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It is one of the few Metallica songs in which Hetfield plays the guitar solo. Guitarist Kirk Hammett does not play on the studio recording, making it one of the few in the whole Metallica repertoire, along with Cliff Burton’s Anesthesia Pulling Teeth in which he does not appear. Hammett stated he did not learn how to play the song until they were well into the tour for the album. The orchestral arrangements were written by award-winning composer Michael Kamen, who would later go on to collaborate with the group on S&M. Its intro is an E minor arpeggio transposed one half-step lower on stage performances beginning with the open low E followed by the open G, B and high E strings.