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James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo

Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. Metallica was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. The band's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band. Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of the band's albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo.

I, JimboWales, confess to listening to almost no other music than MetallicA.
~ 12 February 2001

Song lyrics

No life 'til leather
We're gonna kick some ass tonight!

All lyrics written by James Hetfield unless noted.

  • No life 'til leather
    We're gonna kick some ass tonight!
    • Hit the Lights
  • When we start to rock we never wanna stop again!
    • Hit the Lights
  • Time
    Has taken it's toll on you
    The lines that crack your face
    Your body it has torn through
    Withered in every place
    For what you had to endure
    And what you have put others through
    Deliverance for you for sure
    There is nothing you can do
    • The Four Horsemen
  • Living and dying, laughing and crying
    Once you have seen it you will never be the same.
    • Motorbreath
  • So come on
    Jump in the fire!
  • Jump by your will or be taken by force
    I'll get you either way.
    • Jump in the Fire
But we'll never stop
We'll never quit
'Cause we're Metallica
  • But we'll never stop
    We'll never quit
    'Cause we're Metallica
  • The leathered armies have prevailed
    The Phantom Lord has never failed
    Smoke is lifting from the ground
    The riding volume Metal sound
    • Phantom Lord
  • No mercy for what we are doing
    No thought to even what we have done
    We don't need to feel the sorrow
    No remorse for the helpless one
    • No Remorse
  • Another day, another death
    Another sorrow, another breath
    • No Remorse
  • Scanning the scene in the city tonight
    We're looking for you to start up a fight
  • Searching
    Seek and destroy!
    • Seek & Destroy
  • Joining together to take on the world with our heavy metal
    Spreading the message to everyone here, Come let yourself go
    • Metal Militia
  • Do unto others as they have done to you, but what the hell is this world coming to?
    • Fight Fire with Fire
  • Blow the universe into nothingness
    • Fight Fire with Fire
  • Nuclear warfare shall lay us to rest
    • Fight Fire with Fire
  • Fight fire with fire
    Ending is near
    Fight fire with fire
    Bursting with fear... We all shall die
    • Fight Fire with Fire
  • Who made you God to say
    I'll take your life from you
    • Ride the Lightning
  • Guilty as charged
    But damn it
    That ain't right!
    • Ride the Lightning
  • Flash before my eyes
    Now it's time to die
    • Ride the Lightning
  • Burning in my brain
    I can feel the flame
    • Ride the Lightning
  • Yesterday seems as though it never existed
    Death greets me warm
    Now I will just say good-bye
  • Life it seems to fade away
    Drifting further everyday
    Getting lost within myself
    nothing matters no one else
    • Fade to Black
  • No one but me
    Can save myself
    But it's too late
    • Fade to Black
  • From deep sleep, I have broken away
    No one knows, no one hears what I say
    • Trapped Under Ice
  • Life is for my own, to live my own way.
    • Escape
  • No damn chains can hold me to the ground!
    • Escape
  • So let it be written
    So let it be done
    I'm sent here by the Chosen one
    So let it be written
    So let it be done
    To kill the first born Pharaoh's Son
    I'm Creeping Death!
  • Crushing all deceivers, mashing non-believers!
    • Battery
Smashing through the boundaries
Lunacy has found me
cannot stop the battery!
  • Smashing through the boundaries
    Lunacy has found me
    cannot stop the battery!
    • Battery
  • Master of puppets
    I'm pulling your strings
    Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams
    • Master of Puppets
  • Master, Master
    Where's the dreams that I've been after? Master, Master
    You promised only lies
    Laughter, Laughter
    All I hear and see is laughter
    Laughter, Laughter
    Laughing at my cries
    • Master of Puppets
  • Hell is worth all that
    Natural habitat
    Just a rhyme without a reason
    Never-ending maze
    Drift on numbered days
    Now your life is out of season
    • Master of Puppets
  • Messenger of fear in sight
    Dark deception kills the light!
    • The Thing That Should Not Be
  • Not dead which eternal lie
    Stranger eons death may die! (from H.P. Lovecraft. First appeared in his short story "The Call of Cthulhu" as a line from the book of the dead, "Necronomicon".)
    • The Thing That Should Not Be
  • Fearless wretch, insanity
    He watches, lurking beneath the sea
    Great old one, forbidden sight
