"Countdown to Extinction" as written by and Dave/menza Mustaine....
Endangered species, caged in fright
Shot in cold blood, no chance to fight
The stage is set, now pay the price
And ego boost, don't think twice
Technology, the battle's unfair,
You pull the hammer without a care

Squeeze the trigger that makes you Man,
Pseudo-safari, the hunt is canned
The hunt is canned
All are gone, all but one
No contest, nowhere to run
No more left, only one
This is it, this is the countdown to extinction
Tell the truth, you wouldn't dare
The skin and trophy, oh so rare
Silence speaks louder than words
Ignore the guilt and take your turn

'Liars' anagram is lairs
Man you were never even there
Killed a few feet from the cages
Point blank, you're so courageous
So courageous
All are gone, all but one
No contest, nowhere to run
No more left, only one
This is it, this is the countdown to extinction

One hour from now
Another species of life form
Will disappear from the face of the planet
Forever and the rate is accelerating

All are gone, all but one
No contest, nowhere to run
No more left, only one
This is it, this is the countdown to extinction


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"Countdown to Extinction" as written by David Ellefson Dave Mustaine

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    General CommentKrestfallyn, anyone who votes for someone because of their religion is very misguided. By voting for somebody because of your religion you're saying that it makes you better than those of which who don't follow your religion, because you're ignoring wether Kerry is or is not a better president and only looking at religion. Thus you're saying that your religion makes you God-like and infalliable, because no matter how much better the other person is you're better because you follow that religion. No person who truly follows God, wether they practice what Christ taught (Christianity today and what Christ Taught are not the same. "God hates Gays" doesn't equal "Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone"), Judaism or Islam would ever believe they are infalliable. The overconfidence, arrogance, and blind beleif in a man who has already made many mistakes is not faith, its ignorance. Of course, we all make mistakes ;) Also, an interesting note is that President Bush's own church says that this war isn't justified. Bush is not a true Christian, he's a political Christian.

    As for the song, I think everyone has it down already. Another solid one from Megadeth. These guys impress me more with each song I hear, and its good to see that they can make a mild to soft song and still be awesome.
    Rethornon June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSome people read too much into this
    Its not about the end of the world or humanity. It could on some level, but for the most part its about hunting farms (I don't know what the correct term is) where animals are caged in an outdoor area so the hunter has pretty much a 100 percent chance at getting a kill. It takes the sport out of hunting because it takes away the animal's chance at survival.

    Where it says "Technology the battles unfair" is wrong, its "Aknowledging the battle's unfair" because the animal has no chance to run away or fight back.
    This kind of hunting is what the song means when Dave sings "The hunt is canned" as in canned in.
    bebop900on April 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMustaine is worried abt d extinction of d exsistin species,,,,,,,,,n one man can make dis happen,,,,,
    santoshon November 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about hunting, and how hunters are egotistical cowards. The song implies that more and more animals will become extinct if keep keep hunting.
    CJFon June 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the destuction of the Earth as a whole, not just its lifeforms. (Silence speaks louder than words / Ignore the guilt and take your turn) People, 'specially corporations will ignore environmental reprecussions for their own interests, even more so if it involves money or prestige.
    Crocoon March 31, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMustaine says something about someone he looked up to taking a shot, not pun intended, at him for the subject matter of this song. Could that be Ted Nugent? I hear Nugent is into that kind of thing.
    ohpkyleon December 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about humans killing off other species for stupid reasons; hunting, fur, etc. My favorite Megadeth song because I love animals and whoever kills them for fun should die
    ESPguitariston April 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is the result of the long, agonizing process in which Dave Mustaine decides which environmental/political/social issue to pretend to care about this week. His advocacy of conservation and environmental protection continues to this day, as he has gone on record as having voted for George W. Bush's re-election. That is not a joke, sadly.

    Cool bass riff(s) in the beginning, though. That last, somewhat dissonat "thunk thunk thunk thunk" part at the end of it is totally unexpected. All in all, I think that Junior was an integral part of Megadeth's sound and...oh wait, Dave doesn't want anything to do with him now either.
    london67on April 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLondon67.. You have to know a bit about Dave himself before you say that hes contradicting himself. You see, when was this song written? 91 is when the CD came out.. or so. That was 12 years before Dave accepted Jesus and became a Christian. Dave was a damn jackass before that, but hes really changed. You can see it plain as day now. Just take a look at his posts on the Megadeth forums. Hes a different dude now. No true Christian would vote Kerry. Bush is the christian candidate. As a Christian, naturally he voted for Bush.

    Anyway, this song is definitely about the senseless slaughter of animals. Probably pertaining to the chain effect of extinction. Sure, it can go higher than that.. but I like the face value of the lyrics.
    Krestfallynon May 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't buy this shit about Dave being a reformed man one bit. I read an interview a while ago (shortly after he had his little meltdown over "Some Kind of Monster") where he was bragging about having fucked Kirk Hammett's girlfriend shortly after being (rightfully) kicked out of Metallica. He then queried of Kirk: "How do I taste?". How sweet of him.

    And yes, Rethorn makes a good point. Backing someone because of their religion instead of their policy is dark-ages bullshit and anyone who does it loses my respect. I spent the first 18 years of my life in the Greek Orthodox Church (I was an altar boy and everything), but I'm not perfect. As such, correct me if I'm wrong when I say that I'm having trouble finding the Bible verse that says "Thou shalt go forth and cutteth taxes of mega-rich tycoons and those most likely to sendeth American jobs overseas". As a matter of fact, I could have sworn that the Bible spends a pretty good amount of time scorning the rich and greedy while showing sympathy for the poor and glorifying those who give to them. When it comes to pre-emptive strikes that come up empty-handed in the end, I'm pretty sure I remember "Blessed are the peacemakers" rather than "Blessed are the bomb-droppers".

    When talking about homosexuality in the Bible, references are truly few and far between. Sure, it's an abomination according to scripture, but the same book (Leviticus) also condemns shellfish in the same way. If you've been to Red Lobster lately, you'd best drop to your knees.
    london67on August 05, 2005   Link

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