"Play for Blood" as written by and Dave Mustaine....
Anybody searching for action
Anything to feel the emptiness inside
Any place that the streets are empty
Any takers wanna pour out their lives
With fire and lighting shooting from my hand
And desolation written across my eyes
My itchy finger on hairpin trigger
My tempers hot and my patience's taken flight

Inside the abattoir
The cover charge is somebody's gotta die
Now, I hear you screaming out for mercy
Last man that's standing wins the fight
Too late, I see your end zero in on you
Even mortal enemies they can't deny
Let me help you up again
The wings of God surround me
I live to play because I know I'll never die

If I win again, I'm still the champion
And if you win, ha, that's just impossible!
I don't play for keeps; I don't play for your soul
I don't play to win, I don't play for it all
I play for blood

I don't play for keeps, I play for blood
I don't play for your soul, I play for blood
I don't play for to win, I play for blood
I don't play for it all, I play for blood
Play for blood


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"Play for Blood" as written by Dave Mustaine

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    General CommentVery old school track, Great riffing and tons of solos. Alot of people complain about the main riff being to simple but its got plenty of groove and Technical =/= better all the time. There is plenty of interesting guitar parts in this song anyway

    The lyrics is about computer game addictions
    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentComputer game addiction? That actually makes a lot of sense now that I reread the lyrics. I thought it was about a gang person or a person who's loves to fight *shrugs*
    invader_kibbyon July 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs it Play for Blood? I thought it was either prey, or pray before. Hmm
    I agree with the comput3r game theory
    GrayLanderon November 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is a kind of sequel to My Last Words from PSBWB. Remember it was about Russian roulette? Well, there are a lot of things in these lyrics that point to the same thing. The main character plays the roulette because he's bored, and because he wants to see blood. He believes he'll never die and that it's impossible for his opponents to win.

    "Inside the abattoir
    The cover charge is somebody's gotta die
    Now I hear you screaming out for mercy
    Last man that's standing wins the fight"

    Explains it all.
    Rusty Diamondson December 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentComputer games... kinda works.

    Could be about DotA. Which, to the uninitiated, would make sense. Or even LoL, HoN, whatever MOBA. Though, not so much the second para. More like an arena... gladiators? The third para supports the second.
    SilenzXEon May 02, 2011   Link

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