Mustaine wrote "Killing Time" about somebody in his past, plus some situations that others have gotten themselves into with the band. If I told me once, I told me a thousand times
It's just a matter of time, you'll screw the world inside-out
You're a sick, psychopath
You squander everything, and then laugh
Mustaine lays into lackadaisical time wasters on this and other The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead!
tracks. "It's stripping back the paint trying to cover up the mess that this person is," he told Kerrang
. "I actually know someone who's just lost everything. We're talking hundreds of thousands of dollars and a multi-million dollar company: gone. And he'd been warned. He was the slick dude in 'Life In Hell.' He was the 'Junkie.' He's definitely the guy in 'Killing Time.'"