The Hidden Message James Hetfield Gave In The Lyrics Of Nothing Else Matters

Metallica lead vocalist James Hetfield once opened up about the story of how he came up with the monumental track, ‘Nothing Else Matters’ during an interview seven years ago, and apparently, the song represents the genuine honesty of Hetfield as well as the courage to take a risk.

As many of you know, ‘Nothing Else Matters‘ which is released on April 20, 1992, as the third single from their self-titled fifth studio album, is always considered as one of Metallica’s best known and most popular songs, becoming a staple in the band’s live performances.

The legendary song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number 6 on the UK Singles Chart, and reached the top ten on many other European charts when it first released nearly three decades ago, and over the years, it became a fan’s favorite and one of the most loved tracks of Metallica.

It was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield who wrote the song in 1990 while on tour and initially, the song was not meant to be released since Hetfield had written it for himself, however, after drummer Lars Ulrich heard the track, it was considered for the album.

During an interview with the Village Voice in 2014, Metallica frontman opened up about the creation of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and apparently, the song is a reflection of taking a risk when it comes to exposing yourself to a high vulnerability while a person can either break or cherish your heart.

Here is what Hetfield said:

“It was a song for myself in my room on tour when I was bumming out about being away from home. It’s quite amazing, it’s a true testament to honesty and exposing yourself, putting your real self out there, and taking the risk, taking a gamble that someone’s either going to step on your heart with spikes on or they’re going to put their heart right next to it, and you never know until you try.”

You can click here to see the source and listen to ‘Nothing Else Matters’ below.