He co-wrote several great metallica songs, including Master of Puppets and Orion (which was played at this funeral), and composed most of To Live is To Die, which was recorded as a tribute to Burton in metallicas ..And Justice for All album.
Cliff died September 27, 1986 after metallica's tour bus overturned in rural Swedan.
When a Man Lies He Murders
Some Part of the World
These Are the Pale Deaths Which
Men Miscall Their Lives
All this I Cannot Bear
to Witness Any Longer
Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation
Take Me Home
"Why don't we all say hi to Cliff? Hi Cliff!"
"Doo, DOO Doo DOO Doo DOO, doo BWAH"
"Mommy, I hear thunder."
"Oh, that's not thunder... it's Cliff, up there, playing his bass..."
-First in Metal to put out a kick ass bass solo.
-Metallica sucks without him. That's a fact.
-Didn't give a shit about what people said about his style.
Rest in peace cliff!
"Cliff was an awesome bassist. Listen to Orion."
If Cliff didn't die, Metallica wouldn't have wore make-up in the load and reload album cover. They wouldn't have cut their hair. They wouldn't have sold out. And they wouldn't sound so damn awful today.
Metallica's first album Kill 'em All contained songs already composed before Cliff had joined, but his influence would become heavy on the band's later albums. Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, which were landmarks in the heavy metal genre, both contained songs that were composed and polished to the level of commercial and critical success.
Alas, just like Hendrix, he died young. On September 27th, 1986, during a tour bus ride in rural Sweden, the bus slipped on black ice, causing the bus to overturn, and Cliff was crushed twice, killing him. Since then, the band has had two new bassists, Jason Newsted in 1986, and Robert Trujillo in 2003.
RIP Cliff Burton
February 10th, 1962 - September 27th, 1986
Cannot the kingdom of salvation
Take me home
Died in November 1986 on the Master of Puppets tour, and with him, died Metallica's greatness. ...And Justice for All marked the beginning of Tallica's downward spiral into the pussy shit they are today.