"Peace Sells" as written by and Dave Mustaine....
What do you mean, "I don't believe in God"?
I talk to him everyday.
What do you mean, "I don't support your system"?
I go to court when I have to
What do you mean, "I can't get to work on time"?
I got nothing better to do.
And, what do you mean, "I don't pay my bills"?
Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?

If there's a new way,
I'll be the first in line.
But it better work this time.
What do you mean, "I hurt your feelings"?
I didn't know you had any feelings.
What do you mean, "I ain't kind"?
Just not your kind.

What do you mean, "I couldn't be the President
Of the United States of America"?
Tell me something, it's still "We the people," right?
If there's a new way
I'll be the first in line
But it better work this time
Can you put a price on peace?

Peace,
Peace sells,
Peace,
Peace sells,
Peace sells, but who's buying?
Peace sells, but who's buying?
Peace sells, but who's buying?
Peace sells, but who's buying?
No, peace sells


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"Peace Sells" as written by Dave Mustaine

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  • +10
    General CommentI vote dave mustaine for president. whos with me¿¿¿¿¿
    MetallibangeRon March 06, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthe bass at the intro gets my adrenaline going everytime.kick ass! what am i talking about?!?! the whole fucking song rocks.great red goat said it....bad ass how dave says what d'ya mean?
    ThE $aNdMaNon January 17, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is Dave Mustaine's way of dispelling many stereotypes about heavy metal bands, their fans, and heavy metal music in general. The song is saying heavy metal is NOT all anti-religon, anti-goverment, lazy and rude. The line "What do you mean, 'I couldn't be president, of the United States of America'?
    Tell me something, it's still 'We the people', right?" Is one of Megadeths most memorable and thought provoking lyrics, in that the American goverment is been run more by beaurocrats than the American people.
    CJFon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI actually disagree with most of your comments so far.

    What do you mean, "I don't believe in God"?
    I talk to him every day.

    He views himself as his own god.

    What do you mean, "I don't support your system"?
    I go to court when I have to.

    he goes to court when he runs afoul of the law and this is how he supports the system.

    What do you mean, "I can't get to work on time"?
    I got nothing better to do

    He's unemployed.

    And, what do you mean, "I don't pay my bills"?
    Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?

    Yeah, he's broke.

    What do you mean, "I hurt your feelings"?
    I didn't know you had any feelings.

    Now dave starts talking about relationships, is this some kind of metaphor for society or were the earlier lines directed towards relationships too?

    What do you mean, "I ain't kind"?
    I'm just not your kind.

    What do you mean, "I couldn't be president, of the United States of America"?
    Tell me something, it's still "We the people", right?

    again the delivery of the entire song is directed towards someone. Could the song actually be some kinda Lovers' tiff and not actually about the politics of war and peace?
    Dressed2Depresson August 02, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentABSOLUTELY TRUE-- and the gov.doesn't like the truth comin from a rockgroup with long hair..this song settles the dispute that music doen't make the man, nor does looks, its personality.. This song not only rocks hard but drives the truth into every rocker's ears
    njrockstarbanditon March 04, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGuys, the meaning of this song is pretty straightforward.
    Even the title and ending lyrics "Peace sells, but who's buying?" can be an interpretation of the entire song.

    PEACE SELLS - Capitalism (Democracy, the USA Government) sells Peace,
    BUT WHO'S BUYING? - The POOR and middle class are the one's buying what the rich is selling.

    In communism and socialism, they try to eliminate the upper and lower class and just make one class of income.
    SpunkySkunk347on February 06, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMEGADETH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    galb1212on May 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI've always thought this song is about how people judge Dave (and first judgement in general) because he is in a metal band. He talks a lot about the beginning lines about "What do you mean I don't believe in god, I talk to him everyday" in interviews, because of people thinking that he isn't christian because he is in a metal band.
    CursedNson December 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THE WAY HE SAY WHAT DO YOU MEAN..
    GreatRedGoaton April 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice bass intro,but Dave's voice really annoys me.It never broke!
    Razormasticatoron April 15, 2004   Link

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