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What do you mean, "I don't believe in God"?
I talk to him every day.
What do you mean, "I don't support your system"?
I go to court when I have to.
What do you mean, "I can't get to work on time"?
I got nothing better to do
And, what do you mean,...

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    anonymous
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    Sep 8th, 2018 9:04pm report


    My uneducated guess about the meaning of this song goes like this:
    Democracy sells peace, just take a look at the trillions our great American government is spending on our behalf (the taxpayer) on our armed forces around the globe;who are constantly impinging on other sovereign nations democratic views on the name of peace. All that started right on our backyard. Our government is demanding from us to "produce" children to support this great nation. We are expected to produce well rounded future taxpayers but we have to follow the hundreds (and counting) rules on how to rear them. Any "deviants" are unfairly frown upon no matter their social status.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 1st, 2017 10:39pm report


    The song is a critic about the whole modern social system. That's why he says "if there's a new way, i'll be the first in line". He prays to god, he goes to work, he pays his taxes...

    I don't understand pretty well the phrase "Peace sells, but who's buying?". I suppose nobody is.



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    Elanaa666
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    Mar 28th, 2016 3:40am report


    This song is about stereotypes given towards metalheads and in extension, Dave Mustaine.

    By members of society are often given a bad name which is misleading. Metalheads are thought of to be godless, satanic heathens; to be noisy loud and crude, and to be anti-establishment. This is where these lyrics come to play.

    "What do you mean I believe in god/ i talk to him everyday

    What do you mean I hurt your feelings/ i didnt know you had any feelings

    What do you mean I'm kind/ just not your kind

    What do you mean I couldn't be the president of united states of america/ its still we the people right" and so on and so forth.

    I also believe this song is a parody towards those beliefs that metalheads are bad people. The message is there, but its done in a tongue in cheek sort of way. The replies to the 'what do you mean' questions are said in a crass, sarcastic way similar to how one would expect a metalhead stereotypically.

    The song then goes on to talk about further contradictions in life. The title which is repeated many times throughout the song suggests that we have the tools and possibilities to make the world better (evoke peace); but ironically people are not willing to give up ('buy' the peace) for it.



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    anonymous
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    May 7th, 2015 5:43pm report


    Peace is a good idea but no one can profit off of peace like corporations can off of war.That could be one meaning,don't know how to tie the rest of the song with that one.



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    anonymous
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    May 16th, 2011 5:43pm report


    peace sells but whos buying

    peace=pot

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jul 5th, 2010 7:58pm report


    While the metal stereotypes answer might be right I think it's about how there could be world peace but nobody wants it.



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    Qwerty
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    Jun 26th, 2010 6:05pm report


    Dave Mustaine himself (I think....) Said himself the song is about the metal stereotypes.
    Example 1) "What do you mean, "I don't believe in God?" I Talk to him everyday..." People think Metal is satanic, or Anti-Religion.
    Example 2) "What do you mean, "I hurt Your Feelings?" I didn't know you had any feelings..." People think Metalheads are rude
    Example 3)"What Do you mean, I couldn't be the president? of the United States of America?" People think Metal is Anti-Government

    This pretty much happens for the verses.
    I'm guessing the rest, but I think the chorus means
    if we could find a new way to explain metal isn't evil, he'd want to be the first to know (If there's a new way, id be the first in line)
    The bridge,(Peace sells,but who's buying?)
    Relating to the main topic, I think it means mealheads wants peace, but nobody wants to stop arguing against metal



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    Sebseb40
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    May 12th, 2010 5:57pm report


    I'm not 100% on what this song is about, but here are my assumptions:

    1) One reason may be that; any country can have peace, if they wish, but they choose not to. I.e. The line "peace sells!" meaning any country can have peace.. "but who's buying?" meaning no one wants peace, perhaps they just say they do.

    2) Another theory is that a government tells it's country they are at peace ["peace sells"], but you can clearly see that they are not, maybe due to a war or threat ["who's buying"]. It's almost like the government is saying "Peace Sells" and the song is confronting them wrong, asking "well then if peace sells...who's buying? I don't see any peace here." Or something like that.

    those are my best guesses.. Hope they made sense.




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