• The lyrics are based on a 1995 school shooting in Washington state. The shooter was Ron Brown, who the other kids called "Ronnie Frown." >>
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    Matthew - Sydney, Australia
  • Written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. >>
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    Nick - Paramus, NJ

Comments: 7

  • Shane from Melbourne, Australiatreat us all as equal coz thats what we are, nothing special about anyone!! each to there mother f--kin own!!
  • Camille from Semi, LaThe lyrics to "Ronnie" are actually based on a school shooting in 1995 in the state Washington. The shooter was Ron Brown (or: "Ronnie frown" in the lyrics).
    see when he says
    " Now we all know why
    The children called him Ronnie Frown
    When he pulled that gun from his pocket
    They all fall down, down, down "+

    and then Metallica cleverly refer to his real name when they say
    "Small town boy, big time frown"
  • Steven from Viking, CanadaThe guitar is a bit different then usual metallica, but i like it
  • Joseph from Marikina, Otherreminds me of the columbine shooting incident
  • Mark C from Saratoga Springs, NyThe guitar line is almost identical to "Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills & Nash.
  • Ian from Hamilton, CanadaI always loved this song. Sounds very Skynyrd-esque
  • Patrick from Bardstown, KyAn awesome song. One of my favorites. It goe sto show what happens when you traet otehr people like crap.
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