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Allusions to Dissociative-State Phenomena in Lyrics from Metallica and Others


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Altered-State Lyrics


Ride the Lightning

James Hetfield Vocals/Rythm Guitar
Lars Ulrich Drums
Cliff Burton Bass Guitar
Kirk Hammet Lead Guitar

Fight Fire with Fire

Do unto others as they have done unto you
But what in the hell is this world coming to?

Blow the universe into nothingness
Nuclear warfare shall lay us to rest


Fight fire with fire
Ending is near
Fight fire with fire
Bursting with fear

We shall die
Time is like a fuse, short and burning fast
Armageddon is here, like said in the past


Soon to fill our lungs the hot winds of death
The gods are laughing, so take your last breath


Ride the Lightning

Guilty as charged
But damn it, it ain't right
There is someone else controlling me

Death in the air
Strapped in the electric chair
This can't be happening to me

Who made you God to say
"I'll take your life from you!"


Flash before my eyes
Now it's time to die
Burning in my brain
I can feel the flames

Wait for the sign
To flick the switch of death
It's the beginning of the end

Sweat, chilling cold
As I watch death unfold
Consciousness my only friend

My fingers grip with fear
What I am doing here?


Someone help me
Oh please God help me
They are trying to take it all away
I don't want to die

Time moving slowly
The minutes seem like hours
The final curtain call I see

How true is this?
Just get it over with
If this is true, just let it be

Wakened by the horrid cream
Freed from the frightening dream


For Whom the Bell Tolls

Make his fight on the hill in the early day
Constant chill deep inside
Shouting gun, on they run through the endless grey
On the fight, for they are right, yes, by who's to say?
For a hill men would kill, why? They do not know
Suffered wounds test there their pride
Men of five, still alive through the raging glow
Gone insane from the pain that they surely know


For whom the bell tolls
Time marches on
For whom the bell tolls

Take a look to the sky just before you die
It is the last time you will
Blackened roar massive roar fills the crumbling sky
Shattered goal fills his soul with a ruthless cry
Stranger now, are his eyes, to this mystery
He hears the silence so loud
Crack of dawn, all is gone except the will to be
Now the will see what will be, blinded eyes to see


Fade to Black

Life it seems, will fade away
Drifting further every day
Getting lost within myself
Nothing matters no one else
I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free

Things are not what they used to be
Missing one inside of me
Deathly lost, this can't be real
Cannot stand this hell I feel
Emptiness is filing me
To the point of agony
Growing darkness taking dawn
I was me, but now He's gone

No one but me can save myself, but it to late
Now I can't think, think why I should even try

Yesterday seems as though it never existed
Death Greets me warm, now I will just say good-bye

Trapped under the ice

I don't know how to live trough this hell
Woken up, I'm still locked in this shell
Frozen soul, frozen down to the core
Break the ice, I can't take anymore


Can't move at all
Can't hear my call
I am dying to live
Cry out
I'm trapped under the ice

Crystallized, as I lay here and rest
Eyes of glass stare directly at death
From deep sleep I have broken away
No one knows, no one hears what I say


Scream from my soul
Fate, mystified
Hell, forever more

No release from my cryonic state
What is this? I've been stricken by fate
Wrapped up tight, cannot move, can't break free
Hand of doom has a tight grip on me



Fell no pain, but my life ain't easy
I know I'm my best friend
No one cares, but I'm so much stronger
I'll fight until the end
To escape from the true false world
Undamaged destiny
Can't get caught in the endless circle
Ring of stupidity


Out of my own, out to be free
One with my mind, they just can't see
No need to hear things that they say
Life is for my own to live my own way

Rape my mind and destroy my feelings
Don't tell my what to do
I don't care now, 'cause I'm on my side
And I can see through you
Feed my brain with your so called standards
Who says that I ain't right
Break away from your common fashion
See through your blurry sight


See they try to bring the hammer down
No damn chains can hold me to the ground
Life is for my own to live my own way

Creeping Death

Hebrews born to serve, to the pharaoh
To his every word, live in fear
Of the unknown one, the deliverer
Something must be done, four hundred years


So let it be written
So let it be done
I'm sent here by the chosen one
So let it be written
So let it be done
To kill the first born pharaoh son
I'm creeping death

Let my people go, land of goshen
I will be with thee, bush of fire
Running red and strong, down the nil
Darkness three days long, hail to fire


Die by my hand
I creep across the land
Killing first born man
Die by my hand
I creep across the land
Killing first born man
Rule the midnight air the destroyer
I shall soon be there, deadly mass
Creep the steps and flood final darkness
Lambs blood painted door, I shall pass


Divine Intervention

Divine Intervention

(Music: Hanneman/King, Lyrics: Araya/Bastoph/Hanneman/King)

In a web like hell
How did "I reach this place
Why are they haunting me
I cannot look at God's face

Brilliant light
Trying to run
Want to scream but cannot speak
I cannot look at God's face

(Lead: King)

Blind my eyes I can't see
What is being done to me
In my mind only pain
All the memories are drained

Deathless torture
Void with no mercy
Black shroud binds those who see

Naked before you I stand
Shattered shrine of flesh and bone
God's piercing through my soul

(Lead: King)

(Lead: Hanneman)

Segments of my life
Morbid pieces of reality
Twisted personality
Many faces yet faceless
Familiar things give way to strange
No mercy no reason but pain

Sub-consious control
Threshold of pain unfolds
Transfixed martyr saving race
Who am I to judge thy grace

In a web like hell
How did I reach this place
Why are they haunting me
I cannot look at God's face

