"Bullet In The Head" as written by and De La Rocha/commerford/morello/wilk....
This time the bullet cold rocked ya
A yellow ribbon instead of a swastika
Nothin' proper about ya propaganda
Fools follow rules when the set commands ya
Said it was blue
When ya blood was read
That's how ya got a bullet blasted through ya head

Blasted through ya head
Blasted through ya head

I give a shout out to the living dead
Who stood and watched as the feds cold centralized
So serene on the screen
You were mesmerized
Cellular phones soundin' a death tone
Corporations cold
Turn ya to stone before ya realize
They load the clip in omnicolour
Said they pack the nine, they fire it at prime time
Sleeping gas, every home was like Alcatraz
And mutha fuckas lost their minds

Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high
Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high

Run it!

Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high
Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high

Checka, checka, check it out
They load the clip in omnicolour
Said they pack the nine, they fire it at prime time
Sleeping gas, every home was like Alcatraz
And mutha fuckas lost their minds

No escape from the mass mind rape
Play it again jack and then rewind the tape
And then play it again and again and again
Until ya mind is locked in
Believin' all the lies that they're tellin' ya
Buyin' all the products that they're sellin' ya
They say jump and ya say how high
Ya brain-dead
Ya gotta fuckin' bullet in ya head

Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high
Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high

Uggh! Yeah! Yea!

Ya standin' in line
Believin' the lies
Ya bowin' down to the flag
Ya gotta bullet in ya head

Ya standin' in line
Believin' the lies
Ya bowin' down to the flag
Ya gotta bullet in ya head

A bullet in ya head
A bullet in ya head
A bullet in ya head
A bullet in ya head
A bullet in ya head
A bullet in ya head
A bullet in ya head
A bullet in ya head
A bullet in ya head!
A bullet in ya head!
A bullet in ya head!
A bullet in ya head!
A bullet in ya head!
A bullet in ya head!
A bullet in ya head!
Ya gotta bullet in ya fuckin' head!

Yeah!

Yeah!


Lyrics submitted by piesupreme

"Bullet in the Head" as written by De La Rocha/commerford/morello/wilk

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  • +3
    General Comment"A yellow ribbon, instead of a swastika"

    A yellow ribbon is used, in the United States, to signify support for its troops in foreign wars. A yellow ribbon was most recently used to show support of US troops in the Gulf War, the focus of the song. A swastika is the symbol of the Nazi Party, now illegal, in Germany, and of Nazism in general.

    this is talking about the fighting in the wars being no better than the nazis but for some reason it is celebrated in america.
    nayron April 09, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhenever I hear someone talk about how cool the latest TV commercial, soft drink, talentless pop artist etc is, I simply tell them that they're a victim of the in-house drive by. Thanks Rage!
    Aneurysm1985on July 11, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"I give a shout out to the living dead who stood and watched as the feds cold centralized"

    He is being facetious, he is giving props to those who stood around and let them sign the 1913 income tax and federal reserve bill, this law or mandate that gave control of this nations sovereignty and right to print and control the peoples money to a couple of fat cat crooks who we must now defeat....if not then we have a bullet in our head. spread the message and inform others educate yourself

    "secret of the oz" google
    pinnaclebasson January 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about how media and the material products of the new age have great influence on today's society and culture. It is suggested here that through these, a sort-off brainwashing or 'mind rape' occurs; media is thus used as a way to sell propaganda or political messages, and is thus a potent weapon against the people, much like a 'bullet in the head'.
    deltajoyon January 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with most of your interpretations. I would just like to add that "Bullet in the Head" is a statement from Orwell's 1984, in which the protagonist, who is at first independently minded in the end because a faithful follower of his government's propaganda. In the book, Orwell describes this as recieving a bullet in your head.
    El Donon January 15, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Said it was blue
    When ya blood was red"

    I know this probably isn't what Zack had in mind, but I can't help but to think that these two lines could refer to the nobility (blue blooded!) or the upper class. From that idea I can derive two meanings:

    1. The people who fight in wars these days are the poor, not the rich. (Still the rich people are the ones that decide when we go to war.)

    2. The prevailing propaganda claims that it is somehow noble to die in a war, when it actually only is very sad and unnecessary. (At least if you die for the causes the current US wars are fought.)
    Groove_Holmeson December 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentzack is just telling the braindead sheeple of america to wake up
    yosemityon May 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"A bullet in ya head (8 times, building to a shout)
    A bullet in ya head (7 times, shouted/screamed)
    Yeah! (Sustained to end of drum roll)"
    That's what i call punctual lyrics:)
    Pedro404on March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentatthedrive-in
    Were not here to discuss how much money rage make and keep (they give alot away, more than most bands)
    Were here to discuss lyrics, so give it a go or fuck off!
    do you really think you have more integrity than zack?
    bubububenon April 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about propaganda here in the USA, and how we are all too blinded by materialism to realize that.

    "A yellow ribbon instead of a swastika" - In the US, a yellow ribbon is a symbol showing you "support the troops", not realizing why they are actually at war. Just like the swastika, only here in America. The movement started in 1979 with the hostage crisis in Iran, to "show support for the hostages", and was later used during the first gulf war to "show support for the troops". It was also used during Gulf War II and the Afghanistan war to "show support" as well. Basically, it is blind patriotism.

    "They load the clip in omni color" - Omni color is what used to be used by TVs and movies for color. Zack uses it to show that we are too blinded by movies and tv to give a crap about being brainwashed by propaganda.

    "Sleeping gas, every home was like Alcatraz" - in 1969-1971, a group of Native Americans took over Alcatraz. Eventually, they dwindled, but 15 were left in 1971 and the feds came and removed them. Rumor has it the feds used sleeping gas to remove them.


    You guys need to read up on your history :)
    coold00don January 13, 2013   Link

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