"Breadline" as written by Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine and Bud Prager....
Ain't got no job
Ain't got no smoke
Ain't got a car
His life's a joke
Living on the skids
Thinks the world's just fine
Forgot what he did
Dancing on the breadline

No one there to bind him
Nothing to remind him
Nowhere left to find him

About to lose his lifeline
He's dancing on the breadline
Forgot who he is
Forgot who he was
Used to call the shots
Now he can't connect the dots
A mover and shaker
Getting closer to his maker
Lower than a hemline
Dancing on the breadline
No one there to bind him
Nothing to remind him
Nowhere left to find him

About to lose his lifeline
He's looking for a headline
Sniffing up the white lines
He's dancing on the breadline

Watch him dance

About to lose his lifeline
He's looking for a headline
Sniffing up the white lines
He's dancing on the breadline
No one, nothing, nowhere
The breadline dancing on the breadline
Dancing on the breadline
He forgot and he ain't got nothing


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"Breadline" as written by Dave Mustaine Bud Prager

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    General CommentIsn't it funny how he flushed all his integrity (whats left of what he had) away with this album, and namely, this song to get that number one hit (which even he admitted), only for it to be quickly forgotten by most and only minimally commented on such a widespread page? Sucks to be him.
    samwaltonon April 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I had to hazard a guess, it's about a now-homeless guy who used to be someone important before his life got f--ked up by drugs.
    Azzathothon September 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt'sabout a hot shot successfull guy that ended screwed by cocaine...now he is at the breadline looking for help.

    "Sniffin' up the white lines"
    Kamehamehaon July 05, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"'Breadline' is about when David Ellefson and I used to have to drive downtown everyday past the soup kitchens and we would see the derelicts out in the street with their shopping carts. We realized that if we didn't make it soon we would be one of them because we were running out of options and we had no other choice but to make it or die trying." (Mustaine, 1999)
    BadMagickon October 13, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningHi, folks! Got a doubt about the phrase "Lower than a hemline". Does anyone knows what it really means?
    I believe it got something to do with clothes (the bottom edge or something), but i wasn't able to figure it out what he's trying to say with that. Could you help me out? Thanx. Sorry for the bad english, i'm from Brazil.
    waymarceloon January 17, 2011   Link
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    General Comment'Ain't got no job
    Ain't got no smoke
    Ain't got a car
    His life's a joke'

    This section reminded me of the HAIR song, Ain't Got No. So, that could be a reinforcement about drugs in the song.
    Sooneyon March 16, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWell someone has a shitty attitude. Lay off douchebag, good grief.
    ckresson September 07, 2007   Link

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