A cockroach in the concrete, courthouse tan and beady eyes
A slouch with fallen arches, purging truths into great lies
A little man with a big eraser, changing history
Procedures that he's programmed to, all he hears and sees

Altering the facts and figures, events and every issue
Make a person disappear, and no one will ever miss you

Rewrites every story, every poem that ever was
Eliminates incompetence, and those who break the laws
Follow the instructions of the New Ways' Evil Book of Rules
Replacing rights with wrongs, the files and records in the schools

You say you've got the answers, well who asked you anyway?
Ever think maybe it was meant to be this way?
Don't try to fool us, we know the worst is yet to come
And I believe my kingdom will come

F is for fighting, R is for red
Ancestors' blood in battles they've shed
E, we elect them, E, we eject them
In the land of the free, and the home of the brave
D, for your dying, O, your overture
M, they will cover your grave with manure
This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me
As long as there's a PMRC

F is for fighting, R is for red
Ancestors' blood in battles they've shed
E, we elect them, E, we eject them
In the land of the free and the home of the brave
D, for your dying, O, your overture
M is for money and you know what that cures
This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me
As long as there's a PMRC

F is for fighting, R is for red
Ancestors' blood in battles they've shed
E, we elect them, E, we eject them
In the land of the free and the home of the brave
D, for your dying, O, your overture
M, they will cover your grave with manure
This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me
As long as there's a PMRC

Put your hand right up my shirt
Pull the strings that make me work
Jaws will part, words fall out
Like a fish with hook in mouth

Rewrites every story, every poem that ever was
Eliminates incompetence, and those who break the laws
Follow the instructions of the New Ways' Evil Book of Rules
Replacing rights with wrongs, the files and records in the schools

I'm not a fish
I'm a man
Hook in mouth


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  • +3
    General Comment

    This song is about revisionism and censorship, specifically aimed at the PMRC, the Parents Music Resource Center, which forced the band to put "Parental Advisory/Explicit Lyrics" warnings on both Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? and So Far, So Good... So What!

    Several parts of this song are similar to the George Orwell novel, 1984. It must have been the major inspiration for this song. In the book, the government employs and organization called the Ministry of Truth to alter every piece of literature, especially newspaper articles, in order the make the government look good. The book describes people being created and erased, statistics and figures being changed, all to eliminate any negative feelings or opposition towards the government. Many of the workers for this organization are described just as Dave describes them; little, beady-eyed, bug-like men. In "Hook in Mouth," Dave is comparing the PMRC to the Ministry of Truth. Dave obviously feels that the organization oversteps the bounds of the government by putting warning labels on albums or forcing artists to compromise their integrity in any way.

    (Taken from the Realms of Deth)

    BadMagickon October 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Censorship FUCKING sucks.

    L3Pon April 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I love this song, presenting the idea that within all this so called "freedom" in the USA there is still not the freedom to create music without censorship. Great chorus, one of my favourite songs.

    daekfireon August 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    When this was still fresh in 1989 there was this hook ... a fucking bitch from Cape Cod.

    abraxas365on June 30, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Censorship sucks.

    detrockcity3on October 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Its about the PMTC "parents blah blah" telling them to put Expliced lyrics/parent advisery stickers on peace sells and killin is my busness

    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon August 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    PMRC*

    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon August 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This Song Is Rad, I love The Chorus

    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon October 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I agree with BadMagick. It is an awesome song. I love the guitar part after "As long as there's a PMRC"

    MasterOfPuppets7on June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I love these lyrics.

    minihatson November 06, 2007   Link

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