"Prince of Darkness" as written by Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine and Bud Prager....
My victims are rich or poor, young or old, strong or weak
I cause millions of accidents, I am cancer in your bones
I fathered the lie, twist what you say, speak not the truth
I am insidious, impartial, deep inside your chromosomes
I take what you love, and leave you in tears
I imprison your soul, your hopes are my games
I strip you of pride, my promise is in vain
While you burn at the stake I dance with the flames
I bring poverty, sickness and death
A worthless handshake, the slickest thief, I steal your wealth
I answer your prayers for greed and lust
More than evil, I laugh at your trust

I am more powerful than all the armies of the world
I am more violent than violence, more deadly than death
I have destroyed more men than all the nation's wars
I am relentless, unpredictable, waiting for your last breath

Evil, more evil than violence
Violent, more violent than death
Deadly, more deadly than man
I am yeah, yeah, I'm evil I am

My kingdom corrupt with dissent
Your sins erupt by my intent
I loathe your prayer, I wallow in sin
Let the nightmare begin
Prince of darkness, your satanic highness
Prince of darkness, the devilish serpent, the dreaded Lucifer
Prince of darkness

I take what you love, and leave you in tears
Imprison your soul, your hopes are my games
I strip you of pride, my promise is in vain
While you burn at the stake I dance with the flames
My kingdom corrupt with dissent
Your sins erupt by my intent
I loathe your prayer, I wallow in sin
Let the nightmare begin
Prince of darkness, your satanic highness
Prince of darkness, the devilish serpent, the dreaded Lucifer
Prince of darkness

Prince of darkness, your satanic highness
Prince of darkness, the most beautiful angel
Prince of darkness, the devilish serpent, the dreaded Lucifer
Prince of darkness, unpredictable, the prince of darkness
Prince of darkness


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"Prince Of Darkness" as written by Dave Mustaine Bud Prager

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    General CommentAll of Megadeth's songs smack you in the face with what they're about. If you can't figure out the meaning behind a Megadeth song, then you might as well be retarded. Anyway, this song is bad fucking ass! The guitar riffs were cool, and Dave's vocals were actually pretty good too.
    Epiphany347on August 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually on the most basic sense, this song is about the Devil. That's how I view it, just at face value but I can see how it could be alcohol or drugs, with the exception of the chromosomes line and the fact that the chorus basically spells out that it's about the Devil.
    Bringer of Chaoson March 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe best song on Risk... and the song is about the devil, and about how mankind will be the cause of the "end..." yadda yadda...
    buggie92on June 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about me...HA HA HA....no...its about alcohol addiction.....but anyone can really say that its about the devil becouse really alcohol can make anyone the devil......
    reapasinon September 01, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningthis song is about the devil, as you may know dave's very spriitaul and believes in God
    but it can also refer to drugs and other corruptable vice's, but in the end its all Influence by the devil.
    spanishrockon June 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song itself seems to allude to both some sort of tangible entity, such as alcohol, especially the beginning, and to the devil. Seems rather possible that the song is about how alcohol is a manifestation of the devil on Earth.
    WhiteHelljumperon November 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYup, I agree with WhiteHellJumper.

    Makes a bit more sense than a flat, "This is about alcohol." Or, "This is about The Devil."
    SilenzXEon September 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song may be about Satan. But I seriously doubt that Megadeth is praising Satan in anyway, shape, or form. It's probably just the opposite. Dave Mustaine is a Christian. In fact he refused to go on a tour his record company put together because he felt he couldn't tour with Rotting Christ and Dissection due to his beliefs.
    BurningDoomon January 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song IS about satan because when Dave says "The most beautiful angel" Satan in the bible is described of having extreme beauty to tempt people into fallowing him. But it does make sense if you relate the song to drugs or alcohol. Anyways Badasss song, probably the best song off of Risk.
    rattlehead777on August 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDon't think it's about alcohol.

    "While you burn at the stake I dance with the flames"
    -> Doesn't make any sense for alcohol. Can see Satan having a dance though!
    Locopathon December 09, 2016   Link

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