How the Story Ends

Songfacts®:

  • This song is inspired by the warrior creed of the ancient Chinese military commander and author Sun Tzu and the use of drums and flags in ancient war. Singer and co-lead guitarist Dave Mustaine explained to Rolling Stone that it, "is a song about to The Art of War by Sun Tzu, and talks about if you were in battle back in ancient times, when you went to war and could not hear the commands from your commanding officer, what they would do is use flags. So you see the flag, and, 'Uh oh, we've got to retreat. Can't hear him, but I see the retreat flag.' Y'know, that is if you're looking backward and you don't get your f--king head cut off."
  • Some interesting sound effects can be heard in the background following Chris Broderick's flamenco-spiced acoustic solo. Mustaine explained to Rolling Stone: "At the end of Chris' solo, he goes [sings the melody], I said, 'Now we need to have some clinking sounds. I saw this Coke commercial where they threw ice cubes into a glass.' Andy [Sneap,producer], said, 'I'm not f--king putting ice cubes in a glass!' So we used a teeny little triangle bell and some other cool stuff in the background, and it works!"

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Danny Kortchmar

Danny KortchmarSongwriter Interviews

Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James, Tapestry, and Running On Empty. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."

Queen

QueenFact or Fiction

Scaramouch, a hoople and a superhero soundtrack - see if you can spot the real Queen stories.

Michael Bolton

Michael BoltonSongwriter Interviews

Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.

David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears

David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & TearsSongwriter Interviews

The longtime BS&T frontman tells the "Spinning Wheel" story, including the line he got from Joni Mitchell.

Chris Rea

Chris ReaSongwriter Interviews

It took him seven years to recover from his American hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)," but Chris Rea became one of the top singer-songwriters in his native UK.

Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles

Timothy B. Schmit of the EaglesSongwriter Interviews

Did this Eagle come up with the term "Parrothead"? And what is it like playing "Hotel California" for the gazillionth time?