The Top 10 Racist, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Generally Nonsensical Megadeth Lyrics

Well, the guy whose bass player wrote the MTV News bump is in the actual news again for, before an audience in Singapore, accusing President Obama of orchestrating both the Aurora, Colorado and Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings for some kind of nebulous political gain in this election year. It has us thinking: were there warning signs of a looming politically incorrect psychotic break in born-again Megadeth axe-slinger Dave Mustaine’s thirty years of thrash-metal lyric writing? In a word, yes.

“The quiet war has begun with silent weapons / And the new slavery is to keep / The people poor and stupid / ‘Novus Ordo Seclorum.’”
— “Washington Is Next!,” United Abominations, 2007

“Military intelligence / Two words combined that can’t make sense.”
— “Hangar 18,” Rust in Peace, 1990

“Attack the church dynamic, attack the family / Keep the public undisciplined till nothing left is sacred / And the ‘Have not’s’ get hooked / And have to go to the ‘Haves’ just to cop a fix.”
— “Washington Is Next!” United Abominations, 2007

“With a lust for revenge answering the call / From New Yorqatar to Califarabia.”
— “Amerikahastan,” United Abominations, 2007

“Pull up your dress today and tattooed is ‘Property of The USA / A subsidiary of Halliburton’ Surprise? / But a roaring lion is about to be unleashed on earth / Hey, Jihad Joe? Guess what? We’re coming to get you.”
— “Amerikahastan,” United Abominations, 2007

“He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake / Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death /I will fear no evil: for thou art with me / Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
— “Shadow of Deth,” The System has Failed, 2004 [Note: that’s right, he recorded a metal version of David’s Psalm 23 and named it “Shadow of Deth.”]

“Your brother’s a gay singer in a stud leather band / Your girlfriend’s got herpes to go with your hep and AIDS.”
— “Liar,” So Far, So Good … So What!, 1988

“Don’t ask / What you can do for your country / Ask / What your country can do for you.”
— “Take No Prisoners,” Rust in Peace, 1990

“The UN is right, you can’t be any more un / Than you are right now, the UN is undone / Another mushroom cloud, another smoking gun / The threat is real, the Locust King has come.”
— “United Abominations,” United Abominations, 2007

“Disengage their minds Sabotage their health / Promote sex and war and violence in the kindergartens / Blame the parents and teachers, it’s their fault, ‘Annuit Coeptis.’”
— “Washington Is Next!” United Abominations, 2007

Honorable Mention for Sheer Terribleness and Broken French

“A tout le monde / A tous mes amis / Je vous aime / Je dois partir / These are the last words I’ll ever speak / And they’ll set me free.”
— “A Tout le Monde,” Youthanasia, 1994

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