"Animal In Man" as written by Clayton Gavin and Lavonne Alford....
Help me
You want me to help you?
Man is evil, capable of nothing but destruction

Once upon a time
There was a very serious situation growing
There was a farmer and a farmyard filled with animals
And this is the story of their times

Old man Sammy had a farm
Walked the land with the rifle
Most of the time shit was calm
His whole life was maintained off the everyday labor

From the mules in the field to the cattle in the stable
This is how we kept food on this table
You would have he was disabled by the way he be relaxing
Acting like Mr. Magnificent

But the animals were thinking something different
The sentiment was tension in the barnyard
Throughout the years they had been through mad drama
With the farmer, word is bond

And they all came to one conclusion
They argued there was no way they'd ever be free
If it was up to humans
Therefore the only course left was revolution
Which was understandable

And since the pigs promised to lead in the interest of all the animals
They planned a full attack under the leadership of Hannibal
The fattest pig in the pack
The next morning on the farm, everything was calm

Just before dawn but before long
The sun got so hot it made the farm seem electric
Now check it this is when that shit got hectic
Directed by Hannibal, the animals attacked

Old Sam was in a state of shock and fell up on his back
And dropped his rifle reaching in vain
Each and every creature from the field at his throat
Screaming, "Kill, feel the pain"

This is the animal in man
This is the animal in you
This is the animal in man
Coming true

This is the animal in man
This is the animal in you
This is the animal in man
Coming true

After they ran the farmer off the farm
The pigs went around and called a meeting in the barn
Hannibal spoke for several hours
But when talks about his plans for power

That's when the conversation turned sour
He issued an official ordinance to set
If not a pig from this day forth then you insubordinate
That's when the horses went buck wild

One of them shouted out
"You fraudulent pigs, we know your fucking style"
Hannibal's face was flushed and pale
All the animals eyes full of disgust and betrayal

He felt the same way Sam felt
They took his tongue out of his mouth
And cut his body up for sale, for real
You better listen while you can

It's a very thin line between animal and man
When Hannibal crossed the line they all took a stand
What would have done? Shook his hand?
This is the animal in man

This is the animal in man
This is the animal in you
This is the animal in man
Coming true

This is the animal in man
This is the animal in you
This is the animal in man
Coming true

This is the animal in man
This is the animal in you
This is the animal in man
Coming true

This is the animal in man
This is the animal in you
This is the animal in man
Coming true


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"Animal in Man" as written by Lavonne Alford Gavin Clayton

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    General CommentRetelling the Orwell classic allegory, "Animal Farm" about a betrayed revolution.

    Animal Farm is a thinly veiled critique and satire of Soviet totalitarianism. Lots of events in the book are based on events from the Soviet Union during the Stalin era. Orwell, a leftist — for many years a member of the Independent Labour Party — was a critic of Stalin and suspicious of Moscow-directed communism after his experiences in the Spanish Civil War.
    Jonzardon August 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOr maybe this is about the Slaves in America
    Disspositionon February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgreed greed greed. people wanting to control everything. governemts not working. communism. nothing works. thats my view
    xenocrateson March 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely based on Orwell's "Animal Farm." The names are changed: Mr. Jones becomes Old Man Sammy (both are common names), Napoleon becomes Hannibal (both great historical conquerors). I think while the song doesn't echo the anti-communist tones of the book, it highlights the fact that those in power will try to attain more and more power. It's the animal inside of us that wants dominance.

    I don't think this has anything to with American slavery. The oppressed (animals) eventually become the oppressors, the same as their previous masters. I don't think Dead Prez would want to liken themselves to slave owners.
    fearnotofmanon July 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's not about slavery, I don't think.
    I'm pretty sure it's just about revolution. dead prez's main concern has always been revolution and this song is a way of exploring the dangers of revolution through allegorical comparision to the Russian revolution.
    StepBack!on November 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is genius. When I heard it, it reminded me of the good ol' US of A's revolution. We turned out to be worst than what we were against. Those is power are oppressors, much like Hannibal the pig.
    brit21on January 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn't say that the book is anti-communist, but more a cynical observation of how things went terribly wrong in Soviet.
    In this song they have added the animals rising up against the pigs after they take control. With the last four lines of verse two and the narrator saying "Remember" in the end I believe that they wish to point out the problems that would come with a revolution and their stance on what to do if this would happen (again)
    lemoerton June 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely about the legacy of American slavery, and more generally about the oppression of minorities in current-day America; Dead Prez uses the allegory of George Orwell's Animal Farm to explain how they see themselves as carrying on the cause of self-styled leftist revolution against.......whatever it is they're against...

    They re-interpret the farmer as the European colonial powers and the pigs as the continental revolutionaries who defeated the imperial powers. America started out with some humanistic ideals, but really fell short and ended up being just as imperious, so says Dead Prez.

    Dead Prez are asserting that they are the animals that are now trying to exact violence on the those whom they perceive as the pigs (read: people who wear suits, police men and women, anyone who is not vegan, people of faith, etc.).

    Interestingly enough that plot twist (the animals rising up against the pigs) never happened in Animal Farm. So what I'm guessing is that Dead Prez is saying that that's what needs to happen within the context of American society today.

    Funny though, the whole point of animal farm is that peace cannot come about through a bloody insurrection (that's where the pigs in Animal Farm went wrong, so said George Orwell). Yet, Dead Prez seems to think that a just and peaceful society can be brought about by militantism and violence. This is a classic example of a skewed and naïve reading of history that most serious Marxists and leftists abandoned a long ago.
    no anestheticon August 22, 2008   Link

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