"Wind Below" as written by and De La Rocha/commerford/morello/wilk....
Flip this capital eclipse
Tha vocal tone has got'em sweatin' they owe
Yes, tha rebels of tha grains stand
Tha masked one cap one nafta commin' with tha
New disaster
And yes we in wit tha wind an tha plan de
Ayala kin
Are comin' back around again
Tha slave driver saliva, one night power turns
Them devils mouths dry, Mexico burns
Here they come one by one killers of the new
To occupy, we lost in fear
We are the wind below
We in wit the wind below
Flip this capital eclipse
Them bury life wit imp shifts, and
Poison lips
Yo thay talk it, while slicin' our viens so mark
From tha fincas overseers, to them
Vultures playin' markets
She ain't got nothin' but weapon
And shawl
She is chol, tzotzil,tojolobal, tzeltal
The tools are her tools, ejidos and ovaries
She once suffocated, now through a barrel she
She is the wind below
We in wit the wind below
She is the wind below
All the shareholders gonna flex, and try ta
Annex the truth
While the new trust gonna flex, and cast their
Image in you
G.E. is gonna flex and try and annex
The truth
NBC is gonna flex and cast their image
In you
Disney bought the fantasies and piles
Of eyes
And ABC's new thrill rides of trails
And lies
And while the gut eaters strain to pull the
Mud from their mouths
They force our ears to go deaf to the screams in
The south

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  • +4
    General Commentgoddamn. people on this site gotta do their research.

    NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. agreement between Mexico, the U.S, and Canada. no, mexico was not tricked into it and is not trapped in it. it was signed by the mexican government, because it greatly benefits the rich of mexico (who make up the government), even though it greatly hurts the poor, who had almost no say in the signing, if any.

    the name "Wind Below" is derived from the title of a section in an article written by Subcommandante Marcos, entitled "A Storm and A Prophecy". the section is entitled "The Second Wind: A Wind from Below". it was written in August 1992, and released to the public January 27, 1994, and can be found in his book "Our Word is Our Weapon".

    "the masked ones"
    this is a reference to the Zapatistas, who always wear black ski masks to hide their faces.

    "the Ayala kin are comin' back around again"
    this is possibly a reference to the municipality of Ayala in Morelos, Mexico. Emiliano Zapata was born in a town within this municipilaty. the Zapatistas see themselves as the ideological heirs to Emiliano Zapata, and they derived their name from his.

    "them bury life wit IMF shifts"
    this is possibly a reference to the International Monetary Fund, an international organization which oversees exchange rates and balance of payments, also offering financial assistance when needed. it has often been criticized for for supporting capitalistic military dictatorships which are friendly to American and European corporations. they've also been criticized for being apathetic towards democracy, human rights, and labor rights. lastly, the criticisms generated a controversy which helped start up the Anti-Globalization movement, which the Zapatistas consider themselves part of.

    Chol, Tzotzil, Tojolobal, and Tzeltal are all Mayan indigineous groups (as well as languages). These ethnic groups all reside in Chiapas, the home of the Zapatista Movement.

    GE (general electric), NBC, Disney, and ABC are all large multinational corporations based in America. GE has been caught trying to profit any way possible, including dumping 100,000 tons of hazardous chemicals, illegally selling weapons to Israel, or defrauding the American government.

    "they force our ears to go deaf to the screams in the south"
    this is a continuation of the above-mentioned corporations, all who are part of the media. their broadcasts, it seems, try to put our minds on other things and attempt make us forget about the horrible things happening in Chiapas and other parts of Mexico and Central America.

    if i made any mistakes, feel free to correct me.
    comeauon October 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentStandard Rage lyrics about how neoliberalism is killing us, especially the indigenous farmers of Latin America.
    professorchaos4on July 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe background lyrics are "Go live and die but you know we die to live, come on." I'm quite sure.
    PICKSon January 09, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah the lyrics are kind of borked.

    The song speaks to the minorities who are subject to the whims of those in power, namely Mexico. it also talks about how the government in junction with corporations seek to dull our awareness and keep us sedated within the "American Dream". That's a brief overview of the songs meaning.
    _strangeron February 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are wrong.
    the adamon May 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe NAFTA is talked about on the Mexico City dvd, it was some kind of treaty that the US trapped the mexican government with. "Wind below" is a quote from someone describing the Zapatista movement in Mexico, about how they're gonna rise up and take over.
    benmuzzon May 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks comeau for explaining all of this.
    g28401on January 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah nice explantion
    leakegon April 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone know what is being side in the background during the chorus?

    I like the use of the financas marking another death as a stat.
    Grasschoppaon October 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is Zach screaming at the end of the song?
    Sounds kinda like "Rollin' in with the wind below!"
    fuel126on June 18, 2011   Link

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