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The Struggle Within is the twelfth and last track from the 1991 album Metallica. It was written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and has a length of 3:53. It doesn't appear on any single released by Metallica.

The Struggle Within was played live 17 times. The first wasn't during The Black Album's tour, but on May 7, 2012, in Prague (Czech Republic), celebrating twenty years of the album's release.

For the Black Album's 20th anniversary, the band played the entire album backwards, starting with this song. Before they started, an intro video was played with the drum intro of the song.

StoryEdit

The Struggle Within was written and sung during the band's last day in studio. James Hetfield had run out of steam and he has since admitted that "the struggle within" was the trouble he had coming up with the words for this song. With the benefit of hindsight, he also sees the song as indicative of the anger he was feeling at the time, and his struggle to deal with it. Said Hetfield, "I'm no psychiatrist, but it's right there."

LyricsEdit

Reaching out for something you've got to feel
While clutching to what you had thought was real

Kicking at a dead horse pleases you
No way of showing your gratitude
So many things you don't want to do
What is it? What have you got to lose?

What the hell?
What is it you think you're gonna find?
Hypocrite
Boredom sets into the boring mind

Struggle within, it suits you fine
Struggle within, your ruin
Struggle within, you seal your own coffin
Struggle within, the struggling within 

Home is not a home, it becomes a hell
Turning it into your prison cell
Advantages are taken, not handed out
While you struggle inside your hell

Reaching out
Grabbing for something you've got to feel
Closing in
The pressure upon you is so unreal

Struggle within, it suits you fine
Struggle within, your ruin
Struggle within, you seal your own coffin
Struggle within, struggling within 

Struggle

Reaching out for something you've got to feel
While clutching to what you had thought was real 

What the hell?
What is it you think you're gonna find?
Hypocrite
Boredom sets into the boring mind

Struggle within, it suits you fine
Struggle within, your ruin
Struggle within, you seal your own coffin
Struggle within, struggling within

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