Lyrics: Cryptic Writings


Cryptic Writings

06/1997 - Cryptic Writings (Capitol Records)

01. Trust (5:11)
02. Almost Honest (4:02)
03. Use the Man (4:35)
04. Mastermind (3:48)
05. The Disintegrators (2:50)
06. I'll Get Even (4:23)
07. Sin (3:06)
08. A Secret Place (5:29)
09. Have Cool, Will Travel (3:28)
10. She-wolf (3:36)
11. Vortex (3:38)
12. Fff (2:38)

Produced by Dann Huff
Co-produced by Dave Mustaine

Total playing time: 46m. 44s.

Dave Mustaine: Lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitars
Marty Friedman: Lead, rhythm, acoustic guitars & backing vocals
David Ellefson: Bass guitar & backing vocals
Nick Menza: Drums & backing vocals

 

 

 

 

1. Trust

Music - Mustaine/Friedman
Lyrics - Mustaine

Lost in a dream
Nothing's what it seems
Searching my head
For the words that you said
Tears filled my eyes
As we said our last goodbyes
This sad scene replays
Of you walking away

My body aches from mistakes
Betrayed by lust
We lied to each other so much
That in nothing we trust
God help me please, on my knees
Betrayed by lust, by lust
We lied to each other so much
That in nothing we trust

Time and again
She repeats let's be friends
I smile and say yes
Another truth bends,
I must confess
I try to let go, but I know
We'll never end 'til we're dust
We lied to each other again
But I wish I could trust

My body aches from mistakes
Betrayed by lust
We lied to each other so much
That in nothing we trust
God help me please, on my knees, on my knees
Betrayed by lust, by lust
We lied to each other so much, so much
That in nothing we trust

How could this be happening to me
I'm lying when I say, "Trust me"
I can't believe this is true
Trust hurts
Why does trust equal suffering?

My body aches from mistakes
Betrayed by lust
We lied to each other so much
That in nothing we trust, in nothing we trust
God help me please, on my knees
Betrayed by lust
We lied to each other so much, so much
That in nothing we trust
Absolutely nothing we trust

 

2. Almost Honest

Music - Mustaine/Friedman
Lyrics - Mustaine

I lied just a little
When I said I need you
You stretched the truth
When you said that you knew
Just can't believe it
There's nothing to say
I was almost honest, almost

Living alone, can't stand this place
It's four in the morning and I still see your face

I was nearly pure
When I said I loved you
You were semi-sincere
You said I'd bleed for you
We were kind of candid
Now you've gone away
You were almost honest, almost

Living alone, falling from grace
I want to atone but there's just empty space
I can't face tomorrow, now you're not coming back
Walked off in the night and just left me the tracks

I question your call by the tone of your voice
I know I should hang up but I don't have a choice
It happend that night when you told me to go
Don't ask who's to blame, I don't know

 

3. Use the Man

Music - Mustaine/Friedman
Lyrics - Mustaine

I heard somebody fixed today
There was no "last goodbyes" to say
His will to live ran out
I heard somebody turned to dust
Looking back at what he left
A list of plans and photographs
Songs that never will be sung
These are the things he won't get done

I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man
I've seen them crawl from the cradle to the gutter on their hands
They fight a war but it's fatal, it's so hard to understand
I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use the man

Just one shot to say goodbye
One last taste to mourn and cry
Scores and shoots, the lights go dim
Just one shot to do him in
He hangs his head and wonders why
Why the monkey only lies
But pay the pauper, he did choose
He hung his head inside the noose

I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle use that man
I've seen them crawl from the cradle to the coffin on their hands
They fight a war but it's fatal, it's so hard to understand
I've seen the man use the needle, seen the needle in his hand
Cryptic writing on the wall, the beginning of the end
I've seen myself use the needle, seen the needle in my hand
In my hand!

