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MEGADETH LYRICS

The System Has Failed

"The System Has Failed" (2004)

1. Blackmail The Universe
2. Die Dead Enough
3. Kick The Chair
4. The Scorpion
5. Tears In A Vial
6. I Know Jack
7. Back In The Day
8. Something That I'm Not
9. Truth Be Told
10. Of Mice And Men
11. Shadow Of Deth
12. My Kingdom Come







1. Blackmail The Universe

"This is breaking news: it appears that Air Force One was shot down
Somewhere over the Middle East this morning
By a sleeper cell of rogue terrorists, firing a Stinger Missile
The Pilot and all passengers are unaccounted for
The Presidentís whereabouts are presently unknown and he is presumed missing
The Vice President, Secretary of State, and principles of the military are assembling
Our nation stands at DEFCON 3"

The greatest crisis, will someone come for me?
I ďred, white and blew itĒ
Unleashed revenge, my body is detained
How could anybody do this?
Betrayal, I peel away the days
Medals are useless, Uncle Samís forgotten me
Iím not important, no one will ever come
Iíll never be found, God get me out of this hell!

Nuclear battlefields energized
Cold wars are heating up again
The tension's mounting
People, lift up your fists in revenge

The stage is set - Who'll be the first to blink?
We canít go to war, remember that ďVietnam thingĒ
Peace at any price with a gun to your head, bang, bang
Weakness runs in your family
Well, what runs in mine is death

This is your 5 minute warning
Burn all your classified documents
And if cooler heads, donít prevail
First strike from a political dead man

"Appeasement only makes the aggressor more aggressive
He understands only one language Ė action!
And he respects only one word Ė force!
No sign of them stopping, no time for back channel communiqués
We need all the help we can get, air strikes and invasions!
Retaliate, I say!"

"The will of good men can not counter the terrible strain of war"

Blackmail the universe with the greatest of calamities
Awaken those sleeping giants in the dust of the ground
With their skin destroyed, unjust to innocence
Lawful possessor of the worldís last 24 hours

Terror and ugliness reveal what death really means
And in hatred you see men as they really are
If chosen over heaven, Earth will have been for them
All along, only another region of hell




2. Die Dead Enough

It's twilight and I wake up hot
My bodyís soaked in a cold, cold sweat
I reenact the lurid scenes
And clawed engravings in my head

Oh, I canít punch hard enough and I run
I canít kick high enough and I run
I canít shoot straight enough and I run
I canít hold on enough and I run
Oh, I canít stay down enough and I run
I canít take pain enough and I run
I canít bleed fast enough
I canít die dead enough

The air is thick, but the oxygenís thin
My heart is beating like a drum, boom!
And ice is flowing through my veins
Explosives on my lips and in my lungs

Oh, I canít punch hard enough and I run
I canít kick high enough and I run
I canít shoot straight enough and I run
I canít hold on enough and I run
Oh, I canít stay down enough and I run
I canít take pain enough and I run
I canít bleed fast enough
I canít die dead enough

I donít know what Iím running from
And I donít know where Iím running to
Thereís something deep and strange inside of me I see
I donít know what Iím running from
And I donít know where Iím running to
Somethingís compelling me to run into the dark!

And now I am more driven than before
And now I live just to settle score
And now I feel the nearness of your breath
Now I introduce you to your death

I am more driven than before
I live just to settle score
I feel the nearness of your breath
I introduce you to your death
I canít punch hard enough
I canít kick high enough
I canít shoot straight enough
I canít hold on enough...
I canít stay down enough, die dead enough!
I canít take pain enough, die dead enough!
I canít bleed fast enough, die dead enough!
I canít die dead enough, die dead enough!




3. Kick The Chair

Dawn breaks evenly today on the truth and the lie
All rise, court's in session, we're hanging someone high

Justice means nothing today
Now that the courts are for sale
Pick a crime from the menu
Pick a sentence and defend you
And pay up the down payment called bail
The system's for sale!

Kick the chair, the rope's tight
Just like one quick wrench, the tooth is out
Friend or foe, I gotta hang 'em dead
Or they'll come back around

Kick it!

The court's wrong when it keeps track of victories and defeats
The press that never rest, just waits for somebody's soul they can eat

Justice means nothing today
Now that the jury's for sale
Guilty or not, the verdict's a lie
You're going to jail
The system has failed!

