Metallica was an irreplaceable part of many of our years growing up. These four men brought heavy metal into the lives of millions of music lovers and they did in a way that makes their music truly evergreen. Their main man, James Hetfield, is still regarded as one of the gods of metal - lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter - and that is why on his 53rd birthday, we're here to honour his creative genius.

Here are 21 of the best lyrics by Hetfield to take you back in time and let you relive moments when his words resonated with us all.

Happy birthday, Hetfield! We're full-metal glad you came into the world.

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