Hero Of The Day

Album: Load (1996)
Charted: 17 60
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  • Mama, they try and break me.
    The window burns to light the way back home
    A light that warms no matter where they've gone.

    They're off to find the hero of the day
    But what if they should fall by someone's wicked way?
    Still the window burns, time so slowly turns
    Someone there is sighing
    Keepers of the flames
    Do you feel your names?
    Can't you hear your babies crying?

    Mama they try and break me
    Still they try and break me
    'Scuse me while I tend to how I feel
    These things return to me that still seem real
    Now deservingly this easy chair
    But the rocking stops by wheels of despair

    Don't want your aid
    But the fist I've made for years won't hold or feel
    No I'm not all me
    So please excuse me while I tend to how I fell

    But now the dreams and waking screams that ever last through the night
    So build the wall behind it crawl and hide until it's light
    Can't you hear your babies crying now? (I can't hear you)

    Still the window burns
    Time so slowly turns
    And someone there is sighing
    Keepers of the flames, can't you feel your names?
    Can't you hear your babies crying?

    But now the dreams and waking screams that
    Ever last the night
    So build a wall behind it crawl
    And hide until it's light
    Can't you hear your babies crying now?

    Mama they try and break me
    Mama they try and break me
    Mama they try and break me
    Mama they try
    Mama they try
    Mama they try and break me
    Mama they try and break me
    Mama they try and break me
    Mama they try
    Mama they try Writer/s: JAMES ALAN HETFIELD, KIRK L. HAMMETT, LARS ULRICH
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Comments: 27

  • Ray from Floridai totally agree with Bill from oh10
  • Bill from Oh10The song is about a vet returning home from war with PTSD - and he’s F--ked up.
  • Julia from ArizonaWhen I first heard the song and read the lyrics, my thought was that this song is about some type of abuse or neglect experienced in childhood. Now, as an adult, the person holds their fears and anxieties in their fist and haven’t learned how to manage those memories and builds to protect themself and keep people out. Now that the adult has difficulty coping in life, they ask their parent if they can ‘hear their babies crying, now?’
    Very well done.
    Excellent song.
  • Fuzz From Indiana from Bedford Who is the girl in the Video?
  • Don from The PegAwesome song!!! From start to finish, Metallica's best!
  • Crayola from Knoxville, TnI think the song is about a solder returning from war. The nightmares haunt him. What I don't understand is when he says, "Peoples of the plains, do ya hear your pain? Can't you hear your babies crying?" Who are the peoples of the plain? Is he referring to the American Indians of the Great Plains? When the government took their land the military was sent in, and there were huge massacres.
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjAlso, John Mayer has said that he loved the solo in this song.
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjTo me, lyrically it isn't speacking to the children that shoud consider their parent heroes, but to the PARENTS of the soldiers, or even the citizens of the countries that the soldiers are fighting for ("so can't you hear your babies crying now?") Idk, that's just me...
  • Karl from Ingatestone, United Kingdomto Josh in Brisbane, Austrailia, when the teenage fella in this Metallica song's video is in bed, is it his girlfriend romping him? ask me next week if it is
  • Donna from Bountiful, UtI'm with Dylan from Pa. that was the first thing I thought of when I heard it, soldiers returning from war. I really love this song and the way John sings it. I have never been a Metallica fan but makes me want to listen to more.
  • Jacob from Jackson, TnOne of my favorite songs, and even better on S&M.
  • Ray from Lodi, NjI don't think it matters who recorded this song it's just a good song. As for Metallica recording it, I love james' vocals on the track. I think it makes the recording.
  • Matt from White Bear Lake, MnI really like this song. I'm not a huge fan of the Load album, but this is one of the few from it that I like. When I first heard it, I couldn't believe it was Metallica. But as the song went on, the vocals, the guitar and the drums just confirmed it. Awesome song!!!
  • Aki from Sunrise, FlI really love the solo in this song. To me, it sounds so... uplifting. It's filled with a ton of hope and optimism and it can't help but bring a smile to your face.
  • Dylan from Reading, Pa, PaThis song is clearly about soldiers returning from war and attempting to re-adjust to civilian life. There are numerous PTSD references, as well as POW references.
  • Romi from Cdo, Philippinesmy friend customized the pc game "command and conquer generals" and used it as one of the sound tract... man.. its cool and i love the song even more after i've learned the meaning of the lyrics... my son loves it too...
  • Brian from Richmond , VaI was really proud of Metallica when this song came out. I didn't care for the album "Load" and this was probably the last Metallica song I have liked.

    They slowed it down and the melody is nice. It is great to see a hard rock band do a slow song and not have it appear as a cheesy power ballad.
  • Jose from San Salvador, OtherWOW, this song is great, first time I listened to I said , this cannot be metallica but then I listened to the whole LOAD album and you count the great songs, it ain't my bitch, 2x4, the house jack built, UNTIL IT SLEEPS, king nothing, HERO OF THE DAY , BLEEDING ME, CURE, MAMA SAID, and my two favorites, THE THORN WITHING AND OUTLAW TORN, all the other songs, ( wasting my hate, poor twisted me and roonie are ok )
  • Rachel from Belfast, Irelandlove this tune !! hetfields vocals are amazing in it
  • Luke from Manchester, EnglandThis song's decent, if you don't like it - don't comment
  • Jt from Tullahoma, TnThis osng kinda sucks tho
  • Jeremy from Lafayette, LaOne of my favorites, that's for damn sure.
  • Nick from Paramus, NjThe working title for this song was "Mouldy" because the riff had been lying around for so long it seemed like it was developing mould.
  • Doug from Balintore, Scotlandthis song is amazing when metallica did it with the san fransico symphony orchestra, it has an awesome build up when it's combined with the strings, great song!
  • Ellone from Manila, Otherone of my all time favorite song!
  • Tony from Laredo, TxAwesome song as well love it!
  • Josh from Brisbane, Australiacool song! :)
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