Now you might have heard different
But I know it's a fact
That Jesus, Mary, Joseph
And the Apostle Paul were black
Ten letters I am writing
Each one reads the same
Nine circles I am drawing
One around your name

Land and freedom
Steel and faith
Tooth and bone and wire
Skin, scar, dirt and fire
It doesn't matter who you are
It does not matter what you say
Flesh shapes the day

Now it's clear as a pillar of smoke
And broken Starbuck's glass
Yeah, I support my troops
They wave black flags
They wear black masks
All the roads are closed
Smoke is rising from the fields
The monsters left their cages
An angel set them free

Land and freedom
Steel and faith
Tooth and bone and wire
Skin, scar, dirt and fire
It doesn't matter who you are
It does not matter what you say
Flesh shapes the day

Veteran's hospitals
And witches spells
Low to buy
And high to sell
And little girls
Collecting shells
And memories
Upon the shelves


And ringing bells
And high school choirs
And faithful dogs
Beside the fire
And billionaires
And open bars
And early exits
And judgments hard

And land and freedom
And steel and faith
And tooth and bone and wire
And skin, scar, dirt and fire
It doesn't matter who you are
Does not matter what the fuck you say
Flesh shapes the day


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  • +2
    General Comment'Yeah, I support my troops
    They wave black flags
    They wear black masks'

    I leapt up from my seat, laughed, and clapped when I heard that. Go Tom!
    Ad_Nauseamon May 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe anarchist flag is black. It's actually an anti-flag. Stands for opposition of all oppressive forces. He is most likely referring to anarchists.
    votewithabulleton February 18, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"And broken Starbuck's glass
    Yeah, I support my troops
    They wave black flags
    They wear black masks"

    Tom Morello is a social anarchist.

    The black flag is the flag of the anarchists, which represents both the opposition to all oppression and the opposite of surrender.

    Anarchists wear both black masks and black (or red) bandannas at protests to protect themselves from police brutality (chemical attacks, gassing, spraying, etc) and surveillance.

    Anarchists have long opposed Starbucks, for its participation in the exploitation of coffee workers in third world countries, for its use of genetically engineered ingredients in their products and advertising in events that promoted the torture of animals.
    KenCaton November 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the anger that sounds when he says the penultimate line... 'Doesn't matter what the FUCK you say!'

    Yeah!
    Gerbson May 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts not Your circumstances that shape You, its You that shapes Your circumstances.
    THNDRon June 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlthough actually, to get Marxist on yo ass, it's your material circumstances which make 'you' want to to shape your surroundings in any particular way.
    Ad_Nauseamon June 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhats the black flags and masks about?
    jacmason February 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe black flag part is genius.
    Ikzon July 26, 2008   Link

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