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
Length 5:17
Label Warner Bros.
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. The song also spawned a popular meme among fans and critics alike, likening James Hetfield to a table, due to Hetfield yelling "I am the table" towards the end of the song. The meme spawned numerous edits to Hetfield's Wikipedia page where "table" was added to his professions.

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. ^ Hogan, Marc (September 19, 2011). "Lou Reed, Metallica Post 30-Second Collabo Preview". Spin. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ Fricke, David (September 28, 2011). "Lou Reed and Metallica - "The View"". Rolling Stone. 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.