    He searches, hunter of the shadows is rising.
    • The Thing That Should Not Be
  • Fearless wretch, insanity
    He watches, lurking beneath the sea
    Time of sleep, has been upset
    His waiting, hunter of the shadows is rising.
    • The Thing That Should Not Be
  • Dream the same thing every night, I see our freedom in my sight, no locked doors, no windows barred, no things to make my brain seem scarred.
    • Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  • They keep me locked up in this cage, can't they see it's why my brain says rage?
    • Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  • Mirror stares back hard
    Kill, it's such a friendly word, seems the only way for reaching out again.
    • Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  • Got some death to do!
    • Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  • No more can they keep us in
    listen, damn it! We will win
    • Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  • Mutiny in the air!
    • Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  • I was born for dying!
    • Disposable Heroes
  • Back to the front!
    You will do, what I say, when I say
    Back to the front!
    You will die, when I say, you must die
    Back to the Front!
    You coward, you blindman.
    • Disposable Heroes
  • Soldier boy
    Made of clay
    Now an empty shell
    Only son
    but he served us well
    bred to kill
    not to care
    Do just as we say
    Finished here
    Greetings death
    He's yours to take away
    • Disposable Heroes
  • Life planned out before my birth, nothing could I say
    had no chance to see myself, molded day by day
    Looking back I realize, nothing have I done
    left to die with only friend.
    Alone I clench my gun
    • Disposable Heroes
  • Spineless from the start
    • Leper Messiah
  • Send me money, send me green
    Heaven you will meet
    Make a contribution
    And you'll get a better seat
    Bow to leper messiah
    • Leper Messiah
  • Lie! Lie! Lie! Lie!
    • Leper Messiah
  • Honesty is my only Excuse
    • Damage Inc.
  • Slamming through
    don't fuck with razorback
    Stepping out?
    You'll feel our hell on your back!
    • Damage Inc.
  • Blood will follow blood
    Dying time is here
    (whispering) Damage, Incorporated.
    • Damage Inc.
  • Fuck it all and fucking no regrets!
    • Damage Inc.
  • Blackened is the end
    Winter it will send
    • Blackened
  • See our mother
    Put to death
    See our mother die!
    • Blackened
  • Fire
    Is the outcome of hypocrisy
    Darkest potency
    To the exit of humanity
    Color our world blackened!
    • Blackened
  • Hammer of Justice crushes you
    • ...And Justice for All
  • Seeking no truth
    Winning is all
    Fighting so grim, so true, so real!
    • ...And Justice for All
  • Nothing can save us!
    • ...And Justice for All
  • Freedom of choice is made for you my friend
    Freedom of speech is words that they will bend
    Freedom no longer frees you!
  • Truths to you are lies to me
    • Eye of the Beholder
  • I can't remember anything, can't tell if this is true or dream, deep down inside I feel to scream, this terrible silence stops me.
  • Hold my breath as I wish for death
    oh please God wake me!
    • One
  • Darkness
    Imprisoning me
    All that I see
    Absolute horror
    I cannot live
    I cannot die
    Trapped in myself
    Body, my holding cell...
    Has taken my sight
    Taken my speech
    Taken my hearing
    Taken my arms
    Taken my legs
    Taken my soul
    Left me with life in hell
    • One
  • Suspicion is your name
    Your honesty to blame
    Put dignity to shame
    • The Shortest Straw
  • Drink up
    Shoot in
    Let the beatings begin
    • Harvester of Sorrow
  • Old habits reappear, fighting the fear of fear, growing conspiracy, everyone's after me, frayed ends of sanity, hear them calling.... hear them calling me!
    • The Frayed Ends of Sanity
  • Twisting under schizophrenia! Falling deep into dementia!
    • The Frayed Ends of Sanity
  • When a man lies he murders some part of the world
    These are the pale deaths which men miscall their lives
    All this I cannot bear to witness any longer
    Cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home - borrowed from the chronicles of Thomas the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
    • To Live Is to Die
  • Dear mother, dear father
    You clipped my wings before I learned to fly
    Unspoiled, outspoken
    I've outgrown that fucking lullaby!
    • Dyers Eve
  • Same thing I've always heard from you
    do as I say not as I do!
    • Dyers Eve
  • Innocence, torn from me without your shelter
    Barred reality, I'm living blindly
    • Dyers Eve
  • I'm in hell without you
    Cannot cope without you two
    Shocked at the world that I see
    Innocent victim please rescue me!
    • Dyers Eve

