Like Steel from a furnace, I was born landless

from Rage Against the Machine – Calm Like a Bomb Lyrics on Rap Genius


Steel is a metaphor for de la Rocha mixed ethnicity, as it is an alloy created from iron and carbon. Because of his chicano, german and irish ancestry, he does not have any sort of “land” to claim his own.

Could also mean that he was “forged in the fire”, so to speak.

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