"Dittohead" as written by and Kerry King....
This fucking country's lost its grip
Subconscious hold begins to slip
The scales of justice tend to tip

The legal system has no spine
It's corroding from inside
Slap your hand you'll do no time

Reality on vacation
All across a blinded nation
Mentality under sedation

Anyone can be set free
On a technicality
Explain the law again to me

Here in 1994
Things are different than before
Violence is what we adore

Invitation to the game
Guns and blades and media fame
Every day more of the same

Murder, mayhem, anarchy
Now are all done legally
Mastermind your killing spree

Unafraid of punishment
With a passive government
There's nothing for you to regret

Nothing to regret

Unimposing policy
No enforcing ministry
Gaping with judicial flaws
Watching a fading nation crawl

Clashing with the public's frame
I'm the one that's place in fame
Legislature sets the stage
Social slaves caught in my rage

Administrative anarchy there's nothing
You can do to me
The world around you drifting to a
Continental tomb you see
Violence is my passion
I will never be contained
Living with aggression and its
Everlasting reign


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"Dittohead" as written by Kerry King

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  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about how corrupt the judicial system can
    be.now matter how serious the crime,anyone can get
    off a hell of a lot less that they actually deserve if they have enough money.it's common nature for people to not take responsibility for their own actions.rights of criminals are given more nurchuring than that of their victims,as evidenced in the absurd irony of slayer's wrongful death trial just a few short years after divine intervention was released.
    lakeoffire_on September 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTom: "I don't like people accusing us of being right-wing. 2 of us [this was 1988 when Lombardo was still in the band] aren't even American - how could we be fascists?"
    Asuraon December 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA cunning riposte indeed, Dimebag RIP!

    To CPF:

    1. Explained above: likely to mock Limbaugh
    2. No
    3. I don't think Slayer are concerned with factual correctness as much as they are concerned with being fucking awesome.
    4. The lyrics are probably not meant to be taken literally.
    Death Discoon May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSlayer are right-wing because they feel it offers people more freedom
    GodHatesACowardon June 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhich it doesn't.
    shadowwiththeeyeson June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's obviously not an anti-leftist song. "Dittohead" is primarily used these days to insult fans of Rush Limbaugh.
    Death Discoon April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA feeble stab at revealing how "immoral" the American Left Wing's approach to justice by rattling off a series of uninspired cliches that were frequently slapped on the Democratic party during the 1990s courtesy of a band that spent the first half of its career writing about Satanism, sacrificing virgins, and necrophelia. Slayer have never been known for great lyrics, and a bunch of insipid ABABABABAB forced rhymes is all that's to be found here. The title is clumsy enough and reflects Slayer's not-so-thorough knowledge of modern politics: as Death Disco mentioned, "dittohead" is a term used to disparage fans of Conservative windbag and all-around douche Rush Limbaugh. Maybe it meant something different in 1994, perhaps a more general term to insult idealogues in general. Well guess what Slayer, o great muses of our age: it's 11 years later and conservatives are the ones stealing elections, obstructing justice, invading sovereign nations on faulty or downright false pretenses, changing the rules to suit their own agenda, and promoting blind obedience through it all. And GodHatesACoward? Right-wing policies only offer people greater freedom in theory. We aren't seeing much of that in practice anymore.
    london67on April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery well said, london67, but I doubt that Slayer are actually conservative. Pretty much all their lyrics are deliberately offensive bullshit, and this one is likely no different. As in, it's supposed to expose the ranting bullshit spewing from the mouths of Limbaugh and others daily.
    Death Discoon May 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto London67 & Deaths disco. . .

    u r gay
    Dimebag RIPon November 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment1. Why is this song called Dittohead?

    2. Are the lyrics serious or sarcastic?

    3. The violent crime rate (per capita) in the U.S. was around the same in 1994 as it was in the previous 30 years and has halved since then (ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/…). So obviously the line "Here in 1994, Things are different than before" is wrong.

    4. And if they are serious, don't you think it's ironic that a band that has built its career upon singing about murder, mutilation and necrophilia is complaining about violence?
    cpfon February 03, 2007   Link

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