À Tout le Monde

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"À Tout le Monde"
Megadeth - A Tout Le Monde.jpg
Single by Megadeth
from the album Youthanasia
ReleasedFebruary 1995 (1995-02)
GenreHeavy metal
Hard Rock
Songwriter(s)Dave Mustaine
Producer(s)Dave Mustaine, Max Norman
Megadeth singles chronology
"Train of Consequences"
"À Tout le Monde"

""The Scorpion""

""À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)""

""Head Crusher""
Alternative cover
2007 edition
2007 edition

"À Tout le Monde" is a ballad by American thrash metal band Megadeth, featured on their 1994 studio album Youthanasia. It was released as a single on February 1995 through Capitol Records; the song was later remade and reissued as "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)", featuring Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, on Megadeth's 2007 studio album United Abominations. The song's chorus, "à tout le monde, à tous mes amis, je vous aime, je dois partir", translated into English is, "to everyone, to all my friends, I love you, I have to leave", which prompted controversy after accusations that it was pro-suicide.

Music and lyrics[edit]

The music video for "A Tout le Monde" was banned by MTV, who claimed it was pro-suicide.[1] However, in an interview conducted around 1994, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine stated:

It's not a suicide song. What it is, it's, you, it's when people have a loved one that dies and they end on a bad note, you know, they wish that they could say something to them. So this is an opportunity for the deceased to say something before they go, and it was my impression of what I would like to say to people, if I had say, 3 seconds to do so in life before I died I'd say to the entire world, to all my friends, I love you all, and now I must go. These are the last words I'll ever speak, and they'll set me free. I don't have to say I'm sorry, I don't have to say I'm going to miss you, or I'll wait for ya. You know, I'll just say I loved you all, good, bad, indifferent, I loved you all.[2]


The song's title, "À tout le monde", is French for "To all the world" or "To everyone"; the song's chorus, "à tout le monde, à tous mes amis, je vous aime, je dois partir", translated to English is respectively: "To everyone, to all my friends, I love you, I have to leave". The original release of the track does not feature a grave accent on the letter "à" anywhere within the title, liner notes, lyrics or cover art; this was later rectified on the 2007 version.

2007 version[edit]

The song was remade in 2007 on the album United Abominations as "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)", sung as a duet between Mustaine and Cristina Scabbia, singer of Italian metal band Lacuna Coil. The guitars for the song are all in standard tuning (bringing the song to F-sharp minor), whereas the original was recorded a half-step down (which put the song in F minor); the new version is also slightly faster, and the guitar solo performed by Glen Drover is musically 4 bars longer than the original by Marty Friedman.[3] À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free) was the first single released from the album with a new music video made for it. The song's title has been revised in order to distinguish it from the original,[4] although this alteration does not appear on some pressings of the album; the title also features the aforementioned grave accent on the letter "à", which was omitted on the original version.


On June 11, 2007, the video for the single won its sixteenth victory in the context of the one-on-one video show, L'Ultime Combat des Clips, aired Monday to Thursday on the French-Canadian music channel, Musique Plus. Winning sixteen consecutive times earned them a star in the show's "hall of fame." Despite the accolades, both the original music video for "A Tout le Monde" and its remake remain banned by MTV, possibly for lyrical content that they deem to be pertaining to committing suicide.[5] The duet version did, however, air on MTV2's Headbangers Ball upon release.

Track listing[edit]

United States promotional edition[6]
1."A Tout le Monde"Dave Mustaine4:28
2."Problems" (previously unreleased)Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Paul Cook, Steve Jones3:56
3."New World Order" (demo; previously unreleased)Mustaine, David Ellefson, Marty Friedman, Nick Menza3:45
Total length:11:29
Dutch edition
1."A Tout le Monde"Mustaine4:28
2."Symphony of Destruction" (demo)Mustaine5:32
3."Architecture of Aggression" (demo)Mustaine, Ellefson2:49
4."New World Order" (demo)Mustaine, Ellefson, Friedman, Menza3:45
Total length:15:54


Chart (1995) Peak
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts)[7] 12
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[8] 31


Youthanasia version:

United Abominations version:


  1. ^ "Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Serves Up New Beer". NBC San Diego. January 5, 2007. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Arsenal of Megadeth DVD. Capitol Records. 2006.
  3. ^ United Abominations liner notes
  4. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - MEGADETH's New Version Of 'À Tout Le Monde' To Feature LACUNA COIL's SCABBIA". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  5. ^ "Megadeth / Video interview / Artists / FaceCulture - Online Multimedia Magazine". Faceculture.nl. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  6. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives - Megadeth - A Tout le Monde". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  7. ^ Pennanen, Timo. Sisältää hitin: levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Otava Publishing Company Ltd, 2003. ISBN 951-1-21053-X
  8. ^ "Megadeth Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.

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