44 Minutes

44 Minutes

44 Minutes

44 Minutes is about a 1997 shoot-out dubbed The Battle Of North Hollywood, between LAPD and two heavily armoured, assault-rifle wielding bank robbers.

It’s regarded as one of the longest & bloodiest events in American police history, with over 1700 rounds fired, 11 police officers & 7 civilians injured, along with numerous counts of vehicle & property damage. Both men died at the scene.

44 Minutes is the 3rd track on Megadeth’s 12th studio album Endgame.

44 Minutes Lyrics

It was a cool winter’s morning
Somewhere shortly past 9:00 AM
The armoured car they wanted to heist wasn’t coming
So instead they went for the bank

The fateful duo that sat in the get-away car
Heavily sedated with thousands of rounds
Armour piercing, fully automatic weapons
The bowls of wrath poured on the ground

Baptised in a fire-fight, hot blood running cold as ice
44 Minutes of target practice, all hell’s breaking loose
Out-gunned, watching “The Force” come to a fire-fight with a pocketknife
Getting schooled until they shot Achilles’ heel
And brought down the beast

Solo – Chris

This was an accident waiting to happen
It wasn’t if it would happen, it was when
The city’s people sabotaged themselves
Calling their fire-power an unneeded expense

The two most violent men it seemed couldn’t be stopped
Standard police issue guns were just not enough
But SWAT arrived and settled the fight
Between AK-47 and AR-15

Chorus

Solo – Chris
Solo – Dave
Solo – Chris

Chorus

Solo – Chris

Lyrics & Music – Mustaine