"Testify" as written by and James Samuel Iii/lewis Harris....
The movie ran through me
The glamour subdue me
The tabloid untie me
I'm empty please fill me
Mister anchor assure me
That Baghdad is burning
Your voice it is so soothing
That cunning mantra of killing
I need you my witness
To dress this up so bloodless
To numb me and purge me now
Of thoughts of blaming you
Yes the car is our wheelchair
My witness your coughing
Oily silence mocks the legless
Ones who travel now in coffins
On the corner
The jury's sleepless
We found your weakness
And it's right outside our door
Now testify

Now testify
It's right outside our door
Now testify
Yes testify
It's right outside our door

With precision you feed me
My witness I'm hungry
Your temple it calms me
So I can carry on
My slaving sweating the skin right off my bones
On a bed of fire I'm choking on the smoke that fills my home
The wrecking ball is rushing
Witness your blushing
The pipeline is gushing
While here we lie in tombs
While on the corner
The jury's sleepless
We found your weakness
And it's right outside your door
Now testify
Yeah testify
It's right outside our door
Now testify
Now testify
It's right outside our door

Mass graves for the pump and the price is set, and the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set, and the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set, and the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set, and the price is set

Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now controls the past
Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now?

Now testify
Testify
It's right outside our door
Now testify
Testify
It's right outside our door


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"Testify" as written by James Harris Iii James Samuel Iii Harris

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  • +9
    General Commentthe war isn't going on the other side of the world... it's right outside your door. Hollywood, TV, the media fill peoples minds with smoke, and the glamour creates false perceptions of what the reality is. People are fed with so full with bull shit that they no longer hunger for truth. While the wrecking ball is rushing, we lie comfortably in self-complacence.
    ringoon January 26, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThats exactly what that means. The quote...
    "Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." is a quote by George Orwell
    rage-fan2002on July 11, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhenever i rock out to this song in my car, its powerfully ironic.
    fight_iton May 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how Zack tells the television anchorman to dress up all the acts of violence that happen to be 'bloodless' and squeaky-clean. This is really what the media does and we don't get the half of what happens most of the time.

    Also, I think that the 'Who controls the past now controls the future' means that the same type of people have been in control forever, no matter what political party they belong to.
    Aneurysm1985on July 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThats true that its a George Orwell quote, but George Orwell was an anti-communist, his books 1984 was about what will happen in a futuristic communist society, and Animal Farm was a satire of communist Russia. So George Orwells quote "Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present, controls the past." is saying that the future is controlled by the past which is controlled by the present, so you have to watch who controls the present becuz they control everything. Rage took this quote and added "Who controls the present now?", which is saying that Orwells quote is true, but that our government isn't one that we want to leave in control of the future either.
    necroticworldon August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, and i also think its about all the bullshit we are fed, but i think its mainly how te government covers up whats really happening in the middle east by giving us propaganda. They tell us whats happenign it bloodless and then goes on to say how boys are traveling in coffins. As citizens all we notice is the change in gas prices when all our soldiers overseas are getting slaughtered.
    Mooferon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is about government and how someone who testify about their war crimes
    nearlyfaron July 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about all the lies that the media feeds to us under orders from the government. people just sit back and eat it up like it's the truth... god I love RATM.
    system_of_a_downon October 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, George Orwell was a communist, he was just concerned with the intellegent elite overtaking the society and transforming it into a dictatorship.
    BeyondMyHorizonson March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously about our dependency of oil and automobiles.

    "Yes the car is our wheelchair"
    That one is pretty straightfoward.

    "We found your weakness/And its right outside your door "
    That one means the same thing.

    "With precision you feed me/My witness Im hungry "
    "With precision you feed me", in my opinion is talking about filling up at the gas station. The whole witness thing is a little hard to understand. The way I see it is he is using "Witness" in the way that religious groups use it. If you think about it our obsession with the automobile is almost a religon in itself. This also relates to "testify," a word religious groups use when they profess their beliefs.

    All of the references to war and "Bagdad Burning" are talking about American imperialism in the Middle East where we invade to secure our oil interests.

    "Mass graves for the pump and the price is set, and the price is set "
    That also relates to our Mid-East oil interests too. Mass Graves for the pump means that people are being killed so you can inexpensively fill up your gas tank.

    Excellent Song
    BeyondMyHorizonson March 07, 2003   Link

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