Released: September 14, 2004  |  Sanctuary Records

The System Has Failed

Megadeth's tenth studio album, The System Has Failed was critically hailed as a brilliant return to form which Revolver described in a four-star review as "Megadeth's most vengeful, poignant and musically complex offering since 1992's Countdown to Extinction". In creating this album Mustaine has taken all the greatest elements of successive Megadeth line ups, mixed them together and reinvigorated the sound with an injection of fresh Mustaine venom. The album debuted at #18 on U.S. Billboard charts.

  • BLACKMAIL THE UNIVERSE

    BLACKMAIL THE UNIVERSE

    This is breaking news
    It appears that Air Force One was shot down
    Somewhere over the Middle East this morning
    By a sleeper cell of rogue terrorists, firing a Stinger Missile
    The Pilot and all passengers are unaccounted for
    The President's whereabouts are presently unknown
    And he is presumed missing
    The Vice President, Secretary of State,
    And principals of the military are assembling
    Our nation stands at DEFCON 3

    The greatest crisis, will someone come for me?
    I “red, white and blew it”
    Unleashed revenge, my body is detained
    How could anybody do this?
    Betrayal, I peel away the days
    Medals are useless, Uncle Sam's forgotten me
    I'm not important, no one will ever come
    I'll never be found, God get me out of this hell

    Nuclear battlefields energized
    Cold wars are heating up again
    The tensions mounting
    People lift up your fists in revenge

    The stage is set
    Who will be the first to blink?
    We can't go to war
    Remember that “Vietnam thing”
    Peace at any price
    With a gun to your head, bang, bang
    Weakness runs in your family
    What runs in mine is death

    Solo - Poland

    This is your 5 minute warning
    Burn all your classified documents
    And if cooler heads don't prevail
    First strike from a political dead man

    Appeasement only makes the aggressor more aggressive
    He understands only one language – action!
    And he respects only one word – force!
    No sign of them stopping, no time for back channel communiqués
    We need all the help we can get, air strikes and invasions!
    Retaliate, I say!

    The will of good men can not counter the terrible strain of war

    Solo - Poland
    Solo - Mustaine

    Blackmail the Universe with the greatest of calamities
    Awaken those sleeping giants in the dust of the ground
    With their skin destroyed, unjust to innocence
    Lawful possessor of the world's last 24 hours

    Solo - Mustaine

    Terror and ugliness reveal what death really means
    And in hatred you see men as they really are
    If chosen over heaven, Earth will have been for them
    All along, only another region of hell

  • DIE DEAD ENOUGH

    DIE DEAD ENOUGH

    Solo - Poland

    Its twilight and I wake up hot
    My body's soaked in a cold, cold sweat
    I reenact the lurid scenes
    And clawed engravings in my head

    Oh, I can't punch hard enough and I run
    I can't kick high enough and I run
    I can't shoot straight enough and I run
    I can't hold on enough and I run
    Oh, I can't stay down enough and I run
    I can't take pain enough and I run
    I can't bleed fast enough
    I can't die dead enough

    The air is thick, but the oxygen's thin
    My heart is beating like a drum, boom!
    Ice is flowing through my veins
    Explosives on my lips and in my lungs

    Oh, I can't punch hard enough and I run
    I can't kick high enough and I run
    I can't shoot straight enough and I run
    I can't hold on enough and I run
    Oh, I can't stay down enough and I run
    I can't take pain enough and I run
    I can't bleed fast enough
    I can't die dead enough

    I don't know what I'm running from
    I don't know where I'm running to
    But there's something deep and strange inside of me I see

    I don't know what I'm running from
    I don't know where I'm running to
    Something's compelling me to run into the dark

    And now I am more driven than before
    And now I live just to settle score
    And now I feel the nearness of your breath
    Now I introduce you to your death

    Solo - Poland
    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Poland

    I am more driven than before
    I live just to settle score
    I feel the nearness of your breath
    I introduce you to your death

    I can't punch hard enough
    I can't kick high enough
    I can't shoot straight enough
    I can't hold on enough
    I can't stay down enough, die dead enough
    I can't take pain enough, die dead enough
    I can't bleed fast enough, die dead enough

    Solo fills - Poland

  • KICK THE CHAIR

    KICK THE CHAIR

    Dawn breaks evenly today
    On the truth and the lie
    All rise, court's in session
    We're hanging someone high

    Justice means nothing today
    Now that the courts are for sale
    Pick a crime from the menu; pick a sentence and defend you
    And pay up the down payment called bail
    The system's for sale

    Kick the chair, the rope's tight
    Just like one quick wrench, the tooth is out
    Friend or foe, I gotta hang em dead
    Or they'll come back around
    Kick it!

