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TAKE THE POWER BACK Lyrics

Artist: Rage Against The Machine


Bring that shit in! Uggh!

Yeah, the movement's in motion with mass militant poetry
Now check this out...uggh!

In the right light, study becomes insight
But the system that dissed us
Teaches us to read and right

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
Motherfuck 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
Come on, come on!
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
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

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

Hey yo check, we're gonna have to break it, break it,
break it down
Awww shit!

Uggh!

And like this...uggh!

Come on, yeah! Bring it back the other way!

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
Bouning 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

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
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

Uggh!

Yeah!

Take it back y'all
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back y'all, come on!
Take it back y'all
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back y'all, come on!

Uggh!

Yeah!
Comments/Interpretations
by Freeman on 5/19/2008 9:51pm
Lets UNITE...
by FREEDOM!!!!! on 7/2/2008 8:12pm
lets revolt against congress and curb stomp there shit
by Anthony on 7/16/2008 9:34pm
serious sweetness
by Socialist on 8/15/2008 12:26am
Organize or Die
by Muffin on 8/18/2008 2:07am
I love it , its awesome <33
by Che on 8/22/2008 7:31pm
LET'S TAKE IT!!!! LET'S TAKE THE DAMNED POWER BACK!!!!
by System on 9/1/2008 10:08am
Someday..
by Batrash on 9/21/2008 6:25pm
Motherfuck Uncle Sam!
by Renegade X Sam on 9/29/2008 9:16am
Get back I know who I am.
by GenerationX on 10/7/2008 8:05am
Woo... the movements in motion with mass militant poetry... but apparently only on lyricsdepot.com.
by cakeisdelicious83 on 10/12/2008 9:26am
cake is good
by :D? on 10/26/2008 3:40am
mad song.
by rebel of the monarch on 11/10/2008 8:50pm
no more fucking lies lets unionize
by JESUS on 11/23/2008 5:39pm
SIT AND LISTEN
TO TO SOME OF THAT BULLSHIT THAT HE LEARNED IN SCHOOL
by R.A.T.M on 11/23/2008 8:25pm
ignorance has taken over...
by FUCK UNCLE SAM!! on 11/26/2008 12:05am
I wrote this shit on the public chalkboards in our so called "democracy square" in the center of my university and watched as people read it and got offended. What they consider patriotism is merely ignorance....those of us who understand this song are the true patriots. Like he says, "I'm inferior, who's inferior?"

I went to class and came back...it had only been half an hour, and campus police had already washed the board I wrote on. What does that tell you?
by Fuck the man on 12/2/2008 12:04am
Fuck yah!
by makeitwitchu on 12/4/2008 8:55am
this song is delicious.
by Miles on 12/6/2008 2:52pm
I love the line The student's eyes don't perceive the lies//Bouning off every fucking wall, not enough bands today stand up for what's right
by Nick on 12/7/2008 1:51pm
God dammit NO MORE LIES!
by Failing Freedoms on 1/20/2009 9:34pm
I once saw a teenager spraypainting a highschool wall at 3A.M. It said "Live, Love, Learn, And don't believe a Goddamn word they say"

By 6:30 when the other kids started to get there, it had been covered up, no sign whatsoever.

Fuck the comment board bullshit. get up and do something.

www.zeitgeistmovie.com
by SK on 1/29/2009 8:29pm
Yeah, I bet you all feel real cool about your posts of hating the government and Uncle Sam and all, but we have the best government out there, and if you don't think so, you also have the right to leave.

I suppose you could just sit here and swear on lyrics posts, or you could go out, try hard, and end up in the government, trying to fix this mess. Sure, it wouldn't be as easy as just talkin' crap about Uncle Sam, but at least you might make a difference.

Posting all your tough guy BS on this site doesn't prove anything.
by BS on 2/5/2009 11:37am
Look, a great man once said that rebellion can be a good thing. Think about that. Of course, after the first president was elected, everything like that was looked down upon. Think about it, then act!
by Down with the machine on 2/24/2009 3:54am
Sickest song ever
by titz on 3/14/2009 5:35am
the circle of hatred continues unless we react
We gotta take the power back
by Bring my balls to your chin on 3/25/2009 11:08pm
Rage against my pelvis
by marshall on 3/31/2009 7:02pm
dont just agree with the song

make some shit happen
kill some cops,
burn some schools,
take em the fuck down!

