The song pretty much deals with a person who's about to give up on life. To give a little bit of context on the timing, song was written when Metallica's gear was stolen ( this was the first of many times it they went through this ), and they were also thrown off of their manager's house for drinking and partying too much. So the group was really feeling down on themselves, and James Hetfield put their experience into words in the form a metal song.
Their first album, Kill 'Em All, gave them great recognition among 'underground' heavy metal movement, but it is their next album, Ride the Lightening, that would help them land on a major record label. "Fade to Black" played a major part in adding a new dimension to Metallica who always enjoyed making heavy noise. This song, unlike their previous material on the debut album, has both light and shade with a great mixture of blues rock and heavy metal. This was the first of many power ballads to be released by Metallica. It was also the first time the band stepped out of the conventional thrash metal roots, and distinguished themselves from the rest.
Lars has revealed that when Kill 'Em All was finished, band was obsessed with the concept of death. All the live stapes from Ride the Lightening deals with death of some form of death. In "Fade to Black", because of it's forceful interpretation of committing suicide, Metallica was accused of promoting death. "Death greets me warm / And now I'll just say good bye" was a little too sketchy, even for a heavy band. In their defense however, James Hetfield has said that the band has received hundreds of positive letters from fans who found some comfort in listening to it. The song is also one of Metallica most recognizable ones, and has been a live staple since its release. Furthermore Ride the Lightening is considered to be a major feat in heavy metal music.
Analysis of a few noteworthy lines:I'd REALLY like to what you think of this, especially if this has affect your life in some way. Feel free to leave a comment below. Also let me know if you find any cracking holes in my analysis.
Simply nothing more to give6 - this literally means nothing to since their gear was stolen
There is nothing more for me7 - Hetfield lost his gear, and also, his mom had passed away a few year back. So he has absolutely nothing and nobody.
Missing one inside of me11 - "one" probably refers to God. James Hetfield was raised in a very conservative christian family, which he has openly talked about many times in the past.
Deathly lost this can't be real12 - lyrical way of saying, "dammit, I can't believe I lost my guitar and amp."
I was me, but now he's gone17 - "he's gone" means Hetfield is losing his mind
Death greets me warm, now I will just say goodbye23 - this is one of Metallica's strongest lines. "Death" is a personification of committing suicide, which welcomes James with open arms, and he is accepting the invitation by waving us all "goodbye." This line is so beautifully written, that every time I think about this, it gives me chills. This is where Metallica get as close to Shakespeare as possible, even at such young age of their careers now spans over 30 years! It's insane to even think how good they were in their mid twenties.
- Life it seems will fade away
- Drifting further every day
- Getting lost within myself
- Nothing matters no one else
- I have lost the will to live
- Simply nothing more to give
- There is nothing more for me
- Need the end to set me free
- Things not what they used to be
- Missing one inside of me
- Deathly lost this can't be real
- Can't stand this hell I feel
- Emptiness is filling me
- To the point of agony
- Growing darkness taking dawn
- I was me, but now he's gone
- No one but me can save myself, but it's too late
- Now I can't think, think why I should even try
- Yesterday seems as though it never existed
- Death greets me warm, now I will just say goodbye