Am I Evil (5:42)

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“Am I Evil?” is a song by British heavy metal band Diamond Head released on their 1980 debut album Lightning to the Nations. The song was written by Sean Harris (the singer) and Brian Tatler (the guitarist) and released on Happy Face Records (the band’s own label). The song was immediately popular among the metal circles in the United Kingdom around the time of its released, but only rose to international prominency after thrash metal band Metallica covered it on their 1998 cover album Garage Inc…

The song was made most famous by Metallica’s cover of the song, found on the 1988 re-release and the Japanese version of its debut album Kill ‘Em All (the original version of the album lacks the inclusion of the cover), though the cover was originally released as a b-side to the “Creeping Death” single in 1984, and was later released on Garage Inc. in 1998. The song has also been featured in its live set throughout its career. The song was made as a faster and heavier version. Hetfield also changed the final chorus from “Am I evil? Yes, I am.” to “Am I evil? Yes, I fucking am!” Diamond Head has stated that the band’s members are flattered by the cover, and that the royalties from it have enabled the band to continue.[3] Faith No More has also covered the song.

The original Diamond Head version of the song is included in the video games Guitar Hero: Metallica and Brütal Legend. A cover of the Metallica version is included in the game Rock Revolution as a playable track.


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My mother was a witch, yes she was burned alive
Thankless little bitch for the tears I cried
Uh take her down now, don't want to see her face
Blistered and burnt, can't hide my disgrace

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics


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