"Darkness (Of Greed)" as written by and Wilk/morello/commerford/de La Rocha....
Greed!
Causing innocent blood to flow
Entire culture, lost in the overthrow
They came to seize and take whatever they please
Then all they gave back was death and disease
My people were left with no choice but to decide
To conform to a system, responsible for genocide
Responsible for genocide
Responsible for genocide...

Spoken:
'AIDS is killing the entire African nation
And a vaccine is still supposedly under preparation
But these governments they don't mind the procrastination
They say
"We'll kill them off,
take their land
and go there for vaction."'

My people's culture was strong, it was pure
And if not for that white greed
It would've endured
My people were left with no choice but to decide
To conform to a system
Their minds enslaved
Their souls encaged
I feel the rage
It's brutality can never be undone
But the sun is not yet set
The bass and drums and microphones a threat
That's when ya investigate the crimes from the inside
And see that they're responsible for genocide
Responsible for genocide
Responsible for genocide...

Ya cram ya culture down my throat
Say I'm inferior when I find that I choke
Ya fill my mind with a false sense of history
And then you wonder why I have no identity?
Well I'll strike a match and it'll catch and
Spread the insight we need
A tiny fire, burning bright
Shedding light on the darkness of greed

A yes yes y'all
And ya don't stop
Shedding light on the darkness of greed

A yes yes y'all
And ya don't stop
Shedding light on the darkness of greed


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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is mainly about AIDS attacking the African nation and how we as a country are doing less than shit about it. This is the same stuff bono from U2 fights for, but he does it more peacefully. It is also what "we are the world" was for and what the "what's going on" was supposed to be about. Notice how those other people and songs just want to spread awareness about AIDS in Africa, while Rage shoves their opinions up our government's ass by not only making us aware of the problem but trying to persuade our government to do something. A beautiful song all around.
    TakeOnSnakeon July 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou know what's really ironic? Last year, in what could be viewed as a photo-op, Bush pledged Africa millions of dollars to help fight the spread of AIDS. By this summer, that pledge decreased dramatically, less than one third of the proposed (and who could blame the Bush administration, with the Iraq war, the huge deficit, etc.) At the same time, the administration enacted on the wishes of the uber-conservative and all but stopped government financail support for groups encourage safe sex and family planning. Unfortunately, this caused many of their operations in Africa to shut down, worsening the plight of people threatened by this epidemic. Ten years later after this song was released, white men still play the judge of life and death for whatever reasons they adhere to and the Africans afflicted suffer for it.
    discovery21on October 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, as much as I like RATM, the AIDS comment is just ridiculous. Every year this country spends billions and billions of dollars to fight AIDS.

    And FYI, there are already cures for AIDS. They are just not economically practical or feasible for a large population. They require 24 doses a day... There is a reason Magic Johnson isn't dead. He takes state of the art drugs. Not everyone can afford this.


    However, Rutgers University has now developed economically feasible AIDS drugs that are effective against every and all possible mutations of the AIDS virus. The main problem with the other AIDS drugs is that they cannot fight off other mutations and the AIDS virus is highly mutagenic. However, there is a cure for AIDS and it has been found. It's only a matter of time (a very short time) before we are free of this problem.
    BenLeeon November 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis comment isnt about the song, but rather venting about the u2 stuff. everyone loves them, critics, moms, kids, police...even though they were once a very political band. rage is only liked by teens but moms and police hate it only b/c of their declaration to free mumia. i ahte the fact that those people against rage cant see past them trying to free mumia and see the deeper meaning to what else they are preaching against.
    sean7711on August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great rage song
    kangaxxon August 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think you forgot the allusion to the europeans coming over and enslaving the native indains and them dieing from dieses and from the hands of the Europeans. Also it talks about the africans being enslaved by Europeans and the same thing happening with them. the AIDs things is just part of it not all of it
    carreraon August 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite rage song. like other rage songs its about politics and all that jazz
    WouldItBeYouon June 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis My Personal Favorite of RATM's. its just so great.

    we didnt enave the indians.suewe gave them disease through blankets. caused more of them to die than jews did during the holocaust. and moved them on a reservation. but then we found out that the land we gave them was good. so we took that and sent them on to a different one that was smaller. but then we found out that the land we gave them was good. so we sent them on another one that was even smaller.and their they stood having to walk through the "trail of tears" where more than a thrid died......again........

    But we NEVER enslaved them..........

    But We did enslave the blacks.

    God i hate my fore fathers.

    Oh yeah Europeans were also the reason for all the shit that goes on in AFrica. Those crazy white bastards
    Apathetic Tragedyon June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey im from Australia and ive never heard this song before, did they put it on a cd? Was it not released in Australia or something?
    RenegadeOfFunkon June 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is on the Crow movie soundtrack.

    I think the meaning has been well covered - wiping out Africa by not helping them against AIDS.
    Belandrewon June 26, 2004   Link

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