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No More Mr. Nice Guy :: Breakpoint :: Go to Hell :: Angry Again :: 99 Ways to Die :: Paranoid :: Diadems :: Problems :: New World Order

No More Mr. Nice Guy

(Music, lyrics: Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce)

I used to be such a sweet, sweet thing
'Til they got a hold of me
I opened doors for little old ladies
I helped the blind to see

I got no friends 'cause they read the papers
They can't be seen with me
And I'm gettin' real shot down
And I'm feeling mean

No more Mister nice guy
No more Mister clean
No more Mister nice guy
They say he's sick, he's obscene

I'm not hard to get along with
I'm impossible!

My dog bit me on the leg today
My cat clawed my eye
My mom's been thrown from the social circle
My dad's had to hide
I went to church incognito
When everybody rose, the Reverend Smith
He recognized me
And punched me in the nose
He said, "No more! Nice guy!"

Not to say I was ever nice in the first place,
You know

Billion Dollars Babes

Alice Cooper's Billion Dollars Babes

This track is a cover of a Alice Cooper song. It was recorded for Shocker soundtrack, released in October 1989. It was originally featured on Alice Cooper's Billion Dollars Babes album, released in 1973.

No More Mr. Nice Guy

This song was recorded after Dave Mustaine got out of rehab, and before Rust in Peace came out. Jeff Young and Chuck Behler had been recently ejected, and there were many rumors of Megadeth's collapse. At the time of its release, this was Megadeth's "poppiest" song ever, and therefore provoked a lot of criticism and raised many doubts as to the band's abilities (of course, all doubts were destroyed with the release of Rust in Peace). This track is also the only song with Megadeth as a three-piece band.

"We will never play that song live. We recorded it 'cos Alice Cooper asked us to. Due to the common problems we have, Dave and me had a really good thing going with Alice. At the beginning they asked Alice himself to record a new version of the song for the film 'Shocker' but he had to tour and asked us whether we wanted to do a cover version. One thing led to another and at once there was the single, a video and a hit in England. It got completely out of hand and we didn't plan it that way. The hardcore Megadeth fans thought we had wimped out, but of course it's stupid to apologise for the fact we scored a hit!" (Ellefson, 1990)

"I've always liked the thought of people cooking in electric chairs, so when I heard what the movie was about, it kinda struck a nerve in me. I would say that it really shocked me, but that would be a little bit of a pun! I just thought it sounded like a good movie, and Alice Cooper had requested that I do it, because he felt I was the only person that could be 'No More Mr. Nice Guy.'" (Mustaine, 1990)


Breakpoint

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine, Ellefson, Menza)

Make up the rules for me to live by
Rules you break and just let it slide
You try and find you inside of me
Be as great as you want me to be
Hypocrite, the word that fits
Do as you say
Not as you do

You're pushing me to a breakpoint
Pushing me to a breakpoint
Pushing me to a breakpoint
Pushing me, push, push me to a breakpoint

Self esteem you seem to lack
Point the finger
There's three pointing back
Control's the illusion with all good intent
Bad times are contagious
You laugh and infect
Criticist, the word that fits
Put me down to lift you up

Watching pain's your only pleasure
Fascination for sick disaster
Suffering since you were born
Mess with the bull and you get the horns.
Misery, the word that fits
Times are good when times are bad

"In my opinion as a professional I recommend we straight-jacket the son of a bitch, lock him in a rubber room, sedate him, heavily, and when he wakes up, if he wakes up, we'll see if he can be a nice boy"

"Well... I don't know... It's gonna hurt me more than it's gonna hurt him"

"Let's do it!"

"Sedate me? Cool! a straight jacket? Hey, hey, let go of me!"

You push me to a breakpoint
Push me to a breakpoint
Push me to a breakpoint
Don't push me, you piece of shit!

This song was originally featured on Super Mario Bros soundtrack, released in May 1992.


Go to Hell

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine, Ellefson, Friedman, Menza)

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the lord my soul to take

I'm not going to wake up today
They've pulled my plug the picture fades
And as my body decays
Mold begins to fill my grave
The smell of death permeates
The silk within my coffin lays

Go to hell!

