Released: June 17, 1997 

Cryptic Writings

The album debuted at #10 on U.S. Billboard charts and was certified Platinum in 1998. The first 500,000 copies of Cryptic Writings in the U.S. were released with silver background album cover. Instrumentally, the band introduced a more melodic mix than the previous albums, chock-full of crunchy riffs, and speed-of-light guitar solos. The song "Trust" was nominated for a Best Metal Performance Grammy in 1997.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • MASTERMIND

    MASTERMIND

    Anonymous existence, rendered useless to mankind
    Destroy the logic volume in the confines of the mind
    En massed and purposeless, marching in a perfect line
    Neo-neuro torture, mental meltdown, a heinous crime

    Mastermind, I tell you what to think
    Mastermind, I tell you what you need
    Mastermind, I tell you what to feel
    Mastermind

    Invade the core of souls to wipe the lives away
    Design vacant beings, welcome the inhuman race
    Encrypted horror codes, directive psyche overwrite
    Processing brains to pabulum;
    Delete and format living drives

    Mastermind, I tell you what to think
    Mastermind, I tell you what you need
    Mastermind, I tell you what to feel
    Mastermind, I tell you what's real

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine

    Hail to the power age, lest the viral hour comes
    Raise the flag of voltage, bow to circuitry unknown
    Kneel before the processor, lords of static laugh
    Electrons in submission, you must know who I am

    I tell you what to think
    I don't care what you thought
    I tell you what to get
    I don't care what you got
    I tell you what to think
    I don't care what you thought
    I tell you what to get
    I don't care; I don't care what you got

    Mastermind, I tell you what to think
    I don't care what you got
    Mastermind, I tell you what you need
    Mastermind, I tell you what to feel
    Mastermind, I tell you what's real
    I don't care; I don't care what you got
    Subject!
  • THE DISINTEGRATORS

    THE DISINTEGRATORS

    The slayer's arrived
    On a black horse of steel
    Trouble is coming
    Hell on two wheels
    Hide in the shadows
    Awaiting defeat
    Or live by the sword
    And choose to be free

    We say retribution
    We say vengeance is bliss
    We say revolution
    With a cast iron fist

    Coming down the road
    Watching every move
    Kicking in the doors
    Taking what we choose

    Anarchy's coming to town
    A fiery invader
    Burning it down to the ground
    The Disintegrators

    We say retribution
    We say vengeance is bliss
    We say revolution
    With a cast iron fist

    Coming down the road
    Watching every move
    Kicking in the doors
    Taking what we choose

    Anarchy's coming to town
    A fiery invader
    Burning it down to the ground
    The Disintegrators

    Solo - Mustaine

    Anarchy's coming to town
    A fiery invader
    Burning it down to the ground
    The Disintegrators
    Anarchy's coming
    Here it comes
    Burning it down to the ground
    The Disintegrators
  • I'LL GET EVEN

    I'LL GET EVEN

    I'm lonely and abandoned
    Washed up, left for dead
    I'm lost inside the desert
    Of ever word you said
    Like a nuclear reactor or TNT
    I'm thinking about the times when you lied to me
    All the innuendo, caught up on your hook
    I was just a name in your little black book

    I'll get even with you

    I'm bitter and I'm twisted
    I haven't slept in days
    I'm lonely and I'm angry
    I can't make it go away
    I'm like a bomb that's ticking; I got voices in my head
    I got a doll with needles in, wishing you were dead
    I'll get you back somehow, that's what I'm gonna do
    I'll get you back somehow, your nightmare coming true
    It's coming true

    I'll get even with you
    I'll that's what I'm gonna do
    Gonna get even with you
    I'll get even with you

    You better look behind you
    'Cause there I'm gonna be
    I'll be standing in the shadows
    With who I used to be
    He's slightly schizophrenic
    Me and me and me and me agree
    That you are gonna pay
    For what you did to me

    I'll get even with you

    I'll get even with you I'm gonna get even with you
    I'll that's what I'm gonna do, gonna
    I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna...
  • SIN

    SIN

    He had an unfamiliar face
    Complete life in disarray
    A simple man, power drunk
    No worries of living, no more anything

    Deep inside I've seen it rise
    Actions progress to no end
    Mirror, mirror, please look inside
    Do you see the reasons that we sin?

    Solo - Mustaine

    Not one to be forgot
    Spoiled rotten, so they say
    Once burned, forever marked
    Hurt by just a few but so many have to pay

    Deep inside I've seen it rise
    Actions progress to no end
    Mirror, mirror, please look inside
    Do you see the reasons that we sin?

