The Memory Remains (4:39)

Cover of Reload

From Reload and 70 other releases

“The Memory Remains” is a song by Metallica from their 1997 album ReLoad. It was first performed live in a “jam” version on July 2, 1996.[1] The song is about a once-great, now forgotten celebrity who is desperate to regain her fame but is driven half-mad with her obscurity. It may be a reference to the film Sunset Boulevard. The line “ash to ash, dust to dust, fade to black,” is probably an indirect reference to one of their earlier songs, “Fade to Black”.

The song was the first single from the album. It was written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

The song was performed, with Marianne Faithfull, on the December 6, 1997 edition of Saturday Night Live when Metallica was the musical guest. A live version of the song was released as b-side to the single The Unforgiven II. It was later performed with the San Francisco Symphony (conducted by Michael Kamen) on S&M. Another live version was included on Orgullo, Pasión y Gloria.


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  • Merthezeer

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awesome! [71]

    15 Dec 11:01am Reply
  • El-Cynico

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awesome! [70]

    23 Nov 9:11pm Reply
  • Serge_Grant

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awesome! [69]

    21 Nov 4:56pm Reply
  • dersonveloso

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awesome! [68]

    20 Nov 6:15am Reply
  • D_W_D_M

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awful! [4]

    13 Oct 12:22pm Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    Nice solo. Marianne Faithful's contribution is great too.

    8 Sep 10:14pm Reply
  • Wonderfull_

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awesome! [67]

    30 Jul 10:15am Reply
  • GhostFame

    This is one of my least favourite Metallica songs but the S&M version is just brilliant

    30 Jul 8:57am Reply
  • kikaaRocks

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awesome! [66]

    12 Jul 11:12pm Reply
  • Grycho

    That "nananana" part sounds so much like Daron Malakian's backup vocals it's scary. I suppose I only really like that part because I grew up listening to SOAD, so I guess I've just grown used to this sort of thing, haha.

    30 Jun 10:46pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    In uuuia's head

    16 Jun 8:41pm Reply
  • alfonzoloya

    Who sings the chorus? Shaye Saint John? Great song.

    29 May 2:47am Reply
  • megadave70

    Holy fucking bad video, millions of dorks - nannanana - YUCK!!! LOL

    24 Feb 8:47pm Reply
  • DonMatt447

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awful! [3]

    27 Jan 2:40am Reply
  • anastazis1

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awful! [2]

    25 Jan 10:25am Reply
  • FIL1994

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awful!

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JulieneGunner

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awesome! [66]

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • aleks1987

    The "nanananananana" - part is just disguisting.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • megadave70

    Awesome??? You guys are fucking crazy!!! Metallica sounds like shit now live! I must have been drunk all those years to actually think this band was something - After Cliff died - I bet he's rolling in his grave listening to this weak ass shit!! Metallica sucks it - without Cliff!!! RIP CLIFF BURTON !!!!!!

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Joao_Wolf_

    The "nanananananana" - part is just awesome! [65]

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
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