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A Tout Le Monde by Megadeth

Album: YouthanasiaReleased: 1994
  • This song is often misinterpreted to be about suicide, as the lyrics can be heard as a suicide note. On September 13, 2006, Kimveer Gill went on a shooting rampage at Dawson College in Montreal, eventually shooting himself. He was a fan of Megadeth and mentioned this song on his blog, which prompted Dave Mustaine, who wrote the song, to make this statement the next day: "Like everyone else, I am horrified and disgusted by the tragic events of yesterday. We will pray for everyone who has been hurt, and all the families that are suffering. 'A Tout Le Monde' is based on a dream I had, where my mother came back from heaven to say 'I love you.' It's about me talking to her again."
  • Mustaine: "We don't write music that has any kind of suggestion about taking one's life. It is more like, 'Hey, we have a problem, let's be part of the solution'."
  • MTV banned the video because they thought it promoted suicide. They did show it after some special comments were added, explaining how many kids commit suicide every year in the US. This message appeared at the end of the video: "Suicide is not an answer. Get help." The woman and child in the video are Mustaine's wife Pam and son, Justis. (thanks, Dae - Paraparaumu, New Zealand, for all above)
  • Part of the chorus is in French. The translation: "To all the world, To all my friends, I love you, I have to leave." (thanks, Nia - Mesa, AZ)
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Comments: 39

to me this song is not about suicide. but just the end of life. moving on to a different way. what ever it is. i asked me son to play this at my funeral,but i want it from the cd capitol punisment, with just megdeath sing and playing the song.Wess - Moorhead, Mn
This song is amazing Marty is best guitarist every to play with megadeth will his style and his country western guitar scalles and licks in his guitar solos its amazingSam - Durham, United Kingdom
Dave explains the meaning of the song by him self(.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSvim3kpVNY
Amir - Megadeth, Germany
A quick note to you who are compalining about Mustain using French... you're probably the same fools who stand in a museum and say "I can't see what this is supposed to be... this is garbage". That's why it's called art. Just like choices of instruments, chords, keys and yes, language, it's all a part of the creative process. If you don't get that then you're part of the (illiterate) problem.David - Novato, Ca
If this was such a suicide song, then how come dave mustaine is still alive. People are so ignorant.Shawn - Richmond, Ky
I like the new version better with Lacuna Coil's Christinna Scabbia and this is not a suicide noteScott - Hamburg, --
I love this song Dave Mustaine is a god. This is probably one of the greatest suicide songs ever written! I<3 it
-SEP
Sarah - New Castle, Pa
This song always take me to a place few others do. I had physicaly abusive parents then they died before I finished highschool. I have many mental issues. Sees the doctors and all. PTSD and etsc... I listened to Metallica, Megadeth, and Pantera constantly during that period of my life. Metallica always struck me the hardest. Makes me depressed to where I don't listen to them anymore. I know all the songs. Megadeth doesn't have that effect on me. Don't know why. I love this song the most. Want it to be played at my funeral whenever that may be. It makes me feel free without being dead! I will never tire of this song.Matt - Las Cruces, Nm
One of Megadeth's best songsMark - Luling, La
This is the song I want played at my funeral. This song got me through alot of hard times when I was growing up. Megadeth is probably the most misunderstood band out there......Dave writes beautiful lyrics and they speak to the many loyal fans he has out there.
Devil horns up baby!
Jim - Milwaukee, Wi
i love the rythm of this song its slow but you can tell it is ment to rock!! and it is really sad Davey would ever think to do that.Avery - Bucksport, Me
The term "Deja Vu" was coined by a French psychic researcher, Émile Boirac (1851-1917) in his book L'Avenir des sciences psychiques (The Future of Psychic Sciences)but is actually Greek and means "Near memory".Luke - Manchester, England
I would like to say that No one has been effected more by depression than i have, I have had so many medical issues. that have not gone the way they should have played out. life is an adventure I really appreciate all the songs No one seems to listen to the words and look a little deeper into his world you may find out that first of all french words have several different meanings. second why criticize someone attempt at asking for HELPStephanie - Jacksonville , Fl
a lot of you said you didn't like that he sung it in French. I think he did it because the French culture involves much more thinking about abstract ideas and stuff, like suicide. (Well depression isn't really abstract any more) Its why we get words like "deja vu" from their language.Ken - Edina, Mn
This song is not about suicide ... in fact it is the opposite - it is about moving on. Dave has said that in many interviews - if you would picture a loved one that has passed away coming to you and saying - move on - I am happier now - now it is time for you to be too.Annie - St Louis, Mo
This is not a song about suicide, Skin o' my teeth was. This is a song that basically lets Dave say what he needs to say before he dies. Watch the Arsenal of megadeth dvd.Rob - Los Angeles, Ca
brilliantly written song...mustaine is one of the best song writers ever..too bad he doesnt get the credit he deservesTom - Chicago, Il
a tout le monde. is such a well wrote song i cant believe a person wrote it is too perfect.Erik - Brownwood , Tx
"To all the world, to all my friends, I love you, but I have to leave"

