Although the masters make the rules
For the wise men and the fools
I got nothing, Ma, to live up to

from Bob Dylan – It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He is saying the masters (politicians possibly) make the rules for both the people who are sensible enough to realize the obscurity of them, and the foolish followers who only abide them for fear and respect. Please note “Ma” could possibly be a reference to Mother nature, a deity, or America.

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