All Within My Hands
Metallica Lyrics


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All within my hands
Squeeze it in, crush it down
All with my hands
Hold it dear, hold it suffocate

All within my hands
Love to death, smack you 'round and round and
All within my hands
Beware

Love is control
I'll die if I let go

Hate me now
Kill all within my hands
Hate me now
Crush all within my hands
Squeeze all within my hands
Choke all within my hands
Hate me now
Trap all within my hands
Hurry up and hate me now
Kill all within my hands

All within my hands
Take your fear, pump me up
All within my hands
Let you run, then I pull your leash

All within my hands
Under thumb, under to myself
All within my hands
Beware

Love is control
I'll die if I let go

Hate me now
Kill all within my hands
Hate me now
Crush all within my hands
Squeeze all within my hands
Choke all within my hands
Hate me now
Trap all within my hands
Hurry up and hate me now
Kill all within my hands again

I'll die if I let go
Control is love, love is control
I'll fall if I let go
Control is love, love is control

I will only let you breathe
My air that you receive
Then we'll see if I let you love me





Kill kill kill kill kill

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Metallica's "All Within My Hands" explore themes of control and power in relationships. The song uses violent imagery to express the singer's desire to dominate his partner both physically and emotionally. The repeated refrain of "all within my hands" emphasizes the singer's belief that he has complete control over the other person, and he revels in the power that gives him. The lyrics suggest that the singer's love for the other person is inseparable from his desire to dominate and control them, and that he would rather die than surrender that control.


The song explores the dark side of relationships, and the destructive consequences of trying to exert power over another person. The violence and aggression expressed in the lyrics are disturbing, but also serve as a warning against the dangers of toxic relationships. The repeated use of the phrase "beware" highlights the singer's awareness that his behavior is dangerous, but it's also a challenge to his partner to try and resist his control.


Overall, "All Within My Hands" is a powerful exploration of control and power dynamics in relationships, and a warning about the dangers of trying to dominate another person.


Line by Line Meaning

All within my hands
Everything is within my control


Squeeze it in, crush it down
I will exert my control on everything and force them into submission


Hold it dear, hold it suffocate
I will cling onto everything and everyone, even if it suffocates them


Love to death, smack you 'round and round and
I will love to the point of obsession and resort to violence to maintain that control


Beware
Be cautious of me and my actions


Love is control
Love is a mechanism for me to maintain control over others


I'll die if I let go
I am afraid of losing my control and feel as if I cannot survive without it


Hate me now
You will eventually hate me for my actions


Kill all within my hands
I am willing to destroy everything and everyone that opposes my control


Take your fear, pump me up
I will manipulate your fears to bolster my own power


Let you run, then I pull your leash
I may give you the illusion of freedom, but I will always keep you close and under my control


Under thumb, under to myself
I will keep you under my power and influence


Kill all within my hands again
I will continue to destroy anything that threatens my control


Control is love, love is control
My love for others is synonymous with my control over them


I will only let you breathe
I will only permit you to live on my terms


My air that you receive
You are only allowed to exist because of my mercy


Then we'll see if I let you love me
I will ultimately decide whether or not you are allowed to love me


Kill kill kill kill kill
My obsession with control and power will lead me to destroy everything in my path




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: JAMES ALAN HETFIELD, LARS ULRICH, KIRK L. HAMMETT, BOB ROCK

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@mieee3902

All within my hands
Squeeze it in, crush it down
All within my hands
Hold it dear, hold it suffocate

All within my hands
Love to death, smack you around and around and
All within my hands
Beware

Love is control, I'll die if I let go
Love is control, I’ll die if I let go

Hate me now
Kill all within my hands
Hate me now
Crush all within my hands
Hate me now
Choke all within my hands
Hate me now
Kill all within my hands again

All within my hands
Take your fear, pump you up
All within my hands
Let you run, then I pull your leash

All within my hands
Under thumb, under to myself
All within my hands
Beware

Love is control, I'll die if I let go
Love is control, I'll die if I let go

Hate me now
Kill all within my hands
Hate me now
Crush all within my hands
Hate me now
Choke all within my hands
Hate me now
Kill all within my hands again

I will only let you breath
My air that you receive
Then we’ll see if I let you love me
I will only let you breath
The air that you receive
Then we'll see if I let you love me now

I will only let you breath
My air that you receive
Then we'll see if I let you love me
I will only let you breath
The air that you receive
Then we'll see if I let you love me now

All within my hands
Squeeze it in, crush it down
All within my hands
Hold it dear, hold it suffocate
And all within my hands
Beware

Love is control, I'll die if I let go
Love is control, I'll die if I let go



@Rickkelley365

SoFLsteel777 Unforgiven 3 might just make my top 5. It’s my favorite of the trilogy. We actually flew out to see them in SF last year with the symphony and I just hoped they would put the symphony behind that song. It seemed made for it. That was an awesome moment.

