Metallica lyrics have always been wise. Metallica’s new album, 72 Seasons, is all about the first 18 years of one’s life. James Hetfield of Metallica explained the album’s concept with a question; “How do you evolve, and grow, and mature, and develop your own ideas and identity of self after those first 72 seasons?” The LP grew out of that idea. 

Growing up is hard. In the first 18 years of our lives, we experience things that are out of our control. As a kid, you really can’t do much about the hand you’re dealt. It’s only after you become an adult, fly the coop, and make your own start, that you come into your own. Things are finally in your control. 

Metallica lyrics have covered this before, maybe without even realizing it. A lot of their lyrics totally encapsulate what it feels like to grow up. Their lyrics have probably helped a lot of young people out.  But truly, they know what it’s like to be in the first 72 seasons of your life. How powerless you feel and need to find your way somehow.  

Here are 18 Metallica lyrics that encapsulate what it feels like to grow up: 

  • Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand. (‘Holier Than Thou’)

    This is a hard lesson you need to learn as a kid. We all face the illusion of invincibility as kids. We believe we are untouchable. The thing is, when you’re arrogant, you’ll never learn. It makes you ignorant to the important things you need to learn in life.

  • Life is ours we live it our way (‘Nothing Else Matters’)

    Every rebellious teen has had this thought. We feel that no one gets us. So, we start to drift from societal norms and become independent. 

  • How can I be lost, if I've got nowhere to go? (‘The Unforgiven III’)

    It’s hard to have direction as a kid. When every day is the same. Home, school, home, repeat. There’s a lot of monotony in childhood. It makes you feel directionless.

  • Open mind for a different view and nothing else matters. (‘Nothing Else Matters’)

    This is a lesson we learn in our youth. You have to have an open mind in order to grow up. Different views are what make us who we are. If you go through life believing one thing and never tolerating another opinion, how can you grow?

  • How could he know this new dawn's light would change his life forever? (‘The Unforgiven III’)

    There is one event in everyone’s childhood that changed everything. You may not have even realized it in the moment, but when you look back you see how it was a pivot. The day your life changed.

  • Master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings, twisting your mind and smashing your dreams (‘Master of Puppets’)

    When the world is trying to control you. The “Master of Puppets” is society trying to manipulate you into doing what they want. Do this, go there, have this job, study this. A lot of kids feel that they are merely society’s puppets.

  • I know I'm my best friend (‘Escape’)

    It’s a time in your life when you feel like everyone is against you. You know that you have your own back, but who else does? Your parents don’t get it and neither do your teachers. Kids in school may be mean, but you have yourself.

  • Go against the grain until the end (‘Damage, Inc.’)

    Another rebellious teen lyric. We all believe that we will do this. Be a rebel forever, because society doesn’t get us.

  • See the dreams, I hope they last, never fade away. (‘Helpless’)

    There are so many dreams we have when our lives are fresh. What you’ll grow up to be. Who you’ll come to know. We want these dreams to stay alive forever. We want them to come true.

  • Independence limited, Freedom of choice, Choice is made for you, my friend (‘Eye of the Beholder’)

    As a kid, all kinds of choices will be made for you, and that’s really annoying. The adults in your life will tell you what to do and how to act. It feels so unfair. You have limited independence as a kid.

  • You just stood there screaming, fearing no one was listening to you (‘My Friend of Misery’)

    As a kid you feel that a lot of what you say gets ignored. Adults may have made you feel like your problems weren’t worthy of their time. Little voices aren’t always heard. It’s another hard part of growing up.

  • A son’s heart’s owed to mother, but I must find my way (‘Mama Said’)

    When we feel we need to fly the nest, we’re conflicted. We love our parents and guardians. But we need to go out on our own and become ourselves. It’s coming to realize that you’re at the end of your childhood. It’s bittersweet.

  • Will this earth be good to you? Keep you clean or stain through? (‘Where the Wild Things Are’)

    The questions parents ask when a child is born. When you were green and new to this world, everyone wondered if your life would be great. Even as a young child, you ask these questions yourself. There is so much potential in childhood.

  • Invisible kid got a place of his own where he’ll never be known (‘Invisible Kid’)

    Kids retreat into their own world sometimes. Imagination makes life easier. Especially when you feel unseen. You can pretend any reality is your reality.

  • Mama, why's it rainin' in my room? Cheer up boy clouds will move on soon (‘My World’)

    We ask the adults in our lives why life is so unkind sometimes. The answer adults often provide is “this too shall pass.” Life isn’t always fair, and we ask why. The bad times don’t last, though. We come to learn this with age.

  • Hostage to my mind (‘ManUNkind’)

    We must hold our tongues as kids to not be disrespectful to the adults around us. We have to think things instead of saying them, which makes us hostages to our own minds.

  • Welcome to this life, born into the fight (‘Screaming Suicide’)

    The world is scary and not always nice. Every child that is born is born into a harsh world. You learn really young that things aren’t perfect here. You’re born into a world in turmoil.

  • Well on my way, but on my way to where I’ve been (‘The House Jack Built’)

    This is a hopeful reminder that the things we learn in childhood follow us into adulthood. You’re on your way to where you need to be, and you can use the experiences you’ve already had to get there. The first 18 years of your life are about learning. There comes a time when you start to use what you learn, and it’s super gratifying. 

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