Holier Than Thou

Album: Metallica (1991)
  • No more the craps rolls out your mouth again
    Haven't changed, your brain is still gelatin
    Little whispers circle around your head
    Why don't you worry about yourself instead
    Who are you where ya been where ya from?
    Gossip is burning on the tip of your tongue
    You lie so much you believe yourself
    Judge not lest ye be judged yourself

    Holier than thou
    You are
    Holier than thou
    You are
    You know not
    Before you judge me take a look at you
    Can't you find something better to do
    Point the finger, slow to understand
    Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand
    It's not who you are it's who you know
    Others lives are the basis of your own
    Burn your bridges build them back with wealth
    Judge not lest ye be judged yourself

    Holier than thou
    You are
    Holier than thou
    You are
    You know not

    Yeah who that hell are you?

    Holier than thou
    You are
    Holier than thou
    You are
    You know not Writer/s: JAMES ALAN HETFIELD, LARS ULRICH
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Zander from Los Angeles"Judge not lest ye be judged yourself" comes from a Bible verse- Matthew 7:1-3: "Judge not, that ye be not judged."
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjScott, also listen to Sanitarium, the riff right after Kirk's third solo. Da na da da da! Da na da da da! Doesn't that sound a lot like that Tom Sawyer riff? They even thank Rush in the liner notes to the Master of Puppets album.
  • Scott from Vafb, CaThere is a nod to RUSH's Witch Hunt with the lyrics: Point the finger, slow to understand arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand. The Witch Hunt lyrics are : Quick to judge, Quick to anger, Slow to understand/Ignorance and prejudice And fear Walk hand in hand. According to RUSH they and Metallica were good friends and shared a mutual respect for the other's work.-Scott, Ca.
  • Steve from Lala Vile, Ini thought it was about lies and how people litterly strangle themselves by covering more lies with more lies
  • Nick from Cairns, AustraliaWell here comes the first comment on this songfact.....That talkbox is so funny to hear in the begining of the song. Great sound, the solo, the rhythm guitars, drums, and bass (particularly after the solo, even though its just the chorus riff on bass). Finally, as every comment on a songfacts page should have, the song is overall full of awesomeness!!
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