Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

Song Details

Written by

  • James Hetfield
  • Lars Ulrich
  • Kirk Hammett

Total Performances

First Performed Live

Most Recent Performance


                        Welcome to where time stands still
No one leaves and no one will
Moon is full, never seems to change
Just labeled mentally deranged
Dream the same thing every night
I see our freedom in my sight
No locked doors, no windows barred
No things to make my brain seem scarred

Sleep my friend and you will see
That dream is my reality
They keep me locked up in this cage
Can’t they see it’s why my brain says “rage”

Sanitarium, leave me be
Sanitarium, just leave me alone

Build my fear of what’s out there
Cannot breathe the open air
Whisper things into my brain
Assuring me that I’m insane
They think our heads are in their hands
But violent use brings violent plans
Keep him tied, it makes him well
He’s getting better, can’t you tell?

No more can they keep us in
Listen, damn it, we will win
They see it right, they see it well
But they think this saves us from our hell

Sanitarium, leave me be
Sanitarium, just leave me alone
Sanitarium, just leave me alone

Fear of living on
Natives getting restless now
Mutiny in the air
Got some death to do
Mirror stares back hard
Kill, it’s such a friendly word
Seems the only way
For reaching out again

© 1986 Creeping Death Music (Global Music Rights)

Live Performances

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 18, 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 26, 2023

Hamburg, Germany


May 19, 2023

Paris, France

Stade de France

April 29, 2023

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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