Aside, the Metallica story can be told by the bass players.

1) If Ron McGovney hadn’t left, they may have never pursued Cliff. Cliff almost singlehandedly solidified and enhanced Metallica’s musical ability and left his indelible mark on metal history.

2) If Cliff hadn’t died, Lars would have been dumped. It’s well documented now that the band was trying to find a way to dump Lars once they finished the MoP tour.

3) Cliff’s death and Jason’s presence provided the creative and emotional fuel to launch Metallica out of the underground and into the mainstream. Commercially, it was gold. Personally, it was a train wreck for all of them, including Jason, the only one who wasn’t completely awestruck with himself. He saw the band for what it was. Amazing, but utterly toxic. He saw what they couldn’t see. He left. They had to deal with it.

4) Had Jason not left, no St. Anger. Many (including me) would say or did say, it’s the album that should have never been made. But it’s the post-Jason leaving album. It’s the NO BASS PLAYER album. How weird. It’s the no solo album. It’s the stop it with the snare album. But looking back, it’s the stripped down album, and that’s exactly where and who they were. You listen to these songs live and wow. They’re ridiculously good. Had they not made this album Metallica would be no more. Jason made it happen. That album is the remnants of the mess he left. That’s what he was hearing while the rest of us were hearing everything else.

5) Rob Trujillo is the consummate steady guy. Maturity, skill beyond skill, energy, entertainment, no frills, and sincere friendship. He really outclasses them all as a musician. He doesn’t rock the boat. He’s not as musically forceful as Cliff, but incredibly talented. They married up when they got Rob. They paid Rob $1M just to sign. That was the beginning of healing.

In my opinion, they should have invited Jason to play with them one song on S&M2. Maybe they did. Who knows. I think that would have been a touching moment of redemption for them all. It was a missed opportunity to mend fences with their darker (bass) side.

Lyrically and emotionally, Metallica is the story of James Hetfield.

Historically, it is the story of 2 bass players, then a bass player but no bass, then no bass player at all, then a fill in, then finally, a third, bass player.

That’s how I see it. Believe it or not, I have other interests hahah but no other band is more interesting or has been personally impactful in my life the last 30 years. It will be a sad day when the ride is over. Looking forward to a drive in concert Saturday and maybe some new music in 2021 if we’re lucky :)



@soflsteel777

@@Rickkelley365 Damn now that is what I call a break down. Thank you for taking the time to share all of that. So I just cant put together a top 5 or 10 or whatever list because the songs are each great in their own right. The Unforgiven trilogy; each song great but different and awesome in their own regard. How do you compare the sounds of a Four Horsemen with King Nothing. Lightening with I disappear. And so on.

Unforgiven 3 is one of if not my favs because it is such a great combination of things. Obviously its a trilogy song which IDK of any other bands that have done that. Piano intro which was different than the first 2. Guitar hits, lyrically powerful and IMHO Hammets best solo.

As far as Jason with S&M2 that wouldve been awesome, but from what I understand, he has rejoined the band and played bass with Robert too. Maybe they just wanted it to be their own thing I guess.

As far as Lars, he seemed all about the brand and making money. From the hair styles, which i still dont understand how people can hate on a band for a hair do but I digress, to the music videos, going mainstream seemed to be all him and James was probably not the one to wanna fight him on it. Kirk is like the most "IDGAF just give me a guitar" I've ever seen. But it took care of each of them and their families so I dont fault them for it.

Rob really impressed me on the making of All Nightmare Long with the flamenco playing. He is so multi talented in how he plays, Im glad they paid that man!

Now there is word they want to do their best album in 30 years next. This, I am looking forward to and hopefully James stays healthy to be able to complete it.



All comments from YouTube:

@Guigopinheiro

4:35 - Kirk: "Acoustic Guitar? Okay, here is my invisible WAH-WAH motherf***ers!"

@MIckveli2

- lol love it !

@DavidJozef

@Michael dude, it's a joke

@Josewearsprada

I think he´s used wah for so long that the movement is automatic

@cristhianreyes3437

Classic Kirk!, jajaja

@halesentertainment2334

Michael there was no solo in the song either, yet here there is one. 😉

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@fawxu

I'd die to see the "KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL" part with an orchestra

@prometheustv6558

黒Fawx Nah

@joakles1947

I was waiting to see a comment like yours

@richardstange5939

I’m glad it didn’t have that part. That was cringe worthy on St. Anger. This version was WAY BETTER than St. Anger’s.

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