Fight Fire With Fire is the opening track on Metallica's second studio album, Ride the Lightning, written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Cliff Burton. The song is about the end of the world being caused by heavy use of nuclear warfare (hence the lines, "nuclear warfare shall lay us to reset"). The song suggests to "fight fire with fire" to potentially stop it, or possibly the term has been used so much, it is causing the end of the world.
Fight Fire With Fire is also known to be one of Metallica's fastest and heaviest songs to date, with the main riff consisting of all sixteenth notes, requiring incredibly fast playing.
- Fight Fire With Fire was first performed live on October 31, 1983, in Palo Alto, California.
- As of August 2016, it's been performed live 314 times.
Do unto others as they've done to you But what 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 all shall die Time is like a fuse, short and burning fast Armageddon's here, like said in the past Fight fire with fire Ending is near Fight fire with fire Bursting with fear Soon to fill our lungs, the hot winds of death The gods are laughing, so take your last breath Fight fire with fire Ending is near Fight fire with fire Bursting with fear Fight fire with fire Fight