Released: June 12, 1985 

Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!

Megadeth's debut was, undoubtedly, their rawest-sounding, most intense, fastest, angriest, and overall thrashiest album they've ever released. Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good! was originally released in 1985 on Combat Records. The deluxe edition, completely remixed and remastered and featuring a new cover and several bonus tracks, was released by Loud Records in 2002. From opening to closing, this is pure thrash/speed metal, at its best.

  • Last Rites/Loved to Deth

    Last Rites/Loved to Deth

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Solo - Mustaine

    Your body's empty now as I hold you
    Now you're gone I miss you but I told you
    I remember bad times more than good
    There's no coming back even if we could

    I loved you to death

    If I can't have you then no one will
    And since I won't I'll have to kill
    My only love, something I've never felt
    Now you've gone to heaven and I'll burn in hell

    I loved you to death

    Solo - Mustaine

    And now I'm down below, what do I see?
    You didn't go to heaven you're down here with me
    And now you're coming back, baby, take me, please!
    I really think I would if you weren't such a sleaze
    I loved you once before you kept me on a string
    I'd rather go without than take what you would bring

    I loved you to death
  • Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!

    Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    I am a sniper always hit the mark

    Paid assassin working after dark
    Looking through the night using infra-red
    Target's on you aimed at your head

    $10,000 up front $10,000 when I'm through
    And I know just what to do
    And you know I'll do it too
    Then I'm coming back for you

    I do the "getting rid of" don't tell me why
    Don't need to hear the truth don't need the lies
    Now pay me quickly now we're through
    It brings me great pleasure to say my next job is you

    Don't you know that killing is my business
    And business is good

    Solo - Poland

    You'd better believe it
  • The Skull Beneath the Skin

    The Skull Beneath the Skin

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Solo - Mustaine

    Mean and infectious the evil prophets rise
    Dance of the Macabre as witches streak the sky
    Decadent worship of black magic sorcery
    In the womb of the Devil's Dungeon trapped without a plea

    Solo - Mustaine

    See thing in agony necrosis is the fate
    Pins sticking through the skin the venom now sedates
    Locked in a pillory nowhere to be found
    Screaming for your life but no one hears a sound
    Help me!

    Prepare the patient's scalp to peel away
    Metal cap's his ears he'll hear not what we say
    Solid steel visor riveted cross his eyes
    Iron staples close his jaws so no one hears his cries

    The skull beneath the skin

    Now you're drawn and quartered your bones will make the x
    Symbol stands for poison and it's chained to your head
    And as we fold your arms to make the holy cross
    We cross the crucifix religion has been lost

    The skull beneath the skin

    Solo - Mustaine
  • Rattlehead

    Rattlehead

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Here I come
    Stand up and plant your feet
    Listen I'm letting off steam
    Now throw your hands in the air
    Let it loose I don't fucking care

    Solo - Poland

    Rattlehead

    A dose of metal you need
    To bang your head till you bleed
    It's time for snapping some necks
    Slashing, thrashing to Megadeth

    Solo - Poland

    Rattlehead

    Solo - Poland

    You, your head, is pounding with pain
    You shake loose parts of your brain
    Winning, sinning, beginning
    Feeding, the needing for bleeding
    Bashing, smashing, crashing
    Frying, annihilating you!

    Solo - Poland

    There's someone back in the shadows
    You feel though you can't see his eyes
    He'll bash your head if you cross him
    Ain't quite your average guy
    Don't wear no leather to "fit in"
    Don't wear no spikes to be "cool"
    Don't want no woman beside him
    Just make it fast, loud and rude

    Rattlehead

    Solo - Mustaine

    I'm a Rattlehead
    Rattle your Goddamn Head!
  • Chosen Ones

    Chosen Ones

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    You doubt your strength or courage
    Don't come to join with me
    For death surely waits you
    With sharp and pointy teeth

    An animal so vicious
    No others fought and won
    So on the fields of battle
    We are the chosen ones

    Human bones blanket the dirt
    Of the heathens lair
    That we must pass this den of death
    The only path from here

    But I walk in the light
    The time to die has come
    No one shall take my life
    I'm of the chosen ones

    Black shadows fill the sky
    As the creature's eyes grow near
    Raise the shield of the holy pilgrim
    High into the air

    Heavens powers fill my arms
    Onward now to fight I'm sent
    Oh the beast is coming
    To put you to the test

    Solo - Mustaine

    Lookout!

