Just a quiet, peaceful dance
For the things we'll never have
Just a quiet, peaceful dance
For the things we don't have

from Rage Against the Machine – Down Rodeo Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This song is meant as a call for those at the lower ends of the social ladder to rise up and take back the freedom and power that is rightfully theirs. But here the singer reluctantly acknowledges that trying to fight back may be pointless. He uses a metaphor that the constant struggle by the poor to overcome and the response by the rich to keep the masses repressed amounts to nothing more than a simple, choreographed “dance,” because the current system is so corrupt and so ingrained into modern society that it may never change.

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