|Rage Against the Machine||Words|
"This next song goes out to those who still believe that there is an american dream. And still believe that within that dream there is something called freedom. It is time to fucking wake up, and begin to truely think for ourselves, and find new sources of information... otherwise - things like what's happening in the persian gulf with continue. They will be able to make decisions for you, unless you fucking wake up, and take that vail of complacence from your eyes, and fucking begin to remove the bullet from your head."
"Just for your personal attention, we would announce, and make very clear, that the U.S. government is starting another Vietnam in southern Mexico. We would like to make this very clear to you, because we believe, we strongly believe that the media in the U.S. is blocking it from your attention. What they're attempting to do, is prevent you, from getting involved here, to prevent the death of millions of indigenous people who took up arms, against the 65 year old dictatorship: the P.R.I. And at this moment in time, millions of indigenous people are being chased into the hillsides, by armies...fueled, and funded by the U.S. government. By the Clinton administration, by William Perry, and all them fuckin' pigs up in Washington. And we fell that it's important that we all know that and understand that, and that our action can stop it. So are you standin' in line? You believin' the lies? You bowin' down to this flag? You gotta bullet in your head?...."
"When I say no more lies...I'm telling you that we're not hear to celebrate this lie that is Christmas. With images of Santa, this prosperous white man, bringing presents and good hope to the communities of our countries is a fat lie. And is one installed only to legitimize the falsehood which is white supremecy. So no more lies...no more lies..."
"I'm talking about the American Indian Movement...when in 1977, afer a series of long struggles against the BIA - get the spotlight out of my fuckin' eye man...I'm I'm talking to people, and I can't even see 'em...in 1977, after a long series of struggles, the Oglala Sioux reservation was under attack by the FBI people who were involved in the movement there, involved in defending their culture, defending their freedom, were being taken away, were being kidnapped, were being murdered. And of one man, who happened to be one of the leaders of AIM, was thrown in jail. He has sat there for 17 years for crimes he did not commit. His name is Leonard Peltier. And this brotha's been in jail and served his people and has served true freedom and constitutional rights and is being denied his own. And I think it's a hypocrisy all of us need to expose in this country, so that if we wanna raise our voice, or our selves, here in America, and so that the same doesn't happen. We've got some pamphlets in the back, where we're selling some shirts. Please pick one up, and please send your name and your address so you can send it to - what's his name - that fuckin' dixie-crat Clinton - whoever that fuckin' punk is...let's fill this punk's room full a fuckin' mail. I know it's not the fuckin' most powerful form of fuckin' change. Let's get this fuckin' ball rollin'. This song is called boooooombtrack."
"For hundreds of years America has sent people into the fuckin Middle East in the name of freedom, in the name of democracy and have murdered innocent women and children to rape, conquer and divide them of there resources. Today the situation still stands and people are still being murdered in the name of freedom. Wake up to your powers as an individual and speak out and act against fucking imperialistic actions like this."
"I've got to expose hypocrisy in my own self. The conciousness of my own self, before I ever stand up and speak for other individuals who are trying to be the same.
"And there were men in this country who gave us the power to think critically again. There were men in this country who rose up and lifted there minds out of the choices and lifted there minds up and showed all of us that we are individuals who can use our mind and our spirit to fight a hypocritical and brutal system. ------------ used in spirit to speak to all of us regardless of color, regardless of up bringing, and regardless of class and showed us all that this is a country that for 500 years has murdered, and enslaved, and stolen our land, and kept us from seeing ourselves as who we truly are.
"When I began to read "X", I realized that I don't have to be ashamed of my brown skin. And when he became a threat to this system, they fuckin shot him. In the 70's where people like Dennis Banks, where people like Russell Means, where people like Leo Peltier stood up for there people in self defense of there people, in self defense of human rights, there lives were threatened. And Leo Peltier still rots in a jail cell to this very day for speaking out against those rights. Why do we sit so complacent? Why don't we fuckin act? Wake up."
It seems as soon as the wall of Germany fell, the US government was busy building one between the border between the US and Mexico. Since 1986 as result of a lot of the hate talk and hysteria that the the government of the United States has been speaking, 1500 bodies have been found on the border. We wrote this song in response to it. Its called Without a Face."
