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Symphony of Destruction
Megadeth Lyrics


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You take a mortal man
And put him in control
Watch him become a god
Watch people's heads a-roll
A-roll, a-roll

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony
Of destruction

Acting like a robot
Its metal brain corrodes
You try to take its pulse
Before the head explodes
Explodes, explodes

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony
Swaying to the symphony
Of destruction

The earth starts to rumble
World powers fall
A-warring for the heavens
A peaceful man stands tall
Tall, tall

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony
Swaying to the symphony
Of destruction

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Symphony of Destruction" by Megadeth are a commentary on the dangers of giving one person or a group of people too much control or power, and the potential disastrous consequences of such a situation. The opening lines, "You take a mortal man / And put him in control / Watch him become a god / Watch people's heads a-roll" suggest that when an individual is given too much power, they can become tyrannical, and those under their control suffer greatly. The reference to rolling heads implies that people are being executed for disobedience or dissent.


The song also draws parallels to the Pied Piper, a fairy tale character who played music to lead rats out of town. Here, the "Pied Piper" could refer to a person or group who is leading others down a dangerous path, causing them to act like "marionettes" or puppets, blindly following orders without question. At the same time, the "symphony of destruction" represents the chaos and violence that can arise from situations when people are stripped of their agency.


As the song progresses, the lyrics suggest that this pattern of behavior could lead to the collapse of world powers, as a "peaceful man" eventually stands up against the tyranny. This person could represent a voice of reason or a symbol of resistance, challenging the status quo and potentially disrupting the cycle of destruction.


Overall, "Symphony of Destruction" is a warning against authoritarianism and the potential devastation that can occur when too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few.


Line by Line Meaning

You take a mortal man
A mortal man is given power and control.


And put him in control
This newly empowered man is now in charge.


Watch him become a god
With this newfound power, the man begins to feel god-like.


Watch people's heads a-roll
His power is causing others to suffer and roll their heads in agony.


A-roll, a-roll
Repeated for emphasis.


Just like the Pied Piper
An analogy comparing the situation to the story of the Pied Piper.


Led rats through the streets
The Pied Piper led rats through the streets with his music.


We dance like marionettes
The people who are suffering due to the man's power are like puppets on strings, dancing to his tune.


Swaying to the symphony
This is their 'dance', being swayed by the power and destruction caused by the man.


Of destruction
The symphony being played here is the symphony of destruction caused by the man's power.


Acting like a robot
People are acting like robots, devoid of emotion and solely focused on the destruction caused by the man's power.


Its metal brain corrodes
This robotic behavior is causing people to degrade mentally, as if their brains are corroding.


You try to take its pulse
Just like a doctor trying to check a patient's vital signs, people are trying to figure out what's going on with the man's power.


Before the head explodes
The situation is so explosive and dangerous that people are afraid the man's head might literally explode.


Explodes, explodes
Repeated for emphasis.


The earth starts to rumble
The destruction caused by the man's power is literally shaking the world.


World powers fall
This destruction is so significant that powerful nations are falling apart.


A-warring for the heavens
This destruction is even causing wars in the heavens or between gods.


A peaceful man stands tall
Despite all of this destruction, one peaceful man stands tall, a symbol of hope amongst the chaos.


Tall, tall
Repeated for emphasis.




Lyrics © Word Collections Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Dave Mustaine

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