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11 Insightful Lyrics From Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Bands

Hard rock and heavy metal music, exemplified by pioneers such as Led Zeppelin, The Who, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath, initially emerged from the 1960s rock scene. These early bands forged new subgenres within rock ’n’ roll, characterized by their intense and belligerent sound, powerful vocal performances, and a rebellious edge that resonated with the younger generations during a turbulent period of political and social change.

Amid the blistering guitar solos and thundering percussion, their songs often conceal lyrics that are both aggressive and thought-provoking, even offering profound insights into the human condition.

Throughout the decades, innovative artists including Metallica and Disturbed have continued to redefine the heavy metal/hard rock music landscape for subsequent generations. Here are 11 memorable and introspective lyrics from some of heavy music’s biggest names to remind us that all genres of music can foster deep connections that transcend our differences.

Sittin’ round, singin’ songs till the night turns into day / Used to sing on the mountains, but the mountains washed away / Now I’m singin’ all my songs to the girl who won my heart / She is only 3 years old and it’s a real fine way to start.
“The Ocean,” Led Zeppelin, 1973

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Out here in the fields, I fight for my meals / I get my back into my living / I don’t need to fight to prove I’m right / I don’t need to be forgiven.
“Baba O’Riley,” The Who, 1971

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Take the trouble to decide the things you do / Will not be the things that don’t appeal to you / See the mess you’re making / Can’t you see you’re faking?
“Into the Fire,” Deep Purple, 1970

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Trust I seek and I find in you / Every day for us something new / Open mind for a different view / And nothing else matters.
“Nothing Else Matters,” Metallica, 1991

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Like an unsung melody / The truth is waiting there for you to find it / It’s not a blight, but a remedy / A clear reminder of how it began / Deep inside your memory.
“The Light,” Disturbed, 2015

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If you feel alive in a darkened room / Do you know the name of your solitude? / If you ain’t got the answer, if you don’t know the truth / If you want the power, then let it flow through.
“How the Gods Kill,” Danzig, 1992

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When my time comes, forget the wrong that I’ve done / Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed / Don’t resent me, and when you’re feeling empty / Keep me in your memory.
“Leave Out All the Rest,” Linkin Park, 2007

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The road is open wide to place your bidding / Now, wherever you turn, wherever you go / If you get it wrong, at least you can know / There’s miles and miles to put it back together.
“Heading Out to the Highway,” Judas Priest, 1981

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Crazy, but that’s how it goes / Millions of people living as foes / Maybe it’s not too late / To learn how to love and forget how to hate.
“Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne, 1980

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Broke another promise / And I broke another heart / But I ain’t too young to realize / That I ain’t too old to try / Try to get back to the start.
“Ride On,” AC/DC, 1976

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I get up and nothing gets me down / You got it tough, I’ve seen the toughest around / And I know, baby, just how you feel / You got to roll with the punches to get to what’s real.
“Jump,” Van Halen, 1983

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