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The God That Failed is the tenth track on Metallica's 1991 self-titled album. The subject matter revolves around looking to a proposed God to heal and aid humanity even when there is no such reward in return. As told by James Hetfield, the song was born out of his childhood experience with his parent's chosen religion, Christian Science. Christian Science holds that God will heal you if you are to be healed and bars consulting doctors or other 'unnatural' assistance when sick because "your body is just a shell". Both of Hetfield's parents died of cancer and James observed that God didn't intervene to save them as their faith dictated. This is reflected in the lyrics, "The healing hand held back by the deepened nail, Follow the God that failed".

In the now infamous "God That Failed Interview" Hetfield describes being forced to leave health class as a child due to his parents beliefs and laments on the alienation that it created. You can watch the interview here.

LiveEdit

  • The God That Failed was first performed live on May 30, 1994, in Buffalo, New York.
  • As of the beginning of 2017, it's been played live 88 times.

LyricsEdit

    Pride you took
    Pride you feel
    Pride that you felt when you'd kneel
    
    Not the word
    Not the love
    Not what you thought from above
    
         It feeds
         It grows
         It clouds all that you will know
    
         Deceit
         Deceive
         Decide just what you believe
    
              I see faith in your eyes
              Never you hear the discouraging lies
              I hear faith in your cries
    
              Broken is the promise, betrayal
              The healing hand held back by the deepened nail
              Follow the god that failed
    
    Find your peace
    Find your say
    Find the smooth road on your way
    
    Trust you gave
    A child to save
    Left you cold and him in grave
    
         It feeds
         It grows
         It clouds all that you will know
    
         Deceit
         Deceive
         Decide just what you believe
    
              I see faith in your eyes
              Never you hear the discouraging lies
              I hear faith in your cries
    
              Broken is the promise, betrayal
              The healing hand held back by the deepened nail
              Follow the god that failed
         
    Pride you took
    Pride you feel
    Pride that you felt when you'd kneel
    
    Trust you gave
    A child to save
    Left you cold and him in grave
    
              I see faith in your eyes
              Never you hear the discouraging lies
              I hear faith in your cries
    
              Broken is the promise, betrayal
              The healing hand held back by the deepened nail
              Follow the god that failed

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