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Megadeth - 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 in your homelands

Holy wars

Upon 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, repel down the rocks
Behind the lines
Some people risk to employ me
Some people live to destroy me
Either way they die.

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!

Fill the cracks in, with judicial granite
Because I don't say it, don't mean I ain't
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.

"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" is a progressive thrash metal song which is opening track of Megadeth's fourth album Rust in Peace. The song has an unusual structure, shifting at 2:26 after an acoustic bridge by Marty Friedman to a different, slower and heavier section called "The Punishment Due", and returns towards the end back to "Holy Wars", after a solo played by Dave Mustaine. The entire song is generally referred to as simply "Holy Wars". "Holy Wars" is about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict back in 80s, while "The Punishment Due" is based on the popular Marvel comic book character, The Punisher. "Holy Wars" music video: The song is the last song played during the encore of all recent Megadeth shows and is a fan favorite. The song is the 3rd most popular Megadeth song in, but because of so much miss-tagging the song can only be seen in charts on 13th place mostly.

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