The Life Of “Enter Sandman”

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney looks at Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman”: ‘“Enter Sandman” is about a boy suffering nightmares after being visited by a macabre Sandman, bringer of dreams in European folklore. The song opens with an ominous acoustic guitar melody, a dark lullaby summoning sleep…“Enter Sandman” has entered US popular culture as surely as any American Songbook standard. It has been covered repeatedly — by acts from Motörhead to Björn Again — is regularly played at sports events and was even blasted out as intro music to a 2013 speech by Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul.’

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