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"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. 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… read more

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Fortune, fame, mirror vain
Gone insane
But the memory remains, yeah

Heavy rings on fingers wave
Another star denies their grave
See the nowhere…

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