Rust in Peace

"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" (or simply "Holy Wars") is the first track off of Megadeth's fourth album Rust in Peace. This song has unusual structure and the lyrics of the first part is about the Northern Ireland Conflict.


    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
    Up on 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, rappel 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 thinking 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
    Next thing you know they'll take my thoughts away