Seattle was a riot,
They tried to pin on us.
But we didn't show up,
With gas and billy clubs.
An un-armed mass of thousands,
Just trying to be heard,
But there were no world leaders,
That want to hear our words.
Why must we riot?
Why must we protest?
Just to be heard,
By the world.
The World Bank's greed and lies,
Digs graves in third world lands.
And fills them with the remains,
Of exploited workers.
Or displaced native peoples,
And destroyed eco-systems,
Under the guide of progress,
Relief,
And teck assistance.
Why must we riot?
Why must we protest?
Just to be heard,
By the world.
Since the dawn of history,
The few who own control.
Have bent and re-wrote history,
How they want it to go.
They try to control what we learn,
And take away our rights.
Cause when the masses of the world unite,
That's a force they cannot fight.
We'll fight for our...(x3)
We'll fight for our...RIGHTS!
Sitting in what was designated the co-operation zone by Seattle police sergeant Richard Goldstein, they sat heads bowed listening as the police methodically shot pepper spray, one eye at a time into the eyes of our passing brothers and sisters. Whore-like police, playing judge, jury, and executioner to their pimp like bosses in the World Bank and W.T.O. This is not justice, this is not the role of "the servants of the people". Such tyranny brings ruling classes crashing to the ground, and contemporary society to an end.


Lyrics submitted by Felt Like Sound

Seattle Was A Riot song meanings
Add your thoughts

18 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Commentseattle is a nice city. good music scene. =D wto brought a little more "umph" to it. i luff anti-flag.
    xpunkieglitteron May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis experiment is out of control
    pravdawglerzon June 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the BEST most AWESOME song by a-f
    porcelainon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the BEST most AWESOME song by a-f
    porcelainon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's why must we RIOT why must we protest just to be heard by the world... just a little fyi
    but yea a great song, i love political punk.
    treon June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, but why is this "Seattle was a Riot" ... I don't get it
    BigWillyStyleon July 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis was my first a-f song and it totally got me addicted. a-f are probably my favourite band, they just manage to get their messages across so well and i agree with them all the way. i wouldn't say this is the best a-f song but it comes very very close. definatly worth checking out.
    millencolin_girlon July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBigWillyStyle, this song is about the 1999 riots in Seattle during the WTO meetings.
    UnseenOpon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBigWillyStyle, the WTO is the World Trade Organization, basically what they do is fuck everyone over and force us all to purchase products from major corporations so the "higher up" country's can make more money, this is greedy and does not support local farmers in other countries etc. example: the WTO support only chiquita bananna's, thus, a bananna farmer that doesn't grow for chiquita, is fucked out of the buisness of these countires, it's constricting everyone but the big corporations. that is why the protest began, if you read the lyrics, the "Riot" in this song is the police beating the shit out of the protestors, it wasn't them who were fighting, it was the fuckign cops doing the rioting this time.
    this is from what i recall, i haven't studied this in awhile, if you see a flaw in what i wrote, feel free to correct it, this is a beautiful song. it should really open people's eyes to the corruption of the police force
    punk_sucks_asson July 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmillencolin_girl! This was my first Anti-Flag song as well! And from the first line I was hooked. AF is a great band! This song really should open people's eyes, punk_sucks_ass, it's too bad more people don't listen to these guys. They're awesome, and have a great message.
    politicalscratchon July 22, 2002   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain