Enter Sandman is the first song and lead single off of the Black Album. It deals with nightmares. "Enter Sandman" is arguably Metallica's most popular song to date. One of the reasons for the popularity is the association with sports. For example, this song was played when the Yankee Mariano Rivera would come to the plate, as they would say this meant it was lights out. When Metallica played in Yankee Stadium, on September 14th, 2011, they made sure to play "Enter Sandman." They commented about how they had to play it being in Yankee Stadium and that they didn't want to be in the stadium of the losing team-Mets Stadium.
This song is also a playable track in Rock Band and Guitar Hero: Metallica.
“Enter Sandman” is one of the nine songs to be played live over 1000 times, along with "Master Of Puppets", "Creeping Death", "Seek & Destroy", "One", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Sad But True", "Fade To Black", and "Nothing Else Matters".
Say your prayers little one And don't forget, my son To include everyone I tuck you in, warm within Keep you free from sin Till the sandman he comes Sleep with one eye open Gripping your pillow tight Exit: light Enter: night Take my hand We're off to never never land Something's wrong, shut the light Heavy thoughts tonight And they aren't of snow white Dreams of war, dreams of liars Dreams of dragon's fire And of things that will bite Sleep with one eye open Gripping your pillow tight Exit: light Enter: night Take my hand We're off to never never land Now I lay me down to sleep Pray the lord my soul to keep If I die before I wake Pray the lord my soul to take
Hush little baby, don't say a word And never mind that noise you heard It's just the beast under your bed, In your closet, in your head Exit: light Enter: night Grain of sand Exit: light Enter: night Take my hand We're off to never never land