Jump in the Fire

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"Jump in the Fire"
Metallica - Jump in the Fire cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album Kill 'Em All
Released January 20, 1984[1]
Recorded May 10–27, 1983 at Music America Studios, Rochester, New York
Genre Thrash metal
Length 4:40
Label Megaforce
Metallica singles chronology
"Jump in the Fire"
"Creeping Death"
Audio sample
Jump in the Fire

"Jump in the Fire" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the second and final single from their debut album, Kill 'Em All. The single was accompanied by fake live performances of "Phantom Lord" and "Seek & Destroy" which were alternate studio recordings with sounds of a crowd overdubbed in.

Alongside "Hit the Lights" and "No Remorse", "Jump in the Fire" is one of Metallica's first original songs, having been included on Ron McGovney's '82 Garage demo, an unreleased recording. The original lyrics and content, which dealt with sex, were written by Dave Mustaine in his former band Panic at the age of 16. The original version that Mustaine introduced to Hetfield and Ulrich upon joining Metallica was raw. The three worked together on refining the song and the final outcome is what is heard on the demo. However, much like the events surrounding "The Four Horsemen", new lyrics were written by James Hetfield upon Mustaine's departure from Metallica. The new lyrics revolve around people being damned to Hell and therefore "jumping in the fire." Lars Ulrich claims that they had written the song to sound like "Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden, which was popular at the time.[3] Current live performances since 2004 are in D standard tuning, as opposed to the E standard tuning of earlier live performances.


The single sleeve artwork depicts a red-skinned demonic creature basking in flames. This artwork copies the Demon off the cover of Graham Mastertons' 1978 novel, The Devils of D-Day (Sphere, 1979 edition), painted by Les Edwards. In 2009, a collectible action figure of this character was released by MediCom Toy Inc. With an original retail price of $99.99, the approximately 12-inch (30.48 cm) tall figure is limited to 1,000 pieces and sold as an online exclusive.[4][5]

Track listing

International Single
No. Title Length
1. "Jump in the Fire" 4:41
2. "Seek and Destroy" 7:05
3. "Phantom Lord" 4:52


  1. ^ "Jump in the Fire". Metallica.com. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.cduniverse.com/lyrics.asp?id=10898809
  3. ^ Interview with Lars Ulrich on YouTube
  4. ^ [dead link]Jump in the Fire Action Figure Archived July 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Metallica.com (2009). Retrieved on 9-14-09.
  5. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - METALLICA: 'Jump In The Fire' Creature Available Now". Blabbermouth.net. December 9, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2013.

External links

  • Original work by Les Edwards used for the artwork of the single "Jump in the Fire"
  • "Jump in the Fire" lyrics

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