Don't remember where I was
I realized life was a game
The more seriously I took things
The harder the rules became
I had no idea what it'd cost
My life passed before my eyes
I found out how little I accomplished
All my plans denied

So as you read this know my friends
I'd love to stay with you all
Please smile when you think of me
My body's gone that's all

A tout le monde
A tout mes amis
Je vous aime
Je dois partir
There are the last words
I'll ever speak
And they'll set me free

If my heart was still alive
I know it would surely break
And my memories left with you
There's nothing more to say

Moving on is a simple thing
What it leaves behind is hard
You know the sleeping feel no more pain
And the living are scarred

Lyrics submitted by Novartza

A Tout le Monde (Set Me Free) song meanings
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    On Feb. '93 Megadeth was booked to play the Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan. A few days before leaving for Japan, they played a show in Eugene, Oregon. During that concert Mustaine was a disaster, at the time he was still struggling with addiction and alcoholism. And to make matters worse, the barricades at the front of the stage suddenly broke and the fans rushed the stage and started a riot. Mustaine and the rest of the band left the venue but shortly after, Mustaine collapsed from the alcohol and drugs in his body.He was rushed to a hospital, but upon arriving at the emergency room Mustaine died. Dave WAS resuscitated at the hospital. After that, he was sent to a rehab center to get over his addiction. That's how he got the inspiration to write this amazing song. Dave wanted people to know loved them in case he doesnt have a chance to say it then he dies:

    "What it is, it's, you, it's when people have a loved one that dies and they end on a bad note, you know, they wish that they could say something to them. So this is an opportunity for the deceased to say something before they go. And it was my impression of what I would like to say to people, if I had say, 3 seconds to do so in life before I died I'd say to the entire world, to all my friends, I love you all, and now I must go. These are the last words I'll ever speak, and they'll set me free. I don't have to say I'm sorry, I don't have to say I'm going to miss you, or I'll wait for ya. You know, I'll just say I loved you all, good, bad, indifferent, I loved you all."

    -Dave Mustaine

    ericsimaginaryfriendon November 25, 2010   Link
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    You should read dave's auto biograpy... it explains the whole being dropped of MTV thing and how it was 1st perceived as a song about suicide... Its not, dave has said as much in the book. This is one of the most sincere metal songs ever written, this guy is singing with his heart on his sleeve (to use a well clichèd line).

    Tricky1979on April 03, 2012   Link
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    i dont mean to bitch... but slashess was close with the translation. The closer one is:

    to all the world to all my friends i love you all i must leave

    SLayerforeveron May 21, 2004   Link
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    No, Slashess is right, "tout le monde" means everyone. All the world is a direct translation, but the french language was not ment as a direct translation from english.

    matthalloon May 31, 2004   Link
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    i think it celebrates and lets everyone know,death is not an option,it happens and let it be....dont grieve that im gone remeber what i was

    p.s. "moving on is a simple thing,What it leaves behind is hard" on of the deepest and truest lyrics i have ever heard

    JimiPuffaon April 17, 2006   Link
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    Many people in the discussion for the original version (better or worse? I say just different) say that is song is about suicide. I don't necessary disagree, but I think that's to narrow minded. I really think it's about accepting one's own fate. I've made the request of my brother that if anything should happen to me on my upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, that this song be played at my funeral.

    odiegreenon July 08, 2009   Link
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    The song was written when Dave Mustaine returned from the dead after taking an overdose before writing the album Youthanasia, was killed a few minutes and resuscitated in the emergency room, the song is about his experience and his reasoning after his affair with death.

    Relafaon January 17, 2012   Link
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    "A tout le monde /A tout les amis/Je vous aime /Je dois partir" literally translates to "To everyone, to all friends, I love you, but I must leave."

    slashesson January 08, 2002   Link
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    its about dave mustaine when he tried to overdose on valium during the symphony of destruction tour

    jazaron May 15, 2002   Link
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    I don't believe it is a suicide note at all, but a song to celebrate a persons life after they died. It is very beautiful and I'm sure thousands of fans have played it at funerals of their loved ones lol

    michellew2kon October 04, 2004   Link

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