    Solo - Mustaine

    Now this land is mine to pillage
    Rape, and steal, and take at will
    Never let you cross this path
    I reign for now I stay to kill

    Bass solo - Ellefson

    You doubt your strength or courage
    Don't come to join with me
    For death surely waits you
    With sharp and pointy teeth

    An animal so vicious
    No others fought and won
    So on the fields of battle
    We are the chosen ones
  • Looking Down the Cross

    Looking Down the Cross

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Solo - Mustaine

    Now before they take me and my blessed life
    Now you'll know why death was summoned here tonight
    I'll recall my perils they'll kill me in pride
    No, I can't run away there's no place to hide

    Though too much to live for I owe enough to die
    Ask not for salvation my death shall mean their lives
    Hatred and guilt the alter they've built, high priests of sin
    Destiny, fate the wicked ones gate beckoning you in

    Solo - Mustaine

    Down the walkways through the blood stained town
    Looking down the cross bleeding from the crown
    Led to slay, to die besides the thieves
    Kill the king of the world to be

    And now to you, this will come a putrefying pestilence
    More noxious than the serpent's breath malevolently destined
    More corrupt than the malice of Choronzon
    More disease than the wind of the moonlight sun

    Putrefaction you have caused no need for confession
    Now you wish you had a God to stop your demolition
    Crushing the bones of the hundredfolds swinging the judgment hammer
    Man, woman, child no-one is safe the heads of the dead are the banner

    And this was all you got so don these broken wings
    Sands of time run out, bells of Hades ring
    Is this a nightmare to un-hallow thy name
    Smell of brimstone dancing in the flames
    No help now as you fulfill his task
    Chief of evil has got you by the ass
    Set free to sit upon the throne
    Just a dream? You're weeping all alone

    Solo - Mustaine

    Looking down the cross, speak no evil
    I'm looking down the cross, speak no evil
  • Mechanix

    Mechanix

    Music & Lyrics by: Mustaine

    Imagine you were at my station
    And you brought your motor to me
    You're a burner yeah a real motor car

    Said you want to get your order filled
    Made me shiver when I put it in
    Pumping just won't do ya know luckily for you

    Whoever thought you'd be better
    At turning a screw than me, I do it for my life
    Made my drive shaft crank, made my pistons bulge
    Made my ball bearings melt from the heat

    We were shifting hard when we took off
    Put tonight all four on the floor
    When we hit top end you know it feels too slow

    Said you want to get your order filled
    Made me shiver when I put it in
    Pumping just won't do ya know luckily for you

    Whoever thought you'd be better
    At turning a screw than me, I do it for my life
    Made my drive shaft crank, made my pistons bulge
    Made my ball bearings melt from the heat

    I'm giving you my room service
    And you know it's more than enough
    Oh, one more time you know I'm in love

    Said you want to get your order filled
    Made me shiver when I put it in
    Pumping just won't do ya know luckily for you

    Whoever thought you'd be better
    At turning a screw than me, I do it for my life, fuck yeah
    Made my drive shaft crank, made my pistons bulge
    Made my ball bearings melt from the heat, oh yeah

    Solo - Mustaine
  • These Boots

    These Boots

    Music & Lyrics by: Lee Hazelwood

    Solo - Poland

    You keep saying you got something for me
    Something you call love, but I call sex
    You've been kissing when you ought-a-be-a-screwing
    And now someone else can kiss your ass

    These boots are made for walking
    And that's just what they'll do
    One of these days these boots
    Are gonna walk all over you

    Solo - Poland

    You been lying and there ain't no believing
    And you keep sayin, what you on about bitch
    You been staying when you ought-to-be-a-leaving
    Now what's right is right but you ain't been right yet

    These boots are made for walking
    And that's just what they'll do
    One of these days these boots
    Are gonna walk all over you

    Solo - Poland

    You keep dressin' ways you shouldn't be dressing
    And you keep thinking that you'll never get burned, ha!
    I just found me a brand new box spring mattress
    What you know, bitch, you got a lot to learn

    These boots are made for walking
    That's just what they'll do
    And one of these days these boots
    Are gonna stomp all over you

    Are you ready boots?
    Start walking

    Solo - Poland

    And you think I'm kiddin, don'tchya!
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