Metallica (1991)

  • Exit light
    Enter night
    Take my hand
    We’re off to never never land!
  • Dreams of war
    Dreams of Liars
    Dreams of Dragon's Fire
    And of things that will bite!
    • Enter Sandman
  • I'm your dream, make you real
    I'm your eyes when you must steal
    I'm your pain when you can't feel
    sad but true
  • Hate! I'm you're hate! I'm your hate when you want love!
    • Sad but True
  • You lie so much, you believe yourself
    Judge not, lest ye be judged yourself!
    • Holier Than Thou
  • What I've felt, what I've known, never shined through in what I've shown
    Never be, never see, won't see what might have been
    What I've felt, what I've known, never shined through in what I've shown
    Never free, never me, so I dub thee Unforgiven
  • The Old Man then prepares
    To die regretfully
    The old man here is me
    • The Unforgiven
  • But I'll take my time anywhere
    I'm free to speak my mind anywhere
    And I'll redefine anywhere. Anywhere I roam
    Where I lay my head is home
    Carved upon my stone
    My body lies but still I roam
    • Wherever I May Roam
  • On through the never
    We must go
    On through the never
    Out to the
    Edge of forever
    We must go
    On through the never
    Then never comes
    • Through the Never
  • Never cared for what they say
    Never cared for games they play
    Never cared for what they do
    Never cared for what they know
    And I know
    • Nothing Else Matters
  • Wildness is the preservation of the world
    so seek the wolf in thyself!
    • Of Wolf and Man
  • Broken is the promise, betrayal
    The healing hand, held back by the deepened nail
    Follow the God that failed!
    • The God That Failed
  • You just stood there screaming
    Fearing no one would listen to you
    • My Friend of Misery
  • You insist that the weight of the world, it should be on your shoulders
    • My Friend of Misery
  • Home is not a home, it becomes a hell
    Turning it into your prison cell
    • The Struggle Within

Load (1996)

