According to Wikipedia, this song was written in response to the Twilight Zone episode "Death's-Head Revisited", about a Nazi who returns to the ruins of a concentration camp. (Wikipedia cites no source for this, so...
You walk this earth without a heart
You tear the innocent's souls apart
You shovel your conscience into the grave
You walk this earth without a heart
Your uniform couldn't be taken off
A tattoo burned into your flesh
Your mind, your voice
These are your instruments of death
How could you dare to be so bold
You only did as you were told
Marionettes dancing in time
To the apologetic lines
For all the monsters of our time

Who is evil, who is blind?
In the name of who you'll find
A city of souls dying for peace
Welcome to the belly of the beast
One mind, one voice
Welcome to the belly of the beast
Who hears your voice?

Millions, never, never again
Madness, never, never again
Martyrs, dead that can't die

Insanity, the normal state
The left hand a hammer, the right the stake
Driven so deep into the heart
It's killing love, it's killing faith
It's killing 'cause it's from the heart
What better way to demoralize
When your own children are your spies
The things you trust are not the same
Trust in death, trust in grief
Trust in hope is trust in pain

Who is evil, who is blind?
In the name of who you'll find
You're not supposed to question faith
But how do you accept this fate?

Millions, you walk this earth without a heart
Madness, tear the innocent's souls apart
Martyrs, shovel your conscience into the grave

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"Belly of the Beast" as written by Daniel Alan Spitz Charlie L. Benante

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    General Commentum... I'm pretty sure it's a song about the Holocaust, and the Nazis who "were only following orders" and such.
    PinheadXon February 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Anthrax songs. The song that leads into Belly of the Beast isn't on here obviously because there's no lyrics(Intro to Reality), but I was always intrigued by the dialogue spoken during the guitar. Well, 15 years after first hearing this song, I heard the same dialogue in a Twilight Zone episode called, "Deaths Head Revisited" which deals with a former S.S. soldier who returns to a WWII concentration camp years later, and encounters a former prisoner. This song is definitely about the Holocaust and Nazi Germany and mirrors the theme of this TZ episode.
    Chnyston May 08, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song is about Nazis, especially the claims at the Nurnburg Trials after Germany surrendered that the soldiers were "just following orders" which was ultimately rejected as an excuse for abuses inflicted on Jews, homosexuals, etc. The instrumental song that precedes it on the album features words from the Twilight Zone Episode "Deaths-Head Revisted" which dealt with the same subject matter.
    GiveMeHamon July 31, 2012   Link
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    General Commentwelcome to the bewwy of tha beast!!!!
    evilDEAD!on September 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think that the meaning does need an interpritation greenhobo21 because not everyone is goign to agree and that is the perpose of this site u know


    at first id agree that this song was about the holocaust but upon thinking about it i think this song is actualy about george orwells 1984 with the beast being the party and obviusly the entire world as the belly like the line "martyrs/dead, that cant die" could refer to an unperson and the line that really struck me woudl be "What better way to demoralize/When your own children are your spies" because that ws a major part in the book that the childrne rat out there parents to the mind police

    but thats just my interpritation. great song
    its_a_mad_worldon March 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI at first thought it was about oppressive police, then I started to think it was about either 1984 society or Communism too (all the same thing, right?), but then the lines "You're not supposed to question faith/But how do you except this fate?" kind of make me think the song is about blind faith in organized religion, or maybe the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages.
    jaebberson August 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGOD DAMNIT ANTHRAX! The chorus meoldy for this I had already made up and was gonna put on a demo I'm working on, but then I found it in this song. Great song btw.
    FRYEGUYon August 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think this i just a summary of overall corruption , simple right?
    asshole64on October 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIntro to reality- Belly of the Beast....
    This tells the story of the post 9/11 world, hysteria and fear, the Orwellian society that we've plunged into. Recall the intro to reality clip is from the original "Twilight Zone" episode about the concentration camp revisited by a former nazi tool whose atrocities are coming back to haunt him. Sounds like the grim death peddlers of the new millennium.
    Shovel your conscience down the drain.
    truthnexileon June 04, 2010   Link

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