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Metallica (album)

The Unforgiven is the fourth track on The Black Album.

In contrast to previous ballads that Metallica had written, this song features a slower, more conventional rock style, and has heavy verses and a soft chorus, rather than the heavy chorus and soft verses that "Fade To Black", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", and "One" had. The guitar solo in the song was the outcome of Kirk being told to replay the solo multiple times by Bob Rock.

The song has spawned two sequels, "The Unforgiven II" (Reload) and "The Unforgiven III" (Death Magnetic).

The intro to the song features a reversed sample of a western movie The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Specifically The Ecstasy of Gold, which Metallica uses as a concert entrance and covered it on We All Love Ennio Morricone.

It also includes using an effect known as Doppler, which is like a when a train is approaching and the closer the train gets, the higher the pitch gets.

Lyrics

New blood joins this Earth

And quickly he's subdued

Through constant pained disgrace

The young boy learns their rules

With time the child draws in

This whipping boy done wrong

Deprived of all his thoughts

The young man struggles on and on he's known

A vow unto his own

That never from this day

His will they'll take away easy


What I've felt, what I've known

Never shined through in what I've shown

Never be, never see

Won't see what might have been

What I've felt, what I've known

Never shined through in what I've shown

Never free, never me

So I dub thee "Unforgiven"


They dedicate their lives

To running all of his

He tries to please them all

This bitter man he is

Throughout his life the same

He's battled constantly

This fight he cannot win

A tired man they see no longer cares

The old man then prepares

To die regretfully

That old man here is me


What I've felt, what I've known

Never shined through in what I've shown

Never be, never see

Won't see what might have been

What I've felt, what I've known

Never shined through in what I've shown

Never free, never me

So I dub thee "Unforgiven"


What I've felt, what I've known

Never shined through in what I've shown

Never be, never see

Won't see what might have been

What I've felt, what I've known

Never shined through in what I've shown

Never free, never me

So I dub thee "Unforgiven"

Whoa


Never free, never me

So I dub thee "Unforgiven"

You labeled me, I'll label you

So I dub thee "Unforgiven"

Never free, never me

So I dub thee "Unforgiven"

You labeled me, I'll label you

So I dub thee "Unforgiven"

Never free, never me

So I dub thee "Unforgiven