"Fistful Of Steel" as written by and De La Rocha/commerford/morello/wilk....
Huh!
Check it...uggh!
Silence
Something about silence makes me sick
'Cause silence can be violent
Sorta like a slit wrist

If the vibe was suicide
Then you would push da button
But if ya bowin' down
Then let me do the cuttin'

Some speak the sounds
But speak in silent voices
Like radio is silent
Though it fills the air with noises
Its transmissions bring submission
As ya mold to the unreal
And mad boy grips the microphone
Wit' a fistful of steel
Yeah...and mad mad boy grips the microphone
Wit' a fistful of steel

Wit' a fistful of steel
('Cause I know the power of the question)
Wit' a fistful of steel
Wit' a fistful of steel
(And I won't stop 'cause I know the power of the question)

It's time to flow like the fluid in ya veins
If ya will it, I will spill it
And ya out just as quick as ya came
Not a silent one
But a defiant one
Never a normal one
'Cause I'm the bastard son
With the visions of the move
Vocals not to soothe
But to ignite and put in flight
My sense of militance
Groovin', playin' this game called survival
The status, the elite, the enemy, the rival
The silent sheep slippin', riffin', trippin'
Give ya a glimpse of the reality I'm grippin'
Steppin' into the jam and I'm slammin' like Shaquille
Mad boy grips the microphone
Wit' a fistful of steel
Yeah...and mad boy grips the microphone
Wit' a fistful of steel

Wit' a fistful of steel
('Cause I know the power of the question)
Wit' a fistful of steel
Wit' a fistful of steel
(And I won't stop 'cause I know the power of the question)

Ahh shit

And I won't stop 'cause I know the power of the question

And if the vibe was suicide
Then you would push da button
But if ya bowin' down
Then let me do the cuttin`

Yeah!
Come on!

A .44 full of bullets
Face full of pale
Eyes full of empty
A stare full of nails
The roulette ball rolls alone on the wheel
A mind full of fire
And a fistful of steel

And if the vibe was suicide
Then you would push da button
But if ya bowin' down
Then let me do the cuttin'

Yeah! Wit' a fistful of steel!
Come on!
Uggh!
Wit' a fistful of steel!
Uggh!


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    General Commenti wish more people knew the 'power fo the question'
    unwantedbysocietyon May 29, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"And if the vibe was suicide
    Then you would push da button
    But if ya bowin' down
    Then let me do the cuttin'"

    I think that what he is saying here is that if everyone else was committing suicide, then you (the general public) would follow them and "push da button". I feel that in the last two lines Zach is saying how he is not going to follow the crowd just for the sake of following the crowd, "then let me do the cuttin'" - he's saying that he'll do it whether or not other people are doing it or approve of it.
    Syntheticon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI take the line's about silence to mean that Silence is sickening because whilst everything is silent, that means no-one is voicing an opinion. Everyone is conforming to the everyday things that the system presents us with. This may not be correct but that's what I take from it.
    sevenfeetdeepon July 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAnd if the vibe was suicide
    Then you would push da button
    But if ya bowin' down
    Then let me do the cuttin'
    ---anyone got any ideas for these lyrics? and who else thinks the outro solo is sweet?
    sean7711on July 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFistful of steel? I'm just assuming that is a microphone...and yes Sean7711 all of Tom's solos are sweet by default hehe...sevenfeetdeep I agree with your opinion
    seansports811on August 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSevenfeetdeep is completely correct. The intro to this is Morello's BEST apart from Wake Up. Rock on! Raise your fist and resist! Etc...
    JabbaHutt444on September 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsevenfeetdeep is right. This song is about falling in line and not questioning authority. I believe that the line "the silent sheep" refers to Animal Farm by George Orwell. The sheep were ignorant and followed to pigs rule without question. "cuase' i know the power of a question" refers to the fact that everyone's voice counts and they should not be afraid to use it. So in short don't authority without questioning it.
    godisadrugon October 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyo, im only 14, i fuckin love rage, i feel what zach says and he got powerful lyrics... the part like 'if the vibe was suicide then u would pussh the button, if u bowin down then let me do the cuttin' i think its showin how america is all one big fashion... we all movie together... and if ur gonna change urself to be part of it, u should be cut down.
    dvdevil9on April 17, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think if youre bowin down it means if youre bowin down to everything else like the big crowd. ALso fistfull of steel is a microphone and that person is breaking the silence, hes telling hte people on a microphone that he dissaproves
    Darkdrummer1on January 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with god is a drug. And yes ratm do rock! dont they? Tom is a great guitarist:)
    fight_the_waron December 12, 2005   Link

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