Fight Fire With Fire

Album: Ride The Lightning (1984)
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  • This song is about nuclear annihilation, describing the world right before and during a nuclear apocalypse. In the song, Fight Fire With Fire means fighting nuclear warfare with nuclear warfare, hence "Nuclear warfare shall lay us to rest." It was written at a time when James Hetfield was obsessed with death. >>
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    Aaron - Ventura, CA

Comments: 5

  • Yvi from CaThe title/lyric (Fight fire with fire) is tongue-in-cheek and is actually to put the spotlight on the tit-for-tat attitudes prevalent amongst the nations of the world (fight-fire-with-fire attitude) which is only going to get the universe blown into nothingness. Awesome lyrics!
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjI heard that the beginning was Cliff playing a 12-string guitar could someone confirm this?
  • Kyle from Calgary, AbThis is Flea's (the bassist from the red hot chili peppers) favourite Metallica song. He inducted the band into the rock n' roll hall of fame with an excellent speech that every Metallica fan should watch, in my opinion.
  • Cory from Akron, American SamoaThis has always been one of my favorite songs by metallica and its so great how it starts out so peaceful in the begining then it goes dark.
  • Zachary from Nashville, TnI think this song is about the truth of war and how back in the 1980's nuclear war was a big fear and how if nuclear war was to come upon us no one would survive. If one country started nuclear war, we would bomb back. (Do Onto Others As They've Done To You) If nuclear war were to come, our time would go away as soon as it came. (Time Is Like A Fuse, Short And Burning Fast)
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