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The Outlaw Torn (Hetfield/Ulrich)

The song "The Outlaw Torn" is in its structure and length similar to "Fixxxer" which makes even the structure of "Load" similar to the one of "ReLoad".


The song live:
Metallica played the first time the full version of "The Outlaw Torn" live on April 11 and 12, 1999 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the first gigs of the "Garage Remains The Same" tour. It was also occasionally played live during the short "M2K" tour.

The demo:
The song's demo was called "Outlaw" and was recorded by James and Lars in Lars' Dungeon on March 6, 1995.

Too long for beeing released:
The song had to be edited by one minute to fit on Load, because if the songs' total passed 78 minutes, 59 seconds, the Load CD would play without potentially skipping. With the fourteen songs completed, Metallica had recorded thirty seconds too much material. The jam at the end of "The Outlaw Torn" had to be edited, and "The Outlaw Torn" (Unencumbered by Manufacturing Restrictions Version) can be found on "The Memory Remains" part 2 single in it's entirety 10 minutes and 52 seconds.

The subject matter:
James said that this song is about "loosing someone to death and longing to find a replacement that never comes"


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