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Song
"It deals pretty much with drugs. How things get switched around, instead of you controlling what you're taking and doing, it's drugs controlling you."
James Hetfield
Master of Puppets (album)

Master of Puppets is the second and title track of the album Master of Puppets, written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Cliff Burton. Often recognized as a thrash metal masterpiece, Master of

Puppets, although not as well known as One or Enter Sandman, is still a fan favorite, known for its heavy guitar part and its maniacal laughter.

About

Keeping the theme of powerlessness and manipulation in the album, Master of Puppets is about drugs and the effect of it on you. Some examples in the song are: "You're dedicated to how I'm killing you", referring to drug addiction and how the person can't stop taking the drug, or "I'm your source of self-destruction", meaning that one kills himself by taking drugs. Death also plays a big role in the song, as it does in the rest of the songs in the album.

Live

Trivia

  • "Master of Puppets" ranked #51 in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
  • The first solo of Master of Puppets is played by James, even though he is the rhythm guitarist and vocalist, while Kirk Hammett, the lead guitarist, plays the rhythm during the first solo. However, during the two harmonic solos, James plays the lower harmony while Kirk plays the higher harmony. This can easily be detected when listening to a live version of Master of Puppets as James' guitar is playing in the left speaker and Kirk's guitar is playing in the right speaker.
  • "A lot of people think I came into my own on that song. It had everything to do with buying our first Mesa/Boogie Mark II-C heads. Boogie made those heads for a short time in the mid-Eighties, but nothing they've made has since captured that particular sound. They were really unique. The sound of the entire Master of Puppets album is pretty much some combination of the Boogie and Marshall." -Kirk Hammett

Lyrics

    End of passion play, crumbling away
    I'm your source of self-destruction
    Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear
    Leading on your death's construction
    
    Taste me you will see
    More is all you need
    Dedicated to
    How I'm killing you
    
    Come crawling faster
    Obey your master
    Your life burns faster
    Obey your master
    Master
    
    Master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings
    Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
    Blinded by me, you can't see a thing
    Just call my name 'cause I'll hear you scream
    Master
    Master
   Just call my name 'cause I'll hear you scream
   Master
   Master
   
   Needlework the way, never you betray
   Life of death becoming clearer
   Pain monopoly, ritual misery
   Chop your breakfast on a mirror
   
   Taste me you will see
   More is all you need
   Dedicated to
   How I'm killing you
   
   Come crawling faster
   Obey your master
   Your life burns faster
   Obey your master
   Master
   
   Master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings
   Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
   Blinded by me, you can't see a thing
   Just call my name 'cause I'll hear you scream
   Master
   Master
   Just call my name 'cause I'll hear you scream
   Master
   Master
   
   Master, master
   Where's the dreams that I've been after?
   Master, master
   Promised only lies
   Laughter, laughter
   All I hear and see is laughter
   Laughter, laughter
   Laughing at my cries
   
   Fix me
   
   Hell is worth all that, natural habitat
   Just a rhyme without a reason
   Never-ending maze, drift on numbered days
   Now your life is out of season
   
   I will occupy
   I will help you die
   I will run through you
   Now I rule you too
   
   Come crawling faster
   Obey your master
   Your life burns faster
   Obey your master
   Master
   
   Master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings
   Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
   Blinded by me, you can't see a thing
   Just call my name 'cause I'll hear you scream
   Master
   Master
   Just call my name 'cause I'll hear you scream
   Master
   Master

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