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Metallica (album)

Don't Tread on Me is the sixth song off of Metallica's self-titled album, otherwise known as the "Black Album". Written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

About

The song is about the American Revolution, and makes an anology with a snake. The snake on the cover of the album is actually a modified version of the snake that appears on the Gadsden flag, which contains the motto "Don't Tread on Me" at the bottom.

Live Performances

  • “Don't Tread On Me” has been performed live 17 times
  • The song was first played live on May 7, 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic
  • It was last performed on June 24, 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ, United States

Lyrics

    Liberty or death, what we so proudly hail
    Once you provoke her, rattling of her tail
    
    Never begins it, never, but once engaged
    Never surrenders, showing the fangs of rage
    
    Don't tread on me
    
         So be it
         Threaten no more
         To secure peace is to prepare for war
    
         So be it
         Settle the score
         Touch me again for the words that you will hear evermore
    
    Don't tread on me
    
    Love it or leave it, she with the deadly bite
    Quick is the blue tongue, forked as the lighting strike
    Shining with brightness, always on surveillance
    The eyes, they never close, emblem of vigilance
    
    Don't tread on me
    
         So be it
         Threaten no more
         To secure peace is to prepare for war
    
         So be it
         Settle the score
         Touch me again for the words that you will hear evermore
    
    Don't tread on me
    
         So be it
         Threaten no more
         To secure peace is to prepare for war
         
    Liberty or death, what we so proudly hail
    Once you provoke her, rattling of her tail
    
         So be it
         Threaten no more
         To secure peace is to prepare for war
    
         So be it
         Settle the score
         Touch me again for the words that you will hear evermore
    
    Don't tread on me

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