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Song
…and Justice for All (album)

The Frayed Ends of Sanity is the 7th track off of Metallica's 1988 album ...And Justice For All.

The song is about a singer who is becoming increasingly paranoid and therefore on the brink of losing his mind. The songs intro includes a sound sample of the Winkie chant from the movie The Wizard of Oz. At 7:44 it is the 3rd longest track on ...And Justice For All. The Frayed Ends of Sanity is renowned to be a fan favorite and in the past many petitions were raised among Metallica fans to get the song played live.

Live performances

It was debuted live in its entirety on May the 28th, 2014, in Helsinki, Finland during the 'Metallica by Request' tour. In the last decade, James used to play the intro of the song before the first song of the encore or the band would jam the first riff at the end of Seek & Destroy, to close the show.

Lyrics

    Never hunger, never prosper
    I have fallen prey to failure
    Struggle within, triggered again
    Now the candle burns on both ends
    
    Twisting under Schizophrenia
    Falling deep into dementia
    
    Old habits reappear
    Fighting the fear of fear
    Growing conspiracy
    Everyone's after me
    Frayed ends of sanity
    Hear them calling
    Hear them calling me
    
    Birth of terror, death of much more
    I'm the slave of fear, my captor
    Never warnings, spreading its wings
    As I wait for the horror she brings
    
    Loss of interest, question, wonder
    Waves of fear, they pull me under
    
    Old habits reappear
    Fighting the fear of fear
    Growing conspiracy
    Everyone's after me
    Frayed ends of sanity
    Hear them calling
    Hear them calling me
    
    Into ruin, I am sinking
    Hostage of this nameless feeling
    Hell is set free, flooded I'll be
    Feel the undertow inside me
    
    Height, Hell, time, haste, terror, tension
    Life, death,want, waste, mass depression
    
    Old habits reappear
    Fighting the fear of fear
    Growing conspiracy
    Myself is after me
    Frayed ends of sanity
    Hear them calling
    Frayed ends of sanity
    Hear them calling
    Hear them calling me

Trivia

  • In the 1990 tour, Metallica went under the stage name "The Frayed Ends" during a private gig at the Marquee. It's actually something Metallica sometimes does. Promotional material shows a Metallica cover band for a smaller venue like a bar, then Metallica itself surprises the fans when they are the ones playing.

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