"The Skull Beneath the Skin" as written by and Dave Mustaine....
Solo-Mustaine
Mean and infectious
The evil Prophets rise
Dance of the Macabre
As witches Streak the sky
Decadent worship of
Black Magic sorcery
In the womb of the Devil's Dungeon
Trapped without a plea
Solo-Mustaine

See thing in agony
Necrosis is the fate
Pins sticking through the skin
The venom now sedates
Locked in a pillory
Nowhere to be found
Screaming for your life
But no one hears a sound
Help me
Prepare the patients scalp
To peel away
Metal caps his ears
He'll hear not what we say
Solid steel visor
Riveted cross his eyes
Iron staples close his jaws

So no one hears his cries
The skull beneath the skin
Now your drawn and quartered
Your bones will make the x
Symbol stands for poison
And it's chained to your head
And as we fold your arms
To make the holy cross
We cross the crucifix
Religion has been lost
The skull beneath the skin
Solo-Mustaine


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"The Skull Beneath the Skin" as written by Dave Mustaine

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  • +3
    General CommentThe story of Vic Rattlehead
    The Undertaker 666on September 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is how Vic was made
    FoRwHoMtHeBeLlToLlSon January 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCant beleive nobody has commented on this song... It's about how Vic rattlehead is born... You should check out The Cryptic Writings of Megadeth to fully get an idea of his birth etc... Apart form explaining some early Megadeth songs it has kick ass artwork and an overly macarbe theme which appeals to me. The band worked closely with the creators of this series so it's not just some comic company's interpretation, it comes from the horses mouth so to speak. MEGADETH RUUUUUUULE!!!
    Tricky1979on April 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best songs of all time.
    SilenzXEon September 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is indeed about your best friend and mine: Vic Rattlehead. This song represents yet another reason why Megadeth was so incensed over the label's handling of the artwork for the album cover. Because this song was about Vic, having the proper artwork adorning the cover was critical to the lyric for this particular song. Without the mascot portrayed properly, the significance and meaning of this song was severely compromised.
    ScreenNameNeededon July 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentPrepare the patients scalp
    To peel away
    Metal caps his ears
    He'll hear not what we say
    Solid steel visor
    Riveted cross his eyes
    Iron staples close his jaws
    So no one hears his cries

    The images conjured up with these lyrics are amazing... DAMN YOU COMBAT FOR CHEAPENING OUT ON THE COVER ART!!

    Vic for prez!
    Tricky1979on January 02, 2013   Link

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