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Leper Messiah is the sixth track of Metallica's 1986 album Master of Puppets.

Religion's control over people is castigated throughout the song by James Hetfield. Hetfield's relationship with Christianity is well-established and stems from his mother's death because of her refusal to seek medical treatment for cancer because of her Christian Science beliefs. Religion is frequently discussed in other Metallica songs. In this song, the Leper Messiah of the title is someone who uses others' faith for their own personal… read more

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Spineless from the start
Sucked into the part
Circus comes to town
You play the lead clown

Please, please
Spreading his disease
Living by his…

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