"Take The Power Back" as written by and De La Rocha/commerford/morello/wilk....
Crank The Music Up
Bring that shit in! Uggh!

Yeah, the movement's in motion with mass militant poetry
Now check this out...uggh!

In the right light, study becomes insight
But the system that dissed us
Teaches us to read and right
So called facts are fraud
They want us to allege and pledge
And bow down to their God
Lost the culture, the culture lost
Spun our minds and through time
Ignorance has taken over
Yo, we gotta take the power back!
Bam! Here's the plan
Motherfuck Uncle Sam
Step back, I know who I am
Raise up your ear, I'll drop the style and clear
It's the beats and the lyrics they fear
The rage is relentless
We need a movement with a quickness
You are the witness of change
And to counteract
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

The present curriculum
I put my fist in 'em
Eurocentric every last one of 'em
See right through the red, white and blue disguise
With lecture I puncture the structure of lies
Installed in our minds and attempting
To hold us back
We've got to take it back
Holes in our spirit causin' tears and fears
One-sided stories for years and years and years
I'm inferior? Who's inferior?
Yeah, we need to check the interior
Of the system that cares about only one culture
And that is why
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

Hey yo check, we're gonna have to break it, break it,
break it down
Aw shit!
And like this Ugh!
Come on, yeah! Bring it back the other way!

The teacher stands in front of the class
But the lesson plan he can't recall
The student's eyes don't perceive the lies
Bouncing off every fucking wall
His composure is well kept
I guess he fears playing the fool
The complacent students sit and listen to some of that
Bullshit that he learned in school
Europe ain't my rope to swing on
Can't learn a thing from it
Yet we hang from it
Gotta get it, gotta get it together then
Like the motherfuckin' weathermen
To expose and close the doors on those who try
To strangle and mangle the truth
'Cause the circle of hatred continues unless we react
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

No more lies

Take it back y'all
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back y'all, come on!
Take it back y'all
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back y'all, come on!


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  • +6
    General Commentmy favorite part would be the
    "The teacher stands in front of the class
    But the lesson plan he can't recall
    The student's eyes don't perceive the lies
    Bouning off every fucking wall
    His composure is well kept
    I guess he fears playing the fool
    The complacent students sit and listen to some of that
    Bullshit that he learned in school"

    first of all history class is a joke,
    when we got to people like malcolm x and the black panthers, we spent less than 15 minutes on them
    we spent a month or so on organized crime and proabition, but only a couple weeks on the genocide of indians, and less than a week on civil rights
    i usually dont like to talk politics with my teachers since i have to spend so much time with them, which is why i keep my composure, but one day my teacher yelled at me for not standing for the pledge (after a whole semester he finaly said something)
    thats when i lost my shit in front of the whole class
    not a good day but teachers i swear feel like they have all the power over students

    "i wanna see a bumper sticker that says ... "we are the proud parents of a child who has resisted their teachers attempts to break his spirit and bend them to the will of their corporate masters""
    -george carlin
    GypsyWagonon January 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts about having a revolution in America. All we learn about is us and Europe and wars? We learn nothing about africa, the shit they try to teach about egypt and mayans is a joke the teachers barely understand it. We are in a circle of mindlessness that will continue because it is the "popular idea". The education is "the power" obviously. the weathermen in the lrics is capatilized so obviously it's not a joke.

    Basically Rage would be our version of the clash. .. much more violent. . .but what the clash said is most true "white people don't throw bricks because they are afraid of jail."
    JK22on June 18, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm seriously thinking about buying a page in my high school year book next year (when I'm a senior) and posting these lyrics, or the lyrics to another Rage song, probably either Calm Like a Bomb, Sleep Now in the Fire, or Bullet in the Head. Maybe throw in an upside-down American flag just for some color... any thoughts about my idea?

