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Published on Nov 10, 2008
Holy WarsThe Punishment Due is the first song on the thrash metal band Megadeths 4th studio album, Rust in Peace. The lyrical theme of "Holy Wars" deals with the northern Irish conflict. In an interview with the UK magazine Guitarist, Mustaine says that he was inspired to write the song in Northern Ireland, when he discovered bootlegged Megadeth T-shirts were on sale and was dissuaded from taking action to have them removed on the basis that they were part of fund raising activities for "The Cause" (i.e. the Provisional Irish Republican Army). Dave also recently stated at a gig at Rock City (Nottingham, U.K. 18/02/2008) that it was at this venue that he wrote Holy Wars, after they travelled there from Ireland in a bullet proof bus. "The Punishment Due" is based on the popular Marvel comic book character, The Punisher. The song is the last song played during the encore of all recent Megadeth shows, though in the middle they cut to Mechanix then cut back to Holy Wars. The "Holy Wars...the Punishment Due" video was made in August 1990 (around the time of the beginning of the Gulf War in 1990) and it contained news footage of various conflicts throughout the world during the 1980s and 1990s, the majority of which were of the conflicts in the Middle East.
Brother will kill brother Spilling blood across the land Killing for religion Something I dont understand
Fools like me,who cross the sea And come to foreign lands Ask the sheep,for their beliefs Do you kill on gods command?
A country thats divided Surely will not stand My past erased,no more disgrace No foolish naive stand
The end is near,its crystal clear Part of the master plan Dont look now to israel It might be your homelands
Upon my podium,as the Know it all scholar Down in my seat of judgement Gavels bang,uphold the law Up on my soapbox,a leader Out to change the world Down in my pulpit as the holler 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 dont say it,dont mean I aint Thinkin it Next thing you know,theyll take my thoughts away I know what I said,now I must scream of the overdose And the lack of mercy killings
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