The song ‘Wake Up Dead’ by Megadeth has been a favorite of mine from the first time I heard it. As the lead track for Megadeth’s ‘Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?’ album, ‘Wake Up Dead’ was not the most popular song on the album due to the smashing success of other singles such as the title track, ‘Peace Sells’. However, ‘Wake Up Dead’ certainly does not disappoint heavy-metal header-banger enthusiasts in the least.
As always Megadeth delivers a great sound for the song that is groovy if you like heavy metal music but this song has particular harmony among the sound and lyrics that is uncanny. The song itself is a short-story about someone getting home from a late-night of drinking and crawling into bed with a wife that might bit a tad upset (to say the least).
The sound: While ‘Wake Up Dead’ has all the common attributes of the Megadeth sound, there certainly is a unique rhythm and cadence of this particular song that flows beautifully with the lyrics. It’s almost as-if Dave Mustaine himself had lived some of these described life events personally:
“I had too much to drink,
Said I was out with the boys,
I creep in my bedroom,
I slip into bed,
I know if I wake her,
I’ll wake up dead”
The lyrics: The tone and demeanor in which ‘Wake Up Dead’ is performed by Dave is what I personally love about this song. Definitely check-out some of his YouTube performances if you have a chance because these videos much better capture the spirit of the song. For some reason to me the word ‘ironic’ wants to be an appropriate one-word description of ‘Wake Up Dead’.
For the great combination of ironic lyrics and incredible sound, the song ‘Wake Up Dead’ by Megadeth deserves highest possible KevinNeal Steeler Star rating of ten-out-of-ten stars!