The House Jack Built
Metallica Lyrics


Open doors so I walk inside
Close my eyes find my place to hide
And I shake as I take it in
Let the show begin
Open my eyes
Just to have them close again
Well on my way
On my way to where I graze
It swallows me
As it takes me in his home
I twist away
As I kill this world
Open doors so I walk inside
Close my eyes find my place to hide
And I shake as I take it in
Let the show begin
Open my eyes
Just to have them close once again
Don't want control
As It takes me down and down again
Is that the moon
Or just a light that lights this dead end street?
Is that you there
Or just another demon that I meet?
The higher you are
The farther you fall
The longer the walk
The farther you crawl
My body my temple
This temple it tells
"Step into the house that Jack built"
The higher you walk
The farther you fall
The longer the walk
The farther you crawl
My body my temple
This temple it tells
"Yes this is the house that Jack built"
Open doors as I walk inside
Swallow me so the pain subsides
And I shake as I take this in
Let the show begin
The higher you are
The farther you fall
The longer the walk
The farther you crawl
My body my temple
This temple it tells
"Yes this is the house that Jack built"
The higher you walk
The farther you fall
The longer the walk
The farther you crawl
My body my temple
This temple it tells
"Yes I am I am I am"
Open my eyes
It swallows me
Is that you there
I twist away
Away
Away
Away

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

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Thoregor

Unbelievably strong song. Few to almost no people notice this, but this song is one of those songs that show you what you are, what you deny to be, what you refuse to believe you are : an addict. Everybody has his own addiction, doesn't matter about what, we all have our addictions. I'll show you by explaining the refrain (from my point of view):
"The higher you are/ The farther you fall" as in the deeper you are in an addiction, the more you deprive yourself.
"The longer the walk/ The farther you crawl" brings out the things we do to satiate our addictions when we didn't satisfy them in a while, as in "the longer the walk" it's the time that passed since you, for example, drunk a bottle of whisky and "the farther you crawl" is the things you would go through to get another one.
"My body, my temple" is the self-righteousness we give ourselves when we do our addiction, it's the "I do what I want to myself, nobody can judge me about this and I am the only one who has control over me!". It's the pride we many times take in our addiction, that we don't notice just as many times as we do it because it becomes part of ourselves, it becomes us.
"This temple, it tilts" represents the moments when you realize you're fucked up, you've deprived yourself, you became a ruin of your former self because of the addiction and you feel like you can't get up anymore, you can't get back to what you were, you start hating the addiction but you also start hating yourself, whereas in the "my body, my temple" you express your fondness of yourself, your admiration of your choices in life.
"Yes, this is the house Jack built" - the submission, the acceptance of your sins and your pains, the acceptance of your ruined form of existence, the acceptance of your condition, the "this is what I am" and also it expresses the fact that we can't take the whole guilt (we couldn't, otherwise we'd suicide), instead we blame Jack for building us, for making us like what we've become.
Who's Jack? Well it may be Jack Daniels, for as we all know James always had a drinking & hunting addiction, or if we want to generalize, Jack can be us. Jack is plainly us, it's us when we are anxious and say "I need a smoke", it's us after a break up and say "I need a drink", it's us when we feel horny and say "I need a quickie", it's us when we feel lucky and say "I need a hit on the slots", it's just us. Jack is inside us and it grows, everytime we do something he likes he's growing and he keeps wanting more and more, and growing and asking for more until he takes over and he does as he pleases. Sometimes we wake up and see him doing this and try to take him out. Some people succeed, many don't, many more don't even see him there.
In conclusion I'll add just that the instrumental is perfect for these lyrics, it fits perfectly, it's like that dark, ugly, watered-down feeling of guilt you have after you let Jack do what he wants.

P.S: Thank you for reading.



