Captive Honour
Megadeth Lyrics


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Madness comes, and madness goes
An insane place, with insane moves
Battles without, for battles within
Where evil lives and evil rules
Breaking them up, just breaking them in
Quickest way out, quickest relief wins
Never disclose, never betray
Cease to speak or cease to breathe
And when you kill a man, you're a murderer
Kill many, and you're a conqueror
Kill them all, oh you're a god

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, have you reached a verdict?
Yes, we have you honor
We find the defendant guilty on all counts for crimes
Against all humanity
By virtue of the jury's decision and the power vested in me by the state,
I hereby sentence you to be incarcerated with no possibility of parole,
for life
Life? whale' ya' mean life? I ain't got a life!
Boy, your soul better belong to Jesus,'cause your ass belongs to me

Captive honour, ain't no honour
Captive honour, ain't no honour

No time for questions
No time for games
Start kicking ass
And taking down the names
A long shit list
A shorter fuse
He is untouchable
And guarantees you'll lose
Captive honour, ain't no honour
Captive honour, ain't no honour

Inside the bighouse
His nightmare unfolds
Before he got there
His manpussy was sold
Black blanket welcome
This tough guy's now a bitch
Praying for death
It can't be worse than this

Captive honour, ain't no honour
Captive honour, ain't no honour





Captive honour, ain't no honour

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Megadeth's song Captive Honour describe the scene of a man being sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity. The first verse refers to the madness within the prison and the battles that occur both physically and mentally. The lyrics describe the environment as being ruled by evil and the only way to survive is to become a part of that evil. The chorus emphasizes the point that being a captive does not bring any honor, contrary to what one may believe. The second verse depicts the violence that takes place inside the prison, where there is no time for questions or games. The prisoners are described as having a "shit list" and a "shorter fuse," which makes them untouchable and guarantees that anyone who crosses them will lose. The repetition of the chorus emphasizes the point that being imprisoned is not an honorable situation.


The lyrics of Captive Honour were inspired by the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, an American serial killer who was sentenced to life in prison in 1992. The spoken-word section of the song is taken from the actual court transcript of Dahmer's sentencing. The lyrics also criticize the idea of honor in prison and suggest that it is a myth. The chorus is a message to anyone who glorifies the idea of being a captive or a prisoner in any way. The song's lyrics portray the harsh reality of imprisonment and the consequences of committing crimes against humanity.


Line by Line Meaning

Madness comes, and madness goes
Insanity is an ever-present force that comes and goes in cycles


An insane place, with insane moves
The environment is made up of insane people that behave in insane ways


Battles without, for battles within
There are internal battles being fought within oneself, while external battles continue to persist


Where evil lives and evil rules
The evil nature of the environment overpowers and controls everything around it


Breaking them up, just breaking them in
Newcomers are broken down and molded into the same kind of madness that exists in this environment


Quickest way out, quickest relief wins
The fastest way to escape this environment is to find the quickest relief, no matter the consequences


Never disclose, never betray
One must never reveal or betray the secrets of the environment


Cease to speak or cease to breathe
One must keep silent or face deadly consequences


And when you kill a man, you're a murderer
Taking a single life makes you a killer


Kill many, and you're a conqueror
Taking many lives makes you a conqueror


Kill them all, oh you're a god
Complete genocide makes you a god-like figure in this environment


Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, have you reached a verdict?
The artist addresses the jury to inquire if they have made a decision


Yes, we have your honor
The jury has reached a verdict


We find the defendant guilty on all counts for crimes against all humanity
The defendant has been found guilty for all crimes committed against humanity


By virtue of the jury's decision and the power vested in me by the state, I hereby sentence you to be incarcerated with no possibility of parole, for life
The singer, with the authority provided to them by the state and the decision of the jury, sentences the defendant to life in prison with no chance of parole


Life? whale' ya' mean life? I ain't got a life!
The defendant is shocked by the sentencing and protests that they do not have a life


Boy, your soul better belong to Jesus,'cause your ass belongs to me
The artist makes it clear that they will not go easy on the defendant and will own them completely


Captive honour, ain't no honour
Being a captive does not bring any honor or dignity to oneself


No time for questions
There is no time for asking questions or making inquiries


No time for games
There is no room for games or whimsical behavior


Start kicking ass
The only way to survive in this environment is to be aggressive and violent


And taking down the names
One must identify their enemies and take them down


A long shit list
There are many individuals that one must take down


A shorter fuse
One's patience and mercy are running thin


He is untouchable
There is an individual in this environment that cannot be harmed or touched


And guarantees you'll lose
Crossing paths with this individual is a guaranteed loss for the other party


Inside the bighouse, his nightmare unfolds
The singer describes a nightmare scenario that is unfolding in a large confinement facility


Before he got there, his manpussy was sold
Before arriving, the artist describes how the individual was already selling themselves for sexual favors


Black blanket welcome, this tough guy's now a bitch
The individual is being welcomed into this environment, where even the toughest individuals become weak and submissive


Praying for death, it can't be worse than this
The individual is so broken that they are now wishing for death as a means of escape




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

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