when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper.
The band's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo.
Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.
Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of the band's albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo.
As I was goin' over. The Cork and Kerry mountains. I saw Captain Farrell. And his money he was countin'. I first produced my pistol. And then produced my rapier. I said, "Stand and deliver," Oh, "or the Devil, he may take ya".
I took all of his money. And it was a pretty penny. I took all of his money. Yeah, and I brought it home to Molly. She swore that she'd love me. No, never would she leave me. But the Devil take that woman. Yeah, for you know she tricked me easy.
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Bein' drunk and weary. I went to Molly's chamber. Takin' Molly with me. But I never knew the danger. For about six, or maybe seven. Yeah, in walked Captain Farrell. I jumped up, fired my pistols. And I shot em with both barrels, yeah.
Mush-a-ring dum a do dum a da, yeah, yeah. Whack for my daddy-o. Whack for my daddy-o.There's whiskey in the jar-o.
Yeah-eh, whiskey. Yo-ho whiskey. Wo-ho-ooh yeah hey yeah, wow. Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh ho-ooh-oh. Yeah hey yeah.
Now some men like a fishin'. And some man like the foulin'. Some men like ta hear. Ta hear the cannonball roarin'. Me I like sleepin'. 'Specially in my Molly's chamber. But here I am in prison. Here I am with a ball and chain, yeah.
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