Rust in Peace... Polaris

Album: Rust in Peace (1990)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is written from the perspective of a nuclear weapon. Polaris was a nuclear missile in the United States' arsenal. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth got the idea for the song after he went skydiving, and on the way home noticed a bumper sticker reading "May all of your warheads rust in peace." According to Mustaine, the dialog in the song is the missile speaking, saying things like "Tremble you weaklings, cower in fear." Said Mustaine: "As soon as the f--king thing detonates, it discharges nuclear fallout. People think they can go underground and get away from it, but what happens when you come up. It's still there. There is no safety."
  • The final song on Rust In Peace, this track is intended to be the climax, or as Mustaine calls it, the "grand finale" of the album. There is no guitar solo on the track, just a few quick lead guitar notes in the beginning to set the mood.

Comments: 6

  • Zeke from Colorqa, MdHonestly, as odd as this may sound, lets go over lyrics and see what this song could also entitle...

    "Tremble you weaklings, cower in fear
    I am your ruler, land, sea and air
    Immense in my girth, erect I stand tall...
    I spread disease like a dog
    Discharge my payload a mile high
    Rotten egg air of death wrestles your nostrils."

    Is this song about his/a penis?
  • Derek from Flin Flon, MbI believe Steven is entitled to his opinion, but I dont agree with him at all. Avenged Sevenfold are not the best band by any standards. Thats cool if you like them but they're not the best band, not even f--king close.
  • Darrell from EugeneHell yeah, Megadeth! Let the nukes rust!
  • Paul from California, SdSteve, your crazy, man. Comparing Megadeth to avenged sevenfold, is like comparing a german sheapard to a palmeranian. The german shepard will chew it up and spit out the palmeranian just like Megadeth does to avenged sevenfold! Have you heard Rust in Peace? Have you heard Marty Friedman shred on this album? I mean, Dave is better than 90% of the guitarists out there, and Marty is better than Dave! avewnged has no songs like Rust In Peace....Polaris, Hnger 18, Five Magics, Tornado of Souls, etc...
  • Zach from Darlington, ScDude both Metallica and Megadeth are waaaaay better than Avenged Sevenfold. Don't be stupid Dave Mustaine can school the (deleted) out of Synyster.
  • Steven from Viking, CanadaI love this song, and Megadeth are way better then Metallica, no matter what I have put on here in the past, but Avenged Sevenfold are still the best, no matter who says what.
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