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Breaking up or breaking through
Breaking something's all we ever do
Shoot straight, travel far
Stone crazy's all we ever are
But I don't care for lies
And I won't tell you twice
Because when all else fails
Dead men tell no tales, oh

Shooting up, away and back
A bit of guts is all that you lack
Far behind the stable door
I know you've met that horse before
But I don't care for skag
And this sure ain't no blag
At the end of tracks and trails
Dead men tell no tales, come on

You used to be my friend
But that friendship's coming to an end
My meaning must be clear
You know pity is all you hear
'Cause if you're doing smack
You won't be coming back
I ain't the one to make your bail
Dead men tell no tales, no

Tell no tales
Tell no tales
Tell no tales
Tell no tales

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Dead Men Tell No Tales Lyrics as written by Ian Kilmister Edward Alan Clarke

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    It seems to be a warning against drug use.

    Zughiaqon January 21, 2007   Link
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    This song is about doing heroin (smack), and the inevitable death from abuse. Motorhead are notorious speed users, but apparantly warning us about the dangers of heroin abuse. I also think it has some reference to a friend who has been using heroin, and Lemmy is saying goodbye to this friend.

    mukkuson October 08, 2008   Link
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    Motorhead and especially Lemmy were... well, let's say experienced, regarding drug usage for sure. Interestingly enough, Lemmy especially was always vocal against the usage of drugs from what i've seen. This song is advocates against heroin usage. Heroin is also known as smack. Take the warning, if you die from an overdose, you'll be a dead man. And dead men tell no tales.

    MFC4AFoSon February 10, 2024   Link

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