"What Doesn't Die" as written by Frank Joseph Bello, Charlie L. Benante, John Robert Bush and Scott Ian Rosenfeld....
First in last out overthrown
It's been picked clean to the bone
And so hard to remember things
Like when we used to kill our kings
Crusading for hypocrisy
Under our nose the holy bleed
Crumbling under its own weight
Apologies if you relate
'Cause
You cannot kill
What doesn't die
Live up to my promise
My full potential realized
Death lives right inside your pocket
Take him out and have a laugh
Go and piss your life away
Another ugly waste of clay
And up above there's no one home
Why don't you answer your phone?
Reminding me to learn that poem
First in last out overthrown
Because
A stream of consciousness flows into a river of blood
Stem this tide of violence
As it rises like a flood


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"What Doesn't Die" as written by Frank Joseph Bello Charlie L. Benante

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    General Comment"A stream of consciousness flows into a river of blood
    Stem this tide of violence
    as it rises like a flood"

    These lines would have me believe this song has something to with a mental condition causing random outbursts of anger that cannot be controlled.

    I'm sure there's a great deal more to this song, though.
    Honor Punkon January 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSome refrences to medieval times I see... I have no idea what it's about but this is one of Anthrax's best songs for sure.
    Cowboy from hellon January 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnot sure what this one is about. but since they wrote a song about judge dredd, could it be in part inspired by the judge dredd comics character judge death who's slogan is "you cannot kill what does not live"?
    Pryderon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment3 comments? you're kidding me! this is what got me into Anthrax along with bring tha noise.
    Dressed2Depresson August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song fricken rocks. It is just so slamming.
    The Kiwion February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song fricken rocks. It is just so slamming.
    The Kiwion February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation of the song is that it's about terrorism and the war on terror. You can't kill terror. GWAR said so.
    PinheadXon February 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentZOMBIES!!!!!!

    Well that's what is in the film clip anyway.
    maccas666on February 13, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"And so hard to remember things
    Like when we used to kill our kings"

    Always pops in my head every time I see news about some white collar criminal. The lyric gives me a satisfying feeling that no matter what, we could hold those in power accountable for their decisions… at least in the past that is. To me the song has to do with politics, the culture of unaccountability it fosters, and the direct action we are still capable of.
    Bettyforsmuton December 18, 2008   Link

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