With Prying Minds

The Ultimate in Vanity
Exploiting Their Supremacy
I Can’t Believe the Things You Say
I Can’t Believe
I Can’t Believe the Price You Pay
Nothing Can Save You

Justice Is Lost
Justice Is Raped
Justice Is Gone
Pulling Your Strings
Justice Is Done
Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real

Lady Justice Has Been Raped
Truth Assassin
Rolls of Red Tape Seal Your Lips
Now You’re Done in
Their Money Tips Her Scales Again
Make Your Deal
Just What Is Truth? I Cannot Tell
Cannot Feel

The Ultimate in Vanity
Exploiting Their Supremacy
I Can’t Believe the Things You Say
I Can’t Believe
I Can’t Believe the Price We Pay
Nothing Can Save Us

Justice Is Lost
Justice Is Raped
Justice Is Gone
Pulling Your Strings
Justice Is Done
Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real
Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real

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