    The court's wrong when it keeps tracks
    Of victories and defeats
    The press that never rest just waits
    For somebody's soul they can eat

    Justice means nothing today
    Now that the jury's for sale
    Guilty or not, the verdict's a lie
    You're going to jail
    The system has failed

    Kick the chair, the rope's tight
    Just like one quick wrench, the tooth is out
    Friend or foe, ya gotta hang em dead
    Or they'll come

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Poland

  • THE SCORPION

    THE SCORPION

    My life is everything
    That feeds my thirst that causes sin
    My wants are all I care
    No shame and guilt, there's nothing there
    Look deep into my face
    I sell deceit without a trace
    Fear not what I can do
    Unless you want it done to you, oh-ohhh!

    Solo - Mustaine

    As I climb onto your back, I will promise not to sting
    I will tell you what you want to hear, and not mean anything
    Then I treat you like a dog as I shoot my venom in
    You pretend you didn't know that I am a scorpion, oh

    My self I'm centered in
    There's nothing else, there's never been
    And I dream, to be left alone
    With the sadness, the madness of my own
    Look deep into my soul
    It's black as coal like a bullet hole
    Fear not, get off your knees
    There's no defense, you'll do what I please, oh-oh!

    Solo - Mustaine

    As I climb onto your back, I will promise not to sting
    I will tell you what you want to hear, and not mean anything
    Then I treat you like a dog as I shoot my venom in
    You pretend you didn't know that I am a scorpion, oh

    Solo - Mustaine

    As I climb onto your back, I promise not to sting
    I tell you what you want to hear, and not mean anything
    I will treat you like a dog as I shoot my venom in
    'Cause you knew all along I am a scorpion, ya!

    My lies, to reach the shore
    I aggrandize and nothing more
    My hopes, to steal away
    All that you love, I'll soon betray
    Look deep into my past
    The pain I deal is unsurpassed
    I'm not a lowly scorpion
    I'm so much worse; I'm the fall of man

  • TEARS IN A VIAL

    TEARS IN A VIAL

    This may seem all too confusing
    How I could walk away from something so rare
    But you see it all got too demanding, yeah
    And I just didn't care, I just didn't care, if I cared, if I cared

    Lately, I've been left wanting, but not wanting you
    Attraction that once was is no longer there, ooh
    And it sucks to be taken for granted
    When the veil is drawn and there's only air

    I had to walk away
    Give up something I love
    For what I loved even more
    And save my tears for you

    Solo - Mustaine

    Everything has lost its meaning; I had to let it go
    To find myself, myself, and start something new, brand new
    Forced to look deep in the mirror, face who I really am
    Now it's just me, cause I can't afford you

    I had to walk away
    Give up something I love
    For what I loved even more
    And save my tears for you

    I gave up something I loved
    For what I loved even more
    And I saved my tears for you
    In a vial and walked away

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Poland

    You were so beautiful to look upon
    I could see the light in your smile
    Your eyes were the windows into your soul
    Your body was heavenly just like the sky

    Solo - Mustaine

    Until all your good looks betrayed you, which ain't much
    Counted on your counterfeit smiles for too long
    Your eyes are empty windows: broken
    The body may be here, but the soul is gone

    I saved my tears for you in a vial
    From everything wicked thing that you did, that you said
    To send away, buried with your love
    So many tears in a vial, now that you're gone, and now that you're dead

  • I KNOW JACK

    I KNOW JACK

    Solo - Mustaine

    I served with Jack Kennedy
    I knew Jack Kennedy
    Jack Kennedy was friend of mine
    Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy

