The Unnamed Feeling
Metallica Lyrics


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Been here before (x6)

Been here before, couldn't say I liked it
Do I start writing all this down?
Just let me plug you into my world
Can't you help me be uncrazy?

Name this for me, heat the cold air
Take the chill off of my life
And if I could I'd turn my eyes
To look inside to see what's comin'

It comes alive...
It comes alive...
It comes alive
And I die a little more
It comes alive...
It comes alive...
It comes alive
Each moment here I die a little more

Then the unnamed feeling
It comes alive
Then the unnamed feeling
Takes me away

Been here before (x6)

I'm frantic in your soothing arms
I can not sleep in this down filled world
I've found safety in this loneliness
But I can not stand it anymore

Cross my heart, hope not to die
Swallow evil, ride the sky
Lose myself in a crowded room
You fool, you fool, it'll be here soon

It comes alive...
It comes alive...
It comes alive
And I die a little more
It comes alive...
It comes alive...
It comes alive
Each moment here I die a little more

Ooh, I die, I die, I die a little more

Then the unnamed feeling
It comes alive
Then the unnamed feeling
Treats me this way
And I wait for this train
Toes over the line
And then the unnamed feeling
Takes me away
...Takes me

Then the unnamed feeling
It comes alive
Then the unnamed feeling
Takes me away
...Takes me away!

Then the unnamed feeling
It comes alive
Then the unnamed feeling
Treats me this way
And I wait for this train
Toes over the line
And then the unnamed feeling
Takes me away
...Takes me away!

Then the unnamed feeling
It comes alive
Then the unnamed feeling
Takes me away

Get the fuck out of here
I just want to get the fuck away from me
I rage, I glaze, I hurt, I hate
I hate it all, Why? Why? Why me?

I cannot sleep with a head like this
I want to cry, I want to scream




I rage, I glaze, I hurt, I hate
I want to hate it all away

Overall Meaning

"The Unnamed Feeling" by Metallica is an emotionally charged song with a lot of metaphorical lyrics. The song is about someone who is experiencing a very intense and desperate feeling that is difficult to explain or name. They have been in this situation before and feel like they are going crazy. The lyrics suggest that the singer is struggling with depression and is looking for a way out of their pain. At times, they feel like they are dying a little more with each passing moment.


The lyrics in the first verse are ambiguous and describe the singer's sense of feeling lost and helpless. They are looking for someone to help them make sense of what they are experiencing. The lyrics suggest that this is not the first time the singer has felt this way. They are struggling to capture the intensity and complexity of what they are feeling.


The second verse is more explicit, describing the intense emotions that are overwhelming the singer. They are looking for a way to find some relief from their depression. The lyrics suggest that the singer is desperate for some kind of release from their pain.


Overall, the song conveys a sense of despair and self-loathing. The singer is struggling to cope with their emotions, and their pain feels very real and immediate. There is a sense of urgency to the lyrics, which adds to the emotional intensity of the song.


Line by Line Meaning

Been here before
Experienced this feeling or situation before


Been here before (x6)
The repetition emphasizes how familiar and recurring this feeling is


Do I start writing all this down?
Consideration of how to document or express the feeling


Just let me plug you into my world
Desire for someone to understand or empathize with the feeling


Can't you help me be uncrazy?
Wish for someone to alleviate the distress caused by the feeling


Name this for me, heat the cold air
Request for someone to identify or define the feeling, and provide comfort


Take the chill off of my life
Ease the discomfort or distress the feeling causes


And if I could I'd turn my eyes to look inside to see what's comin'
Desire to understand the cause or source of the feeling


It comes alive... It comes alive... It comes alive
The feeling intensifies and takes over


And I die a little more
The feeling causes emotional pain or exhaustion


Each moment here I die a little more
The feeling persists and compounds over time


Then the unnamed feeling
Introduction or reference to the central feeling without naming it


Takes me away
The feeling overwhelms and takes control


I'm frantic in your soothing arms
Despite comfort or security, the feeling is still present and causing distress


I can not sleep in this down filled world
The feeling takes away the ability to find peace or rest


I've found safety in this loneliness
Withdrawal from others may feel safer than facing the feeling or admitting it to others


But I can not stand it anymore
The burden of the feeling is becoming too much to bear alone


Cross my heart, hope not to die
Promise or affirmation that the feeling is serious and not exaggerated


Swallow evil, ride the sky
Acceptance or surrender to the feeling, regardless of how unpleasant or dark it may be


Lose myself in a crowded room
Inability to connect with others while under the influence of the feeling


