“MAMA SAID” from LOAD
Don’t expect to see Metallica at the next country music award show, but did you know the band has actually recorded a couple of legitimate country songs over the years? “Mama Said” came from the infamous Load CD, the one where the band got slammed for cutting their long hair. The song was written by James Hetfield about his mother who died of cancer when he was 16 yrs old. In the emotional lyrics, James laments her loss, hopes she’s proud of what he’s become, and looks forward to the day when they’ll be reunited and James will learn the answers to his unanswered questions. Steel guitars, Hetfield in a cowboy hat, a hidden treasure song for sure!
“DON’T YOU THINK THIS OUTLAW’S BIT HAS GOTTEN OUT OF CONTROL” JAMES HETFIELD
On a tribute CD dedicated to the late Waylon Jennings, James Hetfield rips into an outlaw country classic and even performed the song on CMT. In a two song set, he teamed up with Waylon’s ex-wife, Jessi Colter, for a sweet version of Mama Said then brought out his metal version of one of Waylon’s rowdier records. Check out the classic TV theme song he slips into the song in the closing seconds.
“WHISKEY IN A JAR” from GARAGE INC.
A lot of people credit Metallica with covering Thin Lizzy on this Irish country music song. But actually this song goes back centuries as a traditional folk song. References to the Irish counties of Cork and Kerry are mentioned the lyrics. Metallica released this song in 1998 on their Garage Inc compilation CD and won a Grammy for their hard rock version. Metallica didn’t go country here but they are certainly reinventing a country classic.