Motorbreath (3:08)

Cover of Kill 'Em All

From Kill 'Em All and 113 other releases

“Motorbreath” is about “living life in the fast lane” and “not ending up like others same song and dance.” It means to live life to the fullest and enjoy being alive. During early shows former lead guitarist, Mustaine, said that it was their version of a love song. This is the only song in the history of the band that is credited to Hetfield alone, one of two in which Ulrich doesn’t have a credit (both on this album, the other is “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth”). At 3:08, it is the shortest original Metallica recording. (Only certain cover songs recorded by the band are shorter.)

“Motorbreath” is featured on the soundtrack to the game MTX: Mototrax. During the film Any Given Sunday the song can be heard playing in the locker room after one of the Miami Sharks’ victories.

The song was covered a couple of times, most notably by Canadian punk band D.O.A. on the “Punk Tribute to Metallica”-Sampler and in 2004 by Scott Ian and Page Hamilton.

The song “Love is a Danger Zone 2” in the Pump It Up series of rhythm dance video games is inspired by “Motorbreath.”

The song was covered by Anacrusis on some of their early recorded rehearsals and is available for download on their website.


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Living and dying, laughing and crying
Once you have seen it, you will never be the same
Life in the fast lane is just how it seems
Hard and it's heavy, it's dirty and mean

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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