Battery

Album: Master Of Puppets (1986)
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  • The title refers to Battery Street in San Francisco. It was on this street that many of the clubs where Metallica first played were situated. "Battery is found in me" shows that these early shows on Battery Street were important to them. Battery is where "lunacy finds you" and you "smash through the boundaries." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Eddy - Newcastle. N.I., Ireland
  • James Hetfield once said: "There's a good and a bad side of a battery. We were very good at the negative."
  • Metallica included this on their live album S&M, which they recorded with the San Francisco symphony orchestra. >>
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    Vincent - Orangebur, NY, for above 2
  • Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante loves the stickwork on this track. "I like this one thing that Lars does in the song 'Battery,' where it's after the lead section, and it just has this double bass thing," he said in a Songfacts interview. "I just always liked that part."
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Comments: 44

  • Sebastian from Horsham, PaThe meaning I get from this is that this songs title WAS about the street that they started their first shows. But I believe that this song is about world war two and the Nazi's superiority of artillery when the allies were fighting their way through nazi occupied Europe and many casualties ocurred from the heavily expanding land hence the "slashing through the boundaries" as the Nazi's spread their borders to overlap the surrounding countries. Also I believe that this song is about the adrenaline rush that overwhelms you when a battle or skirmish heats up around you and you get the first taste of battle and having no control just men fighting men.
  • Semper Fido from Daly City, CaI agree with Red. This coming week, they're having a Metallica night with the San Jose Sharks. They've already done a Metallica night with the San Francisco Giants, and Oakland Raiders. I think it's time to admit they are your Father's heavy metal band, and are just now doing it for the money before James' vocal chords give out for good. I saw them in '88, in '13, and countless times in between. The mighty have fallen, sad to say. It it indeed time to make money by allowing their songs to be used for Superbowl commercials. As for me, I refuse to mourn: That just ain't metal. It's time to find another band to tell my friends about, like I did 30 years ago.
  • Red from Mia, FlEVERYONE PLEASE! Stop your bickering, come out of your mosh pits and realize that Metallica should totally sell off the rights to the track Battery to Duracell / Energizer / Duralast. That would make a superb commercial during the Super Bowl, etc. Who cares anyway? Burton is long gone, along with any chance of ever recording a decent track /album again.. the band has been exposed. All integrity has gone down the drain so I say Sell 'em All. Hey that could be the title to their next commercial, I mean album. They could call their next tour "The Garage Sale Days Tour" Ha! Ha! No worries! Go ahead call em up use it. Im not looking for any royalties...Its my gift to all those loyal Metallica consumers out there
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjI think the "circle of destruction" part refers to the moshpit, y'know when the singer tells the audience to form a circle and go nuts it like a whirpool effect. Anyone who's been to a metal show or seen one televised knows what I'm talkin' about. By the way, I think the song speaks on many different levels James is grossly underrated as a lyricist (or for that matter even a guitarist!).
  • Dylan from Euclid, Ohthis is my fav song by metallica and always will be
  • David from Boston, MaBattery refers to both a music club and the sheer power,and energy of metal.Metallica like alot of the metal bands from the 80s viewed alot of the music and bands at that time as weak and inferior to themselves as well as metal as a whole. Metal is a very aggressive form of music and if you get the bug for it it can become an obsession,hence pounding out agression turning to obsession can not stop the battery refers to them playing and their commitment to their style the second part refers to the lack of airplay metal got in the 80s and inspite of it they werent going to be stopped. the weak are ripped and torn away refers to the glam metal bands of the 80s. Although they have gotten softer in recent years and are a afr cry from AlcoholicA they are defined by their first decade together. Unlike some bands from that era, who have been reduced to playing dog tracks and reality tv IE( Bret micheals), their music,their legacy,and their contribution to the evolution of music endures the test of time. they said they were gonna kick ass and have done so for over a qutar cenyury. For every Ratt there is a Motley Crue filling the air with Poison,but there is only one Metallica.
  • Derek from San Diego, CtDaniel the band consists of James, Lars, Kirk, and rob. Rob is the bass player, they've always had a bass player. and codey is partially right, the intro consists of acoustic and electric guitars, although I don't think Metallica has ever performed the studio intro to battery
  • Daniel from Tomball, Txand the song has a bass part on the games because they recorded it for the version of the song that begins with the guitar and not the orchestra.
  • Daniel from Tomball, TxCodey, the band has only four members, and no bass player. it's only two guitars, cuz Metallica only has two guitar players. and on rock band they only use the lead guitarist's roll or the only one that's playing at the time during the song.
  • Codey from Reading, Palol, the reason y its so hard for people to play on rockband or guitar hero is because the song isnt just 1 guitar, its 6 i think
  • Daniel from Tomball, Tx3 of the four members of Metallica wear musician's earplugs so they don't go deaf. This song is really hard on Rock Band 2. I can only play it on hard. Not at expert yet at this song yet.
  • Rickey from Lansing, MiThis song is absolutely amazing
  • Jay from Cary, NcI mainly think this is about the street. But there are many phrases that can lead you to believe this is about the criminal charge.
  • Mark from Londonderry, Nhthis song is on rock band 2? awesome
  • Donald from Corpus Christi, TxThis is the first song i ever gold starred on expert on rock band 2.
  • Luca from London, Englandthe song is about anger, and the control it has over people, if you look at the album all of the songs are about control over people in one way or another
  • Sanitarium from Sharon, KsIn my opinion, its a dedication to the club on Battery street, about a moshpit.
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandThis song is an ode to the bay area thrash fans who supported metallica through their early days... As stated by Lars in an interview in Kerrang! magazine when they did a "making of" Master Of Puppets spread.
  • Damien from Edmonton, CanadaI love this song... The Flamenco(sp?) at the beginning rocks, and is AMAZING... And I love the total metalness
  • Dylan from Olmsted Falls, United StatesI commpletly diagree with Dane about "early days of Metallica, the meanings were less metaphorical and more literal" is completely wrong! What does the meaning of the four horsemen mean? Some horsemen who ride horses for fun, is that the meaning, NO!! All of Hetfield's songs have had the most metaphorical writer of all time, period.
  • Bob from New York, NyMetallica is way to deep just write this song only about where they started there career at. "Pounding out aggression, turns into obsession, cannot kill the Battery" This song is about killing or fighting and becoming addicted to it. All the lyrics in this song suggest this. But then again interpertaion of the song is eye of the beholder.
  • Paul from California, PaYou know, it's amazing what can be thought of or said, when you take something, such as this song out of context. First of all, dane, as far as song meanings being less metaphorical in M etallica's early days....dude, do you know what a metaphor is? it is a comparisson without using like or as. The song Master of Puppets is one long metaphor. James is comparing drugs to being someones master. O.K. as far as Battery.... The club may have inspired the title, but the songs lyrics clearly(in the CONTEXT of the album as a whole) talk about manipulation and/or control through violence and abuse. I don't think that James would have written a song about a mosh pit. I think he got all of that out on the first album.He was a more mature lyricist on Puppets. Not to mention very smart.
  • Dee from Northfield, IlThis song's friggin' brutal as hell, which is a possible reason for people think it's about assault and battery, which are both just as brutal.
  • Evan from Otway, OhAwesome beggining to an awesome album. The riff at about 3 minutes into the song and the end of the song is the best on the song. I love it!
  • Evan from Columbus, GaWhile it may be a tribute to a club, considering that Master of Puppets as a whole has a theme of control, with the title track being about drugs, leper messiah being religion, disposable heroes about war, etc, I'd say it's more likely that Battery would also be about control, that is controlling someone with violence, as opposed to a less philosophical meaning of energy and drive.
  • Dallas from Viking, Canadabattery in the dictionary means assault. That;s where people might have got fighting
  • Steven from Viking, CanadaWell said Matt
  • TorbjÃ?rn from Trondheim, NorwayAbout the meaning of the song: The song IS naturally an INDIRECT tribute to the "Old Waldorf Club" in San Francisco, which lies on BATTERY street. BUT it is ALSO about "a battery in the sense of beating each other up", like some of you correctly mentioned in your comments. It really should be up there with the facts. Like Dane here pointed out, very LITERAL lyrics back then.
  • Jesse from Bowmanville, CanadaBattery is a cool song, I listen to it before every hockey game I play... that and "Mother" by Danzig
  • Chris from Pawtucket, Rii think Battery is a dedication to the moshpit. a battery is something that gives energy to something larger. in the song, the "battery" is the moshpit, the moshpit is what gives metallica its energy. and for all you weirdos who dont kno wat a moshpit is, its a mass of "hungry violence seekers" in front of the stage that "lash out the action", "breed on insanity", "whips up a fury, a dominating flurry" that "crushes all that cower" and the "weak are ripped and torn away"... a moshpit is where you can "smash through the boundaries". its where "lunacy finds you". you "CANNOT STOP THE BATTERY!"... think about it, then listen to the lyrics, then tell me what this song is about...
  • Matt from Millbrae, CaThe part at 3 minutes... the best riff of the whole album... i love this song
  • Neil from London, England"I guess this song could be considered an update of "Hit the Lights" and "Whiplash."
    - Paulo, India, United States"

