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Master of Puppets (album)

The Thing That Should Not Be is the third song of Metallica's third album, Master of Puppets.

Possible links to HP Lovecraft

As is made clear by the song The Call Of Ktulu on the second studio album Ride The Lightning, Metallica have some interest in the writing of HP Lovecraft.

The lyrics of The Thing That Should Not Be seem to fit well with the HP Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos, including lines such as "Great old one" which may be a reference to the Great Old Ones often appearing in Lovecraft's works, "Hybrid children watch the sea, Pray for father, roaming free" which may refer to the people of Innsmouth (a key location in the Cthulhu Mythos) and "Out from ruins once possessed, Fallen city, living death" a possible reference to Cthulhu himself as he resides in R'lyeh (another key location in the Cthulhu Mythos).


  Messenger of fear in sight
  Dark deception kills the light
  
  Hybrid children watch the sea
  Pray for father, roaming free
  
          Fearless wretch
          Insanity
          He watches
          Lurking beneath the sea
          Great old one
          Forbidden site
          He searches
          Hunter of the shadows is rising
          Immortal
          In madness you dwell
  
  Crawling chaos, underground
  Cult has summoned, twisted sound
  
  Out from ruins once possessed
  Fallen city, living death
  
          Fearless wretch
          Insanity
          He watches
          Lurking beneath the sea
          Timeless sleep
          Has been upset
          He awakens
          Hunter of the shadows is rising
          Immortal
          In madness you dwell
  
  Not dead which eternal lie
  Stranger eons death may die
  
  Drain you of your sanity
  Face the thing that should not be
  
          Fearless wretch
          Insanity
          He watches
          Lurking beneath the sea
          Great old one
          Forbidden site
          He searches
          Hunter of the shadows is rising
          Immortal
          In madness you dwell

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