Megadeth, We’ll Be Back: inside the meaning of the lyrics

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Megadeth are back. And they announce their 16th album, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!, that will be released on September 2nd. It will be the first album after Dave Mustaine won his fight against cancer, and in order to present the energy that will flow out of the record, the band released the first single, We’ll Be Back, with an impressive short video produced by Mustaine itself. Obviously fans want to delve into the lyrics and understand the meaning of the song. In this article we will provide all possible answers.

You can find the official video of We’ll Be Back below. It represents the first chapter of a trilogy of videos that will be completed in 2022.

Watch this video on YouTube.

We’ll Be Back: the lyrics and their meaning

According to the press release that accompanied the song, We’ll Be Back is about “a soldier’s tale of bravery, personal sacrifice and the will to survive”. The war theme is evident from the video and from the lyrics, and in this context war is the channel through which the energy of their heavy metal flows.

I’m a soldier of fortune, of torture and pain
I bash in your skull until no teeth remain
The most deadly weapon pulverizing your head
With each crushing blow how you wish you were dead

War has always been a fascinating topic for who like to understand the human nature. Being a soldier at war means that all normal perspectives of living fall apart. You are supposed to do just one job, which usually includes killing other soldiers or invading new territories, so you need to put your human side apart. And, on a certain point of view, be pure aggressive energy. This is exactly what We’ll Be Back and its lyrics want to communicate.

Just when you think it’s safe I attack (We’ll be back)
When you least expect your fate I attack (We’ll be back)
Rocket to your face, one move, and mistake (We’ll be back)
Let down your guard for a frontal attack
I’ll be back

The song offers no space to doubts, to remorse or guilt. It’s the way Megadeth show the image of war. And it’s meaningful that the song comes in a historical moment where the media attention is actually quite focused on the war topic. On this point of view, their new song offer a way to see war that maybe is not often covered by media: the fury of the individual who fight in a foreign territory, executing orders that come from above. Entering a new area, carrying death. While watching the picture of the family that waits for you at home, as we see in the video. War is madness. But it happens, made by people like us, in places close to us.

I’m testing, sadistic, a deity of war
With struck body bags
And I’m packing the morgue
No time for remorse over one claim remains

Through this song, Megadeth brings us at the core of what war means for a human being. And it’s just the first part of a three-episodes story. We’ll be waiting next chapters.

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The complete lyrics

The time is right to exact my revenge
Stealing enemy blood, I will fight to the end
No more lying in wait just to even the score
There’s a place to invade
Now it’s time for war

I’m a soldier of fortune, of torture and pain
I bash in your skull until no teeth remain
The most deadly weapon pulverizing your head
With each crushing blow
How you wish you were dead

Just when you think it’s safe I attack (We’ll be back)
When you least expect your fate I attack (We’ll be back)
Rocket to your face, one move, and mistake (We’ll be back)
Let down your guard for a frontal attack
I’ll be back

No use screaming for mercy
No use making a sound
Do you step right up
And get smacked back down
In the heat of battle
Put the chills on the floor
Another life force beats out
Another soul out the door

I’m testing, sadistic, a deity of war
With struck body bags
And I’m packing the morgue
No time for remorse over one claim remains
It’s just brought to a chest
And it’s circling the drain

Just when you think it’s safe I attack (We’ll be back)
When you least expect your fate I attack (We’ll be back)
Rocket to your face, one move, and mistake (We’ll be back)
Let down your guard for a frontal attack
I’ll be back