Released: May 15, 2001 

The World Needs a Hero

With a revamp in management, label and a couple of band members, Megadeth comes back in a furiously strong offering. This album debuted at #16 on U.S. Billboard charts, and was marked as a welcome return to Megadeth's more heavy metal roots. Mustaine's focused musical vision and pessimistic take on the world in 2001 is fiercer than ever. The razor-sharp guitar shredding, snarling vocals and spitting scepticism cut like an out-of-control laser on The World Needs a Hero.

  • DISCONNECT

    DISCONNECT

    Behind closed doors all you live for is taking
    That double life of yours has left your whole world shaking
    Who are you fooling? I know you hear the laughter
    Don't you hear people talking? What is it that your after?

    Turn off your conscience
    Leave the world outside
    Nothing at all can ever make you feel
    That anything's so real so you just - Disconnect

    The key to save yourself if for nothing else
    A tongue can never hold the truth of silence is golden
    With a broken heart underneath all of the pain
    Do you stroke the pretty scars? The hurt never ends

    Turn off your conscience
    Leave the world outside
    Nothing at all can ever make you feel
    That anything's so real so you just - Disconnect

    Solo - Mustaine

    Turn off your conscience
    Leave the world outside
    Nothing at all can ever make you feel
    That anything's so real so you just - Disconnect

    Turn off your conscience
    Leave the world outside
    Nothing at all can ever make you feel
    That anything's so real so you just - Disconnect

    End Chorus Solos - Pitrelli
    Percussion - Chris Vrenna

  • THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO

    THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO

    An Iron fist quietly sits inside the Velvet Glove
    Take control, untouchable just like God above
    I can't escape, wrapped in red tape, what will become of me?
    If I object, then I defect my country 'tis of thee

    The White House is calling
    Tell them I'll call them back
    Just tell them anything
    Yeah get them off my back

    The world needs a hero

    Not that I would ever lie but I have no choice
    Words I say heard today are not mine, just my voice

    NATO is on line 1
    They want to talk to me
    Tell them that I'm not in
    Tell them that I'm not free

    The world needs a hero

    Phantom rule, the hidden jewel who's really in control?
    On puppet strings, a nation swings undermined by moles

    The UN is on hold
    Tell them I'll call them back
    Yeah tell them anything
    Just get them off my back

    The world needs a hero

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Pitrelli

    Dave the White House is calling
    They want to talk to me
    Tell them that I can't be bought
    Tell them that I'm not free

    The world needs a hero

    End Solos - Pitrelli

  • MOTO PSYCHO

    MOTO PSYCHO

    Responsibility, an anchor around my neck
    Dependability, made me a nervous wreck
    Accountability, I live from check to check
    Volatility, neglect and no respect

    Got my wheels in motion and I got a path to beat
    I hit the road to "I don't know" and look for "Tough Shit Street"

    Solo - Pitrelli

    One-way ticket nowhere there's no windows on this train
    Can't see where I'm headed but I'm going there again

    Moto Psycho
    Going nowhere everybody is a
    Moto Psycho move it or lose it baby
    Going nowhere 100 miles an hour
    Moto Psycho I'm a Moto Psycho
    Moto Psycho

    You know you can't resist to tell me what I mean
    You gave my mind a twist said that I was unclean
    The actor runs the play and ad-libs in between
    You're all that I resent my thoughts were so obscene

    Got my wheels in motion and I got a path to beat
    I hit the road to "I don't know" and look for "Tough Shit Street"

    Solo - Mustaine

    One-way ticket nowhere there's no windows on this train
    Can't see where I'm headed but I'm going there again

    Moto Psycho
    Going nowhere everybody is a
    Moto Psycho move it or lose it baby
    Going nowhere 100 miles an hour
    Moto Psycho I'm a Moto Psycho

    One-way ticket nowhere there's no windows on this train
    Can't see where I'm headed but I'm going there again

    Moto Psycho
    Going nowhere everybody is a Moto Psycho
    Going nowhere move it or lose it baby Moto Psycho
    Going nowhere 100 miles an hour Moto Psycho
    Where I'm headed I don't know but I'm shoving off and I hit the road
    Going nowhere everybody is a Moto Psycho - time and time and time again I'm a
    Moto Psycho
    Moto Psycho move it or lose it baby
    Going nowhere 100 miles an hour
    Moto Psycho I'm a Moto Psycho

    Fill solos - Mustaine

  • 1000 TIMES GOODBYE

    1000 TIMES GOODBYE

    The tides of change pulled us apart
    I feel a familiar pain
    It seems like years since we've loved
    Or even liked and that's a lonely way to be

    Drifting alone in a sea of agony
    Your face I can't recognize
    Don't make this hard on us
    I will miss you if you just go away

    I did no right you did no wrong
    Nothing left but wasted days
    I regret you leaving
    But I will never take you back

    Solo - Pitrelli

    You know what? It's over
    I just don't feel the same way as I used to
    We've been together forever, but it's over

    Goodbye 1000 times goodbye
    The thought never crossed my mind
    That this would be my last goodbye
    Let me put pennies on your eyes
    And kiss your lips one last goodbye
    My love 1000 times goodbye