LET THEM KNOW!!
by maddog420 on 4/15/2009 7:03pm
if u understand the new world order and all of that shit then this song really makes a lot of sense
by Old ghost on 4/22/2009 10:51pm
Look, the previous administration was bullshit. After that mess I really wanted to take the power back. Zach really knows what he's saying, and to those who say " RATM says stuff but doesn't do anything to male it better" u r completely ignorant. The Popmart tour that rage went on was completely nonprofit and went to organizations like U.N.I.T.T.E. And EZLN. And to those who say that rebellion is unamerican and bad, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ. All were rebels. All saw that the things around them were wrong and REBELLED. So let's follow suit America and start making change. Fight for our freedom and rights and fight for our brothers rights.
by anarchylad on 5/5/2009 1:49am
u got to grab the power and scream "FUCK YOU I WON'T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME"
by carlos on 5/14/2009 4:13pm
this shit is true; freedom?whovever told you that is your enemy. what freedom do we have? if we dont do what the "big amn" says we go to jail of get killed
by rebel with a cause on 5/16/2009 3:07pm
freedom is lost under this bullshit administation. FUCK BIG GOVERNMENT
by Kill me on 6/1/2009 1:55am
being a patriot is actually primitive..You gotta think for the
welfare of everybody
by Wake up on 6/6/2009 11:54pm
You socialist pigs are disgusting. Rage is a great band, but don't let their words become your life
by Rossi on 6/17/2009 10:47am
As a guitar player, I'm never one to pay much attention to the sentiment or message within lyrics. What I do know is that the above lyrics sit perfectly with music of the song and bring it to life. 10/10 to Zak for his contribution to one of the best albums I've heard!
by Arthur on 6/17/2009 1:08pm
Come one, Rage are one of the bands with most integrity out there. They aren't dumb kids writing what they'r producer says that sells better. They are educated, inteligent artists with an important reflection about the government we have. I'm from Portugal and I say, my government sucks ass, but America got blinded by money and ambition.
" They say jump and you say how hig? "
Lets break free brothers!
by matt on 7/9/2009 12:12pm
Every1 can listen 2 music but would any of u revolt against the US?
by Jark on 7/30/2009 2:09am
sick song
sick lyrics

and its the sick truth too


but im in Australia and the only problem with our government is that Kevin Rudd was caught eating his ear wax O_o
lol

but if you want something done, do it yourself!
by Mike on 8/17/2009 12:28am
To those who don't agree with the lyrics to Rages song's you are totally brainwashed by the system and more than likely would help protect it!
Man,why don't people think for themselves?
by Eine Syndicalist on 10/4/2009 11:11am
What's left to rebell to? Theres a black socialist president who hates our system as much as we do. He is proposing Responsible capitolism, a cover up for socialsim which will become a Communist utopia over time, when the concept of private property is a distant memory. Check out Marxism. You wont be a communist its just interesting, lets see them say hes wrong now. And communism failed because the soviet union adopted it prematurely. It's all in the explanation though. Just pray to your god that you dont outlive Capitolism because only destruction awaits this facist country. America was built on lies and deciet from the very start by CRIMINALS. We can salvage something from this place though, we can still fix it, but first we have to take the power back!
by Proletariat on 10/5/2009 7:21pm
Hah! Kevin Rudd is such a douch. Remember seeing him on the Today Show? I'm sure you can find it. He was totally cought and just laughed an said he was scratching his lip or whatever haha. And yea Barrack is a Socialist man. His ACORN plan and spreading the wealth an alla that.
by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Fuck! on 10/15/2009 6:51pm
wake up's comment is the only comment that makes a lot of sense. yeah rage is a great band, yeah.

by goodsavage on 11/2/2009 5:22am
The circle of hatred continues til we react
We gotta take the power back!
by Burgerwar on 1/26/2010 5:24am
"Yeah, I bet you all feel real cool about your posts of hating the government and Uncle Sam and all, but we have the best government out there, and if you don't think so, you also have the right to leave.

I suppose you could just sit here and swear on lyrics posts, or you could go out, try hard, and end up in the government, trying to fix this mess. Sure, it wouldn't be as easy as just talkin' crap about Uncle Sam, but at least you might make a difference.

