Countdown to Extinction Album

Artist(s): Megadeth

Cover Art

Megadeth Countdown to Extinction Cover Art

Tracklist

Skin o’ My Teeth

length: 3:15
composer: Dave Mustaine
lyricist: Dave Mustaine

I had wrists donning slits
Flowing constantly
My broken body in a wreck
Wrapped around a tree
A crosswalk hit and run
The finish line for me
People clutter in the gutter
Take a look and see

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clinging on to life
By the skin o'my teeth

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clinging on to life
By the skin o'my teeth

My blood flows through the streets
Deluge from the wounds
Empty jars of sleeping pills
On the dresser in my room
My wet brain neighbor cranes
His neck in time to see
The white lights a train
Bearing down on me

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clinging on to life
By the skin o'my teeth

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clinging on to life
By the skin o'my teeth

I won't feel the hurt
I'm not trash any longer
That that doesn't kill me
Only makes me stronger
I need a ride to the morgue
That's what 911 is for
So, tag my toe and don't forget
Ooh to close the drawer

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clinging on to life
By the skin o'my teeth

No escaping pain
You belong to me
Clinging on to life
By the skin o'my teeth

Symphony of Destruction

length: 4:03
producer: Dave Mustaine and Max Norman
mixer: Max Norman
engineer: Max Norman
composer: Dave Mustaine
lyricist: Dave Mustaine
You take a mortal man
And put him in control
Watch him become a god
Watch people's heads a'roll
A'roll

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony
Of destruction

Acting like a robot
Its metal brain corrodes
You try to take its pulse
Before the head explodes
Explodes

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony
Of destruction

The earth starts to rumble
World powers fall
A'warring for the heavens
A peaceful man stands tall
Tall

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony
Of destruction

Architecture of Aggression

length: 3:35
composer: David Ellefson, Dave Mustaine
lyricist: Dave Mustaine
Born from the dark
In the black cloak of night
To envelop its prey below
Deliver to the light
To eliminate your enemy
Hit them in their sleep
And when all is won and lost
The spoils of wars are yours to keep

Great nations built from the bones of the dead
With mud and straw, blood and sweat
You know your worth when your enemies
Praise your architecture of aggression

Ensuing power vacuum
A toppled leader dies
His body fuels the power fire
And the flames rise to the sky
One side of his face a kiss
The other genocide
Time to pay with your ***
A worldwide suicide

Great nations built from the bones of the dead
With mud and straw, blood and sweat
You know your worth when your enemies
Praise your architecture of aggression

Born from the dark
In the black cloak of the night
To envelop its prey below
Deliver to the light
To eliminate your enemy
Hit them in their sleep
And when all is won and lost
The spoils of war are yours to keep

Great nations built from the bones of the dead
With mud and straw, blood and sweat
You know your worth when your enemies
Praise your architecture of aggression

Foreclosure of a Dream

length: 4:18
lyricist: David Ellefson, Dave Mustaine
composer: Dave Mustaine
Rise so high, yet so far to fall
A plan of dignity and balance for all
Political breakthrough, euphoria's high
More borrowed money, more borrowed time
Backed in a corner, caught up in the race
Means to an end ended in disgrace
Perspective is lost in the spirit of the chase

Foreclosure of a dream
Those visions never seen
Until all is lost
Personal holocaust
Foreclosure of a dream

barren land that once filled a need
Are worthless now, dead without a deed
Slipping away from an iron grip
Nature's scales are forced to tip
The heartland cries, loss of all pride
To leave ain't believing, so try and be tried
Insufficient funds, insanity and suicide

Foreclosure of a dream
Those visions never seen
Until all is lost
Personal holocaust
Foreclosure of a dream

Now with new hope some will be proud
This is no hoax, no one pushed out
Recieve a preieve and bea pioneer
Break new ground of a new frontier
New ideas will surely get by
No deed, or divident
Some may ask, "Why?"
You'll find the solution, the answer's in the sky

Foreclosure of a dream
Those visions never seen
Until all is lost
Personal holocaust
Foreclosure of a dream

Rise so high, yet so far to fall
A plan of dignity and balance for all
Political breakthrough, euphoria's high
More borrowed money, more borrowed time

Foreclosure of a dream
Those visions never seen
Until all is lost
Personal holocaust
Foreclosure of a dream

Holocaust

Sweating Bullets

length: 5:04
producer: Max Norman and Dave Mustaine
mixer: Max Norman
engineer: Max Norman
composer: Dave Mustaine
lyricist: Dave Mustaine
Hello me, meet the real me
And my misfit's way of life
A dark black past is my
Most valued possession
Hindsight is always 20-20
But looking back it's still a bit fuzzy
Speak of mutually assured destruction?
Nice story, tell it to Reader's Digest!!!

