Ze Older Stuff

Wake Up!

I’m in a surly mood, so I’m going to quote some heavy-handed lyrics from Rage Against the Machine. They sang this song the first time I saw them in concert. I had no idea who they were at the time (it was a multi-band tour) and immediately found myself getting pissed off and ready to kill the next g-man I saw… The emphasis are my own.

Wake Up!

Rage Against the Machine – self-titled album

Come on! Uggh!

Come on, although ya try to discredit

Ya still never read it

The needle, I’ll thread it

Radically poetic

Standin’ with the fury that they had in ’66

And like E-Double I’m mad

Still knee-deep in the system’s shit

Hoover, he was a body remover

I’ll give ya a dose

But it can never come close

To the rage built up inside of me

Fist in the air, in the land of hypocrisy

Movements come and movements go

Leaders speak, movements cease

When their heads are flown

‘Cause all these punks

Got bullets in their heads

Departments of police, the judges, the feds

Networks at work, keepin’ people calm

You know they went after King

When he spoke out on Vietnam

He turned the power to the have-nots

And then came the shot


Yeah, back in this…

Wit’ poetry, my mind I flex

Flip like Wilson, vocals never lackin’ dat finesse

Whadda I got to, whadda I got to do to wake ya up

To shake ya up, to break the structure up

‘Cause blood still flows in the gutter

I’m like takin’ photos

Mad boy kicks open the shutter

Set the groove

Then stick and move like I was Cassius

Rep the stutter step

Then bomb a left upon the fascists

Yea, the several federal men

Who pulled schemes on the dream

And put it to an end

Ya better beware

Of retribution with mind war

20/20 visions and murals with metaphors

Networks at work, keepin’ people calm

Ya know they murdered X

And tried to blame it on Islam

He turned the power to the have-nots

And then came the shot


What was the price on his head?

What was the price on his head!

I think I heard a shot

I think I heard a shot

I think I heard a shot

I think I heard a shot

I think I heard a shot

I think I heard, I think I heard a shot

[Quoting from a CIA training manual]

‘He may be a real contender for this position should he

abandon his supposed obediance to white liberal doctrine

of non-violence…and embrace black nationalism’

‘Through counter-intelligence it should be possible to

pinpoint potential trouble-makers…And neutralize them,

neutralize them, neutralize them’

Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!

How long? Not long, cause what you reap is what you sow

This is a great, pissed off, shove-it-in-their-face song. Probably one of the reasons this band broke up after a short lifespan…

Flipping through the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations today to find something, I stumbled on this, labeled as a Celtic Battle Chant:

“Cherish the man who stands next to you in battle;

Take strength from the righteousness* of your cause;

Feel only the pain you suffer upon your enemies.”

*may be rightness

…and this from Su Tung P’O:

“Families, when a child is born

Want it to be intelligent.

I, though intelligence,

Having wrecked my whole life,

Only hope the baby will prove

Ingorant and stupid.

Then he will crown a tranquil life

By becoming a Cabinet Minister.”

OK, I’m done ranting.


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