As they bury me now
Six feet there my body lies
Still feel like I'm going down
I hear a distant wailing cry
God something must've gone wrong
And much too late I realize

Go to hell!

I saw my funeral that day
I know who didn't show to mourn
My judgment was life in hell
Pillars of pain and thorns
My only friend's the goat
With 666 between his horns

Go to hell!

Place all your trust here in me
Rest assured these things I know
And as Charon sails the sea
Your journey too shall end below
Ah yes, you're all sitting ducks
It's true you reap what you sow

Go to hell!

Now I lay me down to sleep
Blah, blah, blah my soul to keep
If I die before I wake
I'll go to Hell for Heaven's sake

This song was originally featured on Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack, released in July 1991.

"We did this for Interscope and they said that the first version of the lyrics was too tame so I got very pagan for this one." (Mustaine, 2001)

References:

"Charon, in Greek mythology, is the boatman who ferries the dead across the river Styx to Hades. Though old and gray, Charon is strong and sturdy. Dressed in a short cloak, he chooses his passengers from among the multitudes of the dead that crowd the shore. Only those properly buried in the world above are chosen, and then only if they have the fare - a silver coin placed in the mouth of the corpse before burial." (Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia)


Angry Again

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

The more of you that I inspect
The more of me I see reflect
The more I try to read your lips
The more the mask you're wearing rips

But when I seek out your voice
My ears are overcome with noise
You show and tell with greatest ease
Raving impossibilities

Engaged in crime I grasp my throat
Enraged my mind starts to smoke
Enforce a mental overload
Angry again, angry again, angry owe!

And when the story takes a twist
If folds like a contortionist
Slight of hand and quick exchange
The old tricks have been rearranged

Engaged in crime I grasp my throat
Enraged my mind starts to smoke
Enforce a mental overload
Angry again, angry again, angry

The searing of the sinew
My body fights for air
The ripping of the tissue
My lungs begin to tear
Gravity's got my bones
It pulls my flesh away
The steam finally dissipates
I make out my sweaty face

Association that I choose
Game I inevitably lose
Governed by laws set up by me
Fracture it's jaw to let me be
A cut-out cardboard condo maze
Filled with an insubordinate race
Irrational youths stop to stare
As music rubber hosed the air

Engaged in crime I grasp my throat
Enraged my mind starts to smoke
Enforce a mental overload
Angry again, angry again, angry again
And again and again, again

Engaged in crime I grasp my throat
Enraged my mind starts to smoke
Enforce a mental overload
Angry again, angry again, angry owe!

This song was originally featured on Last Action Hero soundtrack, released in June 1993.

Despite it's high budget, the movie was a box-office disaster. The soundtrack, however, was highly successful, partially due to this song, as well as tracks from AC/DC, Anthrax, and Queensryche.

"Angry Again" was recorded during the Countdown to Extinction tour. When Dave wrote the song, he was angry with his band, promoters, and a lot of different parts of the organization. He was also having some problems with drugs again. Dave was just pissed off to hell, and this song captures that.

"I had written the music in one day. The lyrics I wrote while half asleep to the Clash's 'should I stay or should I go now' melody and it is about Nick Menza lying to us saying that he got maced by some French people outside of a McDonald's in Paris. That night I made a big speech about how brave he is for playing after being maced. It turned out later that night our security guard came up to me at the hotel after the show and said that they had lied and that they got maced in the red light district trying to get booze and other 'stuff'." (Mustaine, 2001)

This song was nominated for a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy in 1993, but lost to Ozzy Osbourne's "I Don't Want to Change the World."


99 Ways to Die

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

If I see the morning hours
I'll have one more yesterday
I take life from tomorrow
Cause I've burned out my today

If I get up to the top I know
I'll just go back downhill
I've gotta' terminal future
And it's time to write my will

I down another glass of courage
And a shot of thorazine

Were not ready to see you yet
99 ways to die
We're not ready to see you yet

Gotta' short between the earphones
Wringing my hands in dismay
A more efficient maniac
With two feet in the grave

Ain't got no last words to say
Yellow streak right up my spine
The gun in my mouth was real
And the taste blew my mind

In a black tie and straight jacket
Man I'm gonna try again

Were not ready to see you yet
99 ways to die
We're not ready to see you yet

Perhaps a demitasse of arsenic
Try on this tie
Never mind the straight-jacket

There is only death and danger
In the sockets of my eyes
A playground of illusion
No one plays they only die

There's a prison in my mind
And the bars are gonna break
I'm as mad as a hatter
And strung out just the same

Taunting rigor mortis
I feel it draw me in

This song was originally featured on Beavis and Butthead Experience soundtrack, released in November 1993.

