[Talking]
The new age is upon us
And yet the past refuses to rest in its shallow grave
For those who hide behind the false image of the son of man
shall stand before God!!!
It has begun, the beginning of the end
Yeah..
Yeah... yeah, yeah

[Verse 1]
The voice of racism preaching the gospel is devilish
A fake church called the prophet Muhammad a terrorist
Forgetting God is not religion, but a spiritual bond
And Jesus is the most quoted prophet in the Qu'ran
They bombed innocent people, tryin' to murder Saddam
When you gave him those chemical weapons to go to war with Iran
This is the information that they hold back from Peter Jennings
Cause Condoleezza Rice is just a new age Sally Hemmings
I break it down with critical language and spiritual anguish
The Judas I hang with, the guilt of betraying Christ
You murdered and stole his religion, and painted him white
Translated in psychologically tainted philosophy
Conservative political right wing, ideology
Glued together sloppily, the blasphemy of a nation
Got my back to the wall, cause I'm facin' assassination
Guantanamo Bay, federal incarceration
How could this be, the land of the free, home of the brave?
Indigenous holocaust, and the home of the slaves
Corporate America, dancin' offbeat to the rhythm
You really think this country, never sponsored terrorism?
Human rights violations, we continue the saga
El Salvador and the contras in Nicaragua
And on top of that, you still wanna take me to prison
Just cause I won't trade humanity for patriotism

[Hook]
It's like MK-ULTRA, controlling your brain
Suggestive thinking, causing your perspective to change
They wanna rearrange the whole point of view of the ghetto
The fourth branch of the government, want us to settle
A bandana full of glittering, generality
Fighting for freedom and fighting terror, but what's reality?
Read about the history of the place that we live in
And stop letting corporate news tell lies to your children

[Verse 2]
Flow like the blood of Abraham through the Jews and the Arabs
Broken apart like a woman's heart, abused in a marriage
The brink of holy war, bottled up, like a miscarriage
Embedded correspondents don't tell the source of the tension
And they refuse to even mention, European intervention
Or the massacres in Jenin, the innocent screams
U.S. manufactured missles, and M-16's
Weapon contracts and corrupted American dreams
Media censorship, blocking out the video screens
A continent of oil kingdoms, bought for a bargain
Democracy is just a word, when the people are starvin'
The average citizen, made to be, blind to the reason
A desert full of genocide, where the bodies are freezin'
And the world doesn't believe that you fightin' for freedom
Cause you fucked the Middle East, and gave birth to a demon
It's open season with the CIA, bugging my crib
Trapped in a ghetto region like a Palestinian kid
Where nobody gives a fuck whether you die or you live
I'm tryin' to give the truth, and I know the price is my life
But when I'm gone they'll sing a song about Immortal Technique
Who beheaded the President, and the princes and sheiks
You don't give a fuck about us, I can see through your facade
Like a fallen angel standing in the presence of God
Bitch niggaz scared of the truth, when it looks at you hard

[Hook]
It's like MK-ULTRA, controlling your brain
Suggestive thinking, causing your perspective to change
They wanna rearrange the whole point of view in the ghetto
The fourth branch of the government, want us to settle
A bandana full of glittering, generality
Fighting for freedom and fighting terror, but what's reality?
Martial law is coming soon to the hood, to kill you
While you hanging your flag out your project window

[Talking]
Yeah..
The fourth branch of the government AKA the media
Seems to now have a retirement plan for ex-military officials
As if their opinion was at all unbiased
A machine shouldn't speak for men
So shut the fuck up you mindless drone!
And you know it's serious
When these same media outfits are spending millions of dollars on a PR campaign
To try to convince you they're fair and balanced
When they're some of the most ignorant, and racist people
Giving that type of mentality a safe haven
We act like we share in the spoils of war that they do
We die in wars, we don't get the contracts to make money off 'em afterwards!
We don't get weapons contracts, nigga!
We don't get cheap labor for our companies, nigga!
We are cheap labor, nigga!
Turn off the news and read, nigga!
Read... read... read...



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    General CommentAnother great song by Immortal Technique... if you like him you will like Jedi Mind Tricks, Dead Prez, and The Coup. Also try Paris "Sonic Jihad"

    Bringin ya back what ya miss in hip hop!
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"and the world doesn't believe that you're fightin for freedom/ cause you fucked the middle east and gave birth to a demon"

    most intelligent lyrics out of any rapper out there. Immortal Technique really is a genious
    weezer10on January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me wanna get an AK and go nuts on Washington. Most all Tech's songs do.
    x2stpsfrmnowhereon January 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is da bomb immortal technique speaks the truth in his songs
    ~krok~on January 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Turn off the news and read, nigga!
    Read... read... read..."

    enough said.
    michelle.on August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Turn off the news and read, nigga!
    Read... read... read..."

    One notable book to read is "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media"
    ggn1on August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with ggn1, Noam Chomsky's and John Pilger's work is worth checking out if you are intrested in the themes of the corruption and power of the mass media.
    FlowitheGoon November 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is outstanding to know that artists like this exist and resist. Where everything's fake, Technique is a true alternative to the self serving garbage on the radio dial- no gimmicks or fake-ass gangsta trash.

    "We don't get cheap labor for our companies....
    We are cheap labor..."

    Boy you said it brother.
    truthnexileon March 08, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaningthe song is about how the government manipulates your opinions to what they want you to beleive. hence him talking about america painting jesus white, if jesus was real he would most likely be arab , he also talks about mk ultra which were the mind control experiments the cia conducted in the 50s and 60s namely by giving people large amounts of lsd in an attempt to brainwash them
    imtechoneon May 09, 2010   Link
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    General Commentfirst of all this aint rap it spiritual truth he tells about all evils of the government
    josejv1997on December 27, 2010   Link

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