    And Metal Militia, and Seek & destroy, and pretty much all of kill 'em all
  • Eddy from Newcastle. N.i., IrelandNick is right. The song refers to the Old Wondorf club on Battery Street in San Fransico.
  • Paulo from India, United StatesI guess this song could be considered an update of "Hit the Lights" and "Whiplash."
  • Tom from Trowbridge, EnglandGreat start to a great album. The spanish guitars that gradually build up at the beginning send a chill down my spine!
  • Tim from Leuven, BelgiumThis song is not about beating someone up or something like that , it has nothing to do with anger but it's about the energy that those guys hade when they started , it's a very fast and heavy song and it is ranked third in my metallica top-5
  • Ian from New York, NyIt's about an adrniline(sp?)rush.
  • Dane from Lamar, CoNo, I'm gonna have to go with Anthony on this one. The lyrics are clearly about fighting, and the music is adrenaline based. I see what you're saying about the music, but this was the early days of Metallica, the meanings were less metaphorical and more literal.
  • Josh from El Paso, TxBattery was written dedicated to a club that Metallica played at so many times. The club was located on Battery Street. James said that it was total mayhem once they got on stage to perfome. "Whipping up the fury, dominating flurry, we create the battery!"
    P.S. Hey, nick, FYI: jason was informed about his membership in Metallica @ Tommy's Joint, a metallica fave sandwich joint in Frisco.
  • Paulo from New York, NyThis on'es my favorite Metallica song; absolutely awesome.
  • Eric from Los Angeles, CaRead the lyrics. I'd have to agree with Chris from PA on this one. I don't see how you could interpret this as beating someone down. I think Anthony took James' coments out of context.
  • Chris from Stockdale, PaBattery is about the "drive" that makes Metallica want to keep playing...not some club....or fighting.
  • Nick from Paramus, NjThis is dedicated to the Old Wondorf Club at Battery street. I think it's where they would eventually tell Jason that he was in the band.
  • Jake from Las Vegas, NvDuring the Summer Sanitarium tour 2003 metallica would dedicate this song to all aspiring musicians
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