You fool, you fool, it'll be here soon
The feeling is inevitable and will resurface despite trying to avoid or ignore it


Ooh, I die, I die, I die a little more
The feeling is draining or exhausting, and takes a toll on emotional well-being


And I wait for this train, toes over the line
Possibly a metaphor for waiting for the feeling to become overwhelming, or contemplating crossing the line into more destructive behavior


Get the fuck out of here
A desperate plea to escape the feeling or situation causing it


I just want to get the fuck away from me
The feeling is inescapable and feels like a part of oneself


I rage, I glaze, I hurt, I hate
The feeling manifests in different ways, including anger, numbness, pain, and hatred


I hate it all, Why? Why? Why me?
Frustration and despair over feeling helpless to change or overcome the feeling


I cannot sleep with a head like this
The feeling makes it impossible to relax or find peace, even when physically exhausted


I want to cry, I want to scream
The feeling is so intense that it prompts strong emotional reactions


I want to hate it all away
Wish to eliminate or eradicate the feeling entirely, regardless of the consequences




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

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@creamygoodness3828

I agree. It takes courage to completely go against the grain once again compared to what they have done previously. Prior The Black Album.
Metallica have changed many times throughout their carrier.
And part of life is change & going a different path.
And I admire Metallica for daring to this. Take Slayer for example.
They are a great band. However after a while they become very monotonous in my opinion. As a musician myself I personally couldnt just play 1 genre all the time. Thats the reason why I want to learn various genres.
So whenever Im raging or having a good time I play Metal.
When I want to chill, I play blues, jazz or neo soul etc.
I never understood this primitive mindset that an artist is obligated to just stick to 1 genre. Its just ridiculous.

To me a good musician has the ability to determine what suits a piece of music the best. Sometimes rookie musicians think its all about them.
Showing off their skills & playing 15 minute guitar solos to satisfy their ego.
But to me its all about serving the song. And if the artist feels like a solo would not fit in a arrangement then he probably knows best whats good for the song.

And as someone who occasionally listens to underground Black Metal, I really dont care for "bad production" qualities at all.
Some of these tracks sound as if they have been recorded on a toaster lol.
To me this song feels like it could have easily been recorded & performed by heavy bands like Stained - Alice In Chains - Five Finger Death Punch - Pantera...

This song was 1 of the very first songs that really made me feel when I was around 13 & was up late at night, blasting this with headphones.
I really had to hold my tears back because the interlude with "Get the fock out of here" really hit me hard.
And an artist job is done when he is able to move his audience in my opinion.
So well done Metallica ! For going your own path without following anyone.
Thats why this band will remain always in my heart as 1 of the very first Metal bands I really got into.

The slightly distorted clean guitar melodies display the chaotic mind of a fractured mental state perfectly. And feel free to contradict me, but I think this is the only song that makes use of pinch harmonics.



@creamygoodness3828

​@Lanking
Interesting thesis right there regarding the symbolism of just starting out as a musician ^^

And the way you mentioned that almost every Metal song has a guitar solo present reminds me of the world of cinematography.
Also every move has a score & some background music usually.
But the movie "No country for old man" does not have any music in it.
And so in a way you could say that solos are a metaphor for creating background atmosphere.
But since the album doesnt has one, it could be interpreted that it would be a disservice to quote "negative" emotions such as Hatred or Frustration if you blanket them in atmosphere.
Raw emotion speaks for itself. As does the violence in the movie mentioned previously.
So thinking about the whole "leaving out the solos" thing as a reasoning
for putting emphasize on the emotion itself, would make a lot of sense actually to me.

Mind blown.

PS: If you want truly shitty production quality check out Transilvanian Hunger by Dark Throne. Even on HD it still sounds like it was recorded on a toaster. lol



All comments from YouTube:

@Pluh88

Every Metallica fan can hate me but the passion and the feeling of this song still makes the hair on my arms stand.

@dbabbitt25

I got this title tattooed on my chest, I've never resonated with a song more than when I heard this song.

@----zd1od

goosebumps.

@SG-qx1fg

Real fans love St Anger.

@TheMingharre

Totally true!!

@ralphborat6655

Have you considered a manzillion

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@bigbrother3465

James was not just singing on this song, he was getting some bad shit out of his chest.

@kylemcmillan4227

What is it, 17 years now, it still seams fresh and new, i fucking love it🤘🤘

@lous2187

You can see his anger in his facial expressions and the way he plays his guitar. I mean he had a traumatic childhood so maybe this is his way of expressing it?

@Gorre022

I thought Kirk and Lars wrote most of the lyrics on this album?

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