"Hadda Be Playin' On The Jukebox" as written by and Allen Ginsberg Rage Against The Machine....
It had to be flashin' like the daily double
It had to be playin' on TV
It had to be loud mouthed on the comedy hour
It had to be announced over loud speakers

The CIA and the Mafia are in cahoots

It had to be said in old ladies' language
It had to be said in American headlines
Kennedy stretched and smiled and got double crossed by lowlife goons and agents
Rich bankers with criminal connections
Dope pushers in CIA working with dope pushers from Cuba working with a
big time syndicate from Tampa, Florida
And it had to be said with a big mouth

It had to be moaned over factory foghorns
It had to be chattered on car radio news broadcasts
It had to be screamed in the kitchen
It had to be yelled in the basement where uncles were fighting

It had to be howled on the streets by newsboys to bus conductors
It had to be foghorned into New York harbor
It had to echo onto hard hats
It had to turn up the volume in university ballrooms

It had to be written in library books, footnoted
It had to be in the headlines of the Times and Le Monde
It had to be barked on TV
It had to be heard in alleys through ballroom doors

It had to be played on wire services
It had to be bells ringing
Comedians stopped dead in the middle of a joke in Las Vegas

It had to be FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and Frank Costello syndicate
mouthpiece meeting in Central Park, New York weekends,
reported Time magazine

It had to be the Mafia and the CIA together starting war on Cuba,
Bay of Pigs and poison assassination headlines

It had to be dope cops in the Mafia
Who sold all their heroin in America

It had to be the FBI and organized crime working together
in cahoots against the commies

It had to be ringing on multinational cash registers
A world-wide laundry for organized criminal money

It had to be the CIA and the Mafia and the FBI together
They were bigger than Nixon
And they were bigger than war

It had to be a large room full of murder
It had to be a mounted ass- a solid mass of rage
A red hot pen
A scream in the back of the throat

It had to be a kid that can breathe
It had to be in Rockefellers' mouth
It had to be central intelligence, the family, allofthis, the agency Mafia
It had to be organized crime

One big set of gangs working together in cahoots

Hitmen
Murderers everywhere

The secret
The drunk
The brutal
The dirty and rich

On top of a slag heap of prisons
Industrial cancer
Plutonium smog
Garbage cities

Grandmas' bed soft from fathers' resentment

It had to be the rulers
They wanted law and order
And they got rich on wanting protection for the status quo

They wanted junkies
They wanted Attica
They wanted Kent State
They wanted war in Indochina

yeah

It had to be the CIA and the Mafia and the FBI

Multinational capitalists
Strong armed squads
Private detective agencies for the oh so very rich
And their armies and navies and their air force bombing planes

It had to be capitalism
The vortex of this rage
This competition
Man to man

The horses head in a capitalists' bed
The Cuban turf
It rumbles in hitmen
And gang wars across oceans

Bombing Cambodia settled the score when Soviet pilots
manned Egyptian fighter planes

Chiles' red democracy
Bumped off with White House pots and pans

A warning to Mediterranean governments

The secret police have been embraced for decades

The NKPD and CIA keep each other's secrets
The OGBU and DIA never hit their own
The KGB and the FBI are one mind

Brute force and full of money
Brute force, world-wide, and full of money
Brute force, world-wide, and full of money
Brute force, world-wide, and full of money
Brute force, world-wide, and full of money

It had to be rich and it had to be powerful
They had to murder in Indonesia 500000
They had to murder in Indochina 2000000
They had to murder in Czechoslovakia
They had to murder in Chile
They had to murder in Russia

And they had to murder in America.

Yeah!


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"Hadda Be Playing on the Jukebox [Live]" as written by Allen Ginsberg Rage Against The Machine

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    General Commenta poem written by allen ginsberg
    carrera0000on April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is crazy. it just keeps on climbing and climbing
    WouldItBeYouon June 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHey im from Australia and ive never heard this song before, did they put it on a cd? Was it not released in Australia or something?
    RenegadeOfFunkon June 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits on the live and rare cd
    WouldItBeYouon December 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe Live & Rare version is the best version they recorded. Other versions inc. the studio mix don't seem to capture Zacks rage. The lyrics are slightly different to the original poem but being live, the whole performance sounds amazing!
    Dstyleson January 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLyric corrections:
    "Brute force, world-wide, and full of money"
    is
    "One mind, brute force, its full of money."

    "The secret police have been embraced for decades"
    is
    ""The secret police embraced for decades"

    "NKPD" is "NKVD," (the 'Narodnyi Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del' or People's Commisariat for Internal Affairs, the Soviet secret police).

    "Grandmas' bed soft from fathers' resentment"
    is
    "Grandmas' bedsores, fathers' resentment"
    rkarnadon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is pretty obviously about Kennedy's assassination, and how in Rage's (Ginsberg's) opinion, it was not a single man.

    "Kennedy stretched and smiled and got double crossed by lowlife goons and agents"

    Also comments not so sublety on the rumored connections between organized crime and govermnent,
    studeb4kerh4wkon March 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is my interpretation of the song:

    The poem uses the analogy that the global conflicts during the cold war between the U.S. government and the old Soviet Union were gang warfare:

    "The horses head in a capitalists' bed
    The Cuban turf
    It rumbles in hitmen
    And gang wars across oceans"

    The U.S. government is controlled by a few very wealthy minority and they employed the CIA as instigators and the U.S. armed forces as the muscle.
    The Soviet Union was also controlled by a very wealthy minority who used the KGB as instigators and the red army as the muscle:

    "Multinational capitalists
    Strong armed squads
    Private detective agencies for the oh so very rich
    And their armies and navies and their air force
    bombing planes"

    There seems to be a connection between the tactics used by the mafia, and the tactics used by Government agencies to defend territory. There also seems to be collaboration between the two (mafia and U.S. Government) against the Soviet Union:

    "It had to be the FBI and organized crime working together in cahoots against the commies"

    The poem reaches its climax, when the result of this gang warfare between rich people is revealed to be millions of poeple killed:

    "THEY had to be rich, THEY had to be powerful
    They had to murder in Indonesia 500000
    They had to murder in Indochina 2000000
    They had to murder in Czechoslovakia
    They had to murder in Chile
    They had to murder in Russia

    And they had to murder in America."

    In the beginning of the poem, the author imagines and wishes that this knowledge would be distributed in every corner of the U.S:

    "It had to be flashin' like the daily double
    It had to be playin' on TV
    It had to be loud mouthed on the comedy hour
    It had to be announced over loud speakers"
    avalanchaPHXon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you are completely wrong
    its not a metaphor
    "The CIA and the Mafia are in cahoots"
    thats a literal statement
    leakegon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe cold war was seen in the Western World as the struggle of freedom fighters (U.S. backed guerrillas and armies) against the evil empire (Soviet-backed guerrillas and armies). The poem indicates it was just gang warfare; that's what I meant by analogy.

    "The CIA and the Mafia are in cahoots against the commies" refers to tactics used by the U.S. Government in collaboration with the mafia to inflict damage on the other side. I never attached the world analogy to this part of the poem.
    avalanchaPHXon October 07, 2007   Link

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