Feeling paranoid
True enemy or false friend?
Anxiety's attacking me and
My air is getting thin
I'm in trouble for the things
I haven't got to yet
I'm chomping at the bit and my
Palms are getting wet, sweating bullets

Hello me, it's me again
You can subdue but never tame me
It gives me a migraine headache
Sinking down to your level
Yea, just keep on thinking it's my fault
And stay an inch or two outta kicking distance
Mankind has got to know
His limitations

Feeling claustrophobic
Like the walls are closing in
Blood stains on my hands and
I don't know where I've been
I'm in trouble fro the things
I haven't got to yet
I'm sharpening the axe and my
Palms are getting wet, sweating bullets

Well, me, it's nice talking to myself
A credit to dementia
Some day you too will know my pain
And smile its blacktooth grin
If the war inside my head
Won't take a day off I'll be dead
My icy fingers claw your back
Here I come again

Feeling paranoid
True enemy or false friend?
Anxiety's attacking me
And my air is getting thin
Feeling claustrophobic
Like the walls are closing in
Blood stains on my hands
And I don't know where I've been

Once you committed me
Now you've acquitted me
Claiming validity
For your stupidity
I'm chomping at the bit
I'm sharpening the axe
Here I come again, whoa!
Sweating bullets

This Was My Life

length: 3:43
composer: Dave Mustaine
lyricist: Dave Mustaine
It was just another day
It was just another fight
It was words strung into sentences
It was doomed to not be right
There is something wrong with me
There is something wrong with you
There is nothing left of us
There is one thing I can do
Lying on your bed, examining my head
This is the part of me that hates
Paybacks are a *****, I throw the switch
Somewhere the electric chair awaits
Hey! This was my life
Hey! This was my fate
This was the wrong thing to do
This was the wrong one to be doing
This was the road to destiny
This was the road to my ruin
Now there's motives for the suspect
Now there's nothing left to say
Now there's method to the madness
Now there's society to pay
In our life there's if
In our beliefs there's lie
In our business there's sin
In our bodies there's die
This was my life
This was my fate

Countdown to Extinction

length: 4:17
composer: Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine
lyricist: Nick Menza, David Ellefson, Dave Mustaine
Endangered species, caged in fright,
Shot in cold blood, no chance to fight.
The stage is set, now pay the price.
And ego boost, don't think twice.
Technology, the battle's unfair,
You pull the hammer without a care.
Squeeze the trigger that makes you Man,
Pseudo-safari, the hunt is canned...
The hunt is canned
All are gone, all but one.
No contest, nowhere to run.
No more left, only one.
This is it, this is the Countdown to Extinction
Tell the truth, you wouldn't dare.
The skin and trophy, oh so rare.
Silence speaks louder than words.
Ignore the guilt and take your turn.
'Liars' anagram is "lairs,"
Man you were never even there.
Killed a few feet from the cages,
Point blank, you're so courageous...
So courageous
"One hour from now,
Another species of life form
Will disappear from the face of the planet
Forever... And the rate is accelerating."

High Speed Dirt

length: 4:13
lyricist: David Ellefson, Dave Mustaine
composer: Dave Mustaine
Do it if you dare, leaping from the sky
Hurling through the air, exhilarating high
See the earth below, soon to make a crater
Blue sky, black death, I'm off to meet my maker

[Chorus]
Energy of the Gods, adrenalin surge
Won't stop till I hit the ground, I'm on my way for sure
Up here in the air, this will never hurt
I'm on my way to impact, taste the high speed dirt

Paralyzed with fear, feel velocity gain
Entering a near, catatonic state
Pressure of the sound roaring through my head
Crash into the ground, damned if I'll be dead

[Chorus]

Jump or die!

Dropping all my weight, going down full throttle
The pale horse awaits like a genie in a bottle
Fire in my veins faster as I go
I forgot my name, I'm a dirt torpedo

High speed dirt, high speed dirt
High speed dirt, high speed dirt
High speed dirt, high speed dirt
High speed dirt, high speed dirt

Psychotron

length: 4:43
composer: Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine
lyricist: Dave Mustaine
***assin in stealth
***ailant from Hell
Impervious to damage
Computer on board
Engaged in war
Non-stop combatant
Maybe not a mutant, maybe a man
Part bionic
And organic
Not a cyborg
Call him Psychotron
Burning inside
Godspeed in glide
Battle plan running
A killing machine
Just downright mean
And forever gunning
Maybe not a mutant, maybe a man
Target to destroy
Arms in employ
Full ***ault fire threat
Sensors indicate
You will terminate
Life systems disconnect
Psychotron

Captive Honour

length: 4:15
composer: Marty Friedman, Nick Menza, Dave Mustaine
lyricist: David Ellefson, Dave Mustaine
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... Ooh... 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, Hmmm-mmm, 'cause your *** belongs to
me!"
Captive honour, ain't no honour
No time for questions
No time for games
Start kicking ***
And taking down the names
A long **** list
A shorter fuse
He is untouchable
And guarantees you'll lose
Inside the bighouse
His nightmare unfolds
Before he got there
His man***** was sold
Black blanket welcome
This tough guy's now a *****
Praying for death
It can't be worse than this

Ashes in Your Mouth

length: 6:11
composer: Marty Friedman, Nick Menza, David Ellefson, Dave Mustaine
lyricist: Dave Mustaine
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!