It just takes a minute
And you'll feel no pain
Gotta make something of your life boy
Give me one more vein
You've come to see the doctor
'Cause I'll show you the cure
I'm gonna take away the questions
Yeah, I'm gonna make you sure, yeah

A hit man for the order
When you couldn't go to school
Had a skin job for a hair-do
Yeah, you looked pretty cool
Had a habit doing mainline
Watch the dragon burn
No regrets, you've got no goals
Nothing more to learn

Now I know you won't refuse
Because we've got so much to do
And you've got nothing more to lose
So take this number and welcome to

Operation Mindcrime
We're an underground revolution working overtime
Operation Mindcrime
There's a job for you in the system boy, with nothing to sign

Hey Nikki, you know everything
That there is to do
Here's a gun, take it home
Wait by the phone
We'll send someone over
To bring you what you need
You're a one man death machine
Make this city bleed

Now I know you won't refuse
'Cause we've got so much to do
You've got nothing more to lose
So take this number and welcome to

Operation Mindcrime
We're an underground revolution working overtime
Operation Mindcrime
There's a job for you in the system boy, with nothing to sign

Operation Mindcrime
We're an underground revolution working overtime
Operation Mindcrime
If you come to see the doctor
Yeah, he'll give you the cure

Operation Mindcrime
Make something of your life boy, let me into your mind
Operation Mindcrime
There's a job for you in the system boy with nothing to sign


Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by digitalmanMKII

Operation: Mindcrime Lyrics as written by Geoffery Tate Christopher Degarmo

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Operation: Mindcrime song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

3 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Comment

    I luv Queensryche! Me being only 17 years old I grew up with a lot of old music; Kinks, Rolling Stones, Yes, The Who, Led Zeppelin. And I LUV Queensryche and this album proves that you can make an album that every song is enjoyable to listen to, and it has a great story.

    Kenshinon July 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    indeed, this is one of the best concept albums ever!

    Ben2k9on September 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It's cruel how quickly X objectifies Nikki and takes him for granted. X fully intends to control Nikki, and sees Nikki as having nowhere to go, nothing more to learn. In essence, X has planned the end of Nikki's life, and it is an abject end.

    I think the line "nothing to sign" is interesting...reminds me of this common mindset of not wanting to be pinned down to anything, for instance people spending 8 years working through college so they don't have to sign a single loan, even though they make enough money after college to pay those loans back so quick...meh.

    balshanon January 27, 2009   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Son Şansın - Şarkı Sözleri
Hayalperest
This song seemingly tackles the methods of deception those who manipulate others use to get victims to follow their demands, as well as diverting attention away from important issues. They'll also use it as a means to convince people to hate or kill others by pretending acts of terrorism were committed by the enemy when the acts themselves were done by the masters of control to promote discrimination and hate. It also reinforces the idea that these manipulative forces operate in various locations, infiltrating everyday life without detection, and propagate any and everywhere. In general, it highlights the danger of hidden agendas, manipulation, and distraction, serving as a critique of those who exploit chaos and confusion to control and gain power, depicting a cautionary tale against falling into their traps. It encourages us to question the narratives presented to us and remain vigilant against manipulation in various parts of society.
Album art
Mountain Song
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell gives Adam Reader some heartfelt insight into Jane’s Addiction's hard rock manifesto "Mountain Song", which was the second single from their revolutionary album Nothing's Shocking. Mountain song was first recorded in 1986 and appeared on the soundtrack to the film Dudes starring Jon Cryer. The version on Nothing's Shocking was re-recorded in 1988. "'Mountain Song' was actually about... I hate to say it but... drugs. Climbing this mountain and getting as high as you can, and then coming down that mountain," reveals Farrell. "What it feels to descend from the mountain top... not easy at all. The ascension is tough but exhilarating. Getting down is... it's a real bummer. Drugs is not for everybody obviously. For me, I wanted to experience the heights, and the lows come along with it." "There's a part - 'Cash in now honey, cash in Miss Smith.' Miss Smith is my Mother; our last name was Smith. Cashing in when she cashed in her life. So... she decided that, to her... at that time, she was desperate. Life wasn't worth it for her, that was her opinion. Some people think, never take your life, and some people find that their life isn't worth living. She was in love with my Dad, and my Dad was not faithful to her, and it broke her heart. She was very desperate and she did something that I know she regrets."
Album art
Just A Little Lovin'
Dusty Springfield
I don't think it's necessarily about sex. It's about wanting to start the day with some love and affection. Maybe a warm cuddle. I'm not alone in interpreting it that way! For example: "'Just a Little Lovin’ is a timeless country song originally recorded by Eddy Arnold in 1954. The song, written by Eddie Miller and Jimmy Campbell, explores the delicate nuances of love and showcases Arnold’s emotive vocals. It delves into the universal theme of love and how even the smallest gesture of affection can have a profound impact on our lives." https://oldtimemusic.com/the-meaning-behind-the-song-just-a-little-lovin-by-eddy-arnold/
Album art
American Town
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran shares a short story of reconnecting with an old flame on “American Town.” The track is about a holiday Ed Sheeran spends with his countrywoman who resides in America. The two are back together after a long period apart, and get around to enjoying a bunch of fun activities while rekindling the flames of their romance.
Album art
Midnight
Ed Sheeran
“Midnight” is a song about finding a love that is so true that it provides a calming feeling through every storm. Ed Sheeran reflects on his good fortunes in landing someone with such peace and support and speaks of not fearing the dark days because he knows they’ll all end in the safety nets of her arms. “Well, good morning there / What a way to start the day / With everything laid bare,” Ed Sheeran sings in the first verse, enthusiastic to be waking up beside his woman. He apologizes for missing her calls in the second verse and promises to return them because for him, speaking to her is the most important thing. “Well, I get lost inside my head / In this chaos, you’re my calm / And I will find my feet again / ‘Cause еven the worst days of my life will always еnd / At midnight in your arms,” sings Ed Sheeran in the chorus, revelling in his good luck.