Ride the Lightning

Song Details

Written by

  • James Hetfield
  • Lars Ulrich
  • Cliff Burton
  • Dave Mustaine

Total Performances

First Performed Live

Most Recent Performance

June 9, 2024

Lyrics

                        Guilty as charged
But damn it, it ain’t right
There’s someone else controlling me

Death in the air
Strapped in the electric chair
This can’t be happening to me

Who made you god to say,
“I’ll take your life from you?”

Flash before my eyes
Now it’s time to die
Burning in my brain
I can feel the flame

Wait for the sign
To flick the switch of death
It’s the beginning of the end

Sweat, chilling cold
As I watch death unfold
Consciousness my only friend

My fingers grip with fear
What am I doing here?

Flash before my eyes
Now it’s time to die
Burning in my brain
I can feel the flame

Someone help me
Oh please, god help me
They’re trying to take it all away
I don’t want to die

Time moving slow
The minutes seem like hours
The final curtain call I see

How true is this?
Just get it over with
If this is true, just let it be

Wakened by horrid scream
Freed from this frightening dream

Flash before my eyes
Now it’s time to die
Burning in my brain
I can feel the flame

© 1984 Creeping Death Music (Global Music Rights)

Live Performances

June 9, 2024

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Olympic Stadium

May 26, 2024

Munich, Germany

Olympiastadion

November 12, 2023

Detroit, MI, United States

Ford Field

November 5, 2023

St. Louis, MO, United States

Dome at America’s Center

September 9, 2023

Phoenix, AZ, United States

State Farm Stadium

August 27, 2023

Los Angeles, CA, United States

SoFi Stadium

August 20, 2023

Arlington, TX, United States

AT&T Stadium

August 13, 2023

Montreal, QC, Canada

Stade Olympique

August 6, 2023

East Rutherford, NJ, United States

MetLife Stadium

June 18, 2023

Gothenburg, Sweden

Ullevi Stadium

June 10, 2023

Castle Donington, England

Download Festival @ Donington Park

May 28, 2023

Hamburg, Germany

Volksparkstadion