"The Mercenary" as written by Janick Gers and Stephen Percy Harris....
Pay to kill, die to lose, hunted, hunter which are you
Diablo come again to make trophies out of men
Lose your skin, lose your skull, one by one the sack is full
In the heat dehydrate, know which breath will be your last

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, you've got to kill to stay alive
Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, you've got to kill to stay alive

Show them no fear, show them no pain
Show them no fear, show them no pain
Show them no fear, show them no pain
Show them no fear, show them no pain

Human heart, human mind, intellect intertwined
Focus sharp in the night, watch the jungle burning bright
Toe to toe throw the line, everyone's caught hand tied
Iron will iron fist, how could it have come to this?

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, you've got to kill to stay live
Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, you've got to kill to stay alive

Show them no fear, show them no pain
Show them no fear, show them no pain
Show them no fear, show them no pain
Show them no fear, show them no pain

Show them no fear, show them no pain
Show them no fear, show them no pain
Show them no fear, show them no pain


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"The Mercenary" as written by Stephen Percy Harris Janick Gers

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  • +2
    General CommentAbout a hired gun, and how he has to be so cold. If he shows that he's scared, people can easily take over him and kill him. Poor bastard...
    hooded_assailanton July 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI wouldn't argue with RainbowDemon, as I have not read the book yet, but there are uncanny resemblances to the movie Predator
    eg.
    1) "hunter, hunted, which are you?" : Flimsy argument at this stage, but stay with me.
    2) "Diablo come again, to make trophies out of men." : In Predator, the woman called the predator "Diablo" and he made trophies of people.
    3) "lose your skin, lose your skull" : the predator took skins and skulls as trophies.
    4) "in the heat, dehidrate" : the predator only came during hot months, because water inhibited it's cloaking device.
    5) "watch the jungle burning bright" : The Predator played off in the jungle.

    You've gotta admit, it sounds plausable.
    Baalon March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMetaphorically this speaks of John from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. He must face the world he hates with gritted teeth, and learn of the new ways that he eventually finds are so horrible. But he goes forth, showing no fear and no pain.
    RainbowDemonon January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, RainbowDemon is right.
    I'm surprised there aren't more comments on this song, it's really good!
    Shadowbitchon May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIF you read the rest it doesn't make THAT much snese with the whole predatot thing. I'm doing a report right now on the book Brave New World.
    ULlilLadyon March 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd it makes sense
    ULlilLadyon March 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe tough life of a mercenary. what Baal said about predator is simply coincidence. describes pretty much the same thing as "The Assasin"
    MaidenHell81on August 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti havent yet read Brave New World, but I thin baal's got a point here. it would be too much of a coincidence if they aren't referring to the movie predator. anyway, i think the line "in the heat dehydrate" relates to the fact the predator cleaned off the skin from the skulls in the fire. its almost an exact description of the movie.
    marios11on May 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso i believe it could speak of both predator and brave new world.
    marios11on May 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, great lyrics. Reminds me of The Assasin
    MaidenHell81on March 12, 2008   Link

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