Speak English or Die

Album: Speak English Or Die (1985)


  • This song is a brutal assault on immigrants in America, with some ugly slurs thrown about. The nasty vitriol is not to be taken seriously, however, as it's really just a goof on small-minded folks who blame others for their shortcomings.
  • Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.) was formed by Anthrax members Charlie Benante and Scott Ian, along with Dan Lilker and Billy Milano. The lyrics to this one were written by Lilker, who told us, "I wrote most of the more obnoxious lyrics, like, 'Speak English or Die.' Scott had a bunch of them written already. Those lyrics are just shock value provocation. We were just writing the wackiest s--t we could think of and laughing."


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