Where were you when it happened?
Where could you be found?
Were you at the front of the stage?
Or in the underground

From SF out to Old Bridge
NY back to LA
The world of metal changed forever
Back in the day
Well that was back in the day

And if you weren't there
It doesn't matter anyway
Because you wouldn't understand
Live to die and die to play
Every day and place
Leave a path of metal
Across the world from stage to stage
Well that was back in the day

And if you weren't there
It doesn't matter anyway
Because you wouldn't understand
In denim and leather
We were all part of one force
Knocked Rock and Roll on its ass
And put metal on the course


Back in the day
You weren't there
It doesn't mater
Because you wouldn't understand
This is our way of life
A life that was born free
To follow orders how to live
Was never meant to be
Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh
Peals of thunder, sheets of lighting

The power hits the stage
The music was exciting
The mania raged
On, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh
We all had the fever
Our ears started to ring
Feeding this wildfire
Consuming everything

Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh
Metal's King back then
And still is this today
Others imitate or challenge
But it never goes away
On, oh-oh, oh-oh

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Back in the Day Lyrics as written by Dave Mustaine

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is great. Probably this and the scorpion are the better songs on TSHF. It's about hwo old music is better than todays.
    rust in peaceon July 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMegadeth, Metallica, and the world of metal taking over...and it kicked ass.

    Too bad the "metal" these days doesn't.
    detrockcity3on September 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is all MTV's fault, the real METAL those days were fucking AWESOME!! (so does this song, btw)
    Now look, we got slutknot, blink 182, greenday, disturbed, 'st. anger' metallica and korn (the old korn was aight and the old metallica were GODS!!!)
    Fotang_inAon May 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentold korn sucks too, korn in general

    and this song rocks alongside die dead enough, BTU and Kick the chair
    MetalHeroon July 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI will agree with you on one thing. Metal is not as huge as it was in the 80's or early 90's. But that doesn't mean Metal is nearly dead like some of you are saying. Metal was just big in the mainstreme during the 80's nad 90's. Thats part of what tainted some of the more mainstreme stuff like Metallica. If Metallica never got huge like they are they would probably be putting out good albums still. But when they got famous it became about the money. It meya come off that I don''t like Metallica in what i just wrote. It's worth noting that I like old Metallica and over 70 metal bands. More than about 5 of those bands are still realeasing plain old good Metal and not Rock, or Nu Metal, or Rap, or Pop. Those 5-10 bands that don't release anything are becauses A) One of the main/only conastant member died or the band broke up. B) the band went the Metallica path. the Metal stays the same, the media coverage is different. Also, this song is badass.
    SuperSpamAwayon April 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhoever said todays metal sucks is very wrong. listen to machine head, dragonforce, soilwork, children of bodom, kataklysm, i killed the prom queen, and trivum. all good stuff, but ANYWAYS

    getting back to the meaning of the song. its about the rise of bay area thrash and when metal was starting to fill the ears of people instead of rock n' roll.

    p.s.- st. anger was aight, it was a disappointment compared to master of puppets or ride the lightning but metallica will never be like it was before when Cliff Burton was still alive. That and the fact that hetfield is sober, there isn't much room to write another metal masterpiece and try to quit something that you've been addicted to for the past 20+ years. so everyone quitcha bitchin.
    i enjoy waffleson May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsong about the good days when metal had SOLOS!!!!! metallica im pointing at! and where metal was fast and agressive and is not all crap like nowdays. Megadeth are bringing it back to us
    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon August 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with fotang, MTV is the new monarchy we have to break. Start the metal revolution and bring back the old ways

    for the record : fuck you kuyukly
    JavodeOzon September 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKuyukly78:
    "I don't hear any solos in this song up until the end,..."

    definitely the best damn joke i've ever heard!
    i totally agree with Javode. fuck you kuyukly!
    Persian Boyon October 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLULZ.

    Way to back up your points, boys! Insults and profanity will ALWAYS win, amirite?!

    Seriously, though, I'm serious. The old stuff WILL get old and you'll end up hating it if you don't give new things a try.
    Kuyukly78on October 28, 2006   Link

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