"Megadeth's '99 Ways to Die,' the lead track and video from The Beavis and Butthead Experience, was an MTV mainstay that strongly supported the need for gun control, just as the Brady Bill was passing Congress." (1993)

This song was nominated for a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy in 1994, but lost to Soundgarden's "Spoon Man."

References:

Thorazine is a drug used in treating psychotic disorders, depression, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, intractable pain, and senility.

A demitasse is simply a cup, and arsenic is a highly poisonous metallic element.

Rigor mortis is the muscular stiffness of the body following death.


Paranoid

(Music, lyrics: Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne)

Finished with my woman
'Cause she couldn't help me with my mind
People think that I'm insane
Because I'm frowning all the time

All day long I think of things
But nothing seems to satisfy
Think I'll lose my mind
If I don't find something to pacify

Can you help me? Are you for my brain?
Oh yeah, hell yeah

I need someone to show me
The things in life that I can't find
I can't see the things that make true happiness,
I must be blind

Make a joke and I will sigh
And you will laugh and I will cry
Happiness I cannot feel
So love to me is so unreal

And so as you hear these words
Telling you now of my state
I tell you to enjoy life
I wish I could but it's too late

"Nick, Nick, Nick!"
"Fuck... me... running!"

Paranoid

Black Sabbath's Paranoid

"The Ozzfest was another coup for us! You know, Ozzy evidently didn't like the 'Paranoid' cover! I liked it, though!" (Mustaine, 1998)

This song is a cover of the popular Black Sabbath original. It was recorded for their tribute album, Nativity in Black, released in October 1994. It was originally featured on Black Sabbath's 1970 release of the same name.

"When I was in my formative years as a guitarist, musician and all around rock dude, Black Sabbath was the gauge by which me and my friends measured the 'heaviness' of any music that came out. of course, there could be none heavier than Black Sabbath." (Friedman, 1994)

This song was nominated for a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy in 1995, but lost to Nine Inch Nails' "Happiness in Slavery."


Diadems

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

Sacrilege and blasphemy set the stage today
The more insatiable the sex,
The more swelled our tongues became
As prehistoric as this seems, this is now, today

Talkin' about no vision,
Talkin' about no dream
The harlot puddles for her lies
From where she speaks
I look above
And see entrails in the sky
This one ain't over
Until the fat lady dies

One man rules the earth
And rides a seven headed beast
Ten Diadems to crown them all
World religion at his feet

Dreams are told of dreams of old
This day would surely come
So run my child and hide your face
Once you've been marked you're finished, one
You've become one!
You're mine!
You're one.

I saw a new earth today,
I saw a former pass away
I saw a new earth today,
I saw a former pass away
Vengeance is mine!
Vengeance is mine!

The Netherworld and Sheol and never satisfied
So the eyes of man are never satisfied
I saw a new earth today,
I saw a former pass away

This song was originally featured on Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight soundtrack, released in January 1995.

"We recorded it when we did the record [Youthanasia]... As we started to put the sequence together for the record we began to realize that some of the songs weren't fitting in with the scheme of things. It wasn't like 'these are duds and leftovers' and we weren't gonna use them, they weren't fitting in with where the record was headed... This was already there and it worked out good." (Ellefson)

References:

A diadem is a crown or headband worn as a sign of glory.

The Netherworld and Sheol are both synonyms for Hell.

Like "Crown of Worms," this is another psuedo-religious song that was left off of Youthanasia. I found a lot of similarities between the song and the Biblical book of Revelations. They are as follows (lines from the song are in white, lines from the Bible are in blue):

"One man rules the earth and rides a seven headed beast, Ten Diadems to crown them all"

"Then I saw a wild beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems." (Chapter 13)

"World religion at his feet"

"The beast was allowed to wage war against God's people and conquer them. It was likewise granted authority over every race and people, language and nation." (Chapter 13)

"So run my child and hide your face, once you've been marked you're finished."

