Song of the Week: Metallica: For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Metallica is just an amazing band. For all of the haters out there that cannot stand their new stuff, it is hard to debate how influential of a band they are and how awesome their first few releases are. After their debut Kill ’em All, came their sophomore effort, Ride the Lightning, and there was no letdown. In fact, that album contains some of their best songs including “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which was inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel of the same name.

“For Whom the Bell Tolls” opens with bell ringing and goes into a chromatic introduction, which is the late Cliff Burton playing his bass through his wah-wah pedal. Burton first played that riff in 1979 in a 12-minute jam at a battle of the bands with his second band Agents of Misfortune (with his old bandmate from EZ-Street and future Faith No More guitarist “Big” Jim Martin).

Not only has this classic track been covered by dozens of bands, but it is used quite often in sporting events as well.

For Whom the Bell Tolls Lyrics

Make his fight on the hill in the early day
Constant chill deep inside
Shouting gun, on they run through the endless grey
On the fight, for they are right, yes, by who’s to say?
For a hill men would kill, why? They do not know
Stiffened wounds test there their pride
Men of five, still alive through the raging glow
Gone insane from the pain that they surely know

For whom the bell tolls
Time marches on
For whom the bell tolls

Take a look to the sky just before you die
It is the last time you will
Blackened roar massive roar fills the crumbling sky
Shattered goal fills his soul with a ruthless cry
Stranger now, are his eyes, to this mystery
He hears the silence so loud
Crack of dawn, all is gone except the will to be
Now they see what will be, blinded eyes to see

For whom the bell tolls
Time marches on
For whom the bell tolls