"Check it out, check it out. Apparently just before this concert, there was some friends of ours in an organization called "The Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal". And somebody that came out here to pass out some information were sweated for wearing this very t-shirt right here (Zack points to his shirt and it has a picture of Mumia in cuffs and it say's "Free Mumia Abu-Jamal" underneath it). Now apparently it wasn't one of the promoters, and it wasn't some security guard, and I'm not going to make any assumptions but we're not nieve enough to think that there aren't members of the intelligence community right here in this fucking crowd who wanna prevent you from understanding why Mumia Abu-Jamal should be free. So let this be a message to you mister whoever the fuck you are and whoever they think they are. You're not going to intimidate us, and your not going to intimidate anyone in here from becoming a part of the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Yes. So in the back over here there's a table setup, and any of you can go over there and pick up as much information as you want. You should really check that shit out. Please do."
"We've got to regain knowledge again, and we've got to regain an understanding again, of who we are. Not just those chosen to fuel systems, but individuals who have the power to criticize and analyze, and attack injustice when it becomes prevalent and apparent in front of our faces like it is in ours right now. We've been all put to sleep. Put to sleep to a system. A system that continues to perpetrate ignorance amongst our spirit and amongst our minds. One that wants you not to act. A system that would rather see all of you at that bar drinking beer filling your minds being put to sleep with beer or with drugs rather than acting against it and fighting a system which has been perpetrating imperialist lies and other fucking bullshit for five hundred years. So fuckin drink up or fuckin wake up. Your part of the solution or your part of the fuckin problem. I am sick and tired of my own complacence in my life and I know I'm fuckin sick of yours. So wake up and stop fuckin sleeping. Wake Up."
"Hold up, I'm seeing something happening, and it's been going on all tour long. Thats you assholes that are ripping the clothes of these young ladies. If I see any of you fucking knuckleheads doin that shit, I'm gonna kick you the fuck out of this building. Women have to fear men at work, at the mall, at the stores, and in their homes, and they shouldn't have to fear them here at a Rage Against the Machine concert!"
"Cops have been following us around all over the country saying we support cop killers. Let's make it completely clear. We don't support killers, and especially not killer cops. We do support innocent brothers and sisters being framed up in prisons all over this country, people like Mumia Abu-Jamal."
"7 years ago, I founded an organization called Parents for Rock and Rap, which fights for absolute freedom for artists in the music industry. And, you young people know there are alot of censors out there, and it's up to you to fight them. And the way that you can fight them, is boycott any record shops that won't sell stickered albums to minors...and also go in tell them why you're boycotting. And now....I'd like to introduce: the best band in the fuckin' universe: Rage Against the Machine!"
"You know what, if you're gonna fucking come on stage, then jump on, and get the fuck off!"...."Listen up for a second: I don't mind anyone up here coming up on stage and diving, expressing yourselves in anyway that you see fit. If this music angers you and makes you want to jump around, that's fine - But if it affects the ability for the music to communicate to you. Then I might as well fucking leave the stage right now, because it's not fucking...that's not our goal man. We wanna make this more than just a fucking little side show. So give your respect as long as you respect what's being said, and what's happening up here. Ok?"
"Eh yo light man. Cut these fuckin sprinkler lights and shit, this ain't no Alice in Wonderland."
"For mister Bob Grant, you racist mother fucker. For the censors of Saturday Night Live. We gotta shut down the programs of Vietnow"
So how tight was Sheriff William Weister's crackdown on fans at Friday's Rage Against The Machine show in George, Washington? Well, while initial reports (including ours Monday morning) had 80 fans rounded up by the police, it looks like the figure was closer to 90. As previously reported (in "Rage Plays The Gorge With Beefed-Up Police Presence" from September 15 in the MTV News Gallery), Sheriff Weister (who had initially tried to block the show altogether) assigned 50 of ficers to patrol the venue, which is more than four times the normal number of police required for a concert at the Gorge Amphitheater. The sheriff says he ordered the heavy duty police presence because of unruliness at a recent Lollapalooza show, and because of two fan deaths at a recent Phish concert (one due to a drug overdose and one due to a traffic accident). The sheriff also said he'd heard from some other sheriffs that this particular show might be trouble. On his way into the show, Rage guitarist Tom Morello (alert to the increased police activity) called a local radio station from Rage's tour bus to warn fans headed for the show to be cool and careful. Of course, Rage frontman Zack de la Rocha had more than a few things to say about the crackdown during the band's set. "He has the nerve to call us violent when last year there were 80,000 cases of police brutality filed against departments all over the country," de la Rocha told the crowd. "This sheriff pig is poppin' off, poppin' off about how we're violent. Well, shit, HE BELONGS TO THE MOST violent gang in US history." Sheriff Weister says he plans to discuss the George's concert schedule with the venue's promoter, Universal Concerts.