Long Hard Road Out of Hell

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"Long Hard Road Out of Hell"
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Single by Marilyn Manson
from the album Spawn: The Album
Released November 11, 1997
Format CD single
Recorded 1997 at Unique Studios, New York City
Length 4:21
Marilyn Manson singles chronology
"Apple of Sodom"
"Long Hard Road Out of Hell"
"The Dope Show"
"Apple of Sodom"
"Long Hard Road Out of Hell"
"The Dope Show"
Music video
"Long Hard Road Out of Hell" on YouTube

"Long Hard Road Out of Hell" is a song written and performed by American rock band Marilyn Manson, released as a single from the soundtrack to the 1997 motion picture Spawn. It also appears on the band's compilation album Lest We Forget: The Best Of, and has been used in theatrical trailers for Bless the Child, From Hell, and Season of the Witch. It features backing vocals from former Sneaker Pimps vocalist Kelli Ali.

The music video, directed by Matthew Rolston, appeared as an Easter Egg on the Spawn Director's Cut DVD,[1] and is also played in VHS versions before the film itself starts.

Composition and style[edit]

According to Ultimate Guitar, the track is an alternative rock and hard rock song which contains elements of electronic rock, with a moderately fast tempo of 134 beats per minute. Each verse and bridge is composed of repetitions of an ascending E–G–F–E sequence, while the chorus consists of repetitions of a sequence which is composed entirely of major fifth notes: Ehalf flat–Ghalf flat–Fhalf flat–Ehalf flat. Marilyn Manson's vocal range on the track spans from an F2 to a B4.[2]

The title of the song is a reference to lines 432-433 of Book Two of John Milton's Paradise Lost. These lines are: "Seized us, though undismayed: long is the way/ And hard, that out of Hell leads up to light." [3]

Sneaker Pimps involvement[edit]

The song was created for the movie Spawn, which was released in August 1997. The corresponding soundtrack album had been released the previous month, and consisted of collaborations between hard rock or heavy metal bands and electronic music acts.[4] "Long Hard Road Out of Hell" features backing vocals from Kelli Ali, the front-woman of British trip hop band Sneaker Pimps. The two bands became engaged in a brief dispute soon after the song's release. Ali complained that the Sneaker Pimps were not present during the song's final mixing, and that they were never issued a master tape. She went on to call the song "crap."[5]

Manson responded by calling the Sneaker Pimps' involvement "a bit of a favor, in a sense, because we had already written the song, and I was interested in finding a girl to sing back-up vocals on it, and [they] were asking to be involved. I wasn't that familiar with them. I thought the girl's voice was great. When we worked on the song, I think they were a little upset because there wasn't much for them to do. The song was already done." He also refuted claims that the Sneaker Pimps were never issued with a master recording, suggesting that they had created a remix for the song, but had refused permission for it to appear on the single when they were informed it would appear as a b-side, instead of being released as the main single version.[6]

Music video[edit]

Manson can be seen naked, or alternatively dressed very feminine and posing like statues of saints and imitating the Virgin Mary. He also has an erotic encounter with an androgynous woman who in the climax of the video abruptly becomes an Aleister Crowley look-alike.

Live versions[edit]

During the tours Rock Is Dead and Guns, God, and Government, the ending of "Long Hard Road Out of Hell" was attached to the end of the band's cover of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). The combination of the two songs can be heard on the band's live album, "The Last Tour on Earth" and on the "Guns, God and Government" DVD, and has officially been titled "Sweet Dreams / Hell Outro".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Long Hard Road Out of Hell"
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Twiggy Ramirez
2. "Long Hard Road Out of Hell (Critter Remix)"
  • Manson
  • Ramirez
3. "Long Hard Road Out of Hell (Instrumental)" Ramirez 4:48
4. "Kick the P.A." (by Korn & Dust Brothers, Manson not featured)
  • Korn
  • Dust Brothers


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Lest We Forget: The Best Of.[7]


  1. ^ "Marilyn Manson Video". Easter Egg Archive. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  2. ^ "Long Hard Road Out Of Hell by Marilyn Manson chords". Ultimate-Guitar.com. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ Milton, John (2000). Paradise Lost. 80 Strand, London WC2R ORL, England: Penguin Group. p. 35. 
  4. ^ A.A. Dowd (October 26, 2016). "Like its inspiration, Spawn soundtrack cobbled together coolness | Soundtracks Of Our Lives". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ MTV News Staff (September 9, 1997). "Marilyn Manson Is No Friend Of The Sneaker Pimps". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ MTV News Staff (September 16, 1997). "Marilyn Manson: Sneaker Pimps "Very Confused Individuals"". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Digital booklet". Lest We Forget (liner notes). Marilyn Manson. London, United Kingdom: Interscope Records. 2004. 0602 4986388 0 4.