Released: August 31, 1999 

Risk

The title stems from Mustaine's decision to take a risk with the musical direction of this album. Megadeth expands its horizons and explores new avenues with the 1999 release of Risk. With an artistic approach backed by a creative edge, Megadeth delivers a unique album that includes some of the best songs the band has produced. The album debuted at #16 on U.S. Billboard charts and was certified Gold in 1999.

  • INSOMNIA

    INSOMNIA

    I'm running in quicksand
    something's haunting me
    the guilty past I've buried
    my mind won't let me sleep
    I'll do anything for peace - I keep waking up
    a solemn oath I make
    cross my heart please let me sleep - I keep waking up
    how much more do I take

    My head is talking to me
    I don't know what it needs
    but the loudest voice
    is the one I heed

    Insomnia, my swollen bloodshot eyes
    Insomnia, awake till morning light
    Insomnia, stirring deep inside
    Insomnia, somebody turn out the lights

    I can't sleep - insomnia

    I'm twisting and turning - I keep waking up
    the madness I must tame
    my candle is burning - I keep waking up
    both ends again today

    The whole house is creaking
    I know they're out there
    the things kept from sight
    I beg to the shadows, I can't sleep

    Insomnia, footsteps on the walk
    Insomnia, I hear someone knock
    Insomnia, I wish it was a dream
    Insomnia, can you hear me scream?

    Solo - Mustaine

    I can't sleep

    Insomnia, my swollen bloodshot eyes
    Insomnia, awake till morning light
    Insomnia, stirring deep inside
    Insomnia, somebody turn out the lights

    I keep waking up, insomnia, I can't sleep

  • PRINCE OF DARKNESS

    PRINCE OF DARKNESS

    My victims are rich or poor, young or old, strong or weak
    I cause millions of accidents, I am cancer in your bones
    I fathered the lie, twist what you say, speak not the truth
    I am insidious, impartial, deep inside your chromosomes
    I take what you love, and leave you in tears
    I imprison your soul, your hopes are my games

    I strip you of pride, my promise is in vain
    While you burn at the stake I dance with the flames
    I bring poverty, sickness and death
    A worthless handshake, the slickest thief, I steal your wealth
    I answer your prayers for greed and lust
    More than evil, I laugh at your trust

    I am more powerful than all the armies of the world
    I am more violent than violence, more deadly than death
    I have destroyed more men than all the nation's wars
    I am relentless, unpredictable, waiting for your last breath

    Evil, more evil than violence
    Violent, more violent than death
    Deadly, more deadly than man
    I am yeah, yeah, I'm evil I am

    My kingdom corrupt with dissent
    Your sins erupt by my intent
    I loathe your prayer, I wallow in sin
    Let the nightmare begin

    Prince of darkness, your satanic highness
    Prince of darkness, the devilish serpent, the dreaded Lucifer
    Prince of darkness

    I take what you love, and leave you in tears
    Imprison your soul, your hopes are my games
    I strip you of pride, my promise is in vain
    While you burn at the stake I dance with the flames

    My kingdom corrupt with dissent
    Your sins erupt by my intent
    I loathe your prayer, I wallow in sin
    Let the nightmare begin

    Prince of darkness, your satanic highness
    Prince of darkness, the most beautiful angel
    Prince of darkness, the devilish serpent, the dreaded Lucifer
    Prince of darkness

    Solo - Friedman

    Prince of darkness, your satanic highness
    Prince of darkness, the most beautiful angel
    Prince of darkness, the devilish serpent, the dreaded Lucifer
    Prince of darkness, unpredictable, the prince of darkness
    Prince of darkness

    Solo - Mustaine

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine
  • ENTER THE ARENA

    ENTER THE ARENA

    Here we go
    Crush!
    Crush 'em!

    Music - Mustaine
    Lyrics - Mustaine/Bud Prager
  • 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
  • BREADLINE

    BREADLINE

    Ain't got no job
    Ain't got no smoke
    Ain't got a car
    His life's a joke

    Living on the skids
    Thinks the world's just fine
    Forgot what he did
    Dancing on the breadline

    No one there to bind him
    Nothing to remind him
    Nowhere left to find him

    About to lose his lifeline
    He's dancing on the breadline

    Forgot who he is
    Forgot who he was
    Used to call the shots
    Now he can't connect the dots

    A mover and shaker
    Getting closer to his maker
    Lower than a hemline
    Dancing on the breadline

    No one there to bind him
    Nothing to remind him
    Nowhere left to find him

    About to lose his lifeline
    He's looking for a headline
    Sniffing up the white lines
    He's dancing on the breadline

    Solo - Mustaine

    Watch him dance

    About to lose his lifeline
    He's looking for a headline
    Sniffing up the white lines
    He's dancing on the breadline
    About to lose his lifeline
    He's dancing on the breadline

    All solo fills - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine

    No one, nothing, nowhere
    Dancing on the breadline
    He forgot and he ain't got nothing

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine/Bud Prager
  • THE DOCTOR IS CALLING

    THE DOCTOR IS CALLING

    The doctor is calling

    Something's gone wrong
    Nowhere do I belong
    I listen to the voices in the dark room

    Something's going down
    But I can't make a sound
    Looking past the bars of my mind

    The coat of arms falling
    I hear the doctor calling
    The family crest is falling
    I hear the doctor calling

    Always sharing trips
    Remove me from your lips
    Sight and mind still and never go away

    One too many tantrums
    Deviated symptoms
    Better lock the phantom away

    The coat of arms falling
    I hear the doctor calling
    The family crest is falling
    I hear the doctor calling
    I see the chalkline crawling
    I hear the doctor calling me away

