"Diadems" as written by Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Nick Menza and David Ellefson....
Sacrilege and blasphemy set the stage today
The more insatiable the sex, the more swelled our tongues became
As prehistoric as this seems, this is now, today
Talkin' about no vision, talkin' about no dream
The harlot puddles for her lies from where she speaks
I look above and see entrails in the sky
This one ain't over until the fat lady dies
One man rules the earth and rides a seven headed beast
Ten Diadems to crown them all
World religion at his feet
Dreams are told of dreams of old this day would surely come
So run my child and hide your face
Once you've been marked you're finished, one
You've become one!
You're mine!
You're one.
I saw a new earth today, I saw a former pass away
I saw a new earth today, I saw a former pass away
Vengeance is mine!
Vengeance is mine!
The Netherworld and Sheol and never satisfied
So the eyes of man are never satisfied
I saw a new earth today, I saw a former pass away



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    General Commentand thank the realms of deth for the information
    Hellbound9281on May 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is based on the book of Revelations (in the Bible), which prophesizes the end of days.
    ScmofErthon August 20, 2002   Link
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    General Comment-"One man rules the earth and rides a seven headed beast, Ten Diadems to crown them all"

    "Then I saw a wild beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems." (Chapter 13)

    -"World religion at his feet"

    "The beast was allowed to wage war against God's people and conquer them. It was likewise granted authority over every race and people, language and nation." (Chapter 13)

    -"So run my child and hide your face, once you've been marked you're finished."

    "It forced all men, small and great, rich and poor, slave and free, to accept a stamped image on their right hand or their forehead." (Chapter 14)

    -"I saw a new earth today, I saw a former pass away"

    "Then I saw new heavens and a new earth. The former heavens and the former earth had passed away." (Chapter 21)
    Hellbound9281on February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom my point of view, the lyrics are about the fucked-up state the world is in. Today, the mainstream human population is solely interested in their own desires, such as greed, sexual desire and contempt of their enemies ("Sacriledge and blasphemy sets the stage today"). The part starting with "One man rules the earth and rides the seven-headed beast" refers to the beast in the Book of Revelation, like Hellbound described, and means that mankind is ruling over the earth with an iron fist, casting everything into disaster with its hatred, and so "the beast" lives through humanity. "Dreams are told of dreams of old, this day will surely come" means the Book of Revelation's prediction of the end of the world through this way the world is living and treating each other. The last part before the final "I faw a new world today..." means that mankind is never satisfied with the constant vengeance and hatred it practices, and like the above said, the netherworld and Sheol (The "abyss" in Hebrew) lives through man.

    Finally, I think "I saw a new Earth today, I saw a former pass away" might describe the wipeout of civilisation through a nuclear holocaust or similar.

    Incredible song, it's so beautiful yet so dark and evil-sounding. Way to go, Megadeth.
    Rusty Diamondson June 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOops, didn't realize the "faw" before I had posted the comment. Sorry.
    Rusty Diamondson June 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis was written for the movie Demon Knight(1995)....
    ericsimaginaryfriendon August 15, 2011   Link

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