Master of Puppets by Metallica

The Meaning of the song “Master of Puppets”


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Master of Puppets by Metallica is an ultimate rocker song. It is all about drug addiction and how the drugs become the master and you the puppet. Master of Puppets symbolism is very deep and iconic for those who are true Metallica fans.

Drug addiction in Master of Puppets is not overtly apparent. This song buries the meaning of the master but it is there. “Taste me you will see, more is all you need, dedicated to killing you faster.” No one will argue that drugs do not kill, if taken repeatedly. There have been countless rockers, celebrities, and average people that have lost the battle to drug addiction. Over doses and the general bad effects of drugs on your body are often the cause for these deaths. Master of Puppets meaning shows that all you have to do is taste of the drug and you will want more. By taking more and more drugs you will end up dying before your time.

For those still unconvinced that Master of Puppets symbolism is about drugs and the addiction they hold on you simply look to the first line. “End of passion play, crumbling away I’m the source of your self-destruction, veins that pump in fear, sucking dark is clear leading your death’s construction.” Drug addiction in Master of puppets is almost shouted out in the opening phrase. People who become addicted to drugs have often become less passionate about their everyday lives. Their passion play is over, their lives are starting to crumble around them. Drug addicts, who are unable to beat the addictions, always end up dead. The drug being the architect of their demise.


Master of Puppets meaning becomes clearer as the song continues. The line “needlework the way, never you betray. Life of death becoming clearer, pain monopoly, ritual misery, chop your breakfast on a mirror.” By this point the drug user is so addicted he is clear that the pain of the needles he uses to shoot up the drugs is going to lead to his demise. The drugs are so important that they are his everything. “Chop your breakfast on a mirror,” in Master of puppets, symbolizes cocaine. Most people use a razor and a mirrored surface to cut cocaine for snorting. It’s easier to see the white substance on a mirror.

“Master of Puppets I’m pulling your strings, twisting your mind and smashing your dreams.” Drug addiction in Master of Puppets is the master. When you become so addicted to the drugs you are doing the drugs become the master. You will do anything for that addiction. The drugs and addiction twist your mind. Your dreams are lost in the process.

Metallica takes the opportunity with Master of Puppets to subtly tell their fans about the dangers of drug addiction. That doesn’t mean any of them are straight and sober but Master of Puppets meaning is pretty clear. They believe that drug addiction can lead you down a road you won’t easily come back from.