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Another Player chose a rock song that brings you to.... Neverland?!
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Here are some song facts for you to enjoy...
"Enter Sandman" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the first single from their eponymous fifth album, Metallica in 1991. The music was written by Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the concept of a child's nightmares.
The single achieved platinum certification for more than 1,000,000 copies shipped in the United States, spurring sales of over 30 million copies for Metallica and propelling Metallica to worldwide popularity. Acclaimed by critics, the song is featured in all of Metallica's live albums and DVDs released after 1991 and has been played live at award ceremonies and benefit concerts.
Initially, the song was supposed to be about death, but the topic was changed to nightmares because Metallica's producer at the time, Bob Rock, thought that "Death doesn't sell." (thanks, Ariel - Tel - Aviv, Israel)
The line in the chorus, "Take my hand, we're off to Never Never Land" is a reference to the children's story Peter Pan, as Peter lives in the magical world of Neverland. In this song, the Sandman lives in Never Never Land, and it is a much less pleasant place. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Pat Boone recorded a hilariously upbeat version of this for his In a Metal Mood album. He sang lyrics like "Dreams of war, dreams of fire" and "Exit lights" in an almost laughing manner. The music was jazzy and Vegas-esque, and the opening guitar riff was noticeably shorter.
At 5:23 into the song, there is a rendition of an ancient children's prayer performed by James Hetfield and the song of Metallica producer Bob Rock: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord, my soul to keep, if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." There have been many more cynical renditions of this prayer which have the child pleading with God to take their life. When Pat Boone covered this, he said the second part as "Guard me, angels, through the night, wake me in God's holy light," another traditional children's bedtime prayer. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
Metallica used this on their 1999 live album with the San Francisco Symphony titled S&M. They weren't originally going to use it because they didn't think it went well with an orchestra, but then decided to because it was one of their most popular songs.
This is often played at baseball games when an intimidating relief pitcher comes in to finish off the game for the home team. The implication is that the pitcher is about to secure the victory and put the other team to bed. One example is Mariano Rivera, the closer for the New York Yankees. Members of The Yankees scoreboard operations staff chose the song, as Rivera didn't care or listen to the music played when he entered the game. A few years later, a reporter told Rivera about the song, and he approved, liking the idea of giving opposing hitters nightmares.
After the US invaded Iraq in 2003, this was one of the songs they played over and over is sessions designed to break the will of Saddam Hussein's supporters. The US military also played children's songs at these sessions, including selections from Barney the dinosaur.
Nielsen SoundScan announced in December 2009 that Metallica's self-titled album (sometimes known as The Black Album) had surpassed Shania Twain's 1997 CD Come On Over to become the best-selling album since they began tracking sales for Billboard on March 1, 1991.
In a 1991 interview with Guitar World, Hammett explained his penchant for the wah-wah pedal: "There's something about a wah pedal that really gets my gut going! People will probably say, 'He's just hiding behind the wah.' But that isn't the case. It's just that those frequencies really bring out a lot of aggression in my approach."
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