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Metallica - Fade to Black

Metallica - Fade to Black - Meaning of the song

"Fade to Black" is a song and the first power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica, released as the first promotional single from its second studio album, Ride the Lightning. The song was ranked as having the 24th best guitar solo ever by Guitar World readers.

At the time the album and song were created, drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield were "obsessed with death." A break-in to their gear truck, which resulted in the loss of Hetfield's favorite Marshall amplifier, later contributed to the song's mood.

The song's lyrics address suicidal feelings. It begins with an acoustic guitar introduction and becomes progressively heavier as the song goes on.

Fade to Black - Lyrics

Life, it seems, will fade away Drifting further every day Getting lost within myself Nothing matters, no one else I have lost the will to live Simply nothing more to give There is nothing more for me Need the end to set me free Things not what they used to be Missing one inside of me Deathly lost, this can't be real Cannot stand this hell I feel Emptiness is filling me To the point of agony Growing darkness taking dawn I was me, but now he's gone No one but me can save myself, but it's too late Now I can't think, think why I should even try Yesterday seems as though it never existed Death greets me warm, now I will just say goodbye Goodbye


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