The first Metallica song ever written, James Hetfield originally wrote the song with his old band Leather Charm, and later, when he formed Metallica with Lars Ulrich, the two worked on the song and arranged it into what eventually became the album version of the song. The song, rather than the darker lyrics of later Metallica songs, has a more positive edge to it. It is about life on the road and living "metal".
Lloyd Grant was a Jamaican guitarist that played the second lead on the demo version of "Hit the Lights."
- “Hit the Lights” has been performed live 200 times.
- The song was first played live on March 14, 1982 in Anaheim, CA, United States.
- This song was part of their '83 Kill Em' All For One Tour. It was part of their Kill/Ride Medley in '95-'97. It was played on their '02-'03 tour. It has been played on their World Magnetic Tour.
- It was last performed on November 5, 2016 in San José, Costa Rica.
No life 'til leather We're gonna kick some ass tonight We got the metal madness When our fans start screaming It's right, well alright When we start to rock We never want to stop again Hit the lights Hit the lights Hit the lights We know our fans are insane We're gonna blow this place away With volume higher Than anything today, the only way When we start to rock We never want to stop again Hit the lights Hit the lights Hit the lights With all out screaming We're gonna rip right through your brain We got the lethal power It's causing you sweet pain, oh sweet pain When we start to rock We never want to stop again Hit the lights Hit the lights Hit the lights