Invisible Kid
Metallica Lyrics


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Invisible kid
Never see what he did
Got stuck where he hid
Fallen through the grid

Invisible kid
Got a place of his own
Where he'll never be known
Inward he's grown

Invisible kid
Locked away in his brain
From the shame and the pain
World down the drain

Invisible kid
Suspicious of your touch
Don't want no crutch
But it's all too much

I hide inside
I hurt inside
I hide inside
But I'll show you...

I'm ok, just go away
Into distance let me fade
I'm ok, just go away
I'm ok, but please don't stray too far

Open your heart
I'm beating right here
Open your mind
I'm being right here, right now (x2)

Invisible kid
Never see what he did
Got stuck where he hid
Fallen through the grid

Invisible kid
Got a place of his own
Where he'll never be known
Inward he's grown

I hide inside
I hurt inside
I hide inside
But I'll show you...

I'm ok, just go away
Into distance let me fade
I'm ok, just go away
I'm ok, but please don't stray too far

Open your heart
I'm beating right here
Open your mind
I'm being right here, right now (x2)

Oooh, what a good boy you are
Out of the way and you're kept to yourself
Oooh, can't you see that he's not here?
He doesn't want the attention you give
Oooh, unplugging from it all
Invisible kid, floats alone in his room
Oooh, what a quiet boy you are
He looks so calm floating 'round and around in himself

Invisible kid
Locked away in his brain
From the shame and the pain
World down the drain

Invisible kid
Suspicious of your touch
Don't want no crutch
But it's all too much

I hide inside
I hurt inside
I hide inside
But I'll show you...

I'm ok, just go away
Into distance let me fade
I'm ok, just go away
I'm ok, but please don't stray too far

Open your heart
I'm beating right here




Open your mind
I'm being right here, right now (x2)

Overall Meaning

"Invisible Kid" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, which appears on their 2003 album "St. Anger". The song is a haunting portrayal of a young boy who wants nothing more than to be left alone. The opening lines of the song "Invisible kid, never see what he did, got stuck where he hid, fallen through the grid" reflect the character’s self-imposed isolation and feelings of loneliness. His past mistakes and disappointments have caused him to withdraw from the world and live inside his head. He has created a mental prison for himself, trying to escape from the trauma of past experiences.


The song illustrates the character's increasing disconnection from the outside world by using strong metaphors such as "locked away in his brain, from the shame and the pain." The Invisible Kid is suspicious of others and spends most of his time alone, “Inward he’s grown… don't want no crutch, but it's all too much.” He is too afraid to trust anyone, and he tries to keep the world at a distance, but he wants to connect with the outside world emotionally. The closing lines of the song "Open your heart, I'm beating right here. Open your mind, I'm being right here, right now" show the character's willingness to try and reach out from his secluded world and connect with someone.


Line by Line Meaning

Invisible kid
The subject of the song is an unseen individual


Never see what he did
The subject's actions and accomplishments are unnoticed


Got stuck where he hid
The subject is inescapably trapped


Fallen through the grid
The subject has been forgotten by society


Got a place of his own
The subject has found solace in isolation


Where he'll never be known
The subject seeks anonymity


Inward he's grown
The subject has developed internally


Locked away in his brain
The subject is trapped within his own mind


From the shame and the pain
The subject feels ashamed and traumatized


World down the drain
The subject sees the world as hopeless


Suspicious of your touch
The subject is wary of physical contact


Don't want no crutch
The subject does not want outside help


But it's all too much
The subject is overwhelmed


I hide inside
The subject conceals his true self


I hurt inside
The subject is in emotional pain


But I'll show you...
The subject wants to reveal himself to others


I'm ok, just go away
The subject insists on being left alone


Into distance let me fade
The subject desires distance and separation


I'm ok, but please don't stray too far
The subject fears being completely alone


Open your heart
The subject wants others to be empathetic


I'm beating right here
The subject's heart is still active despite his isolation


Open your mind
The subject wants others to be understanding


I'm being right here, right now
The subject exists in the present moment


Oooh, what a good boy you are
The subject receives patronizing praise


Out of the way and you're kept to yourself
The subject is neglected or ignored


Oooh, can't you see that he's not here?
The subject is emotionally absent


He doesn't want the attention you give
The subject wants to be left alone


Oooh, unplugging from it all
The subject is disconnecting from society


Invisible kid, floats alone in his room
The subject is isolated within his own space


Oooh, what a quiet boy you are
The subject is introverted and silent


He looks so calm floating 'round and around in himself
The subject appears peaceful in his isolation




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

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