Use The Man

Use The Man

Use The Man

Use The Man is a song about drug addiction and a narrative of the effects of using heroin. The inspiration for the song came from Dave Mustaine’s problems with drug addiction over the years, in particular one time at a halfway house where a guy overdosed & died the day he got out of prison, whilst Dave was there.

Use The Man is the 3rd song on Megadeth’s 7th studio album, Cryptic Writings.

Use The Man Lyrics

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

Solo – Friedman

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
In my hand!

Music – Mustaine/Friedman
Lyrics – Mustaine