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These are the lyrics to Hero of the Day, a song originally released on American heavy metal band Metallica's "Load" album in 1996. The song is about vocalist and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield's flashbacks of his mother, having been left open to survive in a world that tries to continuously break him, and longs for her comfort. On the remastered album Overload, the superstar reflects on these thoughts when in the hospital, and asks his long-gone mother if she can hear her baby crying.

Lyrics

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 name?
Can't you hear your babies crying?

Mama, they try and break me
Still, they try and break me

Excuse 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's stopped by wheels of despair

Don't want your hate
But the fist I've made
For years can't hold or feel
No, I'm not all me
So please excuse me
While I tend to how I feel

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
So can you hear your babies crying now?

Still the window burns
Time so slowly turns
And someone there is sighing
Keepers of the flames
Can't you hear 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
So 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

Trivia

  • The song, among several others from Load and ReLoad, was given orchestral treatment in the album S&M.

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