    There's a good chance the school wouldn't let me though... censorship and all that... my school's run by fascists.
    masterof47on January 18, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsomebody here wrote rage's message is always the same, not specific, and vague, or something like that.. I definitely have to dissagre with that. At least in my case, I've learned a lot from zack's lyrics man.. for example, reading into the battle of los angeles lyrics I got into george orwell, just read some of his books and you'll get the message! you have to know your history, you have to educate your self, that's the first step! listening to this album (ratm 1992) I started researching and learned about manifest destiny, malcolm x, marthing luther king, the zapatistas, and there are a lot of other things to get to know about, you just have to be interested in learning more about what their lyrics actually talk about..
    And also, learning about US history inspired me to learn about the history of my own country (I´m from Paraguay) cause here they teach us only lies in school.

    saludos desde el tercer mundo
    greetings from the third wolrd!
    beehelmeton April 25, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is trying to comment on the fact that in conservative education system we are only taught one side of the story that has been sanitised. Like here in Australia for example we did not learn anything at all in the education system about the Aboriginals. We now learn more but still don't really cover the period during the first settlement, nor do we learn about the resistance to the European settlement.
    k_obeeon July 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe bass in this song is so sweet. Its just a song to crazy to. I think its bout corrupted educational systems. Here in the U.K. its pretty good but i've heard its pretty fucked up over there, like you only hear one side. Welll thats my opinion.stay free.
    robonobon August 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that in theory communism is a perfect idea but human nature makes it impossible. If we found someone who would always do what is best for the people and didn't have to work to keep voters happy it would be a much better world to live in. Keeping the voters happy may seem like a good idea but so many people don't know what is good for them or act like sheep. They don't think for themselves they go with what is popular, they care about things for 5 mins after they happen. They see immediate action, it makes them happy and they stop caring about the issue even when 99% of the time the problem is long term. The problem is finding a person to be the leader without ever getting selfish. But that’s just my opinion I’m not sure of the views of RATM.

    Anyway back to the song. It really struck a nerve with me today. Labour with their damn expansion of school scheme, why are the wasting the money my parents pay (a ridicules amount when they probably won’t even get a pension) to get me an education on building a dance studio when the English department has broken OHPs and can’t afford to photocopy sheets and are using 20 year old copies of books. These stupid plan things, they get more money for people passing exams so they can build a bigger school, have more students and the heads get paid more. They people who work their asses of and get all the credits grades that make the school look good and get them this money what do they get? Fuck all. Well to be fair they do get the odd certificate. But that is bullshit when the assholes who don’t work are getting to go on trips to the cinema and shit because of this inclusion bull. Basiclly the school system misses the point and is corrupt and fucked up. Teachers have told me they only went into teaching because they didn’t know what else to do. Others know the problem, and there is nothing they feel they can do, well there has to be something. Don’t they realise the same thing is happening to their kids at school?
    spongeyon October 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAWSOME BASS!!!!!!!!!!!!! My initial reading if these lyrics made me believe its about the fucked up education system in the US. I feel exactly the same way.
    GIJOE77on January 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is words to live by.
    The Europ rope thing is basically saying he's not a fan of European culture even though our nation clings to it and how our culture will never reach it's potential until we fully open ourselves to other influence.
    Eurocentric (see Wikpedia definition below)...is referring to how our government, media, and schools(which are stongly controlled by our govt. on what and how they teach) is feeding us in a Eurocentric manner.
    Eurocentrism is the practice, conscious or otherwise, of placing emphasis on European (and, generally, Western) concerns, culture and values at the expense of those of other cultures. Eurocentrism is an instance of ethnocentrism, perhaps especially relevant because of its alignment with current and past real power structures in the world. Eurocentrism often involved claiming cultures that were not white or European as being such, or denying their existence at all.

    The source of a cultural tradition can be seen in the balance of emphasis given to various thinkers and ideas in discussing a subject. In the 1960s a reaction against the priority given to a canon of "Dead White European Males" provided a slogan which neatly sums up the charge of eurocentrism (alongside other important -centrisms).

    RWB disguise is our govt. pretending we are unique and diverse.

    Ahh, if only we could live in a land of the open-minded from across the globe where everyone thinks free and is influenced by all good things.
    youbastardson May 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionTotally agree with the comment made in 2002 about Tom's solo producing an orgasm or "audio-gasm". This album never gets old :-)
    funkymonk15on February 03, 2012   Link

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