  • Outta my way
    Outta my day
    Out of your mind and into mine
    Into no one
    Into not one
    Into your step but out of time
  • Damn it all down
    Damn it unbound
    Damn it all down to hell again
    • Ain't My Bitch
  • I'm gonna make you, shake you, take you
    I'm gonna be the one who breaks you
    • 2 X 4
  • Friction, fusion, retribution!
    • 2 X 4
  • The higher you are
    the farther you fall
    the longer the walk
    the farther you crawl
    • The House Jack Built
  • Open my eyes just to have them closed again.
    • The House Jack Built
It hates you so hold me
until it sleeps
  • So tear me open, but beware! There's things inside without a care.
    • Until It Sleeps
  • Then it all crashes down
    And you break your crown
    And you point your finger but there's no one around!
    Just want one thing, just to play the king
    Then the castles crumble and you're left with just a name
    Where's your crown, King Nothing!
  • Careful what you wish
    Careful what you say
    Careful what you wish, you may regret it
    Careful what you wish, you just might get it!
    • King Nothing
  • The window burns
    To light the way back home
    • Hero of the Day
  • Caught under wheels roll
    Oh the bleeding of me
  • I'm diggin' my way... I'm digging my way to something better.
    • Bleeding Me
  • The man takes another bullet
    He's been fooled again
    • Cure
  • I drown without a sea
    Lungs fill with sorrow
    Lungs fill with misery
    • Poor Twisted Me
  • Ain't gonna waste my hate
    But I'm so greedy when they say
    Better to give than to receive
    • Wasting My Hate
  • Son, your life's an open book, don't close it 'fore it's done
  • The brightest flame burns quickest
    • Mama Said
  • Mama, now I'm coming home, I'm not all you wished of me
    • Mama Said
  • Forgive me father for I have sinned
    Find me guilty of the life I feel within
    • Thorn Within
  • All things wash away
    But blood stained the sun red today
    • Ronnie
  • The more I search, the more my need
    For you
    The more I bless, the more I bleed
    For you
    • The Outlaw Torn

Reload (1997)

Gimme fuel
Gimme fire
Gimme that which I desire
  • Gimme fuel
    Gimme fire
    Gimme that which I desire
  • Fuck'em man
    White knuckle tight
    • Fuel
  • Ash to ash
    dust to dust
    fade to black
    • The Memory Remains
  • Snake! I am the snake!
    Tempting, that bite you take!
    • Devil's Dance
  • Black heart scarring darker still
    • The Unforgiven II
  • I take this key and I bury it in you, because you're Unforgiven too
    • The Unforgiven II
  • Oh, can't stop this train from rolling
    Oh, no, nothing brings me down
    No, I couldn't stop this train from rolling on and on on
    No, no, forever holding on
  • Don't go looking for snakes
    • Slither
  • See you crawling in
    • Slither
  • Draw lead
    Piss wine
    Sink teeth
    All mine
    Stoke fire
    Break neck
    Suffer through this
    Cheat on death
    • Carpe Diem Baby
  • Live to win
    Dare to fail
    • Carpe Diem Baby
  • Swing the noose again
    Pierce the apple skin
    You bit more than you need
    Now you're choking on the bad seed
    • Bad Seed
  • Off the veil, stand revealed
    Bring it on, break the seal
    At the mercy, the cat is out
    Spit it up, spit it out
    • Bad Seed
  • Steal dream and give to you
    Shoplift a thought or two
    • Where the Wild Things Are
  • I'm the filthy one on Bourbon Street, you walk on by
    I'm the little boy that pushes hard and makes him cry
    • Prince Charming
  • My eyes seek reality
    My fingers seek my veins
    • Low Man's Lyric
  • So I cry to the alley way, confess all to the rain, but I lie, straight to the mirror, one I've broken to match my face.
    • Low Man's Lyric
  • The trash fire is warm, but nowhere safe from the storm, and I can't bear to see, what I've let me be, so wicked and worn
    • Low Man's Lyric
  • Throw all your bullets in the fire
    And run like hell
    • Attitude
  • Why cure the fever? Whatever happened to sweat?
    • Attitude
  • Renew our faith which way we can
    To fall in love with life again
    • Fixxxer

St. Anger (2003)

