"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" (or simply "Holy Wars") is the first track off of Megadeth's fourth album, Rust in Peace. This song has unusual structure and the lyrics of the first part is about the Northern Ireland Conflict.
Brother will kill brother Spilling blood across the land Killing for religion Something I don't understand Fools like me who cross the sea And come to foreign lands Ask the sheep for their beliefs Do you kill on God's command? A country that's divided Surely will not stand My past erased, no more disgrace No foolish naive stand The end is near, it's crystal clear Part of the master plan Don't look now to Israel It might be your homelands Holy wars Up on my podium, as the Know-it-all scholar Down in my seat of judgement Gavel's bang, uphold the law Up on my soapbox, a leader Out to change the world Down in my pulpit as the holier-than-thou Could-be-messenger of God Wage the war on organized crime Sneak attacks, rappel down the rocks Behind the lines Some people risk to employ me Some people live to destroy me Either way they die, they die They killed my wife and my baby With hopes to enslave me First mistake, last mistake Paid by the alliance, to slay all the giants Next mistake, no more mistakes Fill the cracks in with judicial granite Because I don't say it, don't mean I ain't thinking it Next thing you know, they'll take my thoughts away I know what I said now I must scream Of the overdose and the lack of mercy killings Mercy killings, mercy killings, killings, killings, killings Next thing you know they'll take my thoughts away