Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
Megadeth Lyrics


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Brother will kill brother
Spilling blood across the land
Killing for religion
Something I don't understand

Fools like me, who cross the sea
And come to foreign lands
Ask the sheep, for their beliefs
Do you kill on God's command?

A country that's divided
Surely will not stand
My past erased, no more disgrace
No foolish naive stand

The end is near, it's crystal clear
Part of the master plan
Don't look now to Israel
It might be your homelands

Holy wars

Upon my podium, as the
Know it all scholar
Down in my seat of judgement
Gavel's bang, uphold the law
Up on my soapbox, a leader
Out to change the world
Down in my pulpit as the holier
Than-thou-could-be-messenger of God

Wage the war on organized crime
Sneak attacks, repel down the rocks
Behind the lines
Some people risk to employ me
Some people live to destroy me
Either way they die, they die

They killed my wife, and my baby
With hopes to enslave me
First mistake, last mistake!
Paid by the alliance, to slay all the giants
Next mistake, no more mistakes

Fill the cracks in, with judicial granite
Because I don't say it,
Don't mean I ain't thinkin' it
Next thing you know, they'll take my thoughts away
I know what I said, now I must scream of the overdose
And the lack of mercy killings
Mercy killings
Mercy killings




Killings, killings, killings, killings
Next thing you know, they'll take my thoughts away

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Megadeth's song 'Holy Wars...The Punishment Due' describe the devastating impact of religious warfare and its potential to destroy entire countries. The first verse speaks of the violent, senseless killing that occurs when individuals fight for their faith, and the confusion the singer feels in trying to understand why such actions are taken. The second verse is a commentary on the issue of national division and the fact that it cannot lead to a state of unity. The final verse is a critique of those in power, who act as if they know what's best for the world, but ultimately spread corruption and death.


The song is a blistering indictment of religious conflict, and the way it can tear apart societies. It's a powerful and thought-provoking reflection on the issues that arise when people become entrenched in their beliefs and are unwilling to compromise or see the other side of the conflict.


Line by Line Meaning

Brother will kill brother
People who are supposed to be united will fight against each other


Spilling blood across the land
Fighting will cause bloodshed and loss


Killing for religion
People hurt or kill others in the name of their faith


Something I don't understand
The singer cannot seem to comprehend this kind of violence


Fools like me, who cross the sea And come to foreign lands
Some travelers go to distant places without realizing their dangers


Ask the sheep, for their beliefs Do you kill on God's command?
People may blindly follow others without reflecting on their actions


A country that's divided Surely will not stand
A nation with internal conflicts is bound to fall


My past erased, no more disgrace No foolish naive stand
The singer wants to forget his mistakes and avoid future ones


The end is near, it's crystal clear Part of the master plan
A catastrophic event seems imminent and inevitable


Don't look now to Israel It might be your homelands
The location of a war is unpredictable and could hit close to home


Holy wars
Religious conflicts that escalate into violent confrontations


Upon my podium, as the Know it all scholar
The singer is in a position of intellectual authority and superiority


Down in my seat of judgement Gavel's bang, uphold the law
The singer has a role in a court of justice and punishment


Up on my soapbox, a leader Out to change the world
The singer believes he can make a difference and inspire others


Down in my pulpit as the holier Than-thou-could-be-messenger of God
The singer speaks from a position of religious authority and righteousness


Wage the war on organized crime Sneak attacks, repel down the rocks Behind the lines
The singer fights against lawlessness and corruption in a hidden, dangerous way


Some people risk to employ me Some people live to destroy me
The singer attracts both allies and enemies with his methods and ideals


Either way they die, they die
There will be casualties and collateral damage in any conflict


They killed my wife, and my baby With hopes to enslave me
The singer's loved ones suffered and died because of the attackers' cruel motives


First mistake, last mistake! Paid by the alliance, to slay all the giants Next mistake, no more mistakes
The singer sees his enemies as doomed to fail and desperate to defeat him


Fill the cracks in, with judicial granite Because I don't say it, Don't mean I ain't thinkin' it
The singer wants to use impartial justice to fix social problems but also harbors critical thoughts and feelings


Next thing you know, they'll take my thoughts away I know what I said, now I must scream of the overdose And the lack of mercy killings Mercy killings Mercy killings Killings, killings, killings, killings Next thing you know, they'll take my thoughts away
The singer fears losing his freedom of expression and conscience, and fears being misunderstood or misrepresented




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

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