This song reflects so many different things on so many different levels.
I want this to be played at my Funeral, as if im saying good bye, smile when you think of me.
Christie - Wemouth, England
People don't want this song played at their funerals but I told my parents its the one I want played at mine.I want everyone to know i cared for them and as the songs says "Please smile when you think about me."I don't want them to be sad and if it is possible to let them have a party in my memory.Brandon - Tucson, Az
This is the song that made me pick a guitar, its too emotional, song to be played at my funeral,Daryll - Shillong, India
The music and lyrics are good, and I understand Dave had to emote but why, oh why did he use French vocals and lyrics. I got nothing against the French (watch the movie 'Killing Zoe') but it makes Dave sound like a wusswimp and unauthentic.Rg - San Diego, Ca
This is one of my favorite Megadeth songs and I love the fact that they remade it on their new United Abominations CD.
"To all the world, to all my friends, I love you, but I have to leave"
Andrew - Ashland, Oh
Mustaine said in an interview in '94, "It's not a suicide song. What it is, it's, you, it's when people have a loved one that dies and they end on a bad note, you know, they wish that they could say something to them. So this is an opportunity for the deceased to say something before they go. And it was my impression of what I would like to say to people, if I had say, 3 seconds to do so in life before I died I'd say to the entire world, to all my friends, I love you all, and now I must go. These are the last words I'll ever speak, and they'll set me free. I don't need to say I'm sorry, I don't have to say I'm going to miss you, or I'll wait for ya. You know, I'll just say I loved you all, good, bad and different, I loved you all." If you go on Youtube you can find the interview if you look hard enough.Brendan - Easton, Ct
I agree with Jake and Zac. It's a very emotional song that makes you think about your mortality and if you have unresolved issues with friends and family. It makes me want to cry, but it's a beautiful song anyway. I know, "beautiful song" and "Megadeth" are a weird combination, but that's what it is. Just a great song from a great band. You got it right Zac. "LONG LIVE MUSTAINE"!!!!Lisa - Vandergrift, Pa
ok, this page needs to be edited. the song is not about suicide.

In an interview conducted about 1994 Dave Mustaine clearly states "It's not a suicide song. What it is, it's, you, it's when people have a loved one that dies and they end on a bad note, you know, they wish that they could say something to them. So this is an opportunity for the deceased to say something before they go. And it was my impression of what I would like to say to people, if I had say, 3 seconds to do so in life before I died I'd say to the entire world, to all my friends, I love you all, and now I must go. These are the last words I'll ever speak, and they'll set me free. I don't need to say I'm sorry, I don't have to say I'm going to miss you, or I'll wait for ya. You know, I'll just say I loved you all, good, bad and different, I loved you all."
Jake - Prescott, Az
Great song. FANTASTIC SONG. If people actually killed themselves over it... i'm dissapointed.

long live mustaine, keep off the drugs
Zac - Sydney, Australia
Last song heard by Kimveer GILL, mass killer in school in Montreal yesterday, september 13. I dont believe relations between acts and music. Its a good song. Its horrible what happened yesterday.Stephan - St Georges, Canada
He dedicates this song to the victims of 9/11 on the rude awakening cd/dvd. this is a great tune.Devon - Westerville, Oh
This song isnt about Friken suicide.Dave already said, This song is what he would say If he was dying and he only had 3 minutes to talk, he wouldnt say Im sorry or i'll miss you, he'd say I love you all and now I have to go, he said that on the megadeth arsonal dvd,Tash - Surrey, Canada
yea this song is pretty sweet somtime between 1990 and 1991 they preformed this song on lettermanNate - Cleveland, Oh
this is a pretty sad song. i have a plot to this song. A man has died and the song is a letter that takes place after his passing. the song is the letter,but there is no Dear Friends. Just the start of the letter. cool,huh?Windy - Otway, Oh
Haha, the 9/11 comment was so stupid it was funny. I love this song but Mustaine really doesn't have the voice for speaking french in my opinion. Rockin' song though with great lyrics. Who could ask for more?Dev01d - Wollongong, Australia
Actually, the french translation depends on where Dave got it from.

"A Tout Le Monde" can have several different meanings and also depends on the context it is used in.

In french, it refers to a grouping of people, either in a room, in your life or the entire world.

- To the whole world
- To all the people
- To everyone

In this case I think Dave refers to the people he's known and as such means to the peole in his life.

So the proper english translation is:
"To all the people, to all of my friends, I love you, but I must leave."
Don - Toronto, Canada
I read somewhere, that Marty Friedman worked out the intro after hearing Lionel Richie's 'Hello'. I just don't see the connection. Could someone enlighten me?Dean - Pune, India
This is an AWSOME song it is deep but it is also a song that you can jam to...Rockon yall


~Luke~
Luke - Abbotsford, Canada
A tout le monde literally translated is 'To All The World'.. but in English the equiv. to the French 'A tout le monde' is 'To everybody/everyone'Laura - North Coast, Ireland
I Love this song it is so deep and true
"So as you read this know my friends. Id love to stay with you all. Please smile when you think of me. My bodys gone thats all. Moving on is a simple thing. What it leaves behind is hard
You know the sleeping feel no more pain. And the living are scarred"
those are really deep words and they make sense and that is what I love about this song it is really true and makes sense I want it played at my funeral but that will not happen for a long time seeing as i'm 15
Jb - Beaver, Pa
the only thing i wanted to say here is your translatation for a tout le monde is a little bit off the the english translatation is: "To all the world, to all my friends, I love you, but I have to leave"Locky - Derry, Ireland