You talk about your revolution, well, that’s fine
But what are you going to be doing come the time?
Are you going to be the big man with the tommy-gun?
Will you talk of freedom when the blood begins to run?
Well, freedom has no value if violence is the price
Don’t want your revolution, I want anarchy and peace

You talk of over throwing power with violence as your tool
You speak of liberation and when the people rule
Well ain’t it people rule right now, what difference would there be?
Just another set of bigots with their rifle-sights on me

But what about those people who don’t want your new restrictions?
Those that disagree with you and have their own convictions?
You say they’ve got it wrong because they don’t agree with you
So when the revolution comes you’ll have to run them through
Yet you say that revolution will bring freedom for us all
Well freedom just ain’t freedom when your back’s against the wall

You talk of over throwing power with violence as your tool
You speak of liberation and when the people rule
Well ain’t it people rule right now, what difference would there be?
Just another set of bigots with their rifle-sights on me

Will you indoctrinate the masses to serve your new regime?
And simply do away with those whose views are too extreme?
Transportation details could be left to British rail
Where Zyklon B succeeded, North Sea Gas will fail
It’s just the same old story of man destroying man
We’ve got to look for other answers to the problems of this land

You talk of over throwing power with violence as your tool
You speak of liberation and when the people rule
Well ain’t it people rule right now, what difference would there be?
Just another set of bigots with their rifle-sights on me
Vive la revolution, people of the world unite
Stand up men of courage, it’s your job to fight

It all seems very easy, this revolution game
But when you start to really play things won’t be quite the same

Your intellectual theories on how it’s going to be
Don’t seem to take into account the true reality
Cos the truth of what you’re saying, as you sit there sipping beer
Is pain and death and suffering, but of course you wouldn’t care

You’re far too much of a man for that, if Mao did it so can you
What’s the freedom of us all against the suffering of a few?
That’s the kind of self-deception that killed ten million Jews
Just the same false logic that all power-mongers use
So don’t think you can fool me with your political tricks
Government is government and all government is force
Left or right, right or left, it takes the same old course
Oppression and restriction, regulation, rule and law
The seizure of that power is all your revolution’s for
You romanticise your heroes, quote from Marx and Mao
Well their ideas of freedom are just oppression now

Nothing’s changed for all the death that their ideas created
It’s just the same fascistic games, but the rules aren’t clearly stated
Nothing’s really different cos all government’s the same
They can call it freedom, but slavery is the game
There’s nothing that you offer but a dream of last years hero
The truth of revolution, brother.......... is year zero


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    General Commenti like this song. it raises a lot of questions about government and what form and role it should take in society.

    one of my favorite crass quotes "freedom has no value if violence is the price"
    MrGoodBaron April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis was the first Crass song i ever heard. From there i went nuts with these guys. they kick ass.
    nerdypunkchickon July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is good for pointing out differences between anarchist and communists. In a perfect world communist would be successful anarchy but communist fucked everything up and the word communism now means oppression. Communist countries try to rally the masses with the words of Marx and Mao but "their ideas of freedom are just oppression now" People are just stupid for trying to continue the communist movement. It doesnt lead anywhere and ends up killing millions of innocents and the name of progress.
    UnseenOpon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe ideals of communism remain unchanged, whether or not until now they have been distorted by tyrants and murderers. The ideals of democracy have been equally distorted, but many still rally behind them. Regardless of how decent ideals have been abused, they are still something to strive for... though Crass points out wonderfully that violence cannot be the method.
    Zedd138on May 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcommunism and democracy both end up killing millions of innocent lives and both dont intend to until someone comes along to fuck shit up
    Philly21on July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn this song, Crass (as anarchists) are criticising all Communist (big C) revolutions and their violent methods. They're also criticising the authoritarian systems which have always been set up after these revolutions. The song strongly emphasises the anarchist idea that systems like this are not communism at all (true communism should be libertarian and a form of anarchism) -- rather state capitalism.

    Furthermore, Crass are making the point that government is government, and you can't "free" the people from it only to set up another one with a different name. People will only be truly free when there is no state and no private ownership of land and the means of production.
    Lizardhandson March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust to clarify, not all Communists are Marxist/authoritarian. I'm an Anarcho-Communist. The song is a tirade against authoritarian Communists.
    Anrchston May 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningSpecifically this song was targeting the Socialist Workers Party, a UK Trotskyist party that campaigns for revolution but has a reputation in some quarters for being internally authoritarian. Crass had recently had a serious dispute with some of their activists. Of course it is also aimed more generally at authoritarian communism as other comments suggest.
    DwarfCowboyon May 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAs others have pointed out, communism and anarchism are quite close. I prefer to see anarchism as a sort of idealised end point in the same way that neo-liberalism can never be fully actualised. In the same way that neo-liberals describe an economy in which every economic transaction and every individual contract is negotiated at an infinitesimal level, anarchism describes a world of ever fluxing relationships within and between communities without an outside authority. We normally associate communism with authoritarianism although that is an utter perversion. This song is about the tension between those truly of the left and the macho-left warriors who would impose their ideals on everyone else. Hardly what communism is or has ever been about. Essentially communism/anarchism is democracy on steroids. So without consent, it is nothing.


    There is a line missing above. After

    So don't think you can fool me with your political tricks

    it should go

    Political left or political right, you can keep your politics
    owaingron October 01, 2010   Link

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