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Metallica, ‘One’ – Disturbing Songs People Love

Metallica, 'One'

Robbed of his arms, legs, face, sight, speech and taste, Joe Bonham, the central character in the 1938 classic novel ‘Johnny Got His Gun.’ The book was transformed into a 1971 film, clips of which Metallica used for the ‘One’ music video.

Inspired by the story, Metallica frontman James Hetfield bellows, “Hold my breath as I wish for death / Oh please, God, help me / Darkness, imprisoning me / All that I see, absolute horror / I cannot live, I cannot die / Trapped in myself, body my holding cell.” ‘One’ has become a Metallica fan favorite since the track’s 1988 release and continues to paint vivid mental images today.

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