    This place is my home
    My mind still runs free
    The doctor's prescription
    Less for you and more for me

    Solo - Friedman

    The coat of arms falling
    I hear the doctor calling
    The family crest is falling
    I hear the doctor calling
    I see the chalkline crawling
    I hear the doctor calling me away
    A merciful embalming
    I hear the doctor calling me away

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine/Bud Prager
  • I'LL BE THERE

    I'LL BE THERE

    I heard the voice of redemption
    For me there is no exemption, I started praying
    I heard the voice of satisfaction

    Needing me for benefaction, I started pleading
    I heard the bells begin to chime, warning me
    Oh Lord don't let this be my time

    I'll be there for you, when you walk through the fire
    I'll be there for you, when the flames get higher
    When nothing fits and nothing seems right
    Till the very last breath of my life
    I'll be there for you, I'll be there

    You saw me slide, you saw me fall
    We kept our pride through it all
    We started screaming
    When skies are dark, no sun shines through
    I know I see the light in you

    We stopped dreaming and started believing
    I'll be there for you, when you walk through the fire
    I'll be there for you, when the flames get higher
    When nothing fits and nothing seems right
    Till the very last breath of my life
    I'll be there for you, I'll be there

    In my hour of need you were there, always
    And now it's time for me to be there for you too, always

    I'll be there for you

    You saw me slide, you saw me fall
    We kept our pride through it all
    When skies are dark, no sun shines through

    I see the light in you

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine/Bud Prager
  • WANDERLUST

    WANDERLUST

    As sure as the sun rises in the east
    Another gunman will come seeking my defeat
    Will he be as fast as me, are his nerves quiet and still
    Will he fall like all the rest ending his days upon boothill

    I'm an outcast riding into town alone
    I got wanderlust branded deeper than the bone
    I'm an outcast riding into town alone
    I got a lust for wandering branded deeper than the bone

    As I ride into the sunset to take another town
    Thank you for the invite, but I just can't settle down
    The dust that coats my hat is from a dozen towns
    Dust from shooting down another dozen clowns

    I'm an outcast riding into town alone
    I got wanderlust branded deeper than the bone
    I'm an outcast riding into town alone
    I got a lust for wandering branded deeper than the bone

    A drum beats for me, it's louder every day
    The cadence tells me that soon I'll meet my judgment day
    Life's an endless showdown never knowing when they'll come
    I sleep with one eye open lying with my smoking gun

    The game I play has caused a lot of grief
    They were dying for fame, so I obliged them some relief

    I'm an outcast riding into town alone
    I got wanderlust branded deeper than the bone
    I'm an outcast with lightning in my hand
    I got wanderlust lost in no man's land

    I got a lust for wandering lost in no man's land
    I got wanderlust

    All solo fills - Friedman

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine
  • ECSTASY

    ECSTASY

    You live in a world of fantasy
    You live in a web of deceit
    You want it all including me
    You like it all to be neat

    I come to you when shadows fall
    I leave as the dawn arrives
    Hide the truth to deceive them all
    How my good intention lies

    Try to silence the suspicions
    Feeding the dark inhibitions
    We can never let anyone see
    The sin I bring called ecstasy
    The sin I bring ecstasy

    Secret meetings that we hide
    Deeds of iniquity
    The price of foolish pride
    The cost of immorality

    And we hide the truth to deceive them all
    And the pain of what will never be

    Solo - Friedman

    Try to silence the suspicions
    Feeding the dark inhibitions
    We can never let anyone see
    The sin I bring called ecstasy
    The sin I bring ecstasy

    Music - Mustaine/Friedman
    Lyrics - Mustaine
  • SEVEN

    SEVEN

    Full of greed you sell your soul
    Full of pride a heavy load
    You eat yourself gluttony
    Resent yourself you envy me

    Everything turns into wrath
    You lust yourself to death

    Deep fears that drive us
    Hid beneath disguises
    Judge the world within
    Forgive my deadly sins

    Procrastination always giving up
    Something better comes to interrupt
    Cast your verdict down to me
    Spare me your bleeding sympathy

    Only care how you appear
    Clearly see you can't see clear

    Deep fears that drive us
    Hid beneath disguises
    Judge the world within
    Forgive my deadly sins

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine

    Greed, Gluttony, Pride, Envy
    Wrath, Sloth, Death, deadly seven
    Seven deadly sins of mine

    On every street and corner lie
    These seven deadly sins of mine
    Seven deadly sins...

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

    Music - Mustaine
    Lyrics - Mustaine/Ellefson
  • TIME: THE BEGINNING

    TIME: THE BEGINNING

    Father time, I'm running late
    I'm winding down, I'm growing tired
    Seconds drift into the night
    The clock just ticks till my time expires

    You were once my friend
    Now I know I can't tie your hands
    The days I saved I couldn't spend
    They fell like sand through the hourglass
    No time to lose, no time to choose

    Time taking time, it's taken mine
    Scenes of my life seem so unkind
    Time chasing time creeps up behind
    I can't run forever, and time waits for no one
    Not even me

    Solo - Friedman

    An enemy I can't defend
    My final place a deadly end
    Life's just a speck in space
    Dreams of an eternal resting place

    I can't get any younger
    Time has brutal hunger

    Time taking time, it's taken mine
    Scenes of my life seem so unkind
    Time chasing time creeps up behind
    I can't run forever, and time waits for no one
    Not even me

    All solo fills - Friedman

    Music - Mustaine
    Lyrics - Mustaine/Ellefson
  • TIME: THE END

    TIME: THE END

    I see Chronos
    His eyes are on fire
    He holds my life
    And I see my time expire

    Beat the clock
    My head starts to spin
    Tick, tock
    I can't let time win

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Friedman
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