Released: October 24, 2000 

Capitol Punishment

2000's Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years is a killer collection of all the classic hits including two new songs, "Kill the King" & "Dread and the Fugitive Mind", and 12 others from the band's seven full-length Capitol Records albums. The album also boasts a hidden track "Capitol Punishment", a medley of the songs on the album. A notable aspect of Capitol Punishment is that the CD's sequence moves backwards from 1999's Risk back to 1986's Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?.

  • KILL THE KING

    KILL THE KING

    Broken down, feeling naked
    Leaving me unfulfilled
    Promising compromise
    Championing mediocrity

    Time and time again
    What you said ain't what you mean
    Even if all my bones are broken
    I will drag myself back from the edge to

    Kill the King, The King is dead, Long live the King
    Kill the King, The King is dead, Long live the King,
    I am the King, God save the King

    Kill the King, The King is dead
    I am the King, Long live the King
    Kill the King, The King is dead
    I am the King, Long live the King

    I reveal a deceiver
    In the highest seat in the land
    His idle hands the Devil's workshop
    Generate more smoke than heat

    Time and time again
    What you said ain't what you mean
    Even if all my bones are broken
    I will drag myself back from the edge to

    Kill the King, The King is dead, Long live the King
    Kill the King, The King is dead, Long live the King,
    I am the King, God save the King

    Kill the King, The King is dead
    I am the King, Long live the King
    Kill the King, The King is dead
    I am the King, Long live the King

    A new precedent in pain, a new precedent in pain
    Mankind is blown to dust, mankind is blown to dust
    An explosion of the Brain, an explosion of the Brain
    Spontaneously combust, spontaneously combust

    Kill the King, The King is dead, Long live the King,
    I am the King
    Kill the King, I, The King is dead, I am, Long live the King,
    I am the King
    Kill the King, I, The King is dead, I am, Long live the King,
    I am the King
    Kill the King, I, The King is dead, I am, Long live the King,
    I am the King
  • 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

  • CRUSH 'EM

    CRUSH 'EM

    Enter the arena and hit the lights
    Step up now you're in for a ride
    this is war, ain't no fun and games
    we get it up, you go down in flames

    Party time, going down
    you better not mess us around
    the stakes are rich, take a hit or stay
    the price is high, someone's gonna pay

    Heads I win, tails you lose
    out of my way I'm coming through
    roll the dice don't think twice
    and we crush, crush 'em

    Looking for trouble, now you've found it
    you're a drum and we're gonna pound it

    Last one standing wins the fight
    hear us scream and shout all night
    down on the floor and eat the grit
    this is gonna hurt a little bit

    Heads I win, tails you lose
    out of my way I'm coming through
    roll the dice don't think twice
    and we crush, crush 'em

    Now we lay you down to rest
    you'll never be more than second best
    step inside you're in for a ride
    and we crush, crush 'em

    Crush! Crush!

    Don't need reason, don't want names
    just a John Doe to put to shame
    step aside let me explain
    the name of the game is pain

    Now we've found you
    We're gonna pound you
    We're gonna beat you
    Gonna defeat you
    We're gonna bust you
    We're gonna crush you
    We're gonna crush 'em

    Heads I win, tails you lose
    out of my way I'm coming through
    roll the dice don't think twice
    and we crush, crush 'em

    Now we lay you down to rest
    you'll never be more than second best
    step inside you're in for a ride
    and we crush, crush 'em

    Crush! Crush!

    Oh, boy, here we go, its time to crush 'em
    Yeah and you shed some tears, it's gonna hurt, crush 'em
    Not here, not tonight, it's our town, and we're gonna crush 'em!

    Crush! Crush 'em!

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine/Bud Prager
  • USE THE MAN

    USE THE MAN

    I heard somebody fixed today
    There was no "last goodbyes" to say
    His will to live ran out
    I heard somebody turned to dust
    Looking back at what he left
    A list of plans and photographs
    Songs that never will be sung
    These are the things he won't get done

    I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man
    I've seen them crawl from the cradle to the gutter on their hands
    They fight a war but it's fatal, it's so hard to understand
    I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man

    Just one shot to say goodbye
    One last taste to mourn and cry
    Scores and shoots, the lights go dim
    Just one shot to do him in
    He hangs his head and wonders why
    Why the monkey only lies
    But pay the pauper, he did choose
    He hung his head inside the noose

    I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use that man
    I've seen them crawl from the cradle to the coffin on their hands
    They fight a war but it's fatal, it's so hard to understand
    I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle in his hand
    Cryptic writing on the wall, the beginning of the end
    I've seen myself use the needle, seen the needle in my hand

    Solo - Friedman

    I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man
    I've seen them crawl from the cradle to the gutter on their hands
    They fight a war but it's fatal, it's so hard to understand
    I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man
    In my hand!