Kick the chair, the rope's tight
Just like one quick wrench, the tooth is out
Friend or foe, ya gotta hang 'em dead
Or they'll come back




4. The Scorpion

My life is everything that feeds my thirsts that doesnít sing
My wants are all I care, no shame and guilt, thereís nothing there
Look deep into my veins, I sell deceit without a trace
Fear not what I can do, unless you want it done to you

As I climb onto your back I will promise not to sting
I will tell you what you want to hear and not mean anything
Then I treat you like a dog as I shoot my venom in
You pretend you didnít know that I am a scorpion

Myself and sentiment, there's nothing else, thereís never been
It's my dream to be left alone with the sadness, the madness of my own
Look deep into my soul, it's black, it's cold like a bullet hole
Fear not, get off your knees, thereís no defense, youíll do what I please

As I climb onto your back I will promise not to sting
I will tell you what you want to hear and not mean anything
Then I treat you like a dog as I shoot my venom in
You pretend you didnít know that I am a scorpion

As I climb onto your back I will promise not to sting
I will tell you what you want to hear and not mean anything
I will treat you like a dog as I shoot my venom in
'Cause you knew all along I am the scorpion

My life to reach the shore, agonize and nothing more
My hopes to steal the ring of that you love, you all seem betrayed
Look deep into my past, the pain I feel is unsurpassed
Iím not a loaded scorpion, Iím so much worse, Iím the fallen man

"Fightings held overnight between rival factions along the Israeli-Syrian border.
Initial report claims Israeli jet fighters bombed a guerrilla base killing at least 49 solders and 13 civilians damages..."

"A 49 year old unidentified man went berserk last night opening fire with a 12 gauge shotgun in a crowed downtown restaurant.14 people are dead including 3 children..."

"In a bill to crack down on laboratory experiments on animals is expected to become law today. Animal rights activist have been pushing for the bill for nine years and have taken part in mass demonstrations throughout the nation. It's expected to become law later this evening..."

"Police has smashed a multimillion drug smuggling ring. 22 lbs of heroin was seized along with a small amount of cocaine, marijuana, and hashisch. 25 people have been arrested and face charges ranging from smuggling to possession for the purpose of trafficking..."




5. Tears In A Vial

This may seem all too confusing
How I could walk away from something so rare?
But, you see, it all got too demanding, yeah
And I just didn't care, I just didn't care if I cared, if I cared!
Lately I've been left wanting, but not wanting you
Attraction that once was is no longer there, oh
And it sucks to be taken for granted
When the vail is drawn and there's only air

I had to walk away, give up something I loved
For what I loved even more and save my tears for you

Everything has lost it's meaning, I had to let it go
To find myself, myself and start something new, band new
Forced to look deep in the mirror and face who I really am
Now it's just me 'cose I can't afford you

I had to walk away, give up something I loved
For what I loved even more and save my tears for you
I gave up something I loved for what I loved even more
And I saved my tears for you in a vial... and I walked away

You are so beautiful to look upon
I can see the light in your smile
Your eyes were the windows into your soul
Your body was heavenly just like the sky!

Until all your good looks betrayed you... which ain't much
Counting on your, count of the smiles all too long
Your eyes are windy windows broken
The body may be here but the soul is gone
I saved my tears for you in a vial
From every wicked thing I hear that you said
A deceptive way burried in your love
So many tears in a vial now that you're gone
And now that you're dead




6. I Know Jack

I served with Jack Kennedy
I knew Jack Kennedy
Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine
Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy




7. Back In The Day

Where were you when it happened? Where could you be found?
Were you at the front of the stage or in the underground?
From SF to Old Bridge, New York back to LA
The world of metal changed forever, back in the day

Well, that was back in the day and if you weren't there
It doesn't matter anyway, because you wouldn't understand

Live to die and die to play, every day and place
Leave a path of metal across the world from stage to stage

Well, that was back in the day and if you weren't there
It doesn't matter anyway, because you wouldn't understand

In denim and leather we were all part of one force
Knocked Rock and Roll on its ass and put Metal on course

Higher! Higher! Higher! Higher!

Back in the day... you weren't there...
It doesn't matter... because you wouldn't understand...

This our way of life, a life that was born free
To follow orders how to live was never meant to be
Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh

Peals of thunder, sheets of lighting, te power hits the stage
The music was exciting, the mania raged
On, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh

We all had the fever, our ears started to ring
Feeding this wildfire, consuming everything
Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh

Metal's King back then and still is to this day
Others imitate or challenge, but it never goes away
Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh




8. Something That I'm Not

Your mind tells you that you've lost your confidence
You're drifting and you don't believe in anywone
To lose what little you have left to be proud of
Afraid you can't do this again
You said that nothing could come in between us
And the way your getting things we wanted done
Then Enosiophobia held you under it's influence
Until you compromised your style

Everything about you has been one big sharade
What will you do now that the well's run dry?
To sell out all your friends and stab them in the back
It's something that you are, it's something that I'm not

When you force me into doing what you love
Mark my words, no one loves you very much
And when you tried to change me and tried to replace me
I couldn't help but anticipating you
Being a fraud can only last so long
So what you sensed as a child returns
To choke out the voice, that told you money and fame
Would fill the cradle that you dug for yourself

