Dread and the Fugitive Mind
Megadeth Lyrics


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Let me introduce myself
I'm a social disease
I've come for your wealth
And leave you on your knees
No time for feeling sorry
I got here on my own
I won't ask for mercy
I choose to walk alone

Whats yours is mine and whats mine is mine too
If you shake my hand better count your fingers

What if I do get caught?
What if there is no judgement?
If Im right I loose nothing
If your right I loose it all

I ought to get caught
Because I'm doing something wicked
I'm guilty haunted by my fears
And the only consequences
Are dread and the fugitive mind

You built walls to protect you
So no one will infect you
Pursued by thoise out there
That vanish in thin air
Come a long way to find
What you allready left behind




You don't know when the end is
But it's coming fast

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Megadeth's song "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" convey the persona of a deceitful and manipulative character who sees others' prosperity as something to exploit, without remorse or empathy. The song's protagonist perceives a world where self-interest reigns, and he is determined to take advantage of it to advance his own agenda. He doesn't have any desire to depend on anyone, and he won't be asking for forgiveness when things go south. The line "What's yours is mine, and what's mine is mine too" institutes the perspective that people should take what they can, whenever they can, as it is the only way to succeed in their lives.


The lyrics also imply that the singer is "haunted" by his "fears" and is "guilty" of "doing something wicked," but he chooses to accept the consequences of his actions, "dread" and the "fugitive mind." He experiences a sense of urgency to take from others before he can be caught, acknowledging that he might be selfish and immoral. Thus, the song expresses the inner turmoil of a character who has been guided by greed, seeing no escape from their wrongdoings.


Line by Line Meaning

Let me introduce myself
Allow me to present who I am


I'm a social disease
I am a widespread problem that will lead to harm


I've come for your wealth
I am after your riches


And leave you on your knees
I will leave you helpless and powerless


No time for feeling sorry
There is no time to apologize or express remorse


I got here on my own
I arrived here by my own efforts


I won't ask for mercy
I will not beg for forgiveness


I choose to walk alone
I prefer to be alone and independent


Whats yours is mine and whats mine is mine too
I believe in taking and owning everything for myself


If you shake my hand better count your fingers
Be careful not to trust me as I may deceive you


What if I do get caught?
What if I am apprehended?


What if there is no judgment?
What if there are no consequences to my actions?


If Im right I loose nothing
If I am right, I have nothing to lose


If your right I loose it all
If you are right, I will lose everything


I ought to get caught
I should be punished for my wrongdoing


Because I'm doing something wicked
I am engaging in immoral or sinful behavior


I'm guilty haunted by my fears
I bear the weight of my guilt and the fear of being caught


And the only consequences
The only price I will pay


Are dread and the fugitive mind
Are constant anxiety and the feeling of being pursued


You built walls to protect you
You have set up defenses to keep yourself safe


So no one will infect you
So that no one will cause you harm or danger


Pursued by those out there
However, you are being chased by those outside


That vanish in thin air
Who disappear into nothingness


Come a long way to find
You have traveled far to find


What you already left behind
What you have already left in the past


You don't know when the end is
You are unaware of when the end is coming


But it's coming fast
But it is quickly approaching




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: DAVE MUSTAINE

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