The View (song)

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"The View"
Single by Lou Reed and Metallica
from the album Lulu
Released September 27, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Experimental metal, doom metal,[1] alternative metal,[2] spoken word
Length 5:17
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Lou Reed, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo
Producer(s) Lou Reed, Metallica, Hal Willner, Greg Fidelman
Lou Reed chronology
"Gravity/Safety Zone"
"The View"
Metallica chronology
"Broken, Beat & Scarred"
"The View"
Music video
"The View" on YouTube

"The View" is a single by American singer Lou Reed and American heavy metal band Metallica. It is the only single taken from the studio album Lulu, released on September 27, 2011.[3]

The song was poorly received by fans of Reed and Metallica. Both Reed and Metallica had stated they did not intend to make the album for their fans nor anyone.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

A music video directed by Darren Aronofsky and released on December 3, 2011,[4] shows Lou Reed and Metallica performing a short version of the song in a recording studio.

Track listing[edit]

iTunes single
No. Title Length
1. "The View"   5:17



  1. ^ Fricke, David (September 28, 2011). "Lou Reed and Metallica - "The View"". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Hogan, Marc (September 19, 2011). "Lou Reed, Metallica Post 30-Second Collabo Preview". Spin. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The View - Single". iTunes. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Video for The View Debuts on December 3". December 2, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2013.