Saturday, January 30, 2021

Music & Lyrics: "The Unforgiven" by Metallica (Metallica, 1991)




Metallica



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New blood joins this earth,
And quickly he's subdued
Through constant pained disgrace
The young boy learns their rules

With time the child draws in
This whipping boy done wrong
Deprived of all his thoughts
The young man struggles on and on he's known
A vow unto his own
That never from this day
His will they'll take away

What I've felt,
What I've known
Never shined through in what I've shown
Never be
Never see
Won't see what might have been

What I've felt,
What I've known
Never shined through in what I've shown
Never free
Never me
So I dub thee unforgiven

They dedicate their lives
To running all of his
He tries to please them all –
This bitter man he is

Throughout his life the same –
He's battled constantly
This fight he cannot win
A tired man they see no longer cares
The old man then prepares
To die regretfully –
That old man here is me

What I've felt,
What I've known
Never shined through in what I've shown
Never be
Never see
Won't see what might have been

What I've felt,
What I've known
Never shined through in what I've shown
Never free
Never me
So I dub thee unforgiven

What I've felt,
What I've known
Never shined through in what I've shown
Never be
Never see
Won't see what might have been

What I've felt,
What I've known
Never shined through in what I've shown
Never free
Never me
So I dub thee unforgiven

Never free
Never me
So I dub thee unforgiven

You labeled me,
I'll label you
So I dub thee unforgiven

Never free
Never me
So I dub thee unforgiven

You labeled me
I'll label you
So I dub thee unforgiven

Never free
Never me
So I dub thee unforgiven

 
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I find it truly tragic that
every single person I knew in 1991 who expressed
fondness and love of this extraordinary power ballad
has become a subduer,
has become one who deprives others of their thoughts,
has become a punisher,
has become one who proudly plays by
the oppressors' rules, and who
imposes them on others,
who takes away the will of those who would fight back.
 
Every single person.
 
Almost all who cheer Luke Skywalker and the rebellion
would hate him and the rebellion in real life.
 
Most who cheer Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name
act in real life, in daily life, like the villains
he ends up dispatching.
 
This song, perhaps more than any other, reminds me
of what Jesus said,
that the gate is narrow and the path hard
that leads to true life,
and those who find it are few.
I would amend that to say,
"... and those who
choose it are few."