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Hero of The Day is the sixth song from Metallica's sixth album Load. It was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett.

About

The song is about the human spirit, and the various ways in which we respond to adversity. It discourages us from becoming bitter as a result of the negative experiences we've had and encourages us to be sympathetic and lend a helping hand to those who are not in a good spot right now. [1]

Live

The song has been played 71 times. The song appeared mostly in 1997 on their "Poor Touring Me" and "Blitzkrieg '97" tour.

The last time the song was performed was in Mountain View, California on The 30th Annual Bridge School Benefit.

Trivia

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
And someone there is sighing
Keepers of the flames
Do you feel your name?
Did 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 stopped by wheels of despair

Don't want your aid
But the fist I make
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 the 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
Did you feel your names?
Did 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
Mama they try

Music Video

The music video for this song was directed by Anton Corbijn and features a drug-addled youth watching a television, with every channel featuring Metallica in some way. A Western movie titled Load is featured, starring Newsted and Hetfield, followed by a boxing match with Hetfield as coach, and Newsted and Kirk Hammett as the fighters. After a drink called "Load" is advertised by Ulrich and Hetfield in matching suits, a game show called "Hero of the Day" (which is a parody of Jeopardy!) is seen being played. Then, it cuts to the news with the anchorman played by Hammett and featuring a clip of Hetfield singing the lyrics to the song. A girl calls at the youth's house and they later have sex. The girl later leaves. At the end, the youth passes out and dreams of tiny robot creatures, rendered in stop motion, emerging from his ear. He awakes from the dream and vomits into his toilet.

The music video was filmed in August 1996 in Los Angeles, CA, and came out August 21, 1996.

References

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Load
Songs Ain't My Bitch2 X 4The House Jack BuiltUntil It SleepsKing NothingHero of the DayBleeding MeCurePoor Twisted MeWasting My HateMama SaidThorn WithinRonnieThe Outlaw Torn
Members James HetfieldLars UlrichKirk HammettJason Newsted
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S&M
Songs The Ecstasy of GoldThe Call of KtuluMaster of PuppetsOf Wolf and ManThe Thing That Should Not BeFuelThe Memory RemainsNo Leaf CloverHero of the DayDevil's DanceBleeding MeNothing Else MattersUntil it SleepsFor Whom the Bell Tolls- HumanWherever I May RoamThe Outlaw TornSad But TrueOneEnter SandmanBattery
Members James HetfieldLars UlrichKirk HammettJason Newsted
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