"The Prince" as written by Sean Lyndon Harris and Brian Andrew Tatler....
Now I see his face, I see his smile
Such a lonely place, no golden mile
Eyes tell of morbid tales, of his black heart
His deeds through ages past, tell of his part

See his face, see his smile
Time to die
Yo-ooh, waoh, no

Angel from below, change my dreams
I want for glory's hour, for wealth's esteem
I wish to sell my soul, to be reborn
I wish for earthly riches, don't want no crown of thorns

See his face, see his smile
Time to die
Woah, oh, no

I was born a fool, don't want to stay that way
Devil take my soul, with diamonds you repay
I don't care for heaven, so don't you look for me to cry
And I will burn in hell, from the day I die

See his face, see his smile
Time to die
Woah, oh, no


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"The Prince" as written by Vanessa Carlton

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    General CommentYeah, Metallica opens every show with this peice...it's great, but not found on any albums except the Justice Import and Garage Inc. Something tells me this song has a "religious" background, but I'm not sure!
    mattzimanon September 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhat I really don't understand about metallica is why such an amazing band like them would go doing songs like this. Like if you read into this it should be obvious that they are talking about selling your soul to the devil for wealth
    eagle_too_coolon March 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentEagle, man, listen to this song. That is why Metallica would cover a song like this, lyrics are secondary. Also, this is originally by Diamond Head.
    Fadingtoblackon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about people who betray their moral/ethical/religious etc. beliefs for material possessions. Just because the song is in first person doesn't necessarily mean the song is about the person singing it. A also think Metallica covered this song because of it's kick ass instrumentals not because of the lyrics.
    Whiplashon October 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is basically about selling your soul to the Prince of Darkness, aka the Devil, to get rich quick.
    Ben2k9on January 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow
    some-girlon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah I think its a preatty good song too, you should listen to the orignial if you havent already, though metallica does a great cover of it!
    Eldon June 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNiccolo Machiavelli wrote a Paper called "The Prince." In the writing it more or less says that a political ruler must surrender his morals and ethics in order to be a successful leader. So Whiplash was more or less right... just left that some detail
    metallikidon January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love that riff. The MetallicA cover is 1000 times better
    Metal4Eva22on March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song was originally released as the B side to the single "One" from the Justice album. I still have it downstairs in a box somewhere.
    j84buickon January 11, 2007   Link

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