Metallica – “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” Live with Cliff Burton at Roskilde Festival 1986

Cliff Burton, R.I.P.

Metallica performed “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on 5 Jury, 1986. Cliff Burton was on bass. This stage was only eleven weeks before his tragic accident.

This live footage is taken from Metallica’s first video “Cliff ‘Em All!” (Elektra, 1987). This video work is a tribute to late original bass player Clifford Lee Burton (1962-1986). Vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield describes it as “a compilation of bootleg footage shot by sneaky Metallifux, stuff shot for TV that was never used, but we’ve held onto, home footage, personal fotos and us drunk. But most important, it’s really a look back at the 3-1/2 years that Cliff was with us and includes his best bass solos and the home footage and pix that we feel best capture his unique personality and style.”

“Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” is taken from Metalica’s third studio album “Master of Puppets” (Elektra, 1986)


  • James Hetfield – Lead vocals, Rhythm guitars
  • Lars Ulrich – Drums
  • Kirk Hammett – Lead guitars, Backing vocals
  • Cliff Burton – Bass, Backing vocals


Welcome to where time stands still
No one leaves and no one will
Moon is full, never seems to change
Just labeled mentally deranged

Dream the same thing every night
I see our freedom in my sight
No locked doors, no windows barred
No things to make my brain seem scarred

Sleep my friend and you will see
The dream is my reality
They keep me locked up in this cage
Can’t they see it’s why my brain says rage

Sanitarium, leave me be
Sanitarium, just leave me alone

Build my fear of what’s out there
Can I breathe the open air
Whisper things into my brain
Assuring me that I’m insane

They think our heads are in their hands
But violent use brings violent plans
Keep him tied, it makes him well
He’s getting better, can’t you tell?

No more can they keep us in
Listen, damn it, we will win
They see it right, they see it well
But they think this saves us from our hell

Sanitarium, leave me be
Sanitarium, just leave me alone
Sanitarium, just leave me alone

Fear of living on, natives getting restless now
Mutiny in the air, got some death to do
Mirror stares back hard, kill, it’s such a friendly word
Seems the only way for reaching out again
Written by James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich
© Elektra Records

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