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine
  • ALMOST HONEST

    ALMOST HONEST

    I lied just a little
    When I said I need you
    You stretched the truth
    When you said that you knew
    Just can't believe it
    There's nothing to say
    I was almost honest, almost

    Living alone, can't stand this place
    It's four in the morning and I still see your face

    I was nearly pure
    When I said I loved you
    You were semi-sincere
    You said I'd bleed for you
    We were kind of candid
    Now you've gone away
    You were almost honest, almost

    Living alone, falling from grace
    I want to atone but there's just empty space
    I can't face tomorrow, now you're not coming back
    Walked off in the night and just left me the tracks

    I question your call by the tone of your voice
    I know I should hang up but I don't have a choice
    It happend that night when you told me to go
    Don't ask who's to blame, I don't know

    Solo - Friedman

    Living alone, falling from grace
    I want to atone but there's just empty space
    I can't face tomorrow, now you're not coming back
    Walked off in the night and just left me the tracks
    Almost, almost honest
    Almost, I was almost honest

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine
  • TRUST

    TRUST

    Lost in a dream
    Nothing's what it seems
    Searching my head
    For the words that you said
    Tears filled my eyes
    As we said our last goodbyes
    This sad scene replays
    Of you walking away

    My body aches from mistakes
    Betrayed by lust
    We lied to each other so much
    That in nothing we trust
    God help me please, on my knees
    Betrayed by lust, by lust
    We lied to each other so much
    That in nothing we trust

    Time and again
    She repeats let's be friends
    I smile and say yes
    Another truth bends,
    I must confess
    I try to let go, but I know
    We'll never end 'til we're dust
    We lied to each other again
    But I wish I could trust

    My body aches from mistakes
    Betrayed by lust
    We lied to each other so much
    That in nothing we trust
    God help me please, on my knees, on my knees
    Betrayed by lust, by lust
    We lied to each other so much, so much
    That in nothing we trust

    How could this be happening to me
    I'm lying when I say, "Trust me"
    I can't believe this is true
    Trust hurts
    Why does trust equal suffering?

    Solo - Friedman

    My body aches from mistakes
    Betrayed by lust
    We lied to each other so much
    That in nothing we trust, in nothing we trust
    God help me please, on my knees
    Betrayed by lust
    We lied to each other so much, so much
    That in nothing we trust
    Absolutely nothing we trust

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine
  • A TOUT LE MONDE

    A TOUT LE MONDE

    Don't remember where I was
    I realized life was a game
    The more seriously I took things
    The harder the rules became
    I had no idea what it'd cost
    My life passed before my eyes
    I found out how little I accomplished
    All my plans denied

    So as you read this know my friends
    I'd love to stay with you all
    Please smile when you think of me
    My body's gone that's all

    A tout le monde
    A tout mes amis
    Je vous aime
    Je dois partir
    These are the last words
    I'll ever speak
    And they'll set me free

    If my heart was still alive
    I know it would surely break
    And my memories left with you
    There's nothing more to say
    Moving on is a simple thing
    What it leaves behind is hard
    You know the sleeping feel no more pain
    And the living all are scarred

    A tout le monde
    A tout mes amis
    Je vous aime
    Je dois partir
    These are the last words
    I'll ever speak
    And they'll set me free

    Solo - Friedman

    So as you read, know my friends
    I'd love to stay with you all
    Please smile, smile when you think about me
    My body's gone that's all

    A tout le monde
    A tout mes amis
    Je vous aime
    Je dois partir
    These are the last words
    I'll ever speak
    And they'll set me free

    Solo - Mustaine & Friedman

  • TRAIN OF CONSEQUENCES

    TRAIN OF CONSEQUENCES

    I'm doing you a favor
    As I'm taking all your money
    I guess I should feel sorry
    But I don't even trust me
    There's bad news creeping up
    And you feel a sudden chill
    How do you do? My name is 'Trouble'
    I'm coming in for the kill
    And you know I will

    Set the ball a-rolling
    I'll be clicking off the miles
    On the train of consequences
    My boxcar life of style
    My thinking is derailed
    I'm tied up to the tracks
    The train of consequences
    There ain't no turning back

    No horse ever ran as fast
    As the money that you bet
    I'm blowing on my cards
    And play them to my chest
    Life's fabric is corrupt
    Shot through with corroded thread
    As for me I hocked my brains
    Packed my bags and headed west
    I hocked my brains, headed west

    Set the ball a-rolling
    I'll be clicking off the miles
    On the train of consequences
    My boxcar life of style
    My thinking is derailed
    I'm tied up to the tracks
    The train of consequences
    There ain't no turning back

    Solo - Friedman

    Set the ball a-rolling
    I'll be clicking off the miles
    On the train of consequences
    My boxcar life of style
    My thinking is derailed
    I'm tied up to the tracks
    The train of consequences
    There ain't no turning back

    Solo - Mustaine
    Harmonica Solo - Jimmie Wood

  • SWEATING BULLETS

    SWEATING BULLETS

    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 for the things
    I haven't got to yet
    I'm sharpening the axe
    And my palms are getting wet
    Sweating bullets

    Solo - Mustaine
    I hear it in hear...
    Blood stains on my...hands
    The big axe...
    Sweating...

