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Countdown to Extinction

(1992)
TypeStudio Full-length
GenresThrash Metal, Heavy Metal
LabelsCapitol Records
Album rating :  88.3 / 100
Votes :  73
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Countdown to Extinction Lyrics

(11)
Submitted by level Mefisto
1. Skin O' My Teeth (3:14)
I had wrists donning slits, flowing constantly
My broken body in a wreck: I'm wrapped around a tree
A crosswalk hit and run - the finish line for me
People clutter in the gutter, take a look and see

No escaping pain, you belong to me
Clinging on the life by the skin o'my teeth

My blood flows through the streets, deluge from the wounds
Empty jar of sleeping pill on the dresser in my room
My wet brain neighbor cranes, his neck to see in time
The white lights, a train bearing down on me

I won't feel the hurt, I'm not trash any longer
That that doesn't kill me, only makes me stronger
I need a ride to the morgue, that's what 911 is for
So tag my toe and don't forget to, oh, close the drawer
2. Symphony Of Destruction (4:02)
You take a mortal man
And put him in control
Watch him become a god
Watch people's heads a'roll
A'roll...

Just like the Pied Piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like marionettes
Swaying to the symphony of destruction

Acting like a robot
Its metal brain corrodes
You try to take its pulse
Before the head explodes
Explodes...

The earth starts to rumble
World powers fall
Awarring for the heavens
A peaceful man stands tall
Tall...
3. Architecture Of Aggression (3:35)
Born from the dark, in the black cloak of night
To envelope its prey below, deliver to the light
To eliminate your enemy, hit them in their sleep
And when all is won and lost the spoils of war are yours to keep

Great nations built from the bones of the dead
With mud and straw, blood and sweat
You know your worth when your enemies
Praise your architecture of aggression

Praise your architecture of aggression

Ensuing power vacuum, a toppled leader dies
His body fuels the power fire, and the flames rise to the sky
One side of his face a kiss, the other genocide
Time to pay with your ass - a worldwide suicide
4. Foreclosure Of A Dream (4:17)
Rise so high, yet so far to fall
A plan of dignity and balance for all
Political breakthrough, euphoria's high
More borrowed money, more borrowed time
Backed in a corner, caught up in the race
Means to an end ended in disgrace
Perspective is lost in the spirit of the chase

Foreclosure of a dream
Those visions never seen
Until all is lost personal holocaust
Foreclosure of a dream

Barren lands that once filled a need
Are worthless now, dead without a deed
Slipping away from an iron grip
Nature's scales are forced to tip
The heartland cries, loss of all pride
To leave ain't believing, so try and be tried
Insufficient funds, insanity and suicide

Now with new hope some will be proud
This is no hoax, no one pushed out
Receive a reprieve and be a pioneer
Breaking new ground on a new frontier
New ideas will surely get by
No deed or dividend, some may ask "Why?"
You'll find the solution, the answers in the sky
5. Sweating Bullets (5:04)
Hello, me, meet the real me and my misfits way of life.
A dark black past in my most valued possession
Hindsight is always 20-20, but looking back it's still a bit fuzzy
Speak of mutually assured destruction?
Nice story... tell it to "Reader's Digest"!

Feeling paranoid, true enemy or false friend?
Anxiety's attacking me and my air is getting thin
I'm in trouble for the things I haven't got to yet
I'm chomping at the bit and my palms are getting wet
-- Sweating bullets

Hello, me, it's me again; you can subdue, but never tame me
It gives me a migraine headache thinking down to your level
Yea, just keep thinking it's my fault
And stay an inch or two outta kicking distance
Mankind has got to know his limitations

Feeling claustrophobic, like the walls are closing in
Blood stains on my hands and, I don't know where I've been
I'm in trouble for the things I haven't got to yet
I'm sharpening the axe and my palms are getting wet
-- Sweating bullets

Well, me, it's nice talking to myself, a credit to dementia
Someday you too will know my pain and smile its blacktooth grin
If the war inside my head won't take a day off I'll be dead
My icy fingers claw your back; here I come again!

