“The Day That Never Comes” is the fourth song from Metallica's 2008 album Death Magnetic. It was released as a single and reached #1 in the U.S. on Billboard Magazine’s “Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich explained the meaning behind the song in an interview with MTV News. “It’s a story about human beings who don’t know each other, in a particularly tense situation,” Ulrich said. “It could be a contemporary war setting, but it’s really about forgiveness and redemption and understanding what goes on in people’s minds.