"The Ruler and the Killer" as written by and Greg Wells Henry Burnett....
When I talk you should listen
All of you belong to me
Come on, we should get it going
Now what I want is specific
Respect what I have done for thee
The ruler and the killer baby

You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
To the ruler and the killer baby
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
To the ruler and the killer baby

Listen to me
Keep your mind on the mission
Remember you belong to me
Come on, we should get it going
Now what I want is specific
You putting on a show for me
The ruler and the killer baby

You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
To the ruler and the killer baby
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
To the ruler and the killer baby

Please pay attention
You know all you belong to me
Come on, we should get it going
Survival of the fittest, hey hey
Lose and you will answer to me
The ruler and the killer baby

You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
To the ruler and the killer baby
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
To the ruler and the killer baby

You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
To the ruler and the killer baby
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
You don't talk, you don't say nothing, okay
To the ruler and the killer baby


Lyrics submitted by ghostyyy, edited by twastaken

"The Ruler and the Killer" as written by Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi T-bone Burnett

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    My InterpretationThis song was written for The Hunger Games specifically.
    Whenever I listen to it, I always think of President Snow & Seneca Crane.
    President Snow being "The Ruler" because he rules Panem & has complete control over it.
    Seneca Crane (The Head Gamemaker) being "The Killer" because he controls how the actual Hunger Games are played out in the arena.
    This is my interpretation, but I'm about %99 sure this is what it's about because the song is pretty self-explanatory.
    mahoganyfoxon March 31, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationAs mahoganyfox said, the song is pretty self explanatory if you've read the books. Although, I think this song is just about Snow. He is the ruler of Panem and he's letting them all die.

    "When I talk you should listen
    All of you belong to me
    Come on, we should get it going
    Now what I want is specific
    Respect what I have done for thee
    The ruler and the killer, baby"

    I mean that's pretty self explanatory itself, isn't it?


    "You don’t talk, you don’t say nothing, OK?"

    You don't speak against him, you don't say anything to him. hah


    "Listen to me
    Keep your mind on the mission
    Remember you belong to me
    Come on, we should get it going
    Now what I want is specific
    You putting on a show for me"

    Him telling the tributes to get on with the Games.


    "Survival of the fittest, hey hey
    Lose and you will answer to me"

    The fittest being the victor. Losing meant they died.
    atalia831on April 09, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think that whenever he's saying "hey, hey" and "yeah, yeah" it's kind of like President Snow laughing at the citizens of the districts, because in the book, he never gets upset, he just has a mocking smile on his face.

    Obviously this is about snow. He rules, and if he wishes it, you will be killed.
    I love this song, it captures the epitome of snow so well.
    twastakenon December 02, 2012   Link
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    My Opinionit kinda sounds like could have a sex slave as well
    anonomous2000on August 19, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti always thought this song was written for Cato.
    vellamonneitoon January 20, 2017   Link

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