  • BACK IN THE DAY

    BACK IN THE DAY

    Where were you when it happened?
    Where could you be found?
    Were you at the front of the stage?
    Or in the underground

    From SF out to Old Bridge
    NY back to LA
    The world of metal changed forever
    Back in the day

    Well that was back in the day
    And if you weren't there
    It doesn't matter anyway
    Because you wouldn't understand

    Live to die and die to play
    Every day and place
    Leave a path of metal
    Across the world from stage to stage

    Well that was back in the day
    And if you weren't there
    It doesn't matter anyway
    Because you wouldn't understand

    Solo - Poland

    In denim and leather
    We were all part of one force
    Knocked Rock and Roll on its ass
    And put metal on the course

    Higher!

    Solo - Poland

    Higher!

    Solo - Mustaine

    Higher!

    Solo - Poland

    Higher!

    Solo - Mustaine

    Back in the day

    Solo - Mustaine

    You weren't there

    Solo - Mustaine

    It doesn't mater

    Solo - Mustaine

    Because you wouldn't understand

    This is our way of life
    A life that was born free
    To follow orders how to live
    Was never meant to be
    Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh

    Peals of thunder, sheets of lighting
    The power hits the stage
    The music was exciting
    The mania raged
    On, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh

    We all had the fever
    Our ears started to ring
    Feeding this wildfire
    Consuming everything
    Oh, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh

    Metal's King back then
    And still is this today
    Others imitate or challenge
    But it never goes away
    On, oh-oh, oh-oh

  • SOMETHING THAT I'M NOT

    SOMETHING THAT I'M NOT

    Your mind tells you that you've lost your confidence
    You're drifting and ya don't believe in anyone
    To lose what little you have left to be proud of
    Afraid you can't do this again, ah!

    You said that nothing come in-between us
    The way of getting things we wanted done
    Then enissophobia held you under its influence
    Until you compromised your style

    Solo - Mustaine

    Everything about you has been one big charade
    What will you do now that the well's run dry? Cry?
    To sell out all your friends and stab them in the back
    It's something that you are; it's something that I'm not

    When you forced me into doing what you love
    Mark my words no one loves you very much, yeah mark em'
    And when you tried to change me and tried to replace me
    I couldn't help but end just hating you, hmm!

    Being a fraud can only last so long, you should know
    Till what ya sensed as a child returns, you little baby
    To choke out the voice that told ya “money and the fame”
    Would fill the crater that you dug for yourself

    Solo - Mustaine

    Unlike you I'm no vision to myself, lest you forget
    You didn't ever make metal, buddy; metal made you
    To crush and run over everyone along the way
    It's something that you are; it's something that I'm not

    A stranger to yourself, ha! ya pissed me off again
    I won't be driven by your needs anymore
    What you'd become to do or be is clear to see for me
    It's something that you are; something that I'm not

    Solo - Mustaine

    It makes me sick to hear you say you “love me”
    I know you only love what I can do for you
    If you were the one that was leading the charge
    Would you notice if I missed a day or two? But that's impossible!

    We all laughed at the parodies that you'd become
    Now your pain slowly paid back has begun
    So, accept my resignation, or in your words “betrayal”
    Before it gets much worse, end this self-sabotage

    Solo - Mustaine

    Something that I'm not, something that you are, something I'm not

    Solo - Mustaine

    Something that I'm not, something that you are, something I'm not
    Something that you are, something I'm not, yet
  • TRUTH BE TOLD

    TRUTH BE TOLD

    This is the first tale of death in the world
    When Cain struck down Abel, a family broken
    Since then mankind's dominated his own kind
    To insult and injure, there's no such thing as peace
    Till death do us part, till the last

    Truth be told - Sin lies at the doorway
    Truth be told - Hell's open for business now
    Truth be told - The soil cries out for revenge
    Truth be told - And death is upon the ground
    All around

    The battle ain't over without spoils of war
    Just cause it is written does not make it so
    When you dance with the devil wait till the songs over
    I ask myself “how bad do I want you to live?”
    My anger is near, till the last

