Looking Down The Cross

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Looking Down The Cross

Looking Down The Cross is featured on Megadeth’s debut album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!

The lyrics to Looking Down The Cross were written by Dave Mustaine in the early 1980’s and on the surface appear to depict the dying times of a Christ-like character and the damning promise to all humanity for our actions upon his death, in a snaking, metaphorical tale.

Looking Down The Cross is a song charged with anger and our interpretation is that the lyrics depict Mustaine recalling a bad situation where he was resolved to his fate at some point in the past, witnessing in third-person an unthinkable action where he is the unwilling victim, hitting back once distanced from the experience with a venomous rant, spitting a vitriolic curse on those who had wronged him and promising to avenge his fate. But that’s just us.

Looking Down The Cross Lyrics

Solo – Mustaine

Now before they take me and my blessed life
Now you’ll know why death was summoned here tonight
I’ll recall my perils they’ll kill me in pride
No, I can’t run away there’s no place to hide

Though too much to live for I owe enough to die
Ask not for salvation my death shall mean their lives
Hatred and guilt the alter they’ve built, high priests of sin
Destiny, fate the wicked ones gate beckoning you in

Solo – Mustaine

Down the walkways through the blood stained town
Looking down the cross bleeding from the crown
Led to slay, to die besides the thieves
Kill the king of the world to be

And now to you, this will come a putrefying pestilence
More noxious than the serpent’s breath malevolently destined
More corrupt than the malice of Choronzon
More disease than the wind of the moonlight sun

Putrefaction you have caused no need for confession
Now you wish you had a God to stop your demolition
Crushing the bones of the hundredfolds swinging the judgment hammer
Man, woman, child no-one is safe the heads of the dead are the banner

And this was all you got so don these broken wings
Sands of time run out, bells of Hades ring
Is this a nightmare to un-hallow thy name
Smell of brimstone dancing in the flames
No help now as you fulfill his task
Chief of evil has got you by the ass
Set free to sit upon the throne
Just a dream? You’re weeping all alone

Solo – Mustaine

Looking down the cross, speak no evil
I’m looking down the cross, speak no evil

Music & Lyrics – Mustaine
Re-printed with the kind permission of Megadeth.