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James Hetfield wrote this song about his mother who died from cancer. He was struggling with his mother's death and was looking for a way to cope with his loss and deal with the pain. It has come to mean much more to many people, who relate to the message of general internal pain and loss and the inability to make sense or cope with it.
The music video is based on a painting, and it recurrently shows scenes of the biblical character Adam committing his first (or original) sin. It also flashes to numerous pictures of Jesus dying. Because of the video, many people feel that it is a representation of redemption and the remorse one feels for having sinned. (thanks, Bob - St. George, UT, for above 2)
Metallica performed this with the San Francisco Orchestra in 1999. This version can be found on the S&M CD. (thanks, alastair - sydney, Australia)
A talented lyricist, Philip helped revive Neil Sedaka's career with the words to "Laughter In The Rain" and "Bad Blood."
Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.
Tom Keifer of Cinderella
Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.