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Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!

Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!

Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! (Deluxe Edition)

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Last Rites/Loved to Death :: Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! :: Skull Beneath the Skin :: Rattlehead :: Chosen Ones :: Looking Down the Cross :: Mechanix :: These Boots

Last Rites

(Music: Mustaine)

Instrumental


Loved to Death

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

Your body's empty now
As I hold you
Now you're gone,
I miss you but I told you
I remember bad times
More than good
There's no coming back
Even if we could

I loved you to death

If I can't have you
Then no one will
Since I won't
I'll have to kill
My only love,
Something I've never felt
Now you've gone to Heaven
And I'll burn in Hell

I loved you to death

Solo - Mustaine

And now I'm down below
And what do I see?
You didn't go to heaven,
You're down here with me
And now you're coming back,
"Baby take me please"
I really think I would
If you weren't such a sleaze

I loved you once before,
You kept me on a string
I'd rather go without
Than take what you would bring

I loved you to death

"'Loved to Death' is a love song. It's just that our approach to love is a little bit smuttier than everybody else's. You don't have to say 'baby, baby' in every song, or talk about how good your climax was the night before to express love, because love is a four-letter word - either you get reamed by it, or you get excited by it. That's how we look at it. Our love songs are true-to-life happenings. On our first LP, 'Loved to Death' - that was our first attempt at a love song. It's the only song where we actually do say 'love' in it. It was like boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl doesn't love boy, so boy kills girl, so no one else will have her. That, is a typical love story. I've been in love a bunch of times with people who were way out of my batting average, and I figured, 'Fuck you, I'm going to kill you, so no one else will have you.' That's our approach. It's something that people can still relate to." (Mustaine, 1987)

"What I really want to say is: When you fall in love with somebody, you give them so much power to control you, you might as well give them your sac." (Mustaine, 1993)


Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

I am a sniper
Always hit the mark
Paid assassin
Working after dark
Looking through the night
Using infra-red
My target on you
Aimed at your head

Ten thousand up front,
Ten thousand when I'm through
And I know just what to do,
And you know I'll do it too
Then I'm coming back for you,
Back for you!

I do the getting rid of,
Don't tell me why
Don't need to hear the truth,
Don't need the lies
Now pay me quickly
Nnd now we're through
It brings me great pleasure to say
My next job is you

Don't you know that killing is my business...
And business is good
You better believe it

Solo - Poland

This song is about a hit man, an assassin-for-hire, who kills his employer after he is paid.


Skull Beneath the Skin

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

Solo - Mustaine

Mean and infectious
The evil prophets rise
Dance of the macabre
As witches streak the sky
Decadent worship
Of black magic and sorcery
In the womb of the devil's dungeon
Trapped without a plea

Solo - Mustaine

See thing in agony
Necrosis is the fate
Pins sticking through the skin
The venom now sedates
Locked in a pillory
Nowhere to be found
Screaming for your life
But no one hears a sound

Help me!

Prepare the patient's scalp
To peel away
Metal caps his ears
He'll hear not what we say
Solid steel visor
Riveted 'cross his eyes
Iron staples close his jaws
So no one hears his cries

The skull beneath the skin
Now you're drawn and quartered
Your bones will make the X
Symbol stands for poison
And it's chained to your head
As we fold your arms
To make the holy cross
We cross the crucifix
Religion has been lost

The skull beneath this skin

Solo - Mustaine

This song is partially about Megadeth's mascot, Vic Rattlehead, and how he came to be. The song explains the steel visor, the metal caps on his ears, and the iron staples that hold his jaw shut.


Rattlehead

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

Stand up and plant your feet
Listen, I'm letting off steam
Now throw your hands in the air
Let it loose, I don't fucking care

Solo - Poland

Rattlehead

A dose of metal you need
To bang your head 'til you bleed
It's time for snapping some neck
Slashing, thrashing to Megadeth

Solo - Poland

Rattlehead

You, your head is pounding with pain
Winning, sinning, beginning
Feeding, the needing for bleeding
Bashing, smashing, crashing
Frying, annihilating you!

Solo - Poland

There's someone back in the shadows
You feel (though you can't see) his eyes
He'll bash your head if you cross him
Ain't quite your average guy
Don't need no leather to fit in
Don't need no spikes to be cool
Don't want no woman beside him
Just make it fast, loud, and rude

Rattlehead

Solo - Mustaine

I'm a rattlehead
Rattle your goddamn head!

Rattlehead

Caption: (meg-a-deth), n. (1) a unit of measure equal to the death of a million people by nuclear explosion. (2) Megadeth, n. The world's state-of-the-art speed metal band.

This song is a description of a live Megadeth concert, and what it's like to be there, baning your head, getting your ass kicked, etc. The last part of the song talks about seeing Vic Rattlehead at the concert.


Chosen Ones

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

You doubt your strength or courage
Don't come to join me
For death surely waits you
With sharp and pointy teeth
An animal so vicious
No other's fought and won
So on the fields of battle
We are the chosen ones

Human bones blanket
The dirt of the heathen's lair
That we must pass the den of death
The only path from here
But I walk in the light
The time to die has come
No one shall take my life
I'm of the chosen ones

Black shadows fill the sky
As the creatures eyes grow near
Raise the shield of the holy pilgrims
High into the air
Heaven's powers fill my arms
Onward now to fight I'm sent
Oh the beast is coming
To put you to the test

Solo - Mustaine

Look out!
Now this land mine to pillage
Rape and steal and take at will
Never let you cross this path
I reign for now I stay to kill

This song is about a group of Crusaders who travel to the Middle East in order to fight the Muslims, who they consider the enemy, the monster. By the time they get there, they are vicious and evil - they are the monster.

