"Hadda Be Playin' On The Jukebox" as written by and Allen Ginsberg Rage Against The Machine....
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    General Commenta poem written by allen ginsberg
    carrera0000on April 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is crazy. it just keeps on climbing and climbing
    WouldItBeYouon June 07, 2004   Link
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    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
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    General Commentits on the live and rare cd
    WouldItBeYouon December 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe Live & Rare version is the best version they recorded. Other versions inc. the studio mix don't seem to capture Zacks rage. The lyrics are slightly different to the original poem but being live, the whole performance sounds amazing!
    Dstyleson January 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLyric corrections:
    "Brute force, world-wide, and full of money"
    "One mind, brute force, its full of money."

    "The secret police have been embraced for decades"
    ""The secret police embraced for decades"

    "NKPD" is "NKVD," (the 'Narodnyi Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del' or People's Commisariat for Internal Affairs, the Soviet secret police).

    "Grandmas' bed soft from fathers' resentment"
    "Grandmas' bedsores, fathers' resentment"
    rkarnadon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is pretty obviously about Kennedy's assassination, and how in Rage's (Ginsberg's) opinion, it was not a single man.

    "Kennedy stretched and smiled and got double crossed by lowlife goons and agents"

    Also comments not so sublety on the rumored connections between organized crime and govermnent,
    studeb4kerh4wkon March 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is my interpretation of the song:

    The poem uses the analogy that the global conflicts during the cold war between the U.S. government and the old Soviet Union were gang warfare:

    "The horses head in a capitalists' bed
    The Cuban turf
    It rumbles in hitmen
    And gang wars across oceans"

    The U.S. government is controlled by a few very wealthy minority and they employed the CIA as instigators and the U.S. armed forces as the muscle.
    The Soviet Union was also controlled by a very wealthy minority who used the KGB as instigators and the red army as the muscle:

    "Multinational capitalists
    Strong armed squads
    Private detective agencies for the oh so very rich
    And their armies and navies and their air force
    bombing planes"

    There seems to be a connection between the tactics used by the mafia, and the tactics used by Government agencies to defend territory. There also seems to be collaboration between the two (mafia and U.S. Government) against the Soviet Union:

    "It had to be the FBI and organized crime working together in cahoots against the commies"

    The poem reaches its climax, when the result of this gang warfare between rich people is revealed to be millions of poeple killed:

    "THEY had to be rich, THEY had to be powerful
    They had to murder in Indonesia 500000
    They had to murder in Indochina 2000000
    They had to murder in Czechoslovakia
    They had to murder in Chile
    They had to murder in Russia

    And they had to murder in America."

    In the beginning of the poem, the author imagines and wishes that this knowledge would be distributed in every corner of the U.S:

    "It had to be flashin' like the daily double
    It had to be playin' on TV
    It had to be loud mouthed on the comedy hour
    It had to be announced over loud speakers"
    avalanchaPHXon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you are completely wrong
    its not a metaphor
    "The CIA and the Mafia are in cahoots"
    thats a literal statement
    leakegon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe cold war was seen in the Western World as the struggle of freedom fighters (U.S. backed guerrillas and armies) against the evil empire (Soviet-backed guerrillas and armies). The poem indicates it was just gang warfare; that's what I meant by analogy.

    "The CIA and the Mafia are in cahoots against the commies" refers to tactics used by the U.S. Government in collaboration with the mafia to inflict damage on the other side. I never attached the world analogy to this part of the poem.
    avalanchaPHXon October 07, 2007   Link

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