    Truth be told - Sin lies at the doorway
    Truth be told - Hell's open for business now
    Truth be told - The soil cries out for revenge
    Truth be told - And death is upon the ground
    All around

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Mustaine

    Tribulation strikes and we're hit hard
    Still you just go on your way
    Head in the sand, ignoring the rain
    Just like the flood in Noah's day
    In his day

    Solo - Mustaine

    Can't punish those ruining the earth
    It's suicide to some degree
    Because we are all guilty, guilty as sin
    There will be no peace, never for you and for me

    Solo - Mustaine

    Before al Qaeda and Bin Laden
    Long before Hitler and Hussein
    Ever since the first murder was committed
    The verdict's always been the same

    Solo - Mustaine

    The cursed future just repeats the past
    There's hell to pay and stones to cast
    So, there will be no peace, never be peace
    Till the last truth be told by you and me

    Solo - Mustaine

  • OF MICE AND MEN

    OF MICE AND MEN

    The fire burns on and on
    That drives me on till all is gone
    Except the simple plans
    Of mice and men

    Back when I was just seventeen
    I thought that I knew everything
    I could make it in this scene
    To be a rising star that only gleamed
    But all the answers disagreed
    With the questions held for me

    I was legal now at twenty-one
    I knew the way the world should run
    My God just look what I had done
    Simply drunk and having fun
    Looked for friends, but I found none
    All alone at twenty-one

    Solo - Poland

    The fire burns on and on
    That drives me on till all is gone
    Except the simple plans
    Of mice and men
    The fire burns on and on
    That drives me on till all is gone
    Except the simple plans
    Of mice and men

    Solo fills - Poland

    At twenty-five I was surprised
    That I was still even half alive
    Somehow I managed to survive
    I felt my body's doing time
    And In my back a hundred knives
    From friends at twenty-five

    And now as Gabriel sounds my warning bell
    I'd buy your life, if you would sell
    A year or two, if less compelled
    So live your life and live it well
    There's not much left of me to tell
    I just got back up each time I fell

    Solo - Poland

    The fire burns on and on
    That drives me on till all is gone
    Except the simple plans
    Of mice and men
    The fire burns on and on
    That drives me on till all is gone
    Except the simple plans
    Of mice and men

    Solo fills - Poland
    Solo - Mustaine

    The fire burns on and on
    That drives me on till all is gone
    Except the simple plans
    Of mice and men

    The fire burns on and on
    That drives me on till all is gone
    Except the simple plans
    Of mice and men
    The fire burns on and on
    That drives me on till all is gone
    Except the simple plans
    Of mice and men
    The fire burns on and on
    That drives me on till all is gone
    Except the simple plans
    Of mice and men

    Solo fills - Poland

  • SHADOW OF DETH

    SHADOW OF DETH

    Auxilium meum a Domino

    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
    He leadeth me beside the still waters
    He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me
    In the paths of righteousness for his name's sake
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
    I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me
    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
    Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
    And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever

    Solo - Mustaine

    (Psalm 23) by David
    Music - Mustaine
  • MY KINGDOM

    MY KINGDOM

    The flag that I once planted as a king I abandoned
    And now I reclaim this banner by God my sword and my name
    In a truce sealed by blood within this metal skin and all that I own
    Blood, bone, and courage in my veins and the heart that pumps it

    Drink from the chalice and be reborn
    And the land with me, it will change and transform

    A fighting man sworn to the quest it is the doom of man that they forget
    I have awoken the dragon and all around me the mist of his breath
    Good and evil, there never is one without the other, his brother
    Always there where I least expect it, it will burn me to cinders

    The futures taken root in the present sun
    Don't look into my heart, least of all your own

    Solo - Poland

    No man who is false can win in combat against the truth
    When he lies he murders some part of the world, we must find what was lost
    Hearth and home, wife and child were not for me, I was not yet done
    I never knew how empty my soul was until it was refilled

    Mad distemper strikes both beggars and Kings
    The Necromancer's hard teachings of war and quest

    I am given the right to bear arms and power to meet justice

    I have lived through others for far too long,
    And carried my guilt, my causes, my sins
    I hope in the hereafter when I owe no more to the future
    That I can be just a man

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