"Ballot Or The Bullet" as written by and Edward/van Halen Van Halen....
Give me liberty or give me death
No truer words have ever been said
Well are you prepared for your very last breath?
Don't you dare start what you cannot finish
So when we face, face the adversary
No longer are we the minority

And when history repeats her hour
The pendulum will swing, swing into power
Though not in vain like our forefathers
Freedom, never had no room for cowards

For in the end, there will be equality
By any means necessary

The ballot or the bullet
The choice is up to you
The ballot or the bullet
Tell me what you gonna do
The sword or the pen
Can be held by the same hand

What's it gonna take to liberate?
An emancipation, a false proclamation?
All these token words that you legislate
Sound a little bit absurd. Hey! And a little too late

When a house is divided, it just will not stand
Once it's decided, a line drawn in the sand

Ah! The ballot or the bullet
The choice is up to you
The ballot or the bullet
Tell me what you gonna do
The sword or the pen
Can be held by the same hand

The ballot or the bullet
The choice is up to you
The ballot or the bullet
Tell me what you gonna do

The ballot or the bullet
The choice is up to you
The ballot or the bullet
Tell me what you gonna do
The sword or the pen can be
The sword or the pen can be
The sword or the pen can be
The sword or the pen can be
The sword or the pen can be
Held, held by the same hand!


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"Ballot or the Bullet" as written by Alex Van Halen Edward Van Halen

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    General CommentI wonder when this was written. Reminds me very much of the political situation in America today...
    katryna669on August 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is Malcolm X. I love these lyrics.
    jonjuanon November 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is off of Van Halen III, which was released in 1996. Funny, as I've listed to this very song a lot lately, and VH3 was probably the most "politically vocal" album from Van Halen. Very powerful song.
    eepreteon March 22, 2010   Link

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