The origins of this song lay in a riff that bassist Jason Newsted
bought to the rest of the band. Producer Bob Rock explained: "It started out with his intro, so a big part of working on this track was spent developing a great riff into a song that would take flight and really go places. Which it does – it builds and builds quite nicely."
Newsted got a writing credit on the song along with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. It was one his three Metallica co-writes; the others were "Blackened
" and "Where the Wild Things Are."