"When" as written by and Dave Mustaine....
No hears a word I say
And my prayers are never answered
But you'll never see the pain inside of me
Stabbing me over and over and over
I trusted you and I loved you
And you spit back in my face
How could you do this to me?
When will you stop trying to hurt me?

I've walked a minefield for you
A career in hell with you
I have made it through the things
Others would surely die just watching
And the oath I take on this day
Is to know that you will be repaid
One day the the sun will die and the night will crawl
Until then, until I see your world implode
I wish you death and suffering
Misery to spare
Time to release your pain
Face the last enemy
I am the last thing you will know
The last thing you will see
I see your death surrounding me
I know you, yes I do
I know you

When no words are spoken and please are ignored
Your tears go unnoticed, will you say enough?
When prayers are unanswered and your calls are unheard
The pain cuts right through you, have you seen enough?

It all seems so deceitful and the verdict is lies
A black cloud of indecision compromised your life

When judgement has failed you
When your own heart's impaled you
Your wandering mind has destroyed you
Will you ever know when?

When you give everything and the feeling is gone
All the giving is fake, did you fake enough?
When you take everything and you stay too long
When there's nothing left, did you take enough?

It all seems so deceitful and the verdict is lies
A black cloud of indecision compromised your life

When judgment has failed you
When your own heart's impaled you
Your wandering mind has destroyed you
Will you ever know when?


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"When" as written by Dave Mustaine

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    General CommentTaken off of Wikipedia:
    Mustaine also dedicated the song "When" to all the nay-sayers on Megadeth's internet message board who spoke ill of him and the band after their recent attempts at commercial success (or, a "big fuck you to all the wishy-washy fans out there".) The main riff and structure of "When" is reminiscent of "Am I Evil?" by Diamond Head, which Mustaine has said was intentional, as a homage to Diamond Head and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement
    Trifarceon December 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this song sounds like the call of ctulu, well the beginnig anyway.
    ceramic_elephanton May 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song isn't a rip-off. It's a tribute to Diamond Head's Am I Evil? You can almost think of it as a cover. No one had a bitchfit when Metallica covered Am I Evil? so why get pissed about this?
    MetalNickon April 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMusically, this is SUCH an "Am I Evil?" tribute (He wrote this with the guy from Diamond Head, apparently)... lyrically, I think it's great.
    Prodigalon April 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHoly shit! Do they have to pay Diamond Head royalties for this?!?!?
    L3Pon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is the biggest i hate my ex song ever i have dedicated this song to my ex-fiance more than enough times
    cyberiouseon September 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou are all right (this is my first post, I signed up just to make it after listening to this song). This song is basically taking the intro from 'the call of ktulu' and the rest from 'am I evil.' I couldn't believe my ears when I heard it, Did mustaine use any of his own material in this at all? I'm a bit disapointed by it actually, being a new Megadeth fan having been won over by 'rust in peace,' to hear a song that is just a blatant rip off of metallica and diamond head does not increase my love of megadeth.
    The Fifth Horsemanon September 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDave mustaine wrote the riffs...
    risingpoweron December 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst of all,Dave Mustaine wrote fucking call of klutu so he can defentely use it like he did with hangar 18. Second of all he wrote the lyrics and i think they are amazing. Last of all he wrote this song with the guitarist for diamond head so he got permission to do this so its not like he "stole" am i evil?
    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMustaine might've written the riffs and shit for the first couple of tallica albums but who gives a fuck, the fact is it's tallica's shit not mustaine's, and he's just ripping off tallica, just like in mechanix. I dont care if he used the same chords or whatever for hangar 18, thats a fuckin kickass song and sounds nothing like metallica so i dont care if he uses the same shit but changes it, but he shouldnt ripp off metallica by copying their shit exactly.
    The Fifth Horsemanon December 26, 2005   Link

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