"Mandatory Suicide" as written by Tomas Enrique Araya, Jeffery John Hanneman and Kerry King....
Murder at your every foot step
A child's toy sudden death
Sniper blazes you through your knees
Falling down can you feel the heat

Ambushed by the spray of lead
Count the bullet holes in your head
Offspring sent out to cry
Living mandatory suicide

Holes burn deep in your chest
Raked by machine gun fire
Screaming soul sent out to die
Living mandatory suicide

Lying, dying, screaming in pain
Begging, pleading, bullets drip like rain
Minds explode, pain sheers to your brain
Radical amputation, this is insane

Fly swatter stakes, drive through your chest
Spikes impale you as you're forced off the crest
Soldier of misfortune
Hunting with bated breath

A vile smell, like tasting death
Dead bodies, dying and wounded
Litter the city streets
Shattered glass, bits of clothing and human deceit
Dying terror
Bloods cheap, its everywhere
Mandatory suicide, massacre on the front line

Lyrics submitted by jt

"Mandatory Suicide [Live]" as written by Kerry King Jeffery John Hanneman

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General Commenti love this song
    slayer rules
    blackliston March 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a song expressing the horrors of war. Slayer does not take sides though.
    SlayerFreak666on April 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with SlayerFreak666. They seem pretty neutral to the subject, just telling it how it is.
    Shadowbitchon July 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWar

    The toy part is about how the taliban use toys as linemines to kill children
    METALSLAYER666on September 02, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDesribes the ambushed pain of the front line soldiers of misfortune...
    han2on February 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like the ending when tom starts to sing that little poem. just the sound and feel of the double kicker
    Dying_In_Vainon March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAre you kidding? They're saying that war is insane, and is mandatory suicide. That and the fact that they're describing it as pure hell would make it seem pretty clear that they're not supporting their subject matter.
    Kodos86on April 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think you are both right. but i also think that its how someone is forced to go to war even tho they are scared and don't know what to do. hint. Mandatory as in, you must do it. i highly dough any 18 year old wanted to go to war.
    Dying_In_Vainon April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDude ixequilibriustum, Tom wrote this song not Jeff. And I'm pretty sure Slayer is anti-war. They definetly are not fascists like they are accused of being.
    Armon May 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthere are mistakes

    e.g. bullets drop like rain, not Bullet Drip Like Rain
    and screaming soul sent out to die not Screaming Skull Sent Out To Die

    i believe there are more
    solo rejecton June 16, 2004   Link

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