"People Of The Sun" as written by and De La Rocha/commerford/morello/wilk....
yeah people come up
yeah better turn the bass up on this one
check it

Since 1516 minds attacked and overseen, now
Crawl amidst the ruins of this
Empty dream
with their borders and boots on top of us, pullin'
Knobs on the floor of their toxic metropolis
So how you gonna get what you need ta get ? tha
Gut eaters, blood drenched get offensive like tet, the fifth suns sets get back reclaim, tha
Spirit of cuahtemoc alive an untamed
now face the funk now blastin' out your speaker, on the one maya, mexica
That vulture game ta try and steal your name but
but now you got a gun
This is for the people of the sun
It's comin' back around again
This is for tha people of tha sun
Neva forget that tha wip snapped ya back, ya
Spine cracked for tobacco, oh I'm the Marlboro
Man
Our past blastin' on through tha verses
Brigades of taxi cabs rollin' broadway like
Hearses
Troops strippin' zoots, shots of red mist,
Sailors blood on tha deck
Come sista resist
From the era of terror check this photo lens,
Tha city of angels does tha ethnic cleanse
Heads bobbin' to that funk out ya
Speaker, on tha one maya, mexica
That vulture game ta try an steal ya name but now
You found a gun... you're history
This is for the people of the sun
It's coming back around again
This is for tha people of tha sun


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  • +2
    My InterpretationI think "It's coming back around again" might refer to the old saying "What goes around comes around" which basically refers to bad karma (do a bad thing, and bad things happen to you). In this case the Mexican government has oppressed and been unjust, and now the Zapatistas are fighting back, because the government had it coming.

    I like how while this is an angry song, the lyrics show that they are smarter than mindless anger.
    LITE992on January 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about the Zapatista movement in Chapias, how the government tried to take thier land but the indians rebelled against them. the band does a good job putting this song together!
    thedealeron April 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is a really nice first song
    killsforpieon August 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti loved this song before i knew the lyrics because of its anger and its passion, i loved it more when i read the lyrics. for the first time i heard an angry young mans song that didnt just go, death!!! EVERYTHING SUCKS!!!! fuck everyone cause im a silly mother fucker who cant verbalise anything more than to abuse without cause various institutions within society
    While people of the suns lyrics are raw and scathing, they also show that the writer has intelligence greater then his anger and he puts forward a song that shows the fury of a people and also explains and justifies there anger. read the lyrics by yourself if you like poetry,
    amazing
    Playitifitsgoodon September 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is not only just about the zapitista movement, it's about the whole history of the mexican country and its people, and the injustice it's endured over the years by various countries. Though it could be about the aztecs, aztecs were primarily in south america, not central america. The natives there were the mayans more so. 1516, obviously refers to the spanish as well as the french who occupied mexico later on. "Back cracked for tobacco" refers to spanish enslavery and forcing the natives to pick tobacco plants, as it was a blooming buisness back in the late 1500's and 1600's, and even more so when the first american colonists set up a colony in the 1600's. "Troops strippin' zoots, shots of red mist,
    Sailors blood on tha deck
    Come sista resist
    From the era of terror check this photo lens,
    Tha city of angels does tha ethnic cleanse" all refers to the los angeles riots in the 40's. "Zoot suits" were primarily mexican american kids (some were fillipino as well) who openly defied the impliment of cloth limits by the U.S. to reserve more cloth for the war effort. These zoot suits were very large and baggy, so it took a lot of cloth to make. One night, sailors who's ship had docked in the los angeles port went around the town and accosted some mexican girls. Because of this, a local group of zoot suits fought them and beat the sailors. The next night, hundreds of sailors flooded the streets of L.A looking for any mexican american or even hispanic kid and stripped them of their clothes, which is where the "troops strippin' zoots" lyric comes from. It was not just white sailors however, it was also african american sailors who took part in this, despite the racism geared towards them, many african americans had racism towards hispanics and asians. Even though the sailors were the ones beating all the hispanic and fillipino kids, the zoot suits were the ones being put in jail. It was a very corrupt time.
    Ghostlyon May 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with many your opinions and wanna add something. I think this song is about Mexico history, Mexican people, especially native people - American Indians. But i think this song is not only about a past, it is about past, present and future. "since 1516 minds attacked and overseen
    Now crawl amidst the ruins of this empty dream" - in 1516 began Spanish conquest. Some centuries Europeans dominated on indians lands. But they couldn't destroy Mexican natives, Mexican history, Mexican Culture.
    Next... The tittle of song is "People of the Sun". The aztecs, who lived in Mexico territory, called themselves so. 100% that this song talk about Zapatista's. Zack means that Zapatista's are new aztecs, that nowadays are fighting for their land like aztecs fought many centuries ago. "Tha spirit of Cuahtemoc alive an untamed" - yeah, Cuahtemoc (last aztecs leader) now live again. His spirit waked up in Zapata's strugle. It's a new strugle, a new era of Mexican history. "Tha fifth sun sets get back reclaim" - I found aztec's mythology. Their history consists of some "sun sets". The fifth sun set - is the new era, begining of a new life. I think Zack try
    to equate rising of Zapatista's in Chiapas with fifth sun set in aztec's mythology. "Mexica,
    That vulture came ta try and steal ya name". I think that vultures are American politics, who tried to steal the lands of indians, according project "NAFTA". But Zapata's have kicked bastard's asses. Like in Vietnam american troops got a good kick in ass in Tet. "Tha gut eaters, blood drenched get offensive like Tet". Tet - is the great Vietnam's holiday - Moon's New Year. When was a war in Vietnam, at this day was a great offensive of Communistic Vietnam. This day became a turning-point in a whole war. After this the public opinion began to appear against the war in Vietnam.
    So, IMHO, this song is about Zapata's.
    Sorry for my bad English, I'm from Russia. I have sitten near my computer for long time writing this post and searching the information.With dictionary :) Let's talk about this song. I don't understand some moment's: "Brigades of taxi cabs rollin' broadway like
    Hearses", "...on the one maya". What does Zack mean? Let's think... :)
    turbovitalikon April 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti've always thought this song is about the aztecs...i could be wrong though. not the whole song, but especially the lines about the "people of the sun" and "maya, mexica"...sounds like a reference to the aztecs to me.
    Pushit117on May 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti've always thought this song is about the aztecs...i could be wrong though. not the whole song, but especially the lines about the "people of the sun" and "maya, mexica"...sounds like a reference to the aztecs to me.
    Pushit117on May 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti've always thought this song is about the aztecs...i could be wrong though. not the whole song, but especially the lines about the "people of the sun" and "maya, mexica"...sounds like a reference to the aztecs to me.
    Pushit117on May 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti've always thought this song is about the aztecs...i could be wrong though. not the whole song, but especially the lines about the "people of the sun" and "maya, mexica"...sounds like a reference to the aztecs to me.
    Pushit117on May 14, 2004   Link

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