"It forced all men, small and great, rich and poor, slave and free, to accept a stamped image on their right hand or their forehead." (Chapter 14)

"I saw a new earth today, I saw a former pass away"

"Then I saw new heavens and a new earth. The former heavens and the former earth had passed away." (Chapter 21)


Problems

(Music, lyrics: Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Paul Cook, Steve Jones)

Too many problems, oh why am I here?
I need to be me, 'cause you're all to clear
And I can see there's something wrong with you
And what do you expect me to do?
At least I gotta know what I wanna be
Don't come to me if you need pity
Are you lonely, you got no one
You got your body in suspension
It's a problem, problem, problem
The problem is you

Eat your heart out on a plastic tray
You don't do what you want then you'll fade away
You won't find me working nine-to-five
It's too much fun just being alive
I'm using my feet for my human machine
You won't find me living for the screen
Are you getting lonely, all needs catered
You got your brains dehydrated

Problem, problem, problem, the problem is you
Oh what you gonna do, problem, problem
Problem, problem, problem, the problem is you
Well, what you gonna do with your problem
The problem is you, problem

It ain't death trip, but it ain't automatic
You won't find me just staying ecstatic
Don't you give me any orders
To people like me, there is no order

Bet you thought you had it all worked out
Bet you thought you knew what I was about
Bet you thought you'd solved all your problems
But you are the problem

Problem, problem, problem, the problem is you
Oh, what you gonna do with your problem?
I'll leave it up to you, oh problem
The problem is you, you got a problem
Oh what you gonna do?
They know a doctor, gonna take you away
They take you away and throw away the key
They don't want you and they don't want me
You got a problem the problem is you,
Problem, well, what you gonna do?
Problem, have you got a problem?
Problem, well you got a problem.
Problem

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

This song is a cover of the famous Sex Pistols song. It was included on A Tout Le Monde single, released in February 1995. It was originally featured on Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols album, released in 1979.


New World Order

(Music: Mustaine, Ellefson, Friedman; lyrics: Mustaine, Menza)

Where hath the apostles gone?
Joining hands with wicked ones
Revelation has come to pass
New World Order will hold the mass

A book written my the man
Used to control and command
All rights will be denied,
Without the mark you shall die

No confession, all is known
New World Order, you shall be shown

Monitoring all wages
New World Order comes in stages
Currency is obsolete,
Feel the agony of defeat

Symbol of society today,
A must have or you shall pay
As human flesh leads the mind,
Just a pawn, the last martyr dies

This song is available only on the Japanese release of the album.

Mind Over Splatter

Zoetrope's Mind Over Splatter

This song was originally given to the Chicago-area thrash band, Zoetrope, and is featured on their 1993 album, Mind Over Splatter.

"We gave a song to a band which was a suggestion from our management. It was a song that Nick actually wrote a major portion of..." (Mustaine)

This demo song was recorded during the Countdown to Extinction era and remixed by Max Norman in 1995 for inclusion on the "A Tout Le Monde" single.

References:

Popularized, but not defined, in a speech by then-President George Bush, the New World Order is the name many give to the repressive and powerful one-world government that will supposedly rule the earth before the Apocalypse. This government is described in the book of Revelation in the following passage. You will find that it has many similarities to the song's lyrics:

"It was granted authority over every race and people, language and nation... It forced all men, small and great, rich and poor, slave and free, to accept a stamped image on their right hand or their forehead... putting death to anyone who refused... Moreover, it did not allow a man to buy or sell anything unless he was first marked with the name of the beast or with the number that stood for its name... The man's number is six hundred sixty-six."


No More Mr. Nice Guy :: Breakpoint :: Go to Hell :: Angry Again :: 99 Ways to Die :: Paranoid :: Diadems :: Problems :: New World Order
Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! :: Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? :: So Far, So Good... So What! :: Rust in Peace :: Countdown to Extinction :: Youthanasia :: Hidden Treasures :: Cryptic Writings :: Risk :: Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years :: The World Needs a Hero :: Rude Awakening :: Still Alive... And Well? :: Other Songs

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