I be walkin god like a dog
My narrative fearless
Word war returns to burn
Like Baldwin home from Paris, Uh
Like steel from a furnace
I was born landless
Yes its tha native son
Born of Zapatas guns
Stroll through the shanties
And tha cities remains
Same bodies buried hungry
But with different last names
The vultures robbin everything
Leave nothing but chains
Pick a point on the globe
Yes tha pictures tha same
Theres a bank, theres a church, a myth and a hearse
A mall and a loan, a child dead at birth
Theres a widow pig parrot
A rebel to tame
A whitehooded judge
A syringe and a vein
And the riot be the rhyme of the unheard

What ya say? What ya say? What ya say? What?
Calm like a bomb

This aint subliminal
Feel the critical mass approach horizon
Tha pulse of the condemned
Sound off Americas demise
Tha anti-myth rhythm rock shocker
Yes I spit fire
Hope lies in the smoldering rubble of empires
Yes back through tha shanties and tha cities remains
Same bodies buried hungry, uh-huh
With different last names, uh-huh
The vultures robbin everyone
Leave nothing but chains
Pick a point here at home
Yes the pictures tha same
Theres a field full of slaves
Some corn and some debt
Theres a ditch full of bodies
Tha check for the rent
Theres a tap, tha phone, tha silence of stone
The numb black screen
That be feelin like home
And the riot be the rhyme of the unheard

What ya say? What ya say? What ya say? What?

Calm like a bomb

Theres a mass without roofs
A prison to fill
Theres a countrys soul that reads post no bills
Theres a strike and a line of cops outside of tha mill
Theres a right to obey
And a right to kill

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    General CommentLove the bass at the start. If i ever start a band, it'll be called "The Rhyme of the Unheard", because the line is "The riot be the rhyme of the unheard". It is saying that "The riot be *my band*". Also it is a good name for a political band like RATM.
    PLEASE don't steal that name! Oh shít now i'll said don't you'll do it.
    FeelTheFunkBlaston February 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm suprised no one has written about this song yet, I think it is one of Rage's best. This song is about revolution. It is saying that no matter where you look in the world their is oppression and that there are people ready to fight back against this oppression. 'Calm like a bomb' refers to these people lying in wait so that the oppresser does not realize the danger until the day they go to far and a revolution blows up in their face.
    bdm56on May 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is a very good song indeed, almost as good as maria :) i love the title, "calm like a bomb" dunno why but it's very thought out!
    No-use-for-a-nameon September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with bdm56. One of my favorite lines is, "Feel the critical mass approach horizon." This just means that, like bdm56 said, the opression is going too far and that the opressed will soon revolt. This song is a great example of RATM's politcal theme and incredible use of lyrics.
    godisadrugon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentgodisadrug, your rite! this band is way cool
    they are the only band since u2, hendrix and nirvana to really speak out
    x1FLYguy1xon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI like the line, "Tha pulse of the condemned/Sound off Americas demise." I think it means that those people who were convicted of crimes because they posed a threat to the goverenment will control the 'revolution'. When they are provoked and their pulse quickens America will fall.
    ANybody know what it means when he says Same bodies buried hungry/But with different last names.
    "Hope lies in the smoldering rubble of empires" I think is a very interesting line. After this revolution you can hope something better will form. But when America first formed the founding fathers wanted our federal government to be decentralized and relatively weak. But the American federal government has some how become as powerful and influential as it is today. If there was a revolution, I doubt a government system in existance would work. There would have to be something completely new.
    ilikeporkon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentFinally, a post that does not have people insulting each other like children. Maybe it is because this song is a hidden gem in Rage's repertoire. bdm56, I couldn’t agree with you more, I too am confused as to why there is so little recognition or attention given to this song. Also, No-use-for-a-name, I also agree with you as to how well “thought-out” the title is. RATM has a knack for making someone discover the anger they have within. When I first heard this song, I got so pleasantly enraged :) that I just had to figure out what the song was about.
    LPon May 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe intrumental part on; "...calm like a bomb, calma like a bomb..." just make want to break anything around me.....this song really kicks ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BrazilianFanon June 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyo yo yo peeps listen, this song is about how no matter where u look there is death, racism, poverty, drugs, racism, our society is crap, but there are those who see this being angered by it and want to rise above it and fix it, society takes alot from people and these people will be the ones to rise up and fight against it
    dhssocrstron June 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentilikepork, i think the line
    same bodies buried hungry
    but with different last names
    means people are dying, but the government isnt telling you what they are really dying of
    CrazyWinterson May 26, 2004   Link

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