    Well, me, it's nice talking to myself
    A credit to dementia
    Some day you too will know my pain
    And smile its "black-tooth 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
    Sweating bullets

  • SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION

    SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION

    You take a mortal man
    And put him in control
    Watch him become a god
    Watch people's heads 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

    Just like the Pied Piper
    Led rats through the streets
    We dance like marionettes
    Swaying to the Symphony of Destruction

    Solo - Friedman

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

    Just like the Pied Piper
    Led rats through the streets
    We dance like marionettes
    Swaying to the Symphony of Destruction
  • HANGAR 18

    HANGAR 18

    Welcome to our fortress tall
    I'll take some time to show you around
    Impossible to break these walls
    For you see the steel is much too strong
    Computer banks to rule the world
    Instruments to sight the stars

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

    Solo - Friedman

    Foreign life forms inventory
    Suspended state of cryogenics
    Selective amnesia's the story
    Believed foretold but who'd suspect
    Military intelligence
    Two words combined that can't make sense

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

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Friedman

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine

  • HOLY WARS...THE PUNISHMENT DUE

    HOLY WARS...THE PUNISHMENT DUE

    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

    Solo - Friedman

    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

    Solo - Friedman

    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

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine

    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

  • IN MY DARKEST HOUR

    IN MY DARKEST HOUR

    Solo - Mustaine

    In my hour of need,
    Ha, no, you're not there
    And though I reached out for you,
    Wouldn't lend a hand

    Through the darkest hour,
    Your grace did not shine on me
    Feels so cold, very cold,
    No one cares for me

    Did you ever think I get lonely?
    Did you ever think that I needed love?
    Did you ever think, stop thinking
    You're the only one that I'm thinking of?

    You'll never know how hard I tried
    To find my space and satisfy you too

    Things will be better when I'm dead and gone
    Don't try to understand, knowing you, I'm probably wrong

    But, oh how I lived my life for you,
    Till you'd turn away
    Now, as I die for you,
    My flesh still crawls as I breathe your name
    All these years, thought I was wrong,
    Now I know it was you
    Raise you head, raise your face, your eyes,
    Tell me who you think you are?

    I walk, I walk alone
    To the promised land
    There's a better place for me
    But it's far, far away

    Everlasting life for me
    In a perfect world
    But I got to die first,
    Please God send me on my way

    Solo - Mustaine

    Time has a way of taking time
    Loneliness is not only felt be fools
    Alone, I call to ease the pain,
    Yearning to be held by you
    Alone, so alone, I'm lost,
    Consumed by the pain
    The pain, the pain, the pain
    Won't you hold me again
    You just laughed, ha-ha, you bitch

    Solo - Mustaine

    My whole life is work built on the past,
    The time has come when all things shall pass,
    This good thing passed away

    Solo - Young
    Solo - Mustaine

    Music - Mustaine
    Lyrics - Mustaine/Ellefson
  • PEACE SELLS

    PEACE SELLS

    Solo - Mustaine

    What do you mean I don't believe in God?
    Talk to him every day
    What do you mean I don't support your system?
    I go to court when I have to
    What do you mean I can't get to work on time?
    Got nothing better to do
    What do you mean I don't pay my bills?
    Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?

    If there's a new way
    I'll be the first in line
    But, it better work this time

    Solo - Poland

    What do you mean I hurt your feelings?
    I didn't know you had any feelings

    Solo - Poland

    What do you mean I ain't kind?
    Just not your kind

    Solo - Poland

    What do you mean I couldn't be President Of the United States of America?

    Solo - Poland

    Tell me something, it's still 'We the people', right?

    Solo - Poland

    If there's a new way
    I'll be the first in line
    But, it better work this time

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

    Can you put a price on peace?
    Peace, peace sells, peace, peace sells
    Peace sells, but who's buying?

    Solo - Poland

    Peace sells, but who's buying?
    No, no, no, no, no!

    Solo - Poland

    Peace sells

    Solo - Poland

    Peace sells

  • CAPITOL PUNISHMENT
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