    It seems nothing good is free
    A good thing cost much more than the price
    You were good but not that good
    Don't kid yourself now it's time to break up

    Drifting alone in a sea of agony
    Your face I can't recognize
    Don't make this hard on us
    I will miss you if you just go away

    I did no right you did no wrong
    Nothing left but wasted days
    I regret you leaving
    But I'll never take you back

    Solo - Pitrelli

    Don't call me anymore. It's just not…
    I don't feel the same way about you
    Its not as good as it used to be

    Goodbye 1000 times goodbye
    The thought never crossed my mind
    That this would be my last goodbye
    Let me put pennies on your eyes
    And kiss your lips one last goodbye
    My love 1000 times goodbye

    Repeat Chorus

    Solo - Mustaine

    I'll always love you but just not like that
    Like what?
    I want to be honest with you I met someone else
    You did what?
    And I really, I really love him like I used to love you
    Remember the time that I told you that
    I was going out of town for business?
    Well I went to see him
    You know what? You suck!

    Solo - Mustaine

    Goodbye 1000 times
    You'll always have a special place
    In my heart you know that
    It's just I can't be with you anymore it's over
    Goodbye 1000 times
    Things may not work out with him
    Goodbye 1000 times
    And if they don't
    Goodbye 1000 times
    Then I'll certainly call you
    Goodbye 1000 times
    You mean a lot to me
    I still really want to be friends with you
    I love you like you're my brother

  • BURNING BRIDGES

    BURNING BRIDGES

    You give up on yourself
    Somehow you got betrayed agin
    Thin ice and luck runs out
    Who will you blame it on this time?

    Due to lack of interest in you
    The light at the end of the tunnel
    Was turned off
    And something I noticed
    Beating you is thrilling me
    I've got a secret for you

    If you took your own direction
    If only you practice what you preach
    If you follow your advice
    You wouldn't be burning bridges all the time

    Don't close your eyes to injustice
    Listen, being brave ain't chicken shit
    A man without any valor
    Has nothing worth living for

    Due to lack of interest in you
    The light at the end of the tunnel
    Was turned off
    And something I noticed
    Beating you is thrilling me
    I've got a secret for you

    If you took your own direction
    If only you practice what you preach
    If you follow your advice
    You wouldn't be burning bridges all the time

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Pitrelli

    If you took your own direction
    If only you practice what you preach
    If you follow your advice
    You wouldn't be burning bridges all the time

    If you took your own direction
    If only you practice what you preach
    If you follow your advice
    You wouldn't be burning bridges all the time

  • PROMISES

    PROMISES

    Two hearts that shouldn't
    Talk to each other become close
    In a town much like a prison cell

    People speak our names
    On the street in hushed tones
    Oh the stories they'd tell
    If anyone would listen

    You come from a town where
    People don't bother saying hello
    Unless somebody's born or dies

    And I come from a place where they
    Drag your hopes through the mud
    Because their own dreams are all dying

    And when we walk down the street
    The wind sings our name in rebel songs
    The sounds of the night should make us anxious
    But it's much to late when the fear is gone

    I will meet you in the Next Life, I promise you
    Where we can be together, I promise you
    I will wait till then in Heaven, I promise you
    I promise, I promise

    There's so many fighting
    To get past the Pearly Gates
    But nobody ever wants to die or get saved

    Their intentions aren't that good
    And I can smell the asphalt
    That's their personal road to hell being paved

    And when we walk down the street
    The wind sings our name in rebel songs
    But it's much to late when the fear is gone

    I will meet you in the Next Life, I promise you
    Where we can be together, I promise you
    I will wait till then in Heaven, I promise you
    I promise, I promise

    Solo - Pitrelli / Solo - Mustaine

    I will meet you in the Next Life, I promise you
    Where we can be together, I promise you
    I will wait till then in Heaven, I promise you
    I promise, I promise

    String arrangement - Suzie Katayama

    Music - Mustaine/Pitrelli
    Lyrics - Mustaine
  • RECIPE FOR HATE... WARHORSE

    RECIPE FOR HATE... WARHORSE

    Each day my shortcomings pick my pockets
    My faults were letters carved in stone
    As meaningful to you as words written in water
    I'm left to walk this world alone

    Fill solos - Mustaine

    In a broken mold they made me
    The black sheep of the family
    Worth less than zero my opinion
    And room temperature IQ

    I did something, now I'm nothing
    Always wrong with this or that
    Poisoned with fear watch it twist
    My measly brain mad

    Solo - Pitrelli

    Talk about me when my bac is turned
    Next time we meet it will be to late
    The memory burned in my ears of what you said
    And now I've got a recipe for hate. Taste it

    Fill solos - Mustaine

    Dark clouds on the horizon
    Make it hard to breathe
    A walking mistake but every time
    I run away, I just come back for more

    The choice is clear I can quit
    And fall on my sword or light a fire
    To see who runs or stays
    And plays the confidence game

    Solo - Pitrelli

    I'm feeling quite invisible
    I feel just like thin air
    The truth taunts me

    Solo - Mustaine

    I see the earth below me
    I watch it spinning there
    Does someone, somewhere
    Out there hear me?

