"This Was My Life" as written by and Dave Mustaine....
It was just another day
It was just another fight
It was words strung into sentences
It was doomed to not be right
There is something wrong with me
There is something wrong with you
There is nothing left of us
There is one thing I can do
Lying on your bed, examining my head
This is the part of me that hates
Paybacks are a bitch, I throw the switch
Somewhere the electric chair awaits

Hey! this was my life
Hey! this was my fate

This was the wrong thing to do
This was the wrong one to be doing
This was the road to destiny
This was the road to my ruin
Now there's motives for the suspect
Now there's nothing left to say
Now there's method to the madness
Now there's society to pay

Lying on your bed, examining my head
This is the part of me that hates
Paybacks are a bitch, I throw the switch
Somewhere the electric chair awaits

Hey! this was my life
Hey! this was my fate

In our life there's if
In our beliefs there's lie
In our business there's sin
In our bodies there's die
This was my life
This was my fate

This was my life
This was my fate


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"This Was My Life" as written by Dave Mustaine

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    General CommentActually, this song is about Mustaine still being bitter towards Metallica. When he said "lying in your bed" it meant that Dave was sleeping on the tour bus of Metallica's(when he was still part of the band) and they woke him up and gave him a bus ticket back home and said, "hey, you're out of the band." Megadeth never got to enjoy the success of Metallica, but they had bitterness, and that is where they got their drive. When Dave said, "it was just another day, just another fight" he was saying that although he had his differences with the band, he didnt' think it would end up that seriously. When he says "paybacks are a bitch" he is saying that he hopes Megadeth can conquer the success of Metallica. At the end where Mustaine says, "this was my life, this was my fate" he was referring to the fact that enjoying success in the music business was supposed to be his, and he always believed it was his fate. Metallica robbed him of that.
    aceticaon October 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a relationship Dave Mustaine had that didn't go well. In his own words:

    "Before my spouse, I had a relationship with a very charming lady that went awry. Every possible way you could wreck a relationship, I did. Many times I wanted to kill her or myself, and I knew that I would go to jail if I did, so I balked." (Mustaine, 1992)

    "I had the very seedy, sordid love affair that took place over six years, and I've gotten a lot of great songs out of it. She's probably biting her nails, wondering what this album's gonna say about her! This particular song is about a time I wanted to kill her. I'm laying in her bed, and she's examining my head, and my feeling of being under her microscope is the part of me that hates. I know I'm going to get her back, but that when I do, I'm throwing my own switch on an electric chair, buying my own ticket. It's a confession of the madness I felt at the time." (Mustaine)

    I may be wrong on this, but I believe that Tornado of Souls is another song based on this relationship.
    Bionicmanon January 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's mean to be seen as someone who's not lead a perfect life...and he's looking back on everything he didn't enjoy about it.
    Prodigalon September 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't agree
    NickQon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't agree
    NickQon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanybody who has been in a relationship that is going downhill can relate to this song... the moment when you realize that this is all going nowhere, that the two persons hate each other and that they would be better off without

    the chorus to me is the guy thinking about kiling the other person while trying to sleep
    "lying on your bed examining my head"
    PLASon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentand the electric chair he is talking about seems to relate to Ride the Lightning, which has a lot of Dave's work on it.
    Strung into sentences - master of puppets pulling strings
    robert_grim_reaperon September 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDudes, Dave mustaine is smarter than we really can comprehend, I want to meet him.
    robert_grim_reaperon September 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow robert grim reaper! That was deep stuff and I never would have thought about this song in that way. It makes perfect sense and I totally agree. Two thumbs up!
    Rach1on September 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthanks dude. a lot of the songs on countdown have more to them than meets the eye
    robert_grim_reaperon September 16, 2008   Link

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