AE

Open doors so I walk inside 
Close my eyes find my place to hide 
And I shake as I take it in 
Let the show begin 
Open my eyes 
Just to have them close again 
Well on my way 
On my way to where I graze 
It swallows me 
As it takes me in his home 
I twist away 
As I kill this world 
Open doors so I walk inside 
Close my eyes find my place to hide 
And I shake as I take it in 
Let the show begin 
Open my eyes 
Just to have them close once again 
Don't want control 
As It takes me down and down again 
Is that the moon 
Or just a light that lights this dead end street? 
Is that you there 
Or just another demon that I meet? 
The higher you are 
The farther you fall 
The longer the walk 
The farther you crawl 
My body my temple 
This temple it tells 
"Step into the house that Jack built" 
The higher you walk 
The farther you fall 
The longer the walk 
The farther you crawl 
My body my temple 
This temple it tells 
"Yes this is the house that Jack built" 
Open doors as I walk inside 
Swallow me so the pain subsides 
And I shake as I take this in 
Let the show begin 
The higher you are 
The farther you fall 
The longer the walk 
The farther you crawl 
My body my temple 
This temple it tells 
"Yes this is the house that Jack built" 
The higher you walk 
The farther you fall 
The longer the walk 
The farther you crawl 
My body my temple 
This temple it tells 
"Yes I am I am I am" 
Open my eyes 
It swallows me 
Is that you there 
I twist away 
Away 
Away 
Away



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Flash _

Dont care what people say this album is killer. Always has and will be

Robbie Baker

Definitely not their best work but this album was popular when I was in high school. This actually my introduction to Metallica. I had never really listened to them until my best friend force fed me this album during a 90 minute road trip to Savannah ga. I was hooked on Metallica after that lol

HSimon1981

Agreed I love both the Load and Reload albums

Rick Hayes

Agreed

Macesponkey Sponkyville

@Schwangmeister i see what you did there!*#&%

Schwangmeister

This album is Load not killer :facepalm:

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Thoregor

Unbelievably strong song. Few to almost no people notice this, but this song is one of those songs that show you what you are, what you deny to be, what you refuse to believe you are : an addict. Everybody has his own addiction, doesn't matter about what, we all have our addictions. I'll show you by explaining the refrain (from my point of view):
"The higher you are/ The farther you fall" as in the deeper you are in an addiction, the more you deprive yourself.
"The longer the walk/ The farther you crawl" brings out the things we do to satiate our addictions when we didn't satisfy them in a while, as in "the longer the walk" it's the time that passed since you, for example, drunk a bottle of whisky and "the farther you crawl" is the things you would go through to get another one.
"My body, my temple" is the self-righteousness we give ourselves when we do our addiction, it's the "I do what I want to myself, nobody can judge me about this and I am the only one who has control over me!". It's the pride we many times take in our addiction, that we don't notice just as many times as we do it because it becomes part of ourselves, it becomes us.
"This temple, it tilts" represents the moments when you realize you're fucked up, you've deprived yourself, you became a ruin of your former self because of the addiction and you feel like you can't get up anymore, you can't get back to what you were, you start hating the addiction but you also start hating yourself, whereas in the "my body, my temple" you express your fondness of yourself, your admiration of your choices in life.
"Yes, this is the house Jack built" - the submission, the acceptance of your sins and your pains, the acceptance of your ruined form of existence, the acceptance of your condition, the "this is what I am" and also it expresses the fact that we can't take the whole guilt (we couldn't, otherwise we'd suicide), instead we blame Jack for building us, for making us like what we've become.
Who's Jack? Well it may be Jack Daniels, for as we all know James always had a drinking & hunting addiction, or if we want to generalize, Jack can be us. Jack is plainly us, it's us when we are anxious and say "I need a smoke", it's us after a break up and say "I need a drink", it's us when we feel horny and say "I need a quickie", it's us when we feel lucky and say "I need a hit on the slots", it's just us. Jack is inside us and it grows, everytime we do something he likes he's growing and he keeps wanting more and more, and growing and asking for more until he takes over and he does as he pleases. Sometimes we wake up and see him doing this and try to take him out. Some people succeed, many don't, many more don't even see him there.
In conclusion I'll add just that the instrumental is perfect for these lyrics, it fits perfectly, it's like that dark, ugly, watered-down feeling of guilt you have after you let Jack do what he wants.

P.S: Thank you for reading.

Олег Еремин

чувак, мне так сложно описать свои чувства про альбом , и тем боле песню... это было так давно.. мне друг детства подарил этот альбом на день рождения. на тот момент это был крутой альбом! и спустя годы я считаю, что он куда лучше последних...

RTT

Genius analysis.

Derek Gagnon

So jack is like a demon

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