Holier Than Thou

For Song-Lyric Sunday, Helen Espinosa at This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time, asks us to share a song about judgement. Metallica’s “Holier Than Thou” came immediately to mind. This song comes from their 1991 self-titled album (aka The Black Album). I just entered high school at that time, and endured a hell that I never thought I would ever escape. Even the bullies liked Metallica, but they were too stupid to know that this song was about them!

No more!
The craps rolls out your mouth again
Haven’t changed, your brain is still gelatin
Little whispers circle around your head
Why don’t you worry about yourself instead

Who are you? Where ya been? Where ya from?
Gossip is burning on the tip of your tongue
You lie so much you believe yourself
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself

Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are

You know not

Before you judge me take a look at you
Can’t you find something better to do
Point the finger, slow to understand
Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand

It’s not who you are it’s who you know
Others lives are the basis of your own
Burn your bridges build them back with wealth
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself

Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are

You know not!

James Hetfield: guitar, vocal
Lars Ulrich: drums
Kirk Hammet: lead guitar
Jason Newsted: bass guitar

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