Cliff Burton

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Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was Metallica's second bassist after Ron McGovnery.


  • “To live is to die.”
  • “Control your life through insanity.”
  • “We do what we wanna do--if they consider that selling out then… Whatever.”
  • “You don’t burn out from going too fast. You burn out from going too slow and getting bored.”
  • "When I started, I decided to devote my life to it and not get sidetracked by all the other bullshit life has to offer"
  • "Personally, I would say the 'master' of this whole thing is fate... Whoever is on the playing field is fair game, and it's up to them to avoid being used."
  • "Every once in awhile we may fall on our face, but we insist on doing what we wanna do."
  • "We do what we want...... We don't care what anyone else thinks" -- from Cliff 'em All
  • Interviewer: What would you say to a band that's just starting out on the rock scene today?
    Cliff Burton: Quit!
  • "When a man lies, he murders some part of the world. These are the pale deaths which men miscall their lives. All this I cannot bear to witness any longer. Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation take me home?"
    • Lyrics for "To Live Is to Die" on the album "...And Justice for All" (Which is said to be the last song and the last poem he wrote) - spoken by James Hetfield.