Unlike you, I'm no vision to myself, lest you forget
You didn't ever make metal, but metal made you
To crush and run over everyone along the way
It's something that you are, it's something that I'm not
A stranger to yourself, you pissed me off again
I won't be driven by your needs anymore
What did you come to do or be? It's clear to see for me
It's something that you are, it's something that I'm not

It makes me sick to hear you say you love me
I know you only love what I can do for you
If you were the one that was leading a charge
Would you notice if I missed a day or two?
We all laughed at the parody that you've become
Now your pain's lowly payback has begun
So accept my resignation or in your words, "betrayal"
Before it gets much worse and there's self-sabotage

Something I'm not
Something that you are
Something I'm not

Something I'm not
Something that you are
Something I'm not!
Something that you are
Something that I'm not... yet




9. Truth Be Told

This is the first tale of death in the world
When Cain struck down Abel, a family broken
Since then mankind's dominated his own kind
To insult and injure, there's no such thing as peace
Till death do us part... till the last!

Truth be told - sin lies at the doorway
Truth be told - Hell's open for business now
Truth be told - the soil cries out for revenge
Truth be told - and death is upon the ground... all around!

The battle ain't over without spoils of war
Just 'cause it is written does not make it so
When you dance with the devil wait till the song's over
I ask myself: "How bad do I want you to live?"
My anger is near... till the last!

Truth be told - sin lies at the doorway
Truth be told - Hell's open for business now
Truth be told - the soil cries out for revenge
Truth be told - and death is upon the ground
Truth be told - sin lies at the doorway
Truth be told - Hell's open for business now
Truth be told - the soil cries out for revenge
Truth be told - and death is upon the ground... all around!

Tribulation strikes and we're hit hard
Still you just go on your way
Head in the sand, ignoring the rain
Just like the flood in Noah's day... in his day!

Can't punish those ruining the earth
It's suicide to some degree
Because we are all guilty, guilty as sin
There will be no peace, never for you and me!

Before Al Qaeda and Bin Laden
Long before Hitler and Hussein
Ever since the first murder was committed
The verdict's always been the same... been the same, wrong!

The cursed future just repeats the past
There's hell to pay and stones to cast
So, there will be no peace, never be peace
Till the last truth be told by you and me!




10. Of Mice And Men

The fire burns on and on, that drives me on till all is gone
Except the simple plans of mice and men

Back when I was just seventeen I thought that I knew everything
I could make it in this scene to be a rising star that only gleamed
But all the answers disagreed with the questions held for me
I was legal now at twenty-one, I knew the way the world should run
My God just look what I had done, simply drunk and having fun
Looked for friends, but I found none, all alone at twenty-one...

The fire burns on and on, that drives me on till all is gone
Except the simple plans of mice and men
The fire burns on and on, that drives me on till all is gone
Except the simple plans of mice and men

At twenty-five I was surprised that I was even half alive
Somehow I managed to survive, I felt my body's doing time
And in my back a hundred knives from my friends at twenty-five
And now as Gabriel sounds my warning bell I'd buy your life, if you would sell
A year or two if less compelled, so live your life and live it well
There's not much left of me to tell, I just got back up each time I fell

The fire burns on and on, that drives me on till all is gone
Except the simple plans of mice and men
The fire burns on and on, that drives me on till all is gone
Except the simple plans of mice and men

The fire burns on and on, that drives me on till all is gone
Except the simple plans of mice and men...




11. Shadow Of Deth

Auxilum meum a Domino! The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
He leadeth me beside the still waters, he restoreth my soul
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name's sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever




12. My Kingdom Come

The flag that once planted as a king I abandoned
And now I reclaim this banner by God, my sword and my name
In a truce sealed by blood within this metal skin and all that I own
Blood, bone and courage in my viens and the heart that pumps it

Drink from the chalice and be reborn
And the land with me, it will change and transform

A fighting man sworn to quest it is the doom of man that they forgot
I have awoken the dragon and all around me the mist of his breath
Good and evil, there never is one without the other, his brother
Always there, where I least expect it, it will burn to cinders

The futures taken root in the present sun
Don't look into my heart, least of all your own

No man who is false can win in combat against the truth
When he lies, he murders some part of the world, we must find what was lost
Hearth and home, wife and child were not for me, I was not yet done
I never knew how empty my soul was until it was refilled

Mad distemper strikes both beggars and Kings
The Necromancer's hard teachings of war and quest

I am given the right to bear arms and power to meet justice
I have lived through others for far too long and carried my guilt, my causes, my sins
I hope in the hereafter when I owe no more to the future that I can be just a man

 


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