The name of Megadeth's 15th studio album references a society where there's been a cataclysmic decline. Frontman Dave Mustaine explains about the inspiration behind the title:
"I've had this outlook for a long time that the world is a really good place with some bad people in it. Others might think the opposite. But I think if you were to take a consensus of people, they know the difference between right and wrong. People have manners and morals but lately there's been a decline in how people treat one another. That's where 'Dystopia' comes in," Mustaine continued. "And if people don't start loving each other and helping those in need then when that becomes more important than power, fame or money then I think we're going to be okay."
The song's post-apocalyptic video follows on from the band's "The Threat Is Real" clip. It features a high-speed chase and a bloody fight in the futuristic war zone envisioned by Megadeth. "We had met with a guy in England, and I basically talked to him about this dystopian city that I had kind of visualized. You see all these movies like Armageddon, Independence Day, 12 Monkeys, Planet of the Apes and stuff, and there's always a moral at the end of the story: If you stand up for what's right, you won't have to give in to a dystopian world. It's just one of those things we grew up in."
"What you don't know" the legend goes "can't hurt you" If you only want to live and die in fear They tell us to believe just half of what we see And absolutely nothing that we hear Resist the twist to truth no matter what the cost Supplant the rights with wrongs inside our heads Outlawing all the questions to the answers That no one likes when someone ends up dead Dystopia Dystopia Dystopia Dystopia "What you don't know" the legend goes "can't hurt you" If you only want to live and die in a cage There's panic and there's chaos, rampant in the streets Where useless thoughts of peace are met with rage Demoralized and overmastered people think The quickest way to end a war is lose Dictatorship ends starting with tyrannicide You must destroy the cancer at it's root Dystopia Dystopia Dystopia Dystopia