"Blackmail The Universe" as written by and Dave Mustaine....
This is breaking news
It appears that Air Force One was shot down
Somewhere over the Middle East this morning
By a sleeper cell of rogue terrorists, firing a Stinger Missile
The Pilot and all passengers are unaccounted for
The President's whereabouts are presently unknown
And he is presumed missing

The Vice President, Secretary of State,
And principals of the military are assembling
Our nation stands at Defcon 3
The greatest crisis, will someone come for me?
I "red, white and blew it"
Unleashed revenge, my body is detained
How could anybody do this?

Betrayal, I peel away the days
Medals are useless, Uncle Sam's forgotten me
I'm not important, no one will ever come
I'll never be found, God get me out of this hell
Nuclear battlefields energized
Cold wars are heating up again
The tensions mounting

People lift up your fists in revenge
The stage is set
Who will be the first to blink?
We can't go to war
Remember that "Vietnam thing"
Peace at any price
With a gun to your head, bang, bang

Weakness runs in your family
What runs in mine is death
This is your 5 minute warning
Burn all your classified documents
And if cooler heads don't prevail
First strike from a political dead man
Appeasement only makes the aggressor more aggressive
He understands only one language, action!
And he respects only one word, force!
No sign of them stopping,
No time for back channel communiques
We need all the help we can get, air strikes and invasions!
Retaliate, I say!

The will of good men can not counter the terrible strain of war
Blackmail the Universe with the greatest of calamities
Awaken those sleeping giants in the dust of the ground
With their skin destroyed, unjust to innocence
Lawful possessor of the world's last 24 hours
Terror and ugliness reveal what death really means
And in hatred you see men as they really are
If chosen over heaven, Earth will have been for them
All along, only another region of hell


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"Blackmail the Universe" as written by Dave Mustaine

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    General Commentthis cd, mainly it kicked ass, but what made me like it, was seeing them live. but its just a shame cause i think this is their last tour and its the first time i've just seen em :( (im 17) and i just got into them like 2 yrs ago. thye are so amazing.


    this song is amazing. this band is amazing.
    i think its about just undermining the gov't....and not doing anything they say. its pretty r0x0r
    GODDon November 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentheh, i repeat everything in that first paragraph to a tee, maybe been in to them for longer tho.

    where it comes in with the lyrics 'blackmail the universe' is real powerful. its a great opener to a set.

    maybe the first two paragraphs are from the prez's perspective. then the rest on a cold war-like build up.
    cherseon June 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentheh, i repeat everything in that first paragraph to a tee, maybe been in to them for longer tho.

    where it comes in with the lyrics 'blackmail the universe' is real powerful. its a great opener to a set.

    maybe the first two paragraphs are from the prez's perspective. then the rest on a cold war-like build up.
    cherseon June 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe opener that set's the trend of making metallica shit themselves
    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon August 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song really reminds me of the movie "thirteen days" because i was just watching it in my u.s. history class and the whole thing is just about the cuban missile crisis.

    anyways, at one point in the movie 'president kennedy' is sitting around with his advisors and what not and they say :

    "Peace at any price"
    "Appeasement only makes the aggressor more aggressive
    He understands only one language - action
    And he respects only one word - force"

    and the whole thing just reminded me of this song
    because of that and in the song it's saying cold war and nuclear battlefields and everything going on during that time
    HomerunHenryon March 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentto me, this just seems like a different cause to nuclear war but with the same actions/ effects taking place with the cuban missile crisis/ cold war.

    "Who will be the first to blink?"
    -one quote from a cuban missile crisis period was something like "they just blinked first"

    "weakness runs in the family"
    the kennedy family was always told they were weak. mostly jfk because he didnt go straight to war with cuba or call in air strikes on the missiles that werent active yet. it goes along with the movie "thirteen days" about how his brother robert is weak too and same with their father.

    "air strikes and invasions"
    - this sounds like it also came from the crisis because every general in EXCOMM wanted the president to make his decision of invading cuba and calling air strikes but he never did. there was just a blockade of cuba and no soviet ships we let through. they were turned around/ quarantined. this was their last choice to avoid DEFCON 1, which is nuclear war.

    "political dead man"
    - one man said he was a political dead man because he was trying for appeasement. he wanted soviet missiles out of cuba in exchange for the us's missiles out of turkey. appeasement was looked at as just the worst possible thing then.

    but the cuban missile crisis was in 1962,
    "remember that vietnam thing"
    vietnam war came in the late 60's/ early 70's
    so that's just the part that doesnt make sense.
    anyways, yeah.
    HomerunHenryon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"This is your 5 minute warning"
    --the missiles from cuba would take just about 5 minutes to reach washington dc
    HomerunHenryon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe 5 minute warning part made me think of US embassies in other countries - hence 'burn all your classified documents'. There wouldn't be much need to burn them in a nuclear war, the warhead would do it for you. :P
    mrpwaseon May 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song touches, as most of you already said, the cuban missile crisis during the cold war. I would like to add to the part of appeacement, is that before WWII, 30's, lead hitler into power in germany, that plus other stuff. I believe that the song's overall meaning is that what presidents did/do with their politics, is just gamble the world's fate and life. Example: bush-iraq-iran- etc.
    Pochbaroneon August 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentParts of the lyrics are quotes from the movie "Thirteen Days", that might be why it reminds you of the movie.
    RIPCLBon August 19, 2007   Link

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