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

    Pressure coming down
    Down on me, gonna break
    Broken fingernails
    Digging in, scratch my face

    Nervous, like a cat
    Gonna jump through my skin
    Shadows on the wall
    Stretching out, grope for me

    Reasons, deep in me
    Reasons, let me be
    Reasons, let me bleed
    Reasons, set me free

    The reasons that we sin
  • A SECRET PLACE

    A SECRET PLACE

    There's a secret place I like to go
    Everyone is there, but their face don't show
    If you get inside you can't get out
    There's no coming back, I hear them shout
    Whoa!

    Welcome to my hide away, my secret place
    How I arrived I can't explain
    You're welcome to, if you want to stay
    But everyone just runs away

    There's a secret place I like to go
    Everyone is there, but their face don't show
    If you get inside you can't get out
    There's no coming back, I hear them shout

    Let me in, get me out
    Can't do more then twist and shout
    Lost my soul without a trace
    Found it again in my secret place
    Let me in, get me out
    Can't do more then twist and shout
    Lost my soul without a trace
    In disgrace

    Solo - Mustaine

    I hide from those that try to find me
    Scary things that's right behind me
    I lost myself, I must confess
    I can't explain how I got this mess

    Welcome to my hide away, my secret place
    How I arrived I can't explain
    You're welcome to, if you want to stay
    But everyone just runs away
    My secret place, there's a secret place
    My secret place, there's a secret place I like to go
    My secret place, there's a secret place
    Just runs away
    My secret place
  • HAVE COOL, WILL TRAVEL

    HAVE COOL, WILL TRAVEL

    Mamas pack their lunches, kiddies pack their guns
    Wishing it will go away, but nothing's getting done
    A shot heard around the world, when a Mother's baby dies
    We the people point our fingers, blame, and wonder why?
    Hey!

    Face it and fight, or turn high tail and run
    Til it comes back again, just like the rising sun
    Say they do all they can, it's just another lie
    The answer's plain to see, nobody wants to try
    Hey!

    There's no recess and no rules in the school of life
    If you listen very closely, you'll see what it's like
    Have cool, will travel

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine

    There's no recess and no rules in the school of life
    If you listen very closely, you'll see what it's like
    Have cool, will travel
    Tell myself it ain't true, they just cannot see
    Grown up, or sewn up, the medicine's worse than the disease
    I have cool, will travel
    Here we go!
    Have cool, will travel!
  • SHE-WOLF

    SHE-WOLF

    The mother of all that is evil
    Her lips are poisonous venom
    Wicked temptress knows how to please
    The priestess roars, "Get down on your knees"
    The rite of the praying mantis
    Kiss the bones of the enchantress
    Spellbound searching through the night
    A howling man surrenders the fight

    One look in her lusting eyes
    Savage fear in you will rise
    Teeth of terror sinking in
    The bite of the she-wolf

    My desires of flesh obey me
    The lioness will enslave me
    Another heart beat than my own
    The sound of claws on cobblestone, I'm stoned

    One look in her lusting eyes
    Savage fear in you will rise
    Teeth of terror sinking in
    The bite of the she-wolf

    Beware what stalks you in the night
    Beware the she-wolf and her bite
    Her mystic lips tell only lies
    Beware what stalks you in the night
    Beware the she-wolf and her bite
    Her hidden will to kill in disguise

    Solo - Mustaine
  • VORTEX

    VORTEX

    Internal combustion
    Multiple personalities
    Terror inside of me
    A mask of silent agony

    Curse the falling rain
    The vortex of pain

    As medieval as Merlin
    A pact for power was made
    Lucifer in transition
    It's time the price was paid

    Searching the domain
    The vortex of pain

    A telestic message
    Writtin in torment
    Howl out dirges
    Like the horns of Jericho

    Distorted faces
    Writhing in rage
    Walls of purgatory tumble down
    Endless death, the jewels of a crown

    Solo - Friedman
  • FFF

    FFF

    Looking for a cure within the human race
    Eliminate the poor, how much longer will it take?
    Burning up the tents of the rank and file
    Exterminate their lives, crack a demon smile

    Crushing down, caving in our will to live
    Getting rid of man's mistakes
    To take a lost life, lock it up, break it down
    How much more can we take?

    Fight for freedom, fight authority
    Fight for anything, my country tis' of me

    Cry for absolution, it's not the end for me
    A last-minute pardon, one final reprieve
    Resist the war maching; don't get in its path
    Fight to die a free man and reap the aftermath

    Crushing down, caving in our will to live
    Getting rid of man's mistakes
    To take a lost life, lock it up, break it down
    I don't know how much more I can take

    Fight for freedom, fight authority
    Fight for anything, my country tis' of me

    Solo - Friedman

    Fight!
    Fight for freedom, fight authority
    Fight for anything, it's my country
    Fight for freedom, fight authority
    Fight for anything, my country tis' of me
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