 

4. Mastermind

Music & Lyrics - Mustaine

Anonymous existence, rendered useless to mankind
Destroy the logic volume in the confines of the mind
En massed and purposeless, marching in a perfect line
Neo-neuro torture, mental meltdown, a heinous crime

Mastermind, I tell you what to think
Mastermind, I tell you what you need
Mastermind, I tell you what to feel
Mastermind

Invade the core of souls to wipe the lives away
Design vacant beings, welcome the inhuman race
Encrypted horror codes, directive psyche overwrite
Processing brains to pabulum;
Delete and format living drives

Mastermind, I tell you what to think
Mastermind, I tell you what you need
Mastermind, I tell you what to feel
Mastermind, I tell you what's real

Hail to the power age, lest the viral hour comes
Raise the flag of voltage, bow to circuitry unknown
Kneel before the processor, lords of static laugh
Electrons in submission, you must know who I am

I tell you what to think
I don't care what you thought
I tell you what to get
I don't care what you got
I tell you what to think
I don't care what you thought
I tell you what to get
I don't care; I don't care what you got

Mastermind, I tell you what to think
I don't care what you got
Mastermind, I tell you what you need
Mastermind, I tell you what to feel
Mastermind, I tell you what's real
I don't care; I don't care what you got
Subject!

 

5. The Disintegrators

Music & Lyrics - Mustaine

The slayer's arrived
On a black horse of steel
Trouble is coming
Hell on two wheels
Hide in the shadows
Awaiting defeat
Or live by the sword
And choose to be free

We say retribution
We say vengeance is bliss
We say revolution
With a cast iron fist

Coming down the road
Watching every move
Kicking in the doors
Taking what we choose

Anarchy's coming to town
A fiery invader
Burning it down to the ground
The Disintegrators

We say retribution
We say vengeance is bliss
We say revolution
With a cast iron fist

Coming down the road
Watching every move
Kicking in the doors
Taking what we choose

Anarchy's coming to town
A fiery invader
Burning it down to the ground
The Disintegrators

Anarchy's coming to town
A fiery invader
Burning it down to the ground
The Disintegrators
Anarchy's coming
Here it comes
Burning it down to the ground
The Disintegrators

 

6. I'll Get Even

Music & Lyrics - Mustaine/Ellefson/Friedman/Howe

I'm lonely and abandoned
Washed up, left for dead
I'm lost inside the desert
Of ever word you said
Like a nuclear reactor or TNT
I'm thinking about the times when you lied to me
All the innuendo, caught up on your hook
I was just a name in your little black book

I'll get even with you

I'm bitter and I'm twisted
I haven't slept in days
I'm lonely and I'm angry
I can't make it go away
I'm like a bomb that's ticking; I got voices in my head
I got a doll with needles in, wishing you were dead
I'll get you back somehow, that's what I'm gonna do
I'll get you back somehow, your nightmare coming true
It's coming true

I'll get even with you
I'll that's what I'm gonna do
Gonna get even with you
I'll get even with you

You better look behind you
'Cause there I'm gonna be
I'll be standing in the shadows
With who I used to be
He's slightly schizophrenic
Me and me and me and me agree
That you are gonna pay
For what you did to me


I'll get even with you

I'll get even with you I'm gonna get even with you
I'll that's what I'm gonna do, gonna
I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna...

 

7. Sin

Music & Lyrics - Mustaine/Menza/Ellefson

He had an unfamiliar face
Complete life in disarray
A simple man, power drunk
No worries of living, no more anything

Deep inside I've seen it rise
Actions progress to no end
Mirror, mirror, please look inside
Do you see the reasons that we sin?

Not one to be forgot
Spoiled rotten, so they say
Once burned, forever marked
Hurt by just a few but so many have to pay

Deep inside I've seen it rise
Actions progress to no end
Mirror, mirror, please look inside
Do you see the reasons that we sin?

Pressure coming down
Down on me, gonna break
Broken fingernails
Digging in, scratch my face

Nervous, like a cat
Gonna jump through my skin
Shadows on the wall
Stretching out, grope for me

Reasons, deep in me
Reasons, let me be
Reasons, let me bleed
Reasons, set me free

The reasons that we sin

 

8. A Secret Place

Music & Lyrics - Mustaine

There's a secret place I like to go
Everyone is there, but their face don't show
If you get inside you can't get out
There's no coming back, I hear them shout
Whoa!

