"Expendable Youth" as written by Tomas Enrique Araya and Kerry King....
Gun down cold on a raw deal
Home turf my battlefield
In no one's way caught in a crossfire
Stray bullets can kill

[Chorus]
Expendable youths
Fighting for possession
Having control the principle obsession
Rivalry and retribution
Death the only solution

Inured soul lies on the ground
Head blown off face down
Lying in a pool of blood
An accidental death homicide

[Chorus]

Struggling to survive
The drug induced warfare
To have control and principle obsession
Expendable youth fighting for possession
Violence is only a friend

[Chorus]


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"Expendable Youth" as written by Tomas Enrique Araya Kerry King

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  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about how kids who grow up in these really violent, decomposing, careless environments grow up thinking that they have nothing better to do that fight and kill each other ... with the whole gang thing. That mentality just gives all of its members this idea of being expendable, because you're part of something that only exists to be beligerent and disrespectful and destroy things.
    darkspoton April 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis came out in the late 80's when gangs were most hostile especially in the LA area before the riots. Cops were 'learning the ropes' of gang warfare.
    this song was decorated from that era, which sadly exists to this day.
    Necronicon January 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about gang violence and this song kicks ass
    jazaron April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentya.....this song is about inner city violence, racism in gangs, gang wars, drug deals, drive by's, all that crime shit and hate.

    Great riffage to this song...nice hard solo too.
    ixequilibriustumon June 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentya.....this song is about inner city violence, racism in gangs, gang wars, drug deals, drive by's, all that crime shit and hate.

    Great riffage to this song...nice hard solo too.
    ixequilibriustumon June 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm i thought it may be about a draft or something close to the meaning of Disposeable Heros by Metallica
    ZYKLON-Bon February 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was about war and the draft as ZYKLON-B said. Now that I read what you guys say, makes more sense that its about gang wars and shit. Bad ass song though, love the "...Head blown off face down..." part.
    LynxSnowbaneon February 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does Araya say before the leads kick in? Is it "fight ring you motherfucker"?
    metalstormon October 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Drumming..........Overall one of the best slayer song..........from the best album by Slayer
    powermad81on September 09, 2008   Link

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