"Der Untermensch" as written by and Peter Thomas Steele....
Hey you on public assistance
Why don't you get a job?
Sell some dope and buy some pride
It's the only thing you couldn't rob


How does it feel to live for free?
Get off society's back
Skells like you allowed to live
You wonder why we're taxed


Getting fucked up on Classon Avenue
Smoking crack and drinking booze
Spike in your arm
No money for food
But there's plenty of gas in your BMW

There's a dopewhore waiting at home
Dealing your shit on the chemophone
Poor Tawana gets born with a birth defect
But it only increases your welfare check

Been doing some thinking and I have an answer
To arrest the spreading cancer
Send you back to where you came from
Get the fuck rid of you (sub)human scum

If you don't pay taxes you shouldn't vote
So get in line and get back on the boat
I'd love to tear down all those projects
Kiss my ass home relief reject

Waste of life
You're a waste of life

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"Der Untermensch" as written by Peter Thomas Steele

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  • +2
    General CommentThere's no denying the racist content in this song. However, with Peter Steele, you have to take it with a pinch of salt.
    Songmeaningsuseron March 18, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentoh just so happens most social scum isn't white (NOW THAT'S FUCKING RACIST) LOL.
    dmayeon April 17, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationConsiderated the theme of the other songs of this album, I don't think Steele is angry against people on pubblic assistance becouse of racism or political reasons.
    I read that Steele wrote the lyrics of the album after the end of a relation. In the previous song (Unsuccessfully Coping etc...) it's obvious he should enormously depend on this relation.
    He is angry with the people of the song only becouse he is angry with himself and sees in them his own defect: dependence. References at drug addiction are also present and I think it's not casual.
    Masettoon September 04, 2013   Link
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    General CommentOkay, that really irritates me when people go out of their way to find something racist. He's just being completely honest with people about their social dependence. And I tell you, there are white people on welfare too, not just ethnic minorities. This song is OBVIOUSLY about those on welfare who don't help society and who don't try to improve themselves. There are some people who really need to be on welfare, but others are just draining the system. And he's right, if you don't pay taxes, why should you be allowed to vote? Think about it. It affects everyone.
    xdeadpoeticsxon June 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis isn't fucking racist it's the truth he hated social scum
    dmayeon April 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo it isn't. I think the meaning is pretty obvious.
    hewberton April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Der Untermensch" means "the lower person", the opposite of "Der Ubermensch" ("the higher person") a term which I think was coined by Kafka to describe the great few who can actually make it through life. The title makes sense then, as the song is describing the scum of society. Pretty clever.
    freakishfaeon December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDer Übermensch is NIETSCHEs idea!!! Anyway this song expresses what I feel everyday sitting in the metro going to work and back.

    Send you back to where you came from
    Get the fuck rid of you (sub)human scum

    Fuck for political corectness!!!!!
    roboknobon December 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah. The song isn't racist at all. I know plenty of white people called Tawana who should go back where they came from (merry old England).

    At the same time this song may be highly ironic which is personally what I think.

    Maybe he accidently took a flight to the South and was inspired!
    DarkenRahlon August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm more worried about the corporations that take millions in "Corporate Welfare". Pillsbury got $12 Million to promote the Doughboy in Indonesia! But I think there are lot of people that don't need it either. There is a woman that comes into the store I work at that gets $3,000 in food stamps every month. She lives alone, has no kids, but is part retarded, so I guess she needs to eat that much worth of food or something.
    rustedthoughtson July 06, 2007   Link

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