Wherever I May Roam

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"Wherever I May Roam"
Single by Metallica
from the album Metallica
B-side Fade to Black (live)/Wherever I May Roam (Demo)
Last Caress/Am I Evil?/Battery (live)
Released October 19, 1992[1]
Format CD single, Cassette, Vinyl
Recorded June 16, 1991 at One on One Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length 6:44
Label Elektra
Writer(s) James Hetfield / Lars Ulrich
Producer(s) Bob Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
Metallica singles chronology
"Nothing Else Matters"
"Wherever I May Roam"
"Sad but True"
Music video
"Wherever I May Roam" on YouTube

"Wherever I May Roam" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in October 1992 as the fourth single from their eponymous fifth album, Metallica.


All stringed instruments featured in this song, both guitars and basses, are tuned in the standard tuning of E A D G B E. The original recording of the song is notable for its interesting instrumentation: Asian instruments such as a gong and sitar-like-guitar feature, along with an overdubbed Warwick twelve-string bass (as mentioned by the bassist Jason Newsted on the Classic Albums: Metallica - Metallica DVD). This instrument was only used for 'effect' during the intro to emphasize several accented notes and then a standardly tuned 4-string bass was used as the main bass instrument throughout the remainder of the recording.

The song is performed frequently during the band's live concerts, and was performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Michael Kamen) on the live S&M and its companion DVD. When performed live, the band has always relied on their original sitar recording for the intro (the band enters on the first accented note to dramatic effect), however for the S&M concerts guitarist Kirk Hammett utilised a Danelectro electric sitar for the intro before switching to his ESP electric guitar. Jason Newsted never reprised his use of the 12-string bass guitar for any live performances of the song.

The music video featured clips from Metallica behind the scenes and in concert, during their Wherever We May Roam Tour.


The song's demo was recorded in Lars Ulrich's home musical studio "Dungeon" on August 13, 1990.

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Track listing[edit]

US Single
  1. "Wherever I May Roam" - 6:42
  2. "Fade to Black (Live)" - 7:43
International Single
  1. "Wherever I May Roam" - 6:43
  2. "Fade to Black (Live)" - 7:43
  3. "Wherever I May Roam (Demo)" - 5:35
International Digipak Single
  1. "Wherever I May Roam" - 6:45
  2. "Last Caress (Live)/Am I Evil? (Live)/Battery (Live)" - 11:59
Japanese EP
  1. "Wherever I May Roam" - 6:44
  2. "Fade to Black (Live)" - 7:44
  3. "Last Caress (Live)/Am I Evil? (Live)/Battery (Live)" - 11:59

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1992-93) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 14
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 1
France (SNEP)[4] 10
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 22
Norway (VG-lista)[6] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 28
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 25
US Billboard Hot 100 82
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks 2


  1. ^ Metallica. "Wherever I May Roam". Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Metallica – Wherever I May Roam". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  4. ^ "Lescharts.com – Metallica – Wherever I May Roam" (in French). Les classement single.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Metallica – Wherever I May Roam" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  6. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Metallica – Wherever I May Roam". VG-lista.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Metallica – Wherever I May Roam". Singles Top 100.