"Operation: Mindcrime" as written by Michael Francis Wilton, Geoffery W Tate and Christopher Degarmo....
It just takes a minute
And you'll feel no pain
Gotta make something of your life boy
Give me one more vein
You've come to see the doctor
'Cause I'll show you the cure
I'm gonna take away the questions
Yeah, I'm gonna make you sure, yeah

A hit man for the order
When you couldn't go to school
Had a skin job for a hair-do
Yeah, you looked pretty cool
Had a habit doing mainline
Watch the dragon burn
No regrets, you've got no goals
Nothing more to learn

Now I know you won't refuse
Because we've got so much to do
And you've got nothing more to lose
So take this number and welcome to

Operation Mindcrime
We're an underground revolution working overtime
Operation Mindcrime
There's a job for you in the system boy, with nothing to sign

Hey Nikki, you know everything
That there is to do
Here's a gun, take it home
Wait by the phone
We'll send someone over
To bring you what you need
You're a one man death machine
Make this city bleed

Now I know you won't refuse
'Cause we've got so much to do
You've got nothing more to lose
So take this number and welcome to

Operation Mindcrime
We're an underground revolution working overtime
Operation Mindcrime
There's a job for you in the system boy, with nothing to sign

Operation Mindcrime
We're an underground revolution working overtime
Operation Mindcrime
If you come to see the doctor
Yeah, he'll give you the cure

Operation Mindcrime
Make something of your life boy, let me into your mind
Operation Mindcrime
There's a job for you in the system boy with nothing to sign


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"Operation Mindcrime" as written by Geoffery Tate Christopher Degarmo

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    General CommentI luv Queensryche! Me being only 17 years old I grew up with a lot of old music; Kinks, Rolling Stones, Yes, The Who, Led Zeppelin. And I LUV Queensryche and this album proves that you can make an album that every song is enjoyable to listen to, and it has a great story.
    Kenshinon July 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentindeed, this is one of the best concept albums ever!
    Ben2k9on September 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's cruel how quickly X objectifies Nikki and takes him for granted. X fully intends to control Nikki, and sees Nikki as having nowhere to go, nothing more to learn. In essence, X has planned the end of Nikki's life, and it is an abject end.

    I think the line "nothing to sign" is interesting...reminds me of this common mindset of not wanting to be pinned down to anything, for instance people spending 8 years working through college so they don't have to sign a single loan, even though they make enough money after college to pay those loans back so quick...meh.
    balshanon January 27, 2009   Link

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