"Know Your Enemy" as written by and De La Rocha/commerford/morello/wilk....
Huh!
Yeah, we're comin' back then with another bombtrack
Think ya know what it's all about
Huh!
Hey yo, so check this out
Yeah!
Know your enemy!
Come on!

Born with insight and a raised fist
A witness to the slit wrist, that's with
As we move into '92
Still in a room without a view
Ya got to know
Ya got to know
That when I say go, go, go
Amp up and amplify
Defy
I'm a brother with a furious mind
Action must be taken
We don't need the key
We'll break in

Something must be done
About vengeance, a badge and a gun
Cause I'll rip the mike, rip the stage, rip the system
I was born to rage against 'em

Fist in ya face, in the place
And I'll drop the style clearly
Know your enemy...Know your enemy!
Yeah!

Hey yo, and dick with this uggh!
Word is born
Fight the war, fuck the norm
Now I got no patience
So sick of complacence
With the D the E the F the I the A the N the C the E
Mind of a revolutionary
So clear the lane
The finger to the land of the chains
What? The land of the free?
Whoever told you that is your enemy?

Now something must be done
About vengeance, a badge and a gun
Cause I'll rip the mike, rip the stage, rip the system
I was born to rage against 'em

Now action must be taken
We don't need the key
We'll break in

I've got no patience now
So sick of complacence now
I've got no patience now
So sick of complacence now
Sick of sick of sick of sick of you
Time has come to pay
Know your enemy!

Come on!
Yes I know my enemies
They're the teachers who taught me to fight me
Compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission
Ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite
All of which are American dreams


Lyrics submitted by piesupreme, edited by blakemoyer, Dandeeman, Doyle675, ParanoidAndroid8

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  • +5
    General Commentthis song seems to be about the 'system' in general and fighting against it. it talks about defiance, and the mind of a revolutionary which will change the system and
    "Now action must be taken
    We don't need the key
    We'll break in"
    is talking about breaking into the system to start revolution and ditch the capitalist system which has given the few the power to control the many. 'know your enemy' is obviously the main point in the song - to know as much, if not more, about your enemy than you do yourself because only then can you fight against them. the end is saying the enemy is the people who taught you to fit into the system and not be to yourself and who you should be, the people who made society the way it is. then there is the list of the characteristics of the system as it is - the capitalist system which makes an 'elite' section in society at everyone elses expense.
    nayron April 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's just too bad they had to break up.
    Michaelon May 31, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRage's idea with the first album was to make music that got normal people into politics. This song uses not hard to get lyrics to lure people into the political meaning. The only time when it gets a little foggy is at the end, but that is Zach's message that our own teachers and parents pound patriotism into us...........Basically we need to fuck the norm.

    And the only reason we have an American Dream is because too many of us are sleeping.
    TakeOnSnakeon July 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song kicks ass! Maynards contribution to the song rocks
    invitalison July 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaynard gave me an erection ;)
    ARMTHEARMLESSon July 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I came to America and was told that the streets of America were paved with gold. Well, when I got here, 1. The roads weren't paved with gold, 2. The roads weren't paved at all, and 3. I had to pave them!"
    -Italian proverb
    This song really reminds me of that quote
    tommanon March 13, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is fantastic, echoing Pink Floyd's "The Happiest Days of our Lives" and "Another Brick in the Wall." The music is fantastic in the superposition of different rhythms. The fast guitar riffs with the slower, syncopated drums and slap bass over the top, and then of course the funky tempo changes are typical of Rage. Of course the vocal style really mirrors the content of the song and the unique style of Rage goes against the norm which is what the song is all about.
    metro_cjpon May 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised no one caught the George Orwell reference at the beginning. "Movin to 92. Still in a room without a view..."

    Winston (in the book 1984) was to "meet in the place where there is no darkness..."

    The brainwashing room at the end basically. Where 2 2 is 5. And you either accept it and conform to big brothers will or fight it somehow...

    Zach makes a lot of references to his book in his lyrics overall.
    Ben.dettaon August 02, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfuck off capitalism and beauracraity hypocrisy of "american dreams"
    hell_i_call_my_headon April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn good song, no two ways about it, just hardcore and speakin your mind about things you don't believe in. Rock on RAGE!
    metboy111on April 17, 2002   Link

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