Rage Against the Machine – Take the Power Back Lyrics


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[Zack de la Rocha]
Bring that shit in!
Yeah, the movement's in motion with mass militant poetry
Now check this out...UGH!

In the right light, study becomes insight
But the system that dissed us, teaches us to read and write
So-called facts are fraud
They want us to allege and pledge and bow down to their god

Lost the culture, the culture lost
Spun our minds and through time, ignorance has taken over

Yo, we gotta take the power back!
Bam! Here's the plan
Mother-FUCK Uncle Sam, step back I know who I am
Raise up your ear, I'll drop the style and clear
It's the beats and the lyrics they fear!
The rage is relentless
We need a movement with a quickness

You are the witness of change and to counteract...
We gotta take the power back!

Yeah, we gotta take the power back!
C'mon, C'MON!
We gotta take the power back!

The present curriculum, I put my FIST in 'em!
Eurocentric, every last one of 'em

See right through the red, white and blue disguise
With lecture I puncture the STRUCTURE of lies!
Installed in our minds and attempting to hold us back

We've got to take it back!
Cause holes in our spirit causin tears and fears
One-sided stories for years and years and years
I'm inferior? WHO'S inferior?
Yeah, we need to check the interior
Of the system that cares about only one culture
And that, is why we gotta take the power back!


Aiyyo check, we're gonna have to break it, break it, break it down...

[*guitar break*]



The teacher stands in front of the class
But the lesson plan he can't recall
The student's eyes don't perceive the lies
Bouncing off every fucking wall
His composure is well kept
I guess he fears playing the fool
The complacent students sit
And listen to some of that bullshit that he learned in school

+Europe+ ain't my +rope+ to swing on
Can't learn a THING from it, yet we hang from it!

(Gotta get it, gotta get it together then
Like the motherfuckin Weathermen)

To expose and close the doors on those who try
To strangle and mangle the truth
Cause the circle of hatred continues unless we react
We gotta take the power back!


No more lies...
No more lies...
No more lies...
No more lies..
No more lies..
No more lies
No more lies
No more lies!

[*Instrumental break*]

Take it back y'all!
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back y'all! C'MON!
Take it back y'all!
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back y'all! C'MON!

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