Welcome to my hide away, my secret place
How I arrived I can't explain
You're welcome to, if you want to stay
But everyone just runs away

There's a secret place I like to go
Everyone is there, but their face don't show
If you get inside you can't get out
There's no coming back, I hear them shout

Let me in, get me out
Can't do more then twist and shout
Lost my soul without a trace
Found it again in my secret place
Let me in, get me out
Can't do more then twist and shout
Lost my soul without a trace
In disgrace

I hide from those that try to find me
Scary things that's right behind me
I lost myself, I must confess
I can't explain how I got this mess

Welcome to my hide away, my secret place
How I arrived I can't explain
You're welcome to, if you want to stay
But everyone just runs away
My secret place, there's a secret place
My secret place, there's a secret place I like to go
My secret place, there's a secret place
Just runs away
My secret place

 

9. Have Cool, Will Travel

Music & Lyrics - Mustaine

Mamas pack their lunches, kiddies pack their guns
Wishing it will go away, but nothing's getting done
A shot heard around the world, when a Mother's baby dies
We the people point our fingers, blame, and wonder why?
Hey!

Face it and fight, or turn high tail and run
Til it comes back again, just like the rising sun
Say they do all they can, it's just another lie
The answer's plain to see, nobody wants to try
Hey!

There's no recess and no rules in the school of life
If you listen very closely, you'll see what it's like
Have cool, will travel

There's no recess and no rules in the school of life
If you listen very closely, you'll see what it's like
Have cool, will travel
Tell myself it ain't true, they just cannot see
Grown up, or sewn up, the medicine's worse than the disease
I have cool, will travel
Here we go!
Have cool, will travel!

 

10. She-wolf

Music & Lyrics - Mustaine

The mother of all that is evil
Her lips are poisonous venom
Wicked temptress knows how to please
The priestess roars, "Get down on your knees"
The rite of the praying mantis
Kiss the bones of the enchantress
Spellbound searching through the night
A howling man surrenders the fight

One look in her lusting eyes
Savage fear in you will rise
Teeth of terror sinking in
The bite of the she-wolf

My desires of flesh obey me
The lioness will enslave me
Another heart beat than my own
The sound of claws on cobblestone, I'm stoned

One look in her lusting eyes
Savage fear in you will rise
Teeth of terror sinking in
The bite of the she-wolf

Beware what stalks you in the night
Beware the she-wolf and her bite
Her mystic lips tell only lies
Beware what stalks you in the night
Beware the she-wolf and her bite
Her hidden will to kill in disguise

 

11. Vortex

Music & Lyrics - Mustaine

Internal combustion
Multiple personalities
Terror inside of me
A mask of silent agony

Curse the falling rain
The vortex of pain

As medieval as Merlin
A pact for power was made
Lucifer in transition
It's time the price was paid

Searching the domain
The vortex of pain

A telestic message
Writtin in torment
Howl out dirges
Like the horns of Jericho

Distorted faces
Writhing in rage
Walls of purgatory tumble down
Endless death, the jewels of a crown

 

12. Fff

Music - Mustaine/Friedman/Menza/Ellefson
Lyrics - Mustaine

Looking for a cure within the human race
Eliminate the poor, how much longer will it take?
Burning up the tents of the rank and file
Exterminate their lives, crack a demon smile

Crushing down, caving in our will to live
Getting rid of man's mistakes
To take a lost life, lock it up, break it down
How much more can we take?

Fight for freedom, fight authority
Fight for anything, my country tis' of me

Cry for absolution, it's not the end for me
A last-minute pardon, one final reprieve
Resist the war machine; don't get in its path
Fight to die a free man and reap the aftermath

Crushing down, caving in our will to live
Getting rid of man's mistakes
To take a lost life, lock it up, break it down
I don't know how much more I can take

Fight for freedom, fight authority
Fight for anything, my country tis' of me

Fight for freedom, fight authority
Fight for anything, it's my country
Fight for freedom, fight authority
Fight for anything, my country tis' of me