Feeling paranoid, true enemy or false friend?
Anxiety's attacking me and my air is getting thin
Feeling claustrophobic, like the walls are closing in
Blood stains on my hands and I don't know where I've been

Once you committed me, now you've acquitted me
Claiming validity for your stupidity
I'm chomping at the bit, I'm sharpening the axe
Here I come again, whoa!
-- Sweating bullets
6. This Was My Life (3:42)
It was just another day
It was just another fight
It was words strung into sentences
It was doomed to not be right

There is something wrong with me
There is something wrong with you
There is nothing left of us
There is one thing I can do

Lying on your bed, examining my head
This is the part of me that hates
Paybacks are a bitch, I throw the switch
Somewhere the electric chair awaits

Hey! This was my life
Hey! This was my fate

This was the wrong thing to do
This was the wrong one to be doing
This was the road to destiny
This was the road to my ruin

Now there's motives for the suspect
Now there's nothing left to say
Now there's method to the madness
Now there's society to pay

In our life there's if
In our beliefs there's lie
In our business there's sin
In our bodies there's die
7. Countdown To Extinction (4:16)
Endangered species caged in fright
Shot in cold blood, no chance to fight
The stage is set, now pay the price
And ego boost, don't think twice
Technology - the battle's unfair
You pull the hammer without a care
Squeeze the trigger that makes you Man
Pseudo-safari, the hunt is canned
-- The hunt is canned

All are gone, all but one
No contest, nowhere to run
No more left, only one
This is it, this is the countdown to extinction

Tell the truth, you wouldn't dare
The skin and trophy, oh, so rare
Silence speaks louder than words
Ignore the guilt and take your turn
Liars anagram is "lairs"
Man you were never even there
Killed a few feet from the cages
Point blank, you're so courageous
-- So courageous

All are gone, all but one
No contest, nowhere to run
No more left, only one
This is it, this is the countdown to extinction

"One hour from now another species of life form
Will disappear from the face of the planet forever.
And the rate is accelerating."
8. High Speed Dirt (4:13)
Do it if you dare: leaping form the sky
Hurling thru the air, exhilarating high
See the earth below - soon to make a crater
Blue sky, black death; I'm off to meet my maker!

Energy of the gods, adrenaline surge
Won't stop 'til I hit the ground - I'm on my way for sure
Up here in the air, this will never hurt
I'm on my way to impact, taste the high speed dirt!

Paralyzed with fear, feel velocity gain
Entering a near, catatonic state
Pressure of the sound roaring thru my head
Crash into the ground; damned if I'll be dead!

Jump or die!

Dropping all my weight, going down full throttle
The pale horse awaits like a genie in a bottle
Fire in my veins faster as I go
I forgot my name: I'm a dirt torpedo!

High speed dirt...
9. Psychotron (4:42)
Assassin in stealth
Assailant from Hell
Impervious to damage

Computer on board
Engaged in war
Non-stop combatant

Maybe not a mutant, maybe a man?

Part bionic and organic
Not a cyborg
Part bionic and organic
Not a cyborg
Call him Psychotron

Burning inside
Godspeed in glide
Battle plan running

A killing machine
Just downright mean
And forever gunning

Target to destroy
Arms in employ
Full assault fire threat

Sensors indicate
You will terminate
Life systems disconnect
10. Captive Honour (4:15)
Madness comes, and madness goes
An insane place with insane moves
Battles without for battles within
Where evil lives and evil rules
Breaking them up, just breaking them in
Quickest way out, quickest relief wins
Never disclose, never betray
Cease to speak or cease to breathe
And when you kill a man, you're a murderer
Kill many, and you're a conqueror
Kill them all... Ooh... Oh, you're a god!

"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, have you reached a verdict?"
"Yes we have you honor, we find the defendant guilty on all counts for crimes against all humanity."
"By virtue of the jury's decision and the power vested in me by the state,
I hereby sentence you to be incarcerated with no possibility of parole, for life."
"Life? Whale' ya' mean, life? I ain't got a life!"
"Boy, your soul better belong to Jesus. Hmmm-mmm, 'cause your ass belongs to me!"

Captive honour, ain't no honour

No time for questions, no time for games
Start kicking ass and taking down the names
A long shit list, a shorter fuse
He is untouchable and guarantees you'll lose

Inside the bighouse his nightmare unfolds
Before he got there, his manpussy was sold
Black blanket welcome - this tough guy's now a bitch
Praying for death - It can't be worse than this
11. Ashes In Your Mouth (6:11)
People have round shoulders from fairing heavy loads
And the soldiers liberate them laying mines along their roads
Sorrow paid for valor is too much to recall
Of the countless corpses piled up along the wailing wall

Melting down all metals turning plows and shears to swords
Shun words from the Bible; we need implements of war
Chalklines and red puddles of those who have been slain
Destiny, that crooked schemer, says the dead shall rise again

Where do we go from here?
And should we really care?
The end is finally here
God have mercy!

Now we've rewritten history
The one thing we've found out:
Sweet taste of vindication
It turns to ashes in your mouth

If you're fighting to live, it's OK to die!
The answer to your question is: welcome to tomorrow!
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