What do you mean, "I don't believe in God"?
I talk to him everyday
What do you mean, "I don't support your system"?
I go to court when I have to
What do you mean, "I can't get to work on time"?
Got nothing better to do
And, what do you mean, "I don't pay my bills"?
Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?

If there's a new way
Oh, I'll be the first in line
But it better work this time

What do you mean, "I hurt your feelings"?
I didn't know you had any feelings
What do you mean, "I ain't kind"?
Just not your kind

What do you mean, "I couldn't be the President
Of the United States of America"?
Tell me something, it's still "We the people" right?

If there's a new way
Oh, I'll be the first in line
But it better work this time

Can you put a price on peace?

Peace
Peace sells
Peace
Peace sells
Peace sells, but who's buying?
Peace sells, but who's buying?
Peace sells, but who's buying?
Peace sells, but who's buying?
(No, no no no no)
(Peace sells)

(Peace sells, aah)


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  • +11
    General Comment

    I vote dave mustaine for president. whos with me¿¿¿¿¿

    MetallibangeRon March 07, 2005   Link
  • +7
    General Comment

    the bass at the intro gets my adrenaline going everytime.kick ass! what am i talking about?!?! the whole fucking song rocks.great red goat said it....bad ass how dave says what d'ya mean?

    ThE $aNdMaNon January 17, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    This song is Dave Mustaine's way of dispelling many stereotypes about heavy metal bands, their fans, and heavy metal music in general. The song is saying heavy metal is NOT all anti-religon, anti-goverment, lazy and rude. The line "What do you mean, 'I couldn't be president, of the United States of America'? Tell me something, it's still 'We the people', right?" Is one of Megadeths most memorable and thought provoking lyrics, in that the American goverment is been run more by beaurocrats than the American people.

    CJFon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    ABSOLUTELY TRUE-- and the gov.doesn't like the truth comin from a rockgroup with long hair..this song settles the dispute that music doen't make the man, nor does looks, its personality.. This song not only rocks hard but drives the truth into every rocker's ears

    njrockstarbanditon March 04, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    I actually disagree with most of your comments so far.

    What do you mean, "I don't believe in God"? I talk to him every day.

    He views himself as his own god.

    What do you mean, "I don't support your system"? I go to court when I have to.

    he goes to court when he runs afoul of the law and this is how he supports the system.

    What do you mean, "I can't get to work on time"? I got nothing better to do

    He's unemployed.

    And, what do you mean, "I don't pay my bills"? Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?

    Yeah, he's broke.

    What do you mean, "I hurt your feelings"? I didn't know you had any feelings.

    Now dave starts talking about relationships, is this some kind of metaphor for society or were the earlier lines directed towards relationships too?

    What do you mean, "I ain't kind"? I'm just not your kind.

    What do you mean, "I couldn't be president, of the United States of America"? Tell me something, it's still "We the people", right?

    again the delivery of the entire song is directed towards someone. Could the song actually be some kinda Lovers' tiff and not actually about the politics of war and peace?

    Dressed2Depresson August 02, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Guys, the meaning of this song is pretty straightforward. Even the title and ending lyrics "Peace sells, but who's buying?" can be an interpretation of the entire song.

    PEACE SELLS - Capitalism (Democracy, the USA Government) sells Peace, BUT WHO'S BUYING? - The POOR and middle class are the one's buying what the rich is selling.

    In communism and socialism, they try to eliminate the upper and lower class and just make one class of income.

    SpunkySkunk347on February 07, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    MEGADETH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    galb1212on May 30, 2009   Link
  • +3
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    I've always thought this song is about how people judge Dave (and first judgement in general) because he is in a metal band. He talks a lot about the beginning lines about "What do you mean I don't believe in god, I talk to him everyday" in interviews, because of people thinking that he isn't christian because he is in a metal band.

    CursedNson December 17, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    The title of the Song: Peace Sells But Who's Buying? Obviously, without a doubt means that there is "peace" (as claimed by the governments) in our society but is there really peace in our Society???????/

    AXHon June 05, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I LOVE THE WAY HE SAY WHAT DO YOU MEAN..

    GreatRedGoaton April 03, 2003   Link

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