Creating a life only to destroy
Saved from a life of the unemployed
Where crime is the only way to survive
Which is the best to be dead or alive?
Maybe a chance but maybe not
Born to be thrown in the trash to rot
To exist in this world may be a mistake
The one who is with child, it's their choice to make

Death and life taken so easily
Right or wrong, whose choice will it be?

Abortion, when it is needed
Execution, for those who deserve it
The giving and taking of life will always be
Altering the future

[Solos: Shuldiner, Murphy]

Look into the future to prepare us for our fate
Controlling our existence with every life we take

Life for a life should remain the rule
The innocent victim that is what's cruel
Look to the past is what we should do
When justice was done and justice was true
Using our laws to help their escape
An easy way out is what they create
Claiming insane is the way to freedom
People are stupid enough to believe them

Death and life taken so easily
Right or wrong, whose choice will it be?

Abortion, when it is needed
Execution, for those who deserve it
The giving and taking of life will always be




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  • +2
    General CommentThis is an amazing song from an amazing band, the song is about abortion
    Buckethead_ruleson November 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSomeone who cannot decide what to do with a baby because they live in an unemployed world.
    Jphthe1 explicton March 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I just realised that this song is my thoughts exactly on the death penalty and abortion.
    Nafzgeron April 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI find this song to be better than the first track on the album, but i still find it to be somewhat lacking in depth

    i can accept his stance on the death penalty, but i dont really agree with his reasoning on abortion

    i agree with the part that it should be allowed, but i don't think it should be used as a tool to try to filter out undesirable people in society, although i do agree that there are many people who have incredibly miserable lives who probably wish they had not been born into the shit they were..especially in some of the more poverty stricken areas in the world

    I think that in a way hes right, but im not sure if i like where things might head if we try to get rid of those who would cause us difficulty through abortion
    bazookatoothzon November 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentto add to my other post, i also think that the idea that certain people arent insane is completely ridiculous, chuck should have gotten an education in pyschology..im sure he would have changed his mind about at least some people not being insane
    bazookatoothzon November 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't get me wrong, I love Death, and this song is one of my favorites just because of the music, but these lyrics make no sense. "Look to to the past is what we should do, when justice was done and justice was true". Yeah, in the past when they cut off your hand for stealing, that's what we should do. Plus, I get the picture of how abortion is "altering the future" by taking away a destiny of a life that could have been...but honestly, I'm sure almost everyone has "altered the future" onto the floor some time or another. Maybe I'm just over analyzing a death metal song, Death's the only death metal band I know that's every gotten preachy in a death metal song.
    ichigo900on December 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@Death828 and bazookatoothz:

    I don't think Chuck took such a stance so explicitely. If I read more of his lyrics and of his biographic material, I find that I he is a much more life-loving and mindful man than you say he puts on display here. Especially when he sings:

    Death and life taken so easily
    Right or wrong, whose choice will it be?

    Abortion, when it is needed
    Execution, for those who deserve it
    The giving and taking of life will always be
    Altering the future

    It sounds more like criticism than a clear opinion.
    Nainon September 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWallamanage, Holy shit im cracking up, your interpretations are hilarious. Death is one of my favorite (if not my favorite) metal band but chuck's lyrics take themselves way too seriously, most of it is Holier than Thou neo conservative bullshit too.
    rustinpeace91on October 27, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is about a creme egg which rolls out of a shop and into someones mouth. He is unfortunately digested which is a tragic loss. Fortunately the culprit is accused of stealing the creme egg and is given the death penalty.
    Wallamanageon March 10, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis song has two major themes that are sources of controversy today; abortion and execution. the song supports both, reasoning that unwanted babies, who are often neglected, are the source of crime. abortion is suggested to be a way of "altering the future", executing the future criminals even before they are born.
    death828on April 25, 2008   Link

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