Here is an alternate explanation by Tor Laneryd:

This song is about the Killer Rabbit in the movie "Monthy Python and the Holy Grail". The quote below ism what Tim the Enchanter tells King Arthur just before he leads them to the cave of the Killer Rabbit:

"But follow only if you are men of valour. For the entrance to this cave is guarded by a monster, a creature so foul and cruel that no man yet has fought with it and lived. Bones of full fifty men lie strewn about its lair... therefore sweet knights if you may doubt your strength or courage come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty pointy teeth."

Compare these lines to the lyrics of "Chosen Ones" and you'll notice some striking similarities.


Looking Down the Cross

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

Solo - Mustaine

Now before they take me
And my blessed life
Now you'll know
Why death was summoned here tonight
I'll recall my perils
They'll kill me in pride
No, I can't run away
There's no place to hide

Though too much to live for
I owe enough to die
Ask not for salvation
My death shall mean their lives
Hatred and guilt - the alter they've built
High priests of sin
Destiny, fate - the wicked ones' gate
Beckoning you in

Down the walkways
Through the bloodstained town
Looking down the cross,
Bleeding from the crown
Led to stay, to die beside the thieves
Kill the King of the world to be

And now to you, this will come:
A putrefying pestilence
More noxious than the serpent's breath
Malevolently destined
More corrupt than the malice of Choronzon
More diseased
Than the wind of the moonlight sun

Putrefaction you have caused
No need for confession
Now you wish you had a god
To stop your demolition
Crush the bones of the hundred fold
Swing the judgment hammer
Man, woman, child, no one is safe
The heads of the dead are the banner

And this was all you got
So don these broken wings
Sands of time have run out
Bells of Hades ring

Is this a nightmare to unhallow thy name?
Smell of brimstone dancing in the flames
No help now as you fufill his task
Chief of evil has got you by the ass

Set free to sit up on the throne
Just a dream, you're weeping all alone

Looking down the cross, speak no evil
I'm looking down the cross, speak no evil

Solo - Mustaine

This song is about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and His finals thoughts before He died. In the song, Dave suggests that Jesus might have been wishing for vengeance, but only spoke of forgiveness. Hence the line, "I'm looking down the cross. Speak no evil." Or, as the Bible puts it, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

"This is a song about all the ridiculous ways that people try to reach us about God, what I think Jesus might have sung about while he was dying, and what our logo was about, see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil." (Mustaine, 2001)


Mechanix

(Music, lyrics: Mustaine)

Imagine you were at my station
And you brought your motor to me
You're a burner, yeah a real motor car
Said you wanna get your order filled
Made me shiver when I put it in
Pumping just won't do, ya know, lucky for you

Whoever though you'd be better
At turning a screw than me?
I do it for my life
Made my drive shaft crank
Made by pistons buldge
Made my bearings melt from the heat

We were shifting hard when we took off
Put, tonight, all four on the floor
Said you wanna get your order filled
Made me shiver when I put it in
Pumping just won't do, ya know, lucky for you

I'm giving you my room service
And ya know it's more than enough
Oh more more time ya know I'm in love
Said you wanna get your order filled
Made me shiver when I put it in
Pumping just won't do, ya know, lucky for you

Solo - Mustaine

"Mustaine's 'The Mechanix,' with muscular, choppy riffs and lyrics that appear to tell a story of a horny gas-station attendant." (Metallica Unbound)

"Mechanix" was re-written and recorded with new lyrics by Metallica as "The Four Horsemen" for their first album, Kill 'Em All.

The original "Mechanix" can be found on Metallica's rare No Life 'Til Leather demo or Bay Area Trashers bootleg, with James Hetfield singing.


These Boots

(Music, lyrics: Lee Hazlewood)

Solo - Poland

You keep saying
You've got something for me
Something you call love
And I call sex
You've been kissing
When you ought to be screwing
And now someone else
Can kiss your ass

These boots are made for walking
And that's just what they'll do
And one day these boot
Are gonna walk all over you

Solo - Poland

You keep lying
And there ain't no believing
And you keep staying
When you ought to be leaving
Now what's right is right
But you ain't been right yet

Solo - Poland

You keep dressing ways
You shouldn't be dressing
And you keep thinking that
You'll never get burnt, ha!
I just found me
A brand-new box-spring mattress
What you know, bitch,
You've got a lot to learn

Are you ready, boots?

Solo - Poland

And you think I'm kidding, don't ya?

Boots

Nancy Sinatra's Boots

This song is a parody of the Nancy Sinatra song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," featured on her album, Boots, released in 1966.

When Killing Is My Business... started selling well after Megadeth became more popular, Nancy Sinatra began to demand royalties from the album sales. The band decided to drop the song from the album to avoid a lawsuit or being charged even more than they already were.


Last Rites/Loved to Death :: Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! :: Skull Beneath the Skin :: Rattlehead :: Chosen Ones :: Looking Down the Cross :: Mechanix :: These Boots
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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