Megadeth – Holy Wars…The Punishment Due

This is a 2 part song.First part “Holy Wars” ends with an acoustic bridge by marty friedman at 2:26.After 2:26 is “The Punisment Due” and when it ends song finish.

The lyrics deal with the Northern Ireland 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).”The Punishment Due” is based on the popular Marvel comic book character, the Punisher.


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 disgrac-

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 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-

Thinkin’ it-

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-

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