Ashes in Your Mouth
Megadeth Lyrics


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People have round shoulders from fairing heavy loads
And the soldiers liberate them, laying mines along their roads
Sorrow paid for valor is too much to recall
Of the countless corpses piled up along the wailing wall

Melting down all metals, turning plows and shears to swords
Shun words of the Bible, we need implements of war
Chalklines and red puddles of those who have been slain
Destiny, that crooked schemer, says the dead shall rise again

Where do we go from here?
And should we really care?
The end is finally here
God have mercy

Now we've rewritten history
The one thing we've found out
Sweet taste of vindication
It turns to ashes in your mouth

Where do we go from here?
And should we really care?
The end is finally here
God have mercy

If you're fighting to live
It's okay to die
The answer to your question is
Welcome to tomorrow

Where do we go from here?
God have mercy

Where do we go from here?
And should we really care?
The end is finally here
God have mercy

Where do we go from here?
And should we really care?




The end is finally here
God have mercy

Overall Meaning

The song "Ashes in Your Mouth" by Megadeth is a reflection of the aftermath of a war, the suffering that the war brings, and the hopelessness of the situation. The opening lines, "People have round shoulders from fairing heavy loads, and the soldiers liberate them, laying mines along their roads," paint a picture of the burden that the people bear as they are oppressed by those in power. While the soldiers are supposed to protect and serve, they instead sow destruction and chaos through the landmines they lay.


The lines "Sorrow paid for valor is too much to recall, of the countless corpses piled up along the wailing wall" express the heavy loss that the people have gone through during the war. The valor and courage shown by those who fought and died for their country are overshadowed by the sheer number of dead bodies that have piled up along the wailing wall.


The chorus of the song, "Where do we go from here? And should we really care? The end is finally here, God have mercy," speaks to the hopelessness that comes when a war has ended, and the destruction it has left behind. The line "Now we've rewritten history, the one thing we've found out, sweet taste of vindication, it turns to ashes in your mouth" refers to the fact that even though they have won the war, their victory feels hollow as it brought more destruction than good and the pain of loss has followed them.


Line by Line Meaning

People have round shoulders from fairing heavy loads
People carry heavy burdens, causing them physical strain and exhaustion.


And the soldiers liberate them, laying mines along their roads
Soldiers claim to offer freedom, yet their actions cause destruction and danger.


Sorrow paid for valor is too much to recall
The cost of bravery, often paid in lives lost, is too great to fully comprehend or remember.


Of the countless corpses piled up along the wailing wall
Death and suffering have left an overwhelming number of bodies and grief-stricken loved ones at a place of mourning.


Melting down all metals, turning plows and shears to swords
Resources are being redirected from peaceful, productive purposes towards violent ones.


Shun words of the Bible, we need implements of war
Religious teachings of peace and compassion are ignored in favor of weapons and aggression.


Chalklines and red puddles of those who have been slain
Dead bodies are marked with lines and bloodshed, highlighting the gruesome consequences of violence.


Destiny, that crooked schemer, says the dead shall rise again
The idea of fate seems twisted and cruel, as it promises the return of the deceased to a world filled with chaos and destruction.


Where do we go from here?
What is the next step or direction to take in a world consumed by turmoil and devastation?


And should we really care?
Is there any reason or motivation to continue fighting, or is it all in vain?


The end is finally here
The conclusion or outcome of events has arrived, bringing a sense of finality.


God have mercy
An expression of hope for divine intervention or assistance during a time of despair.


Now we've rewritten history
The past has been altered or retold to fit a certain narrative or agenda.


The one thing we've found out
Amidst all the chaos and destruction, there is one truth that has been uncovered.


Sweet taste of vindication
The satisfaction or pleasure of being proven right or justified.


It turns to ashes in your mouth
The feeling of triumph or success is fleeting and ultimately unsatisfying or unpleasant.


If you're fighting to live
If survival is the main goal and struggle in one's life,


It's okay to die
Death may be a more peaceful or desirable outcome than continuing to suffer or fight.


The answer to your question is
The solution or response to one's inquiry or dilemma is,


Welcome to tomorrow
An ominous or uncertain greeting to a future that may be just as bleak and tumultuous as the present.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: DAVE ELLEFSON, DAVE MUSTAINE, MARTY FRIEDMAN, NICK MENZA

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