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The Memory Remains

by

Metallica



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The woman who sings the haunting, unsettling ending and bridge is a British woman by the name of Marianne Faithfull. She started out as a member of London's '60s swing scene, moving up slowly through a life of love, loss, and drug abuse. (thanks, Lacy - Yukon, OK)
The song is about a celebrity who is fading into obscurity and it is driving her mad. The theme is similar to that of the movie Sunset Boulevard.
Some of Faithfull's lyrics ("Say yes... at least say hello...") were taken from the Marilyn Monroe movie The Misfits.
When Metallica plays this live, the crowd sings Faithfull's parts.
Metallica performed this on Saturday Night Live with Faithfull. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 4)
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Comments (17):

Tom, I was going to mention that! Actually, they all had to take motion sickness pills before shooting the vid and Lars was the only one who didn't take them and you can see when he's all spinning dizzy and about to keel over (thank you VH1 pop-up video!)
- Zero, Nowhere, NJ
i luv the ending of this song!
- Nikki, nowheres, ID
One of my favorite songs by metallica.
- Mike, Falmouth, MA
It is said that in one of the music videos for this song, where they were on the swinging floor, the members got a bit of motion sickness, in addition if you watch closely to the video you'll see a unedited scene of Lars Ulrich (The Drummer) vomiting in the background, or, at the least hunched over. Marianne Faithfull was the only one who wasn't effected by the moving platform.
- Tom, Charleston, SC
An excellent song; based on the obscurity of a celebrity. This song is really awesome, hats off to Metallica.
- Hetfield, Port Louis, Mauritius
the old lady represent every sinner. all will hear. the memories they refer to must be an unforgivable tought . however, after it sleets one can ask itself, end justice, for all, sad but true, to live is to let die
- Rqpon, den helder, Netherlands
Well thats the life when u fail to see the changes happening arounnd u it hurts nicec song and a moving one frfom metallica hats off to them
- Samuel, Bangalore, India
This song remeindes me of all of my memories that we can't change and that will remain there forever. Excellent song!!!!
- Dylan, Olmsted Falls, United States
I like metallica songs like this. it gets right to it not 4 min. intros. not saying thats bad just good to be defrent every now and then.
- jim, clarmore, OK
I love this song. It's amongst my favorites from Metallica.
- JT, Tullahoma, TN
The lyric "Faded Primadonna" sums up this songs meaning. And the Prima Donna James is actually talking about is Axl Rose of Guns N Roses.
- Dan, Melbourne, Australia
MARIANNE FAITHFULL! WOW! Guess she was in Grateful Dead. Or at least somewhere... She was also Mick Jagger's ("The Rolling Stones") girlfriend and in 1990 she took part in Roger Waters'("Pink Floyd", then solo) gig "The Wall in Berlin" playing main heroe's - Pink Floyd's - mom.
- Andrei, Tallinn, Other
Near the end of the song Marianne Faithfull says "Say Yes. Atleast Say Hello" These were Marilyn Munroe's final onscreen lines in her last movie "The Misfits"
- Graham, North Bay, Canada
Oh and Cody: What do you mean the first one of six amazing songs? They had 5 cracking albums before this one with more than 10 amazing songs on each...

The Four Horsemen on Kill 'Em All, Fade To Black on Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets on the same album, One on ...And Justice For All and The Unforgiven on Metallica
- Luke, Manchester, England
This song is amazing, an actress who's fame has all but gone but she fails to acknowledge this and believes she's still a big star.

Actress Marianne Faithfull sings back up vocals on this song and the track could have been written for her.
- Luke, Manchester, England
This is Metallica's first (One of six) amazing songs (according to me). This song inspired me to dump my ex-girlfriend (It's a good thing, trust me) and pursue a career in songwriting.
- Cody, Houston, AK
why doesn't anybody say great song??? so I say it : great song
- tim, leuven, Belgium
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