Slayer: Killing Fields

(Music: King, Lyrics: Araya)

You know the feeling
When adrenaline takes control
Can't beat the rush
That leaves a suicidal hold

Instinct spares no one
Destroying the human heart
The taste of blood
Can rip your soul apart

Devils that drive us
Do not discriminate
A state of mind
That becomes the ultimate end

Action reaction
Blood line is not immune
To the depth of human nature
Inside of me and you

A sociopath with empty eyes
And no soul
Paranoid psychotic heart of stone
My blood runs cold

Evils of passion
Can drive reason to extremes
Love hate and murder
Temporary insanity

On the edge of a
Demented personality
Pain is a deadly reality

A sociopath with empty eyes
And no soul
Paranoid psychotic heart of stone
My blood runs cold

A chioce is made of free will
Just like the choice to kill
Decisions to lose control
My self-destructive rationale

A choice is made, made of free will
Just like the choice, the choice to kill
In the speed of a moment
Life stands still now you're standing in my killing field

(Lead: King)

A choice is made of free will
Just like the choice to kill
In the speed of a moment
Life stands still now you're standing in my killing field

Circle Of Beliefs

(Music and Lyrics: King)

Can't explain the other side
Answers lost before their eyes
Violence surges from inside
A state of mind that never dies
Born into a chosen way
Life that doesn't fit today
To die a painful death it seems
Is better than your misery
Contemplating rearranging
Changing all your ways of thinking

(Lead: King)

Everyday your life seems like
It's pushed into a hole
Acting out another's needs
To rule a soul eternally
Adjusting to another set
Of values takes its toll
Growing in a lunacy
That plays on your stupidity

Circle of beliefs
Secrets never keep
Living in a lie
Right before your eyes
Born without a brain
Helpless in your name
All you do is pray
Living is your pain

(Lead: Hanneman)

Mentality so small you can't
Accept another side
Your point of view a memory
Because it doesn't mean a thing
The ressurection's waiting for
A world without a sin
The temples all will crumble
While awaiting for it to begin

Circle of beliefs
Secrets never keep
Living in a lie
Right before your eyes
Losing is your way
Mental destiny
I can see your strain
You don't want to be saved

(Lead: King)

Can't you see no validity
Must control silencing of soul
Slow decay spreading through your brain
Devastate the deviant will dominate

Can't you see there's no validity
Your way is not the only way
Slow decay is spreading through your brain
Don't you see the power of the enemy
Tyranny total supremacy
Control the silencing of sould
Slavery within the entity
Devastate, dominate

Can't explain the reason why
Someone would rather live than die
If dying is the only way
To end a life of mental sins
All your life he's been the cause
A man impaled onto a cross
Pure religious holocaust
If religion dies it's not my boss

(Lead: Hanneman)

Perception always biased
Feeding off a fallacy
Your systematic way of life
Decided for you every night
Intentional conflicting words
Avoid solidity
Blinded by the holy light
That constantly consumes your mind

Circle of beliefs
Secrets never keep
Living in a lie
Right before your eyes
Burning in my wake
Souls are free to take
Your following a fake
Everyone awake

Mind Control

(Music: Hanneman/King, Lyrics: Araya/King)

Unknown are the caverns of the mind
New realms of affliction lurk inside
Unbound massive mental energy
Your last breaths taken from you easily

Incoherence disrupts your rationale
Involuntary your last confessional
No sense of being missing segments of time
Inconsistency is feeding on your mind

(Lead: Hanneman)

Mind control, pain unfolds
I own all your sensations
Weakening, reasoning
Mesmeric full demolition
Hypnotized - victimized
Behold the threshold to the web
Scream souls fear echoes
Piercing boundries of death

(Lead: King)

Penetration of the window to your soul
Deterioration of the mind, no self-control
Temporary comprehend no memories
Hollow carcass of a man, is allI leave

Execution but a thought in the end
Slowly erasing your life and what has been
Passing victims in the land of secrecy
Cerebral death can come to you in your dreams

Other groups

Hendrix - Astro Man

From Cry of Love album. (a few of the lines are below)

And they call him Astro Man
And he's flying higher than
Donald Duck or Superman
*Ever* could

...And he'll try his best to screw you up
The rest of your life

(Here he comes, here he comes
There he goes there he goes
Where he stops, no one knows)

Devo lyrics listing: Uncontrollable Urge, and Praying Hands. prayer and loss of control

got an urge got a surge
and it's out of control
got an urge i wanna purge
cause i'm losing control
uncontrollable urge
i wanna tell you all about it
uncontrollable urge
makes me scream and shout it
...so strong i can't let it pass

you've got your praying hands
they pray for
no man

ok, relax
and assume the position
go into... submission

David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust

Making love with his ego
Ziggy sucked up into his mind
Like some leper messiah

ELO lyrics - showdown, the longest night

Save me
Save, me
It's a real suffering
There's gonna be a showdown [between me and my will]
Tonight -- the longest night [8 hours of overwhelming tripping]

-- Electric Light Orchestra

Early pop mystic-state lyrics

I feel the earth, move, under my feet
I see the sky, tumbling down

Up up and away
On my beautiful, my beatiful balloon

Who's trippin down the streets of the city
Smiling at everybody she sees
Who's reaching out to capture a flower
Everyone knows it's Windy

And Windy has stormy eyes
That flash at the sound of lies
And Windy has wings to fly
Above the clouds

Rubber Soul is probably the first album anywhere to use such double-entendres, and it used them all throughout. What goes on, in your mind? You are tearing me apart. I'm looking through you. etc etc.

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