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|Single by Metallica|
|from the album St. Anger|
|Released||September 15, 2003 |
|Recorded||May 2002 – April 2003|
|Length||5:51 (album version) |
4:58 (radio edit)
|Metallica singles chronology|
This song, like many others on St. Anger, is about the band's past struggles with addictions, particularly lead singer James Hetfield's alcohol problem, for which he spent many months in rehab. The lyrics also draw on zen axioms, most notably the Buddhist concept of dukkha brought up by Kirk Hammett: "Birth is pain. Life is pain. Death is pain. It's All The Same."
A music video, directed by Wayne Isham, was made to go along with Frantic's release as a single. The video, featuring a shortened version of the song, depicts a man looking back on his life (in which he is constantly drinking, having sex, and smoking) at the instant that he crashes his rotisserie delivery pickup truck into an RV at an intersection. Intercut with those clips are scenes of the band performing the song in front of a pile of scrap metal (Hetfield and Hammett) and a set of rocks (Ulrich and Trujillo) At the end of the video, although the man's truck is upside-down, he finds himself still alive and laughs loudly until another car crashes into the window where he is located. The video was shot in Montreal, Canada.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||30|
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||6|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||4|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||21|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||32|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||23|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||57|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||16|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||21|