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Metallica - Ride the Lightning

Guilty as charged
But damn it, it ain't right.
There's someone else controlling me
,
Death in the air,
Strapped in the electric chair,
This can't be happening to me.
Who made you God to say
"I'll take your life from you!"
Flash before my eyes,
Now it's time to die.
Burning in my brain,
I can feel the flame.
Wait for the sign,
To flick the switch of death,
It's the beginning of the end.
Sweat chilling cold;
As I watch death unfold,
Consciousness my only friend.
My fingers grip with fear,
What am I doing here?
Flash before my eyes,
Now it's time to die,
Burning in my brain,
I can feel the flame.
Someone help me,
Oh please, God help me,
They're trying to take it all away,
I don't want to die.
Someone help me,
Oh please, God help me
They're trying to take it all away,
I don't want to die.
Time moving slow,
The minutes seem like hours.
The final curtain all I see,
How true is this?
Just get it over with,
If this is true, just let it be.
Wakened by horrid scream,
Freed from this frightening dream.
Flash before my eyes,
Now it's time to die,
Burning in my brain,
I can feel the flame.

"Ride the Lightning" is the second track to the album Ride the Lightning. It is one of the last Metallica songs that Dave Mustaine received a writing credit for. Keeping in the political themes of the first three tracks, the song deals with capital punishment and the flaws that come with it. The protagonist of the story depicted within the song is an innocent man who is blamed for a crime he didn't do, and is executed via electrocution. It also features some of James Hetfield's highest note-singing (although they are screamed) and a lengthy guitar solo by Kirk Hammett, with lots of tapping at the beginning. It is also a downloaded song in the video game Rock Band.

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