"Washington Is Next!" as written by and Dave Mustaine....
The quiet war has begun with silent weapons
And the new slavery is to keep the people
Poor and stupid; "Novus Ordo Seclorum"

How can there be any logic in biological war?
We all know this is wrong, but the New World Order's
Beating down the door
Oh, something needs to be done

There was a king (an evil king), who dreamt the wickedest of dreams
An ancient mystery no prophet could interpret
Of seven years of famine; the wolf is at my door
As predicted years ago: that that was, that is, that is no more

The word predicts the future and tells the truth about the past
Of how the world leaders will hail the new Pharaoh
The eighth false king to the throne
Washington is next!

Disengage their minds, sabotage their health
Promote sex, and war, and violence in the kindergartens
Blame the parents and teachers; it's their fault; "Annuit Coeptis"
Attack the church dynamic, attack the family
Keep the public undisciplined till nothing left is sacred, and
The "have-nots" get hooked and have to go to the "haves" just to cop a fix

I am the king (an evil king), who dreams the wickedest of dreams
An ancient mystery, nobody could interpret
Of seven empires falling; the wolf is at my door
As predicted years ago: that that was, that is, that is no more

The word predicts my future and tells the truth about my past
Of how the world's leaders are waiting to usher in
The eighth world power of modern Rome
Washington is next!

There was a king (an evil king), who dreamt the wickedest of dreams
An ancient mystery, no prophet could interpret
Of seven empires falling; the wolf is at my door
As predicted years ago: that that was, that is, that is no more

I am a king, and I dream the wildest dreams
And nobody could interpret
Seven empires falling; the wolf is at my door
Oh, that that was, that is, that is no more

There's something at my door, some ancient mystery
The future tells the truth about the past
And I'm the eighth false king to the throne
I've got you in my cross hairs; now, ain't that a bitch?

Washington, you're next!


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"Washington Is Next!" as written by Dave Mustaine

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    General Comment"The new slavery is to keep the people poor and stupid" is my favorite line in the song. It's about how the government uses the news media to brainwash people while the corporations that run the country influence politicians with monetary contributions to economically and socially oppress the American people. If we all spend our money on frivolous things we don't need and spend our spare time watching television, thus being kept "poor and stupid" we'll have no means to change.
    I really like the line about the "have nots" and "haves" like pre-communist Russia. In the U.S. today we live in a society of haves and have-nots and there are devices in place within our media communications systems to ensure that the rich get richer as the poor continue to be poor.
    kokoutsuon August 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthere has been changes to the studio version

    The quiet war has begun with silent weapons
    And the new slavery is to keep the people
    Poor and stupid, "Novus Ordo Seclorum"

    How can there be any logic in biological war?
    We all know this is wrong, but the New World Order's
    Beating down the door, oh something needs to be done

    There was a King (an evil king) who dreamt the wickedest of dreams
    An ancient mystery no prophet could interpret
    Of seven years of famine, the wolf is at the door
    As predicted years ago, that that was, that is, that is no more

    The word predicts the future and tells the truth about the past
    Of how the world leaders would hail the new Pharaoh
    Eighth False King to the throne, Washington is Next!

    Disengage their minds, sabotage their health
    Promote sex, and war, and violence in the kindergartens
    Blame the parents and teachers; it's their fault, "Annuit Coeptis"
    Attack the church dynamic, attack the family
    Keep the public undisciplined till nothing left is sacred and
    The "have-nots" get hooked and have to go to the "haves" just to cop a fix

    I am the King(an evil king) who dreams the wickedest of dreams
    An ancient mystery nobody could interpret
    Of seven empires falling, the wolf is at my door
    As predicted years ago, that that was, that is, that is no more

    The word predicts my future and tells the truth about my past
    Of how the world leaders are waiting to usher in
    The Eighth world power of modern Rome, Washington is Next!

    There was a King (an evil king) who dreamt the wickedest of dreams
    An ancient mystery no prophet could interpret
    Of seven empires falling, the wolf is at my door
    As predicted years ago, that that was, that is, that is no more

    I am a King and I dream the wildest dreams, and nobody could interpret
    Seven empires fallen, the wolf is at my door
    Oh, that that was, that is, that is no more

    I've got you in my crosshairs
    An't that a bitch?
    Washington, you're next!
    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon April 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think there's a lot more to the song.

    I think this song looks into the past at all the horrible things that have happened to us (WW1, WW2, etc.) and then looks into the future asking 'Has anything really changed? Has it really? Or are we just telling ourselves that?'.

    'The quiet war has begun with silent weapons'
    That sounds like the Cold War.

    Anyway... This song is awesome! It just makes me want to jump up and start head banging!
    invader_kibbyon July 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song relates to Bible prophecy.

    'Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars' is a document that was allegedly found in an IBM copier that had been purchased at a surplus sale. It is an 'elite blueprint' that gives plans for biological warfare, economic engineering and killing off the public.
    paranoiamagazine.com/…

    'Novus Ordo Seclorum' is Latin for New Order of the Ages or 'New World Order'.
    It appears on the US Great Seal and the back of the dollar bill.

    'Annuit Coeptis' is Latin for 'He has favored our undertakings' and is also on the Great Seal.

    In Genesis 41 of the Bible the Pharoah had a dream about seven skinny cows eating seven fat cows, and seven thin ears of corn swallowing up seven plump ears of corn. The Pharoah is the 'evil king' and that dream is 'the wickedest of dreams'. In this story 'no prophet could interpret' the dream until Joseph was sent for, and he told the Pharoah that the dream was a prophecy of 'seven years of famine'.

    This song interprets this part of the Bible as not just referring to the past, but predicting the future:
    'The word predicts the future and tells the truth about the past'.

    The lines 'Of how the world leaders are waiting to usher in the
    Eighth False King to the throne' refer to a prophecy in the book of Revelation:

    "And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space."
    -Revelation 17:10

    'Oh, that that was, that is, that is no more' comes from the next verse:
    "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."
    -Revelation 17:11
    eloi999on October 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I like how Dave's voice has changed live. Big props to 'deth for another classic.
    motorheadbangeron November 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment27 days till UA
    stlramson April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHank you very much, I've been pulling my hair out trying to find the studio version, and listening to these stupid bastards that don't understand Daves sarcasm. ugh what a releif, thanks mate.
    ForthesakeofRevengeon April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHoly SHIT! I absolutely love this song! This gonna be one of the BEST albums they've made in a loooong time. No doubt. I think it will be a close second to Rust In Peace. I've already preordered my copy! May 15 can't come soon enough!
    DeathRideron April 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMetal's Lyrics are right, the song is up on the Megadeth Website.
    sithlinkon May 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey... Has anyone else noticed that some of the riffs sound very similar to their old song Tornado Of Souls? Found it kinda odd. Not that it's a bad thing, mind you! At first listen, they sound nothing alike, but if you listen very closely, they do. It's kinda cool how Megadeth is creative enough to take one song's sound, reuse it 17 years later, and come up with something totally different.

    As far as what the song means... Sounds like a song about the birth of a new totalitarian government in, you guessed it, Washington. I think it has something to do with the idea that all governments eventually become power-hungry oppressors, even if temporarily.
    DeathRideron May 07, 2007   Link

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