  • My life-style determines my death-style
  • Birth is pain
    Life is pain
    Death is pain
    It's all the same
    • Frantic
  • You live it or lie it.
    • Frantic
  • Fuck it all and fucking no regrets.
  • I'm madly in anger with you!
    • St. Anger
  • Are we the people
    Some kind of monster
    • Some Kind of Monster
  • This monster lives!
    • Some Kind of Monster
  • Ominous, I am in us!
    • Some Kind of Monster
  • My court is in session and now I slam my gravel down!
    • Dirty Window
  • I'm judge and I'm jury and I'm executioner too.
    • Dirty Window
  • I'm ok, just go away
    Into distance let me fade
    I'm ok, just go away
    I'm ok, but please don't stray too far
    • Invisible Kid
  • The motherfuckers got in my head
    tried to make me someone else instead
    • My World
  • Not only do I not know the answer
    I don't even know what the question is
    • My World
  • Shoot me again, I ain't dead yet.
    • Shoot Me Again
  • All the shots I take
    I spit back at you.
    All the shit you fake
    Comes back to haunt you.
    All the shots, all the shots.
    All the shots I take
    What difference did I make?
    All the shots I take
    I spit back at you.
    • Shoot Me Again
  • She holds my hand and I lie to get a smile
    • Sweet Amber
  • Wash your back so you don't stab mine.
    • Sweet Amber
  • Cross my heart hope not to die
    Swallow evil, ride the sky
    I lose myself in a crowded room
    You fool, you fool, it'll be here soon
  • Get the fuck out of here
    I just wanna get the fuck
    away from me
    I rage, I glaze
    I hurt I hate
    I hate it all
    why why why me?
    • The Unnamed Feeling
  • Tear it down! Strip the layers off!
    • Purify
  • Truth and dare
    Peeling back the skin
    Acid wash
    Ghost white
    Ultra clean
    Wanna be skeleton
    Clear eyes
    Diamond eyes
    Strip the past of mine
    My sweet turpentine
    Super white bones
    Bones of you and I
    • Purify
  • I'll die if I let go
    control is love
    love is control
    • All Within My Hands
  • I will only let you breathe
    My air that you receive
    Then we'll see if I let you love me
    • All Within My Hands
  • Almost like your life
    almost like your endless fight
    curse the day is long
    realize you don't belong
    disconnect somehow
    never stop the bleeding now
    almost like your fight
    and there it went
    almost like your life!
    • That Was Just Your Life
  • Drop the hourglass of time
    Spilling sand, we will not find
    As we gather here today
    We bid farewell
    The slave becomes the master
    • The End of the Line
  • Death Contagious Deity
    • The End of the Line
  • You rise
    You fall
    You're down and you rise again
    What dont kill ya make ya more strong
    • Broken, Beat & Scarred
  • I suffer this no longer
    I'll put an end to
    This I swear
    This I swear
    the sun will shine
    This I swear!
    This I swear! This
    • The Day That Never Comes
  • Still lies
    still lies
    Still you run
    What's to come
    What's to be?
    • All Nightmare Long
  • Suicide
    I've already died
    you're just the funeral I've been waiting for
    Living dead inside
    break this empty shell forever more.
  • Say is that rain, or are they tears?
    They stain your concrete face for years
    The crying weeping shedding strife
    Year after year, life after life
    • Cyanide
  • How can I be lost if I've got nowhere to go?
    Search for Seas of Gold, how come it's got so cold?
    How can I be lost? In remembrance I relive
    So how can I blame you, when it's me I can't forgive?
    • The Unforgiven III
  • Forgive me...
    Forgive me not...
    Forgive me...
    Forgive me not...
    Forgive me...
    Forgive me not...
    Forgive me...
    Forgive me! Why can't I forgive me!
    • The Unforgiven III
  • Judas lives recite this vow
    I’ve become your new god now!
  • Deadly vision
    Prophecy reveal
    Death Magnetic
    Pulling closer still
  • Tyrant awaken my apocalypse!
    Demon awaken my apocalypse!
    Heaven awaken my apocalypse!
    Suffer forever
    My apocalypse!
    • My Apocalypse


  • Then it comes to be that the soothing light at the end of your tunnel was just a freight train comin' your way
  • Squeeze the world, and drip it down my throat again!
    • -Human, from the 1999 live album S&M
  • Coming up for air!
    • -Human
  • Do you bury me when I'm gone? Do you teach me while I'm here? Just as soon as I belong, then it's time I disappear!
  • Hey hey hey, here I go now, here I go into new days.
    • I Disappear
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