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The Outlaw Torn is the fourteenth and final song from Metallica's sixth album Load.

About

This is about losing someone that means a lot to you and desperately seeking a replacement that never comes. It could be written about the band's late bassist, Cliff Burton.

Versions

Kirk Hammett played the first solo in the middle and James Hetfield played the solo at the end of the song. Since they were running out of room on the CD, Hetfield's solo had to be cut short because no more than 78:59 minutes/seconds can be stored on a normal CD.

On the single "The Memory Remains" (1998), the uncut version of "The Outlaw Torn" is featured. It is 11 minutes long and contains James Hetfield's full solo.

This was later included on their 1999 album S&M with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Live

Metallica played the first time the full version of "The Outlaw Torn" live on April 11 and 12, 1999 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the first gigs of the "Garage Remains The Same" tour. It was also occasionally played live during the short "M2K" tour.

Trivia

Lyrics

 And now I wait my whole lifetime for you
 And now I wait my whole lifetime for you
 
 I ride the dirt, I ride the tide for you
 I search the outside, search inside for you
 
 To take back what you left me
 I know I'll always burn to be
 The one who seeks so I may find
 And now I wait my whole lifetime
 
     Outlaw of torn
     Outlaw of torn
     And I'm torn
 
 So on I wait my whole lifetime for you
 So on I wait my whole lifetime for you
 
 The more I search, the more my need for you
 The more I bless, the more I bleed for you
 
 You make me smash the clock and feel
 I'd rather die behind the wheel
 Time was never on my side
 So on I wait my whole lifetime
 
     Outlaw of torn
     Outlaw of torn
     Outlaw of torn
     And I'm torn
 
 Hear me
 And if I close my mind in fear
 Please pry it open
 See me
 And if my face becomes sincere
 Beware
 Hold me
 And when I start to come undone
 Stitch me together
 Save me
 And when you see me strut
 Remind me of what left this outlaw torn (X2)

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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