"Thou" in Metallica Songs
You might wonder what lyrics by Metallica have to do with pronouns of address in Early Modern English. At first sight it seems strange to refer to modern music when you analyse the use of "thou" and "you" in Shakespeare's time.
Nevertheless a brief consideration of some Metallica songs can be worthwhile. In some of their lyrics we find "thou", "thee" or "thy":
- Of Wolf and Men (S&M): So seek the wolf in thyself
- Creeping death (Ride the lightning): I will be with thee, bush of fire
- Holier than thou (Black Album)
- The Unforgiven (Black Album): So I dub thee unforgiven
Obviously "thou" has not fully disappeared from present-day English. After having examined the use of "thou" in Early Modern English, we will be able to make some notes about possible intentions for the use of "thou" in present-day lyrics (not only by Metallica). Read more about this in the section on "Thou" after the Early Modern English period.