Released: July 14, 1992 

Countdown to Extinction

Megadeth guns for arena thrash success and gets it on Countdown to Extinction. Megadeth trades in its lengthy, progressive compositions for streamlined, tightly written and played songs more conducive to radio and MTV airplay. The album reached #2 on U.S. Billboard charts, was certified double Platinum in 1992 and was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category in 1993.

  • SKIN O' MY TEETH

    SKIN O' MY TEETH

    I had wrists donning slits
    Flowing constantly
    My broken body in a wreck
    Wrapped around a tree
    A crosswalk hit-and-run
    The finish line for me
    People clutter in the gutter
    Take a look and see

    No escaping pain
    You belong to me
    Clinging on to life
    By the skin of my teeth

    My blood flows through the streets
    Deluge from the wounds
    Empty jars of sleeping pills
    On the dresser of my room
    My wet-brained neighbor cranes
    His neck to see
    In time the white light's a train
    Bearing down on me

    No escaping pain
    You belong to me
    Clinging on to life
    By the skin of my teeth

    Solo - Friedman

    I won't feel the hurt
    I'm not trash any longer
    That, that doesn't kill me
    Only makes me stronger
    I need a ride to the morgue
    That's what 911 is for
    So tag my toe and don't forget
    To close the drawer

    No escaping pain
    You belong to me
    Clinging on to life
    By the skin of my teeth
  • 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
  • ARCHITECTURE OF AGGRESSION

    ARCHITECTURE OF AGGRESSION

    Born from the dark,
    In the black cloak of night
    To envelop its prey below,
    Deliver to the light
    To eliminate your enemy,
    Hit them in their sleep
    And when all is won and lost,
    The spoils of wars are yours to keep

    Great nations, built from the bones of the dead
    With mud and straw, blood and sweat
    You know your worth when your enemies
    Praise your Architecture of Aggression

    Solo - Friedman

    Ensuing power vacuum,
    A toppled leader dies
    His body fuels the power fire
    And the flames rise to the sky
    One side of his face, a kiss,
    The other genocide
    Time to pay with your ass,
    A worldwide suicide

    "Fight for America"

    "Everybody knew that the 15th
    Of January was the deadline date.
    By kicking the war off, once the war was over
    People would be able to go home."

    Solo - Friedman

    Born from the dark,
    In the black cloak of night
    To envelop its prey below,
    Deliver to the light
    To eliminate your enemy,
    Hit them in their sleep,
    And when all is won and lost,
    The spoils of war are yours to keep

    Great nations, built from the bones of the dead
    With mud and straw, blood and sweat
    You know your worth when your enemies
    Praise your Architecture of Aggression

    "Fight for America"

    "They looked like big long snakes
    Coming up in the air"
    "Medium sized triple a, um, just,
    ah tracer bullets"
  • FORECLOSURE OF A DREAM

    FORECLOSURE OF A DREAM

    Rise so high, yet so far to fall
    A plan of dignity and balance for all
    Political breakthrough, euphoria's high
    More borrowed money, more borrowed time
    Backed in a corner, caught up in the race
    Means to an end, ended in disgrace
    Perspective is lost in the spirit of the chase

    Foreclosure of a dream
    Those visions never seen
    Until all is lost, personal Holocaust
    Foreclosure of a dream

    Barren land that once filled a need
    Are worthless now, dead without a deed
    Slipping away from an iron grip
    Nature's scales are forced to tip
    The heartland dies, loss of all pride
    To leave ain't believing, so try and be tried
    Insufficient funds, insanity and suicide

    Foreclosure of a dream
    Those visions never seen
    Until all is lost, personal Holocaust
    Foreclosure of a dream

    Solo - Mustaine

    "The congress will push me to raise taxes and I'll say
    'No, read my lips, read my lips, read my lips' "

    Now with new hope, some will be proud
    This is no hoax, no one pushed out
    Receive a reprieve and be a pioneer
    Break new ground of a new frontier
    New ideas will surely get by
    No deed, or dividend. Some may ask "Why?"
    You'll find the solution, the answers in the sky

    Solo - Friedman

    Rise so high, yet so far to fall
    A plan of dignity and balance for all
    Political breakthrough, euphoria's high
    More borrowed money, more borrowed time

    Foreclosure of a dream
    Those visions never seen
    Until all is lost, personal Holocaust
    Foreclosure of a dream

    Holocaust
  • 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
  • THIS WAS MY LIFE

    THIS WAS MY LIFE

    It was just another day
    It was just another fight
    It was words strung into sentences
    It was doomed to not be right

    There is something wrong with me
    There is something wrong with you
    There is nothing left of us
    There is one thing I can do

    Lying on your bed
    Examining my head
    This is the part of me that hates
    Paybacks are a bitch
    I throw the switch
    Somewhere an electric chair awaits

    Hey! This was my life
    Hey! This was my fate

    This was the wrong thing to do
    This was the wrong one to be doing
    This was the road to destiny
    This was the road to my ruin

    Now there's motives for the suspect
    Now there's nothing left to say
    Now there's method to the madness
    Now there's society to pay

    Lying on your bed
    Examining my head
    This is the part of me that hates
    Paybacks are a bitch
    I throw the switch
    Somewhere an electric chair awaits

    Hey! This was my life
    Hey! This was my fate

    In our life there is "if"
    In our beliefs there is "lie"
    In our business there is "sin"
    In our bodies there is "die"

    Solo - Mustaine

    This was my life
    This was my fate
  • COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION

    COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION

    Endangered species, caged in fright
    Shot in cold blood, no chance to fight
    The stage is set, now pay the price
    An ego boost, don't think twice
    Technology, the battle's unfair
    You pull the hammer without a care
    Squeeze the trigger that makes you 'Man'
    Pseudo-safari, the hunt is canned
    The hunt is canned

    All are gone, all but one
    No contest, nowhere to run
    No more left, only one
    This is it; this is the Countdown to Extinction

    Tell the truth, you wouldn't dare
    The skin and trophy, oh so rare
    Silence speaks louder than words
    Ignore the guilt and take your turn
    Liars' anagram is "lairs"
    Man you were never even there
    Killed a few feet from the cages
    Point blank, you're so courageous
    So courageous

    All are gone, all but one
    No contest, nowhere to run
    No more left, only one
    This is it; this is the Countdown to Extinction

    Solo - Friedman

    "One hour from now
    Another species of life form
    Will disappear off the face of the planet
    Forever, and the rate is accelerating"

    Solo - Mustaine & Friedman

    All are gone, all but one
    No contest, nowhere to run
    No more left, only one
    This is it; this is the Countdown to Extinction
  • HIGH SPEED DIRT

    HIGH SPEED DIRT

    Do it if you dare
    Leaping from the sky
    Hurling thru the air
    Exhilarating high
    See the earth below
    Soon to make a crater
    Blue sky, black death
    I'm off to meet my maker

    Energy of the gods, adrenalin surge
    Won't stop til I hit the ground
    I'm on my way for sure
    Up here in the air this will never hurt
    I'm on my way to impact
    Taste the high speed dirt

    Paralyzed with fear
    Feel velocity gain
    Entering a near
    Catatonic state
    Pressure of the sound
    Roaring thru my head
    Crash into the ground
    Damned if I'll be dead

    Energy of the gods, adrenalin surge
    Won't stop til I hit the ground
    I'm on my way for sure
    Up here in the air this will never hurt
    I'm on my way to impact
    Taste the high speed dirt

    Jump or die!

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Friedman

    Dropping all my weight
    Going down full throttle
    The Pale Horse awaits
    Like a genie in a bottle
    Fire in my veins
    Faster as I go
    I forgot my name
    I'm a dirt torpedo

    Solo - Mustaine

    High speed dirt

    Solo - Mustaine

    Shit!
  • PSYCHOTRON

    PSYCHOTRON

    Assassin in stealth
    Assailant from Hell
    Impervious to damage
    Computer onboard
    Engaged in a war
    Non-stop combatant
    Maybe not a mutant
    Maybe a man

    Part bionic and organic
    Not a cyborg
    Call him Psychotron

    Burning inside
    Godspeed in glide
    Battle plan running
    A killing machine
    Just downright mean
    And forever gunning
    Maybe not a mutant
    Maybe a man

    Part bionic and organic
    Not a cyborg
    Call him Psychotron

    Solo - Friedman

    Target to destroy
    Arms in employ
    Full assault fire threat
    Sensors indicate
    You will terminate
    Life systems disconnect

    Part bionic and organic
    Not a cyborg
    Call him Psychotron

    Solo - Mustaine

    Psychotron!

    All solo fills - Friedman
  • CAPTIVE HONOUR

    CAPTIVE HONOUR

    Madness comes and madness goes
    An insane place with insane moves
    Battles without for battles within
    Where evil lives and evil rules
    Breaking them up, just breaking them in
    Quickest way out, quickest relief wins
    Never disclose, never betray
    Cease to speak or cease to breathe
    And when you kill a man you're a murderer
    Kill many and you're a conqueror
    Kill them all and you're a God

    "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,
    Have you reached a verdict?"

    "Yes, we have 'Your Honour', we find the defendant guilty
    On all counts for crimes against all humanity"

    "By virtue of the jury's decision and the power
    Vested in me by the state
    I hereby sentence you to be incarcerated
    With no possibility of parole for life"

    "Life? What do you mean life? I ain't got a life"

    "Boy, your soul better belong to Jesus!
    Hmmm-mmm, cause your ass belongs to me!"

    Captive honour, ain't no honour

    No time for questions
    No time for the games
    Start kicking ass
    And taking down the names
    A long shit list
    A shorter fuse
    He is untouchable
    And guarantees you'll lose

    Captive honour, ain't no honour

    Solo - Mustaine

    Inside the bighouse
    His nightmare unfolds
    Before he got there
    His man-pussy was sold
    Black blanket welcome
    This tough guy's now a bitch
    Praying for death
    It can't be worse than this

    Captive honour, ain't no honour

    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Friedman

    Captive honour, ain't no honour
  • ASHES IN YOUR MOUTH

    ASHES IN YOUR MOUTH

    People have round shoulders from fairing heavy loads
    And the soldiers liberate them, laying mines along their roads
    Sorrow paid for valor is too much to recall
    Of the countless corpses piled up along the Wailing Wall

    Melting down all metals, turning plows and shears to swords
    Shun words of the Bible, we need implements of war
    Chalklines and red puddles of those who have been slain
    Destiny, that crooked schemer, says the dead shall rise again

    Where do we go from here?
    And should we really care?
    The end is finally here,
    God have mercy!

    Now we've rewritten history
    The one thing we've found out
    Sweet taste of vindication
    It turns to ashes in your mouth

    Where do we go from here?
    And should we really care?
    The end is finally here,
    God have mercy!

    If you're fighting to live
    It's O.K. to die!
    The answer to your question is
    "Welcome to tomorrow!"

    Solo - Friedman
    Solo - Mustaine
    Solo - Mustaine & Friedman
    Where do we go from here?
    God have mercy!

    Where do we go from here?
    And should we really care?
    The end is finally here,
    God have mercy!
    Mercy!
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