Use The Man

Album: Cryptic Writings (1997)

Songfacts®:

  • This song tells the story of a man who passed away after he had his first shot of heroin. Frontman Dave Mustaine told Jack Mehoff of the Colorado Springs, Colorado radio station 94.3 KILO this is one of the few occasions when he wrote a song in "one fell swoop." The singer explained its inspiration: "I had just gone over to a friend of mine," Mustaine recalled, "who was running a halfway house at the time and some guy just got out of prison and went and scored heroin and shot up and died there that day."
  • The song's introduction is the beginning of The Searchers' 1964 version of " Needles And Pins," which was a tentative title for the Cryptic Writings album.

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