Thursday, March 5, 2009

Heroism in Music: Disposable Heroes

  I've been backing up my cd collection for the past few days, and when I got to Metallica, I kicked myself for not catching this one sooner: "Disposable Heroes." God, I feel old...

 Anyway, this one is a great companion piece to Landon's writings on Rambo, the demoralizing effect of war, dispelling the image of the "glory" of battle, and the resultant alienation of the hero from society. And a powerful screed against self-sacrifice, too boot. Master of Puppets: the title says it all.


Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end/
No one to play soldier now, no one to pretend/
Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all/
Victim of what said should be/
A servant `til I fall

[Chorus:]
Soldier boy, made of clay/
Now an empty shell
Twenty one, only son/
but he served us well/
Bred to kill, not to care/
Do just as we say/
Finished here, Greeting Death/
He's yours to take away/

Back to the front/
You will do what I say, when I say
Back to the front/
You will die when I say, you must die/
Back to the front/
You coward/
You servant/
You blindman/
[End Chorus]

Barking of machinegun fire, does nothing to me now/
Sounding of the clock that ticks, get used to it somehow/
More a man, more stripes you wear, glory seeker trends /
Bodies fill the fields I see/
The slaughter never ends/

[Chorus]

{Why, Am I dying?/
Kill, having no fear/
Lie, live off lying/
Hell, Hell is here} x2/

I was born for dying/

Life planned out before my birth, nothing could I say/
had no chance to see myself, molded day by day/
Looking back I realize, nothing have I done/
left to die with only friend/
Alone I clench my gun/

2 comments:

Landon Erp said...

Speaking of companion pieces there was another great piece from the band from I think the "And justice for All" album entitled "One."

I'd elaborate if I wasn't wore out from moving.

---Landon

Joe Maurone said...

True...but it didn't have "heroes" in the title. :P