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The Thing That Should Not Be is the third song of Metallica's third album, Master of Puppets.

About

As is made clear by the song "The Call Of Ktulu" on the second studio album Ride the Lightning, Metallica have some interest in the writing of H.P. Lovecraft.

The lyrics of "The Thing That Should Not Be" seem to fit well with the H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu mythos, including lines such as "Great old one" which may be a reference to the Great Old Ones often appearing in Lovecraft's works, "Hybrid children watch the sea, Pray for father, roaming free" which may refer to the people of Innsmouth (a key location in the Cthulhu Mythos) and "Out from ruins once possessed, Fallen city, living death" a possible reference to Cthulhu himself as he resides in R'lyeh (another key location in the Cthulhu Mythos). The lines "Not dead which eternal lie/Stranger eons death may die" is a phrase refrencing the couplet "That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die." that appears in the fictional Necronomicon that Lovecraft refrences numerous times. The lines "Messenger of fear" and "Crawling Chaos" refer to Nyarlathotep, the messenger of the evil Outer Ones. The line "Cult has summoned" may refer to the Cult of Cthulhu and their quest to awaken their god.

Live

Trivia

  • The studio recording is their first in D standard tuning; however, it is their only D-tuned song to be played live in D-flat tuning, having been so played from its first live performance.

Lyrics

  Messenger of fear in sight
  Dark deception kills the light
  
  Hybrid children watch the sea
  Pray for father, roaming free
  
          Fearless wretch
          Insanity
          He watches
          Lurking beneath the sea
          Great old one
          Forbidden site
          He searches
          Hunter of the shadows is rising
          Immortal
          In madness you dwell
  
  Crawling chaos, underground
  Cult has summoned, twisted sound
  
  Out from ruins once possessed
  Fallen city, living death
  
          Fearless wretch
          Insanity
          He watches
          Lurking beneath the sea
          Timeless sleep
          Has been upset
          He awakens
          Hunter of the shadows is rising
          Immortal
          In madness you dwell
  
  Not dead which eternal lie
  Stranger eons death may die
  
  Drain you of your sanity
  Face the thing that should not be
  
          Fearless wretch
          Insanity
          He watches
          Lurking beneath the sea
          Great old one
          Forbidden site
          He searches
          Hunter of the shadows is rising
          Immortal
          In madness you dwell

References

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Master of Puppets
Songs BatteryMaster of PuppetsThe Thing That Should Not BeWelcome Home (Sanitarium)Disposable HeroesLeper MessiahOrionDamage, Inc.
Members James HetfieldLars UlrichKirk HammettCliff Burton
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S&M
Songs The Ecstasy of GoldThe Call of KtuluMaster of PuppetsOf Wolf and ManThe Thing That Should Not BeFuelThe Memory RemainsNo Leaf CloverHero of the DayDevil's DanceBleeding MeNothing Else MattersUntil it SleepsFor Whom the Bell Tolls- HumanWherever I May RoamThe Outlaw TornSad But TrueOneEnter SandmanBattery
Members James HetfieldLars UlrichKirk HammettJason Newsted
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Guitar Hero Metallica
Songs For Whom the Bell TollsThe UnforgivenNothing Else MattersEnter SandmanKing NothingSad But TrueNo Leaf CloverOrionFade to BlackThe Memory RemainsWherever I May RoamWelcome Home (Sanitarium)FuelFranticOneAll Nightmare LongHit the LightsMercyful FateSeek & DestroyCreeping DeathMaster of PuppetsBatteryThe Shortest StrawWhiplashDyers EveDisposable HeroesFight Fire with FireThe Thing That Should Not BeBroken, Beat & ScarredCyanideMy Apocalypse
Featured Band Songs Turn the PageTuesday's GoneAm I Evil?Stone Cold Crazy
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