Purify
Metallica Lyrics


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Tear it down
Strip the layers off
My turpentine
Old paint, old looks
Cover up the past
White heat, white light
Super white bones
Bones of you and I

Pure if I (can't you help me?)
Pure if I (won't you help me?)
Purify, you and I
Purify, you and I
Pure if I (can't you help me?)
Pure if I (won't you help me?)
You and I, purify
You and I, purify
Purify

Truth and dare
Peeling back the skin
Acid wash
Ghost white
Ultra clean
Wanna be skeleton
Clear eyes, diamond eyes
Strip the past of mine
My sweet turpentine

Pure if I (can't you help me?)
Pure if I (won't you help me?)
Purify, you and I
Purify, you and I
Pure if I (can't you help me?)
Pure if I (won't you help me?)
You and I, purify
You and I, purify
Oh, purify

I can find the dirt on anything
I can find the dirt on anything

I ain't dancing with your skeletons
I, I ain't dancing with what might have been

Pure if I (can't you help me?)
Pure if I (won't you help me?)
Purify, you and I
Purify, you and I
Pure if I (can't you help me?)
Pure if I (why won't you help me?)
You and I, purify
You and I, purify





Come on, purify

Overall Meaning

The song "Purify" by Metallica is a song that explores the theme of cleansing from past mistakes or regrets in order to start anew. The first verse establishes this theme, with lyrics like "strip the layers off my turpentine, old paint, old looks, cover up the past". The song implies that the singer has made mistakes in the past and is seeking to purify himself and start fresh.


The chorus of the song repeats the word "Purify" multiple times, driving home the central theme of the song. The lyrics "Pure if I can't you help me" and "Pure if I won't you help me" suggest that the singer is seeking help or guidance in purifying himself.


The second verse of the song further explores the singer's desire for cleansing, with lyrics like "acid wash, ghost white, ultra clean, want to be skeleton, clear eyes, diamond eyes, strip the past of mine, my sweet turpentine". The singer is painting a picture of a complete transformation or rebirth, shedding his old past and emerging completely new and clean.


Overall, "Purify" is a song about the human desire to start anew and seek forgiveness for past mistakes. It presents a powerful image of a rebirth or cleanse, with the repeated phrase "Purify" driving home the theme and the second verse painting a detailed image of a complete transformation.


Line by Line Meaning

Tear it down
Beginning anew by tearing down the old


Strip the layers off
Getting rid of the old ways by stripping them off


My turpentine
The solvent that clears things up


Old paint, old looks
The old ways and appearances that need to go away


Cover up the past
Hiding the past to move on


White heat, white light
The pure and bright future that awaits


Super white bones
The pure, unadulterated remains of the old past


Bones of you and I
The remains of both parties


Pure if I...Can't you help me?
Asking for help to purify oneself


Pure if I...Won't you help me?
Pleading for help to purify oneself


Purify, you and I
Both parties need to purify themselves


Truth and dare
Confronting the truth and bravely facing it


Peeling back the skin
Deeper introspection and examination of oneself


Acid wash
Even more aggressive and thorough way of cleaning away the past


Ghost white
Completely free of anything from the past


Ultra clean
Going above and beyond in cleansing oneself


Want to be skeleton
Wishing to be stripped down to the purest self


Clear eyes
Seeing oneself with clarity


Diamond eyes
Clear, brilliant eyes of a pure soul


Strip the past of mine
Getting rid of one's own past


My sweet turpentine
Using the solvent to purify oneself


I can find the dirt on anything
Acknowledging the negative in all things


I ain't dancing with your skeletons
Refusing to be tied to someone else's past


I ain't dancing with what might have been
Not dwelling on what could have been


C'mon, Purify!
Encouraging oneself and the other party to work together to purify




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Jens Rock

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