"Vietnow" as written by and De La Rocha/commerford/morello/wilk....
(Ch) turn on tha radio, nah fuck it
Turn it off, fear is your only God
On tha radio, na fuck it, turn it off
Turn on tha radio, nah fuck it
Turn it off, fear is your only God
On tha radio, nah fuck it
Your savior's my guillotine, crosses
And kerosine
Merge on tha networks, slangin' nerve gas
Up jump tha boogie then bang,
Let 'em hang
While the paranoid try to stuff tha void
Let's capture this am mayhem
Undressed, and blessed by tha lord
Tha power pendulum swings by thaUmbilical cord
Shcok around tha clock, from noon
'Til noon
Men grabbin' they mics, and stuff 'em into tha
Terror tha product ya push
Well I'm a truth addict, Ioh shit I got a head
Tha sheep tremble an here come tha votes
Thrown from tha throat, new cages an scapegoats
Undressen and blessed by tha lord
Tha same devil that ran around managua wit a
Check tha new style that ollie found
I tune in wit a bullet ta shut down
Tha devil sound
Tha program of vietnow
Flex tha cerebellum fire
Somebody gotta shell 'em
Those evil angels lists, hittin' tha am
Playlist, paid ta say this
That one inhuman, illegal, single woman, tha one
Wit out a room
The transmissions wippin' our backs
Comin' down like bats from stacy coon
Terror, tha product you push
Well I am a truth addict, oh shit I got a head
Tha sheeps tremble an here come tha votes
Thrown from tha troat, new cage and scapegoats
One caution tha mics a detonator unwound ta
Shutdown tha devil sound
Check tha heads bow in vietnow
Is all tha world jails and churches ?

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is more specifically about radio, not just the media. It speaks out against the right-wing radio stations that attempt to control the masses by stopping them opening their minds. "Check out the new sound that ollie found" refers to Oli north, whose conviction in the Iran-Contra scandal was overturned on a technicality. He then started hosting a right-wing radio talk show.
    Calm Like a Bombon December 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWats-up they're not forcing anything on anyone. They're simply voicing their opinion. "Why stand on a silent platform" You have to admit that lyrically they are one of the greatest bands ever. I love RATM and always will. They are the most unique and creative bands i've ever seen.
    godisadrugon March 04, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCould someone please clarify the Stacy Coon reference for me?

    One of my favorite lines is "the power pendulum swings by the umbilical chord" which means that under our current system, and how it has always been, who your parents are is directly linked with your social status. I do think that this is not as extreme in America as it has been in the past with monarchs and dynasties, especially the caste system in India, but I think the idea still holds true. If you look at who the powerful people in America are, they typically were born of rich parents. It's not always the case, but it's a very powerful statement and brilliantly phrased in my opinion.
    pat2603on September 27, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentStacey Coon was the sergeant involved w/ the Rodney King beatings
    Mustardgodon December 18, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"The same one that ran around Managua wit a sword"
    During the Iran-Contra affair in the mid 1980s, Oliver North and company funded the counterrevolutionaries in Nicaragua, based in Managua.

    "Check out tha new style that Ollie found"
    Oliver North, whose conviction in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s was overturned on a technicality, now hosts an extremely right-wing radio talk show and has run for the US Senate. Great song...great LYRICS especially if you are aware of how each of the topics interrelate.
    Jamahon January 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnobody commented on "Your savior's my guillotine, crosses and kerosine" not saying I know but you need gasoline (kerosine) to burn a cross... Just like in Killing in the name of he relates things to the KKK

    He's basically saying the media in general is looking to scare you to watch their programming etc~ Making up half truths is much easier and gets more ratings than broadcasting correct, and happy news.

    Watch Bowling for columbine if you wanna see how our media is...compared to canada etc~
    Xavon June 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentZack, you are the best!!
    Halo 2 Rockson January 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone know what this line means?

    "Tha same devil that ran around managua wit a

    Love this song, probably in my top 5 Rage songs.
    antiy4ho0on August 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGenerally speaking, this song makes more sense now than it did when it first came out. Brilliant.
    user918on March 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThank you for gettin managua straight....
    I don't think anyone commented on the title.
    Vietnow, is describing the situation at the time as another vietnam at this time, and it can totally be related again today switch out some of the references and you have the same story...
    and to this day the counter revolutionaries in nicaragua currently hold the presidency
    turbog33k08on June 03, 2008   Link

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