The light that fill my lonely cell,
Is blocked out by the key,
That locks the door to this hell,
The place they wanted me.
Time's racing like the wind,
Execution's near.
Oh Lord, I wait for death,
And yes, I have no fear.
I recall that night, my every breath,
And step along the way.
Closed my eyes, walking,
As danger paved the way.
The devil and the darkness
Let her evil wander free.
And here on Devil's Island,
The final stop for me.
Devil's Island! Devil's Island!
Oh there's no escape,
The sea is full of sharks.
The tides take you way
And smash you on the rocks.
The sun is shining,
But feel not today,
Its warmth, it's dying,
And fading away.
Devil's Island! Devil's Island!
Oh hear the call,
From the grave beyond
Oh so pernicious,
Her soul could, it creates song.
As there is no man that is
Here upon the earth,
Able to terminate our
Noisome will since birth.
The priest that reads the sermons,
Is walking next to me,
To the stake, my last request,
To have her burn with me.
But so it did, the heavens opened,
Rain began to fall.
The final judgment came.
And was spread before you all.
Final Judgment!
Old, weak, and feeble,
But the lesson taught to me,
To stay away from evil,
She doesn't care for me.
She haunts me in my sleep,
Though I tore that page away.
And here on Devil's Island,
I'll always have to stay.
Devil's Island! Devil's Island!
Here I am
Devil's Island! Devil's Island!


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  • +5
    General Comment

    this song is a man reflecting on life before his execution, Devil's Island was an early French prison, much like Alcatraz, escape was thought to be impossible due to the sharks and rough currents in the water

    dragon442on July 05, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Dave Mustaine said in the live megadeth dvd "Rude Awakening" that this song is about a movie called "Papillon" he says it right before he plays the song.

    mattsm08on April 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song expresses the thoughts of a prisoner on Devil's Island about to be executed. In the song, the prisoner's life is spared by God right before he is about to be killed, but he is condemned to spend the rest of his life on Devil's Island.

    BadMagickon October 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is great to headbang to.

    eversiuson April 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    one of the standouts in Peace Sells...

    Fotang_inAon May 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is about a murderer, whose victim haunts him. He desires death to end the torment, but he's sentenced to leave on Devil's Island for life.

    cubemstron June 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    While I was listening to is..there was two movies that came into my mind

    Escape From Absolom and Escape From Alcatraz

    I guess..I really like escaping..lol

    bear_hug20on March 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    one of the best songs on Peace Sells along with Wake Up Dead

    MegadethMaiden23on July 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I always felt this song was inspired by Papillon, but wasn't sure until I read the comment about the dvd statement. I've read the book a couple of times and seen most of the movie, which is very long. The story though, is different

    stephenrainson August 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
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    The light that fills my lonely cell, Is blocked out by the key, That locks the door to this hell, The place they wanted me. Time's racing like the wind,

    Execution's near, Oh lord, I wait for death, And, yes, I have no fear. I recall that night, my every breath, And, step along the way. Closed my eyes, walking,

    As danger paved the way. The devil, and the darkness Let her evil wander free And, here on Devils Island, The final stop for me.

    [Chorus:] Devils Island, Devils Island.

    Oh, there is no escape, The sea is full of sharks. The tide takes you away, and Smashes you on the rocks. The sun is shining, But feel not today, It's warmth, it's dying, And fading away.

    [Chorus (repeat):] Devils Island, (here I stay) Devils Island.

    Oh, hear the call, From the grave beyond. Oh, so pernicious, Her soul it creates song. As there is no man, that is Here upon the earth, Able to terminate our Noisome will since birth.

    The priest that reads the sermons, Is walking next to me, To the stake, my last request, To have her burn with me. But, so it did, the heavens opened, Rain began to fall. The final judgement came, and Was spread before you all. Final judgement.

    Old, weak, and feeble, But the lesson taught to me, To stay away from evil, She doesn't care for me. She haunts me in my sleep, Though I tore that page away. And, here on Devils Island, I'll always have to stay.

    [Chorus (repeat):] Devils Island, Devils Island. (Devils Island, Devils Island.) Here I am.

    [Chorus (repeat 4 times):] Devils Island, Devils Island

    WiseOldGuyon January 01, 2023   Link

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