"Revolver" as written by and De La Rocha/commerford/morello/wilk....
His spit is worth more than her work
Pass tha purse to the pugilists
He's a prizefighter
He bought rings and he owns kin
And now he's swingin'
And now he's the champion
Hey revolver, don't mothers make
Good fathers ?
Revolver
A spotless domain
Hides festering hopes she's certain thre's more
Pictures of fields without fences
Her body numbs as he approaches the door
Hey revolver, don't mothers make
Good fathers ?
Revolver


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    General Commenti think this song is about abusive husbands who beat up their wives and the wives finally fighting back.
    "Pass tha purse to the pugilists
    He's a prizefighter"
    this seems to be about him hitting her for money out of her purse
    "He bought rings and he owns kin
    And now he's swingin'
    And now he's the champion"
    this, i think, is saying how he feels because he bought the wedding rings he now owns her and he can do what he wants to her and feels great about it.
    "Hey revolver, don't mothers make
    Good fathers ?"
    this, the chorus, seems to be about the women fighting back and not putting up with it anymore. it seems taken literally to be the woman shooting the abusive man, and saying she can be a better father to their children than he was. i think this basically is just supposed to mean her getting him out of her life and taking control.
    nayron April 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt is about domestic violence: A mother is being beaten up, and she goes mad and kills her husband.

    "His spit is worth more than her work
    Pass tha purse to the pugilists
    He's a prizefighter
    He bought rings and he owns kin
    And now he's swingin'
    And now he's the champion"
    This is describing how a husband beat up his wife.

    "A spotless domain
    Hides festering hopes she's certain thre's more
    Pictures of fields without fences"
    She is going mad.

    "Her body numbs as he approaches the door"
    She is about to kill her husband, she is getting tense.

    "Hey revolver, don't mothers make
    Good fathers ?
    Revolver"
    She's going mad, so she's talking to her revolver gun, saying that a mother (her) would make a good father, implying that her son will soon no longer have a father, and the fact that she says that to a gun strongly suggests that she is going to kill her husband.


    It is about the terrible effects of domestic violence.

    FeelTheFunkBlaston February 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNawwww I'm not sure if that's what his childhood was like. Zacks father and mother separated but I'm not sure if he thinks his father wasn't there. I read their biography and it just says that his father was a painter and then he became very religious. He destroyed his paintings and began to focus only on god, making Zack fast with his father for days. Zack's relationship with his father is what "Born of a Broken Man" is about. I don't know if this is though. I think this is about how housewives in Mexico are treated aswell as around the world. In one of their home videos Zack talks about opressed people all over the world and one of the people he meantions is "A housewife, on a friday night, in any part of Mexico." So maybe that's what the song is about. Or just abusive marriges in general.
    DTD123on September 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNawwww I'm not sure if that's what his childhood was like. Zacks father and mother separated but I'm not sure if he thinks his father wasn't there. I read their biography and it just says that his father was a painter and then he became very religious. He destroyed his paintings and began to focus only on god, making Zack fast with his father for days. Zack's relationship with his father is what "Born of a Broken Man" is about. I don't know if this is though. I think this is about how housewives in Mexico are treated aswell as around the world. In one of their home videos Zack talks about opressed people all over the world and one of the people he meantions is "A housewife, on a friday night, in any part of Mexico." So maybe that's what the song is about. Or just abusive marriges in general.
    DTD123on September 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with what nayr and dtd123 said. Great song, really killer guitar(of course).
    Muzzyon March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is simply about girls getting beaten and now thinking of killing their father. nuff said.
    SENORgraciosoon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou guys are probably right, but the way I saw it first was in relation to the fact that when a divorce occurs their is often a discriminate decision that places the children with the mother even if their father is a perfectly capable and loving father. It is getting better in America, but is still there. I thought that the line "hey revolver, don't mothers make good fathers?" was kinda sarcastic as the father who is tired of not being able to be a big part of his children's lives gets ready to take control again.
    divicanon March 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus: "Hey revolver, don't mothers make good fathers?"
    At first I just focused on that without looking at the rest of the song, so I figured it had something to do with war, or something of that sort, where the men are killed by guns (revolvers) and the wife is forced to take over. Basically just saying how war is an injustice and is terribly painful not only for those of us who go, but those back home in the family.
    However, upon further investigation, and after reading all of your ideas, I agree with the woman taking revenge/men being possessive and unruly.
    lateralanon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is, to me, about drafts and recrutes, the dad gose to war. Her Body Numbs As He Aproches The Door is talkin about when the guy who notifies the family that the dad is ethier dead, picked in a draft, or is sent to a war zone. REVOLVER is the war specailist in the gov. Moms can;t be your dad is wat he means for Dan't Mothers Make Good Fathers. Lateralan is just about right. Nayr has a very interesting veiw and if I'm wrong, then he\she is definately right. To me that first part is talking a bout the dads succsesfullness and the gov. dose not like that and send him to war. The sencond verse makes me think I'm wrong. But I see it that the mom wants more and her self makes the family richer and so the gov. kicks in like I said. And Also I think he might be talking about black familys today, they use any excuse to kill a rich black.
    RATM13LJHon May 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwell, In truth about the wonderful Draft, 7Rich black people never got drafted, why? cause they were rich, They will not draft anyone who is rich and is the upper crust, no matter who or what color they are. Look back at Vietnam, mostly poor whites and Blacks were drafted, from downtroddened homes and poor areas. No rich, why? becasue they bring money to the war machine at home. All it ever took was money to keep your ass ouit of the Draft. And to them rich black people are not a threat, because they conform to the way the game is played, no questions, no doubts, Nothing. Poor, no matter what color, will always question, and with all right to. The lower class have struggled as well as the middle, and take todays times, they are trying to phase out the middle class, trying to break up unions, to make only poor and rich. With the war in Iraq, the almighty war for Oil and Domination, the draft may sooner or later re appear, and that will once again weed out the lower and middle class making us fewer in numbers. No one to fight against them, no one to protest against them, or argue. And this is were Rage is making their point, we must Unite!! We cannot always stay seperate from each other, we must look at what we done to each other, ourselves, forgive, apologize, and Unite. This is where I believe that socialism is the only way to fully Unite as one. It may have it's flaws, but it is the only way that we can overcome the past and present and make a better future
    MasterShake1979on January 27, 2005   Link

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