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Day after day innocent people are being deported,
interrogated and tortured - Put through the third degree
Fundamentalist forces are undermining the integrity
of liberal and democratic political structures
Radical anarchists, fascists and terrorists are
responsible for the violence

Our societies are saturated with bloodlust,
sensationalism and violence as a result of alienation
from oneself's reality
How much longer do we tolerate mass murder
Hand-cuffs and shackles won't frighten us
Neither cattle-prod nor electrical-whip will silence us
We shall use all peaceful means to overcome tyranny
Persist and march on
They can't use our shame against us
Regardless of race, social status or gender
We're all affected
I try to keep my faith alive
I'm close enough to trip the wire
I cannot keep my hate inside
I'm gonna set myself on fire
I get closer beat by beat
To get the thing I really need
I'm fucking terrified
Will you be ever satisfied

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    General CommentDuring the last week of April 1999, the KMFDM website ceased all traffic except for a message from the band condemning and thoroughly distancing themselves from the shootings that had occured at Columbine High School on April 20th. News organizations had been repeatedly printing stories about how the two murderers involved in that shooting were fans of industrial rock including Rammstein and KMFDM. The news specifically mentioned a line from this song that Eric Harris had been very fond of: "I cannot keep my hate inside / I'm gonna set myself on fire."

    The initial shock of the tragedy in Littleton, Colorado left parents, teachers, and pundits scrambling for a reason. Were these two being preached to by bands with violent lyrics? Unfortunately, while many ultimately accepted that music likely had very little to do with the troubled youths' actions, very few ever analyzed the rest of the lyrics of the song.

    This song, and this entire album, is clearly an anti-violence mantra. The "set myself on fire" is likely a reference to self-immolation performed by Buddhist monks in Vietnam and Tibet in non-violent protest of oppressive government practices. Other lines, such as "How much longer do we tolerate mass murder?" speak for themselves; the line "We shall use all peaceful means to overcome tyranny" couldn't be more straight forward. Clearly, if any music is to blame, it was most definitely not "Terror" by KMFDM.
    torqon July 09, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti love this song too. of course i had the cd thrown at me because some one else didn't like it which made me love this song more since it is about misunderstanding which causes us to fear pointlessly and make irrational decisions against people who are innocent out of fear.
    tommieon October 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti cannot get enough of this song...i think this has to have the greatest chorus, in terms of melody, that i know

    it gets stuck in my head for hours
    animus impiuson June 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song is great. I was hoping there'd be more people talking about it.
    Nick Tonicon February 09, 2005   Link

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