"Zero Tolerance" as written by and Chuck Schuldiner....
In the dark of night
Abusing a portion of light
While others are sleeping
And some are escaping
A serpent spews out fantasy-
Unjustified blasphemy
That cannot be condoned

It must be strange to not have lived
So far into existence

This is not a test of power
This is not a game to be lost or won
Let justice be done

[Chorus]
There will be zero tolerance
For the creator of hallowed intentions
There will be zero tolerance
Fate is your deciding God

Karma comes crashing down
Leaving a very deep scar
Exposing a door to the
Source of a verbal whore
Machines supply the altar
Where virtuous lives are sacrificed

It must be strange to not have lived
So far into existence

This is not a test of power
This is not a game to be lost or won
Let justice be done


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"Zero Tolerance" as written by Chuck Schuldiner

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    General Commentthis song is awesome... my favorite of Death's.

    The song is about how in any religion, there is "zero tolerance" for any disagreement or difference - despite the fact that most religions have very loose rots and are quite questionable.

    The song also makes a point that "virtuous lives" are wasted by dedicating their lives to these religions. It also hints at how religion is quite destuctive at the openings lines.
    Foopon October 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Link(s)This is probably very helpful. Spark Magazin did a short interview with chuck, exactly answering this question briefly. Enjoy ;)

    emptywords.org/…
    von horst5on June 06, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've no idea what this song is about but i do know that the second solo (Bobby Koelble) is some fantastic work.
    Buckethead_ruleson June 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat is what the song is about? Wow! It is also one of my favourite's. Thank you for explaining, Floop.
    headbang666on February 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually its more about corruption in all walks of life, such as churches, governments--whatever the case the others that are sleeping are people that are oblivious, and the others that are escaping are finding out the truth. There will be zero tolerance to those who have bad intentions toward humanity, ultimately.
    diabloflipon May 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"This is not a test of power
    This is not a game to be lost or won
    Let justice be done"

    Best words, right there. Really catchy and it sums most of what the song means.
    VoiceOfTheSoulon January 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSounds like this might be a song denying God's existance. The lyrics in the chorus are "There will be zero tolerance/for the creator of hallowed intentions/There will be zero tolerance/fate is your deciding God."

    In other words, perhaps Chuck is saying that God doesn't exist, and fate, where you end up after you die, is the only one that matters. The lyrics are kinda cryptic, as in most songs on here. That's why this website has been created, to interpret the song's meaning.


    snafuoneon May 09, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaning"A serpent spews out fantasy-
    Unjustified blasphemy
    That cannot be condoned"

    - I think this references to a liar (human being or institution) who feeds the masses with lies and indignity.

    "It must be strange to not have lived
    So far into existence"

    - This person obviously lives in his own world, ignoring his human roots.

    "This is not a test of power
    This is not a game to be lost or won
    Let justice be done"

    - Pretty much speaks for it self

    "There will be zero tolerance
    For the creator of hallowed intentions
    There will be zero tolerance
    Fate is your deciding God"

    - Zero tolerance for those who manipulate us, who pretend to know the answers to the tough questions of life and therefore lead us into certain destruction.

    "Karma comes crashing down
    Leaving a very deep scar
    Exposing a door to the
    Source of a verbal whore
    Machines supply the altar
    Where virtuous lives are sacrificed"

    - Their deeds will be exposed and figured out by the people ("the source of a verbal whore" references to the media e.g. television-news report etc.). We can finally look through that veil of deception and perceive the real picture of what is going on (e.g. fake news reports to justify wars).
    BrainCanceron October 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is on of my favorite tracks ever. I can't even describe how great and imaginative the guitar solos are in this song. I think the lyrics on this song are the most symbolic and can be interpreted 1000 different ways.
    myelinon September 05, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthe first verse reminds me of the Nazis in the 1940's...in the dark of night Hitler would spout his hate while the gestapo (spelling?) would round up those who didn't agree (While others are sleeping
    And some are escaping
    A serpent spews out fantasy)

    I dunno but the music is awesome and Chuck was a genius :)
    eusedheon February 07, 2013   Link

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