    Solo - Pitrelli

    Sentenced to walk in Purgatory
    My life is running down
    I can't believe what they've done to me

    Solo - Mustaine

    I'm left riding a Warhorse
    A man without a country

    Solos - Mustaine, Pitrelli, Mustaine, Pitrelli

  • LOSING MY SENSES

    LOSING MY SENSES

    One man speaking the truth
    No one likes when it fits
    So we tell soothing lies
    And betray our own lips

    The uncivilized world
    And its people decay
    Once sweet breeze is defiled
    Sucking our breath away

    Fill Solos - Mustaine

    Yesterday's answers has nothing to do
    With today's questions

    Life can only be understood in reverse
    But must be lived forwards…
    I'm losing my senses, I'm losing my senses

    Fill Solos - Mustaine

    We watch as the living all die
    Contemplating if we should
    Ever open our eyes

    If all that we touch
    Keeps turning to sand
    We will cease to exist
    Till the last living man

    Fill Solos - Mustaine

    Yesterday's answers has nothing to do
    With today's questions

    Life can only be understood in reverse
    But must be lived forward…
    Life can only be understood in reverse
    But must be lived forward…
    I'm losing my senses

    Fill Solos - Mustaine
    Solo - Pitrelli

    Yesterday's answers has nothing to do
    With today's questions

    Life can only be understood in reverse
    But must be lived forwards…
    Life can only be understood in reverse
    But must be lived forwards…

    Fill Solos and Synth - Mustaine
    String Arrangement - Suzie Katayama

  • DREAD AND THE FUGITIVE MIND

    DREAD AND THE FUGITIVE MIND

    Let me introduce myself I'm a social disease
    I've come for your wealth 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

    What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
    If you shake my hand better count your fingers

    What if I do get caught? What if there is no judgment?
    If I'm right I lose nothing, if you're right I lose it all
    I ought to get caught because I'm doing something wicked
    I'm guilty haunted by my fear and the only consequences
    Are Dread and the Fugitive Mind

    You built walls to protect you so no one will infect you
    Pursued by those out there that vanish in thin air
    Come a long way to find what you really left behind
    You don't know when the end is but it's coming fast

    What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
    If you shake my hand better count your fingers

    What if I do get caught? What if there is no judgment?
    If I'm right I lose nothing, if you're right I lose it all
    I ought to get caught because I'm doing something wicked
    I'm guilty haunted by my fear and the only consequences
    Are Dread and the Fugitive Mind

    Solos - Mustaine, Pitrelli

  • SILENT SCORN

    SILENT SCORN

    (Instrumental)

    Solo - Mustaine
    Trumpet - Bob Findley

  • RETURN TO HANGAR

    RETURN TO HANGAR

    Welcome to an empty fortress
    A mighty wreck that once was proud
    Ate alive by oxidation
    Abandoned by a crew of cowards
    Navigation systems failed
    Computers crashed and they all fall down

    Possibly I've seen too much
    Hangar 18 I know too much

    Solo - Pitrelli

    All the guilty paid the price
    Suspended by their broken necks
    No one survived to tell the story
    When foreign life forms resurrect
    And military intelligence is
    Still two words that can't make sense

    Possibly I've seen too much
    Hangar 18 I know too much

    Solos - Pitrelli, Mustaine
    Solos - Pitrelli, Mustaine, Pitrelli, Mustaine

  • WHEN

    WHEN

    No hears a word I say
    And my prayers are never answered
    But you'll never see the pain inside of me
    Stabbing me over and over and over
    I trusted you and I loved you
    And you spit back in my face
    How could you do this to me?
    When will you stop trying to hurt me?
    I've walked a minefield for you
    A career in hell with you
    I have made it through the things
    Others would surely die just watching
    And the oath I take on this day
    Is to know that you will be repaid
    One day the the sun will die and the night will crawl
    Until then, until I see your world implode
    I wish you death and suffering
    Misery to spare
    Time to release your pain
    Face the last enemy
    I am the last thing you will know
    The last thing you will see
    I see your death surrounding me
    I know you, yes I do
    I know you

    Fill Solos - Mustaine

    When no words are spoken and please are ignored
    Your tears go unnoticed, will you say enough?
    When prayers are unanswered and your calls are unheard
    The pain cuts right through you, have you seen enough?

    It all seems so deceitful and the verdict is lies
    A black cloud of indecision compromised your life

    When judgement has failed you
    When your own heart's impaled you
    Your wandering mind has destroyed you
    Will you ever know when?

    When you give everything and the feeling is gone
    All the giving is fake, did you fake enough?
    When you take everything and you stay too long
    When there's nothing left, did you take enough?

    It all seems so deceitful and the verdict is lies
    A black cloud of indecision compromised your life

    When judgement has failed you
    When your own heart's impaled you
    Your wandering mind has destroyed you
    Will you ever know when?

    Solo - Mustaine

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