Disposable Heroes

Album: Master Of Puppets (1986)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about using soldiers as cannon fodder in the war. It is about the complete disregard the country in question has of its loyal troops, its heroes. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Andrew - Tampa, FL
  • "Disposable Heroes" is a segment from the book Fahrenheit 451. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Amir - Salt Lake City, UT
  • On the Master Of Puppets demo tapes, the bridge section was much different. Though it was very fast, the bridge section was taken and used as the bridge section of "Damage, Inc." which appears as the final track on the album. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    JT - Tullahoma, TN

Comments: 24

  • Endgame from Va UsaNot "bare" but "wear"

    More a man, more stripes you bare, glory seeker trends
  • Levi from SeattleThis song is about WWI, the front of the trenches was a zone where you have an average of 2 weeks to live. What the title of the song means is that while fighting in the trenches, bodies fill the place and rotting. "I was born for dying!" Is the most chilling sector of the song, meant that when you were born and drafted all you were meant to be was a person who was gonna die and never come home. Basically a suicide mission for your country.
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjThis, along with the Master of Puppets album as a whole, is a masterpiece. Every song is a winner. Def one of if not THE greatest heavy metal albums of all time.
  • Kyle from Calgary, AbThe sheer speed of this song is just amazing, especially Lars' drumming and the massive rolls he does near the end. James's voice was in it's prime too and had all that power to it. The break where he screams "I was born for dyyingggg!!" sends chills down my spine everytime lol
  • Jean from San Lorenzo, Puerto RicoMy all time favorite.
    And Johnny's got a gun is of the song One.
  • Aaron from Ventura , CaThis is by far one of Metallicas best songs. Sadly, it's underrated. When you listen to this song, you literary feel like you are on the front lines. Seeing the horrifying sights, smelling the ripe smell of cordite, the staccato sound machine gun fire, the rumble of artillery in the distance, and the overall insanity of war. Folks

    BACK TO THE FRONT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Alex from Holt, Mithis song is absolutely amazing. great guitar, great drums, great bass, great vocals, just awesome
  • Bradyn from Melfort, SkMy favorite albums and one of my favorite Metallica song!!!
  • Tyler from Apple Valley,This album this song is on and the pre-chorus in this song are all WAY awesome.
  • Ryan from Roseville, CaNot all of Metallica's songs are political. In fact, they don't try to get involved in politics.
  • Adam from Yarmouth, MeYah that is for sure One mike. But this is still a great song.
  • Ryan from Pataskala, OhMike, you're definitely thinking of One, not Disposable Heroes.
  • Mike from Smyrna, TnI saw an interview with Lars Ulrich and he spoke specifically about the development of this song. It wasn't conceived on the basis of war or using our soldiers as "cannon fodder" like you goofy libs like to think. (Not everything is political in this world) When Hetfield writes, his ideas ocme from personal experiences and "what ifs" that could happen in life. Think of Trapped Under Ice. Its not a statement about an oppressive society or some other political garbage, but simply being trapped under ice. Kind of refreshing.

    It was simply an idea of James' where he came up with what it would be like to be limbless, blind and mute. No way to interact with the world. He pitched the idea and someone told him about a movie called "Johnny's got a gun" in which they watched. The main character was a soldier injured in war who was just that, limbless, blind and mute. They eventually bought the rights to the movie and that is where the music video shots came from.

  • Luca from London, Englandyeah this is about soldiers being used as pawns and heroes not being appreciated (hence the name) but the main theme is the absence of control the soldiers have over there own destiny
  • Cam from Melbourne, Alawesome song, pure thrash. One of metallicas most underrated
  • Bob from Toronto, CanadaDylan sucks, and metaliica clearly shows this in this rockin but true song.
  • Dylan from Olmsted Falls, United States"Soldier boy made of clay no an empty shell" War sucks and Metallica clearly shows this in this rockin but true song.
  • Bob from New York, NyI love this song because the whole master of puppets theme is that of mind control and propaganda. (Hence the soldiers graves with the strings on the cover of the album). It is cleary just about pawns to get the job done. All the lyrics in the song suggest this.
  • Kayla from Coquitlam, CanadaI love this song. One of my favourites from puppets. The chorus is awesome!
  • Evan from Otway, OhThis is one of their more underrated songs, which is a shame. AWESOME song, from my favorite album of all time. (BACK TO THE FRONT!)
  • Devon from Westerville, OhThis song is Awesome. It's a great song from a great album. One of my favorites from Puppets.
  • Josh from Plainview, NyGreat song. I love the drums during the chorus
  • Sidic from Penticton, CanadaYet isn't it so true. So many soldiers are used as Canon fodder. Good job Metallica for pointing out another flaw in our country.
  • Marc from Niagara Falls, Canadasiiiick song another blow away by metallica of master of puppets
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