Leper Messiah

Album: Master Of Puppets (1986)
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  • One, two, one, two three, four
    Spineless from the start, sucked into the part
    Circus comes to town, you play the lead clown
    Please, please
    Spreading his disease, living by his story
    Knees, knees
    Falling to your knees, suffer for his glory
    You will

    Time for lust, time for lie
    Time to kiss your life goodbye
    Send me money, send me green
    Heaven you will meet
    Make a contribution
    And you'll get a better seat
    Bow to leper messiah

    Marvel at his tricks, need your Sunday fix
    Blind devotion came, rotting your brain
    Chain, chain
    Join the endless chain, taken by his glamour
    Fame, fame
    Infection is the game, stinking drunk with power
    We see

    Time for lust, time for lie
    Time to kiss your life goodbye
    Send me money, send me green
    Heaven you will meet
    Make a contribution
    And you'll get the better seat
    Bow to leper messiah

    Witchery, weakening
    Sees the sheep are gathering
    Set the trap, hypnotize
    Now you follow

    Time for lust, time for lie
    Time to kiss your life goodbye
    Send me money, send me green
    Heaven you will meet
    Make a contribution
    And you'll get the better seat

    Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie Writer/s: James Alan Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
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Comments: 15

  • Leon from Cape TownI agree with the all the comments here (Well, most of the comments. Nick from Las Vegas? The Church has been against science for 400 years? Source please.)

    I think its a stretch to say that "another interpretation" is about religion. The song really is about televangelists. The lyrics say "send me green, heaven you will meet". Do you see any muslims going on tv asking for money so they can bless/"cure" whoever donates? Though I don't think Metallica cares much for religion or even views it in a positive light, they have never really been these outspoken anti-theists.

    Side note regarding Jacob from Jackson. Its definitely not about Jesus because the members said it was about televangelists, and Jesus never asked for money. He kept saying that people with money must help the poor.
  • James from Inthis song is about rasputin
  • Shaun Snuffer from W.v.The song is about televangelism.
  • Joshua from Union City, TenneseeI will defend organized religion this way in opposition to the Leper Messiah song. A local congregation is a spiritual family. The minister is the one who leads that local spiritual family. He has obligations and responsibilities such as sermon preparation and individual counseling. All these things take time and effort. Tithing and offerings are meant for to make sure all the members of the spiritual family have diginity. The spiritually healthy existence of the congregation depends in large part on the minister's on-going laborious guidance. A congregation with only ten households that tithe can support a minister with the appropiate material diginity since a tithe is a tenth of one's income. The minister will have an average income of those congregational members. In a smaller congregation However, I do have many problems with televangelist type ministry that I will not go into to cover. I am not a big fan of Joel Osteen for instance, but I am not going to explain why. However, I do not have a problem using technology for outreach purposes and Christian education purposes in itself. It is just how it is used where the problems are. I recommend Ligonier ministers to learn about details of the Christian faith. R. C. Sproul who passed away the first Day that Star Wars the Last Jedi was showed started Ligonier ministers. I think one should study the Christian faith in detail before rejecting it. Some other people say they are Christians, but they are rather unaware of the details. Being unaware of Christian faith is being unaware of American and World history itself. Christianity has an ongoing influence on society that will not go away.
  • Levi from Seattle"Fame, fame, infection is the game. Stinking drunk with power, we see." Means that the televangelists who make money from the people at the church who think it's for the church goes to the televangelist instead. Making money and spending on lavish things.
  • Zander from Los AngelesI love the heaviness of the riffs and especially the middle part with the double bass drum.
  • Nick from Brantford, OnAccording to James, Cliff named this song.
  • Dennis from Steinbach, Mb"Spineless from the start, sucked into the part" Leper Messiah was a spineless creature
    Which they worship
  • Jacob from Jackson, TnI always thought it was representing Jesus as a disease (leprosy), and that the "send me money, send me green, Heaven you will meet" was the collection plates passed out during the Lord's Supper. Maybe, maybe not.
  • Aki from Sunrise, FlAn issue of Guitar World (I forget which one) interprets the song, especially the line "Chain, chain, join the endless chain, taken by his glamour" as being about the disgusting amount of glam metal and hair metal oozing about in 80's LA. I personally think the line "stinking drunk with power" is one of the greatest lines James Hetfield ever wrote.
  • Nick from Las Vegas, Nvit's really funny to see people put religon and science together...for over 400 years that the church has against science.
  • G from Potomac, Md"Like a leper messiah" comes from Ziggy Stardust
  • Bryce from San Diego, CaI hate people like Benny Hinn who make money off bsing people into giving him money to give them salvation, its horrible. makes the real believers who just want to help people look really bad, "I am the way the truth and the light, no one comes to my Father but through me" (I cant remember the exact verse but its in the Book of John of the bible) those televangelists cannot be considered christian
  • Evan from Otway, OhIt's about time they added this song to the list of Metallica songs!!!! I sort of already knew what it was about, but yea...kick-rectum song. I wouldn't say its the fastest one on the album (I believe that goes to Battery =P), but still fast and...did I mention awesome?
  • Jt from Tullahoma, TnI agree. I"m suprised that they finally added all of this, I'm so flattered, lol
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