Posting all your tough guy BS on this site doesn't prove anything." The thing is SK from an outsiders point of view americans are allowed to voice their opinion they have the right.
by ratm0132 on 3/31/2010 2:59pm
UGGH!! AWWW SHIT!
by john on 6/13/2010 8:26am
you people are just ignorant, morons
by indian nation on 10/4/2010 10:10pm
best vengeance is not to be like your enemies
by james on 11/17/2010 1:03am
man America is fucked that pledge of allegiance thing is bullshit man its done when the kids are little they don't understand it yet everyday they have to put their hand over their hearts and say they will be good little Americans. I thought America was about freedom you know the constitution in which the country was built on that among these all men are created equal with inalienable rights all that jaz being forced to say you will love and defend your country from a young age inalienable rights ? democracy is a hard thing because if someone in a suit doesn't like what you say you cant just kill them other means are used to control and that is sick freedom to me is just a word just an idea humanity wont let it happen im lucky as im from nz things arent quite so bad but yeah peace out everyone
by Matt on 11/21/2010 1:59pm
"by Mike on 8/17/2009 12:28am
To those who don't agree with the lyrics to Rages song's you are totally brainwashed by the system and more than likely would help protect it!
Man,why don't people think for themselves?"

People don't think by themselves because they think through government's propaganda or music band's lyrics... yo can't start a conversation stating that who does not think as you is brainwashed, it's nonsense to continue the conversation in those terms... anyway, I tottally agree with those who said if you want some change then move, "Fight the war, fuck the norm" ;)
by Freedom on 12/11/2010 7:09pm
I say we curbstomp uncle sam
by Chris on 12/18/2010 10:14pm
I like singing

Normalize
Normalize

then trading up to

No more lies
No more lies
by Adrien on 6/7/2011 2:37am
Look, it goes like this:

we gotta check the interior of the system that cares about Only one culture and that,
is why we gotta take the power back
by Tom on 6/30/2011 3:08am
i just want to be clear...if this song is about socialism, then fine. but dont they realize people have MORE power in a capitalist free market system?
by Zara on 8/8/2011 10:17am
We don't live in a capitalist free market system Tom...

We live in a socialist capitalist monopolist hybrid system. In a true free market capitalist system all these failing banks and businesses would have gone bust...

Instead they rely on a bastardised version of socialism by needing our taxes to bail them out.

Don't confuse the theory of free-market capitalism with the harsh reality.
by TRUTH on 8/24/2011 8:41am
ZARA cant agree more
'
by A realist on 8/26/2011 11:34pm
Free market is bull shite, the free market nonsense does not exist and never will. one thing about the free market so many of you Friedman followers forget is simply greed, Man kind is greedy and nothing you say will ever change that a "free market" is a great theory but will never happen because of well Greed. as ZACH would say WAKE UP!!!!
by Libertarian on 10/4/2011 9:13pm
Even if wealthy people are greedy, it improves the lives for everyone. Bill Gates for example made an extreme amount of money by putting a computer into almost every home in America. I fail to see how that makes him a greedy jackass.
by Anarchist on 10/5/2011 7:07pm
Occupy Wallstreet, Occupy Together.
by coosrevolution on 10/10/2011 5:53pm
occupy wall street
by Max on 12/21/2011 3:41am
Just incredible...
by Doc on 2/15/2012 6:27am
Get a life now guys you'll be old then dead soon then who cares what u thought live your life
by Fuck the System on 3/8/2012 4:02pm
This song kicks ass. This song tells the truth. The truth that 99% of the population doesn't see. That one percent that does needs to act and get shit done. Look at these motherfucking presidential candidates today. Mitt Romney? What a fucking dickhead. Fuck him.
by No More Lies on 4/16/2012 11:20pm
Fuck all of the motherfuckers in the world.
by OriŽl on 7/1/2012 10:40am
The problem is the hierarchical power structures we have now. When power becomes concentrated in the hands of the few it will inevitably corrupt them. Capitalism in any form is doomed to bring out the worst in humankind. Spread the power, spread the resources, spread the knowledge - a communist society is what we will need to progress.
RATM stands by that sentiment I'm sure.
by Vince on 7/12/2012 9:57am
When I raise my flashing sword, and my hand takes hold on judgement...I will take vengeance upon mine enemies. And I will repay those who haste me. Oh Lord raise me to thy right hand and count me among thy saints.
by konvikt on 10/27/2012 2:04am
Power has always been in us and. To take the power back is like taking wetness from water....4ducc...our own decisions took our power. So yeah take the power back n use ur power right f u get it back...
by nartington on 2/6/2013 11:17am
Take the power back !
by ricardo on 2/23/2013 7:51am
No more lies
no more lies
by Myke on 2/26/2013 10:41pm
Zack de la Rocha for secretary of defense!

-a veteran
by DrMickey on 9/10/2013 2:09pm
OHHH YEEEE!!!!!!


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