To sing you must first open your mouth
You must have a pair of lungs
And a little knowledge of music
It is not necessary to have an accordion, or a guitar
The essential thing is that I want to sing
Then this is a song, I'm singing

I breathe in and I create
Rewoke the spirit sixty eight
Fresh meaning to torn ideas
Let's bring life to old clichés
Punch a hole in tradition
Yeah, let's listen
To the songs of discontent
The chords and the movement

It could all be so simple
We would all stand baffled by the precision and accuracy
Our jaws would hurt from dropping
So hard, fast and unexpected
It would be the perfect metaphor
It would be the perfect song we'd be singing

I breathe out and I scream
Rewoke Malatestas dream
Inspiration from the past
Focus to the future at last
Fixed dogmas can't substitute
Creative thought and action

We could be dangerous
Art as a real threat

And all it is is words
Words said a million times before
And all it is is a song
A song sung a million times before

I breathe in and I create
Rewoke the spirit '68
I breathe out and I scream
Rewoke Malatestas dream

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Protest Song '68 Lyrics as written by Dennis Sven Olof Lyxzen Jon Albin Brannstrom

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    General CommentYou can find out a lot about what Refused's songs mean if you read their manifestos in the liner notes of The Shape of Punk to Come:

    "Pro (in favour) – attest (testify for).
    The time is now and still we sit and wait for it to become the now that we think we need. The movement of protest has strong traditions and we are far from the first to recognise and use the power of the song and the words from the young poets. We are trembling from the taste of days gone to waste and there is inspiration and there is clarity. Phil Ochs stated firmly “If I have something to say I’m going to say it now” and still protest song 68 is nothing more than a pastiche, a blueprint of seduction of the echoes that once filled the corridors of dorms and boys/girls rooms in an era where rebellion and revolt was present in art and music. From the first until the last, from the taste of longing freedom to the shackles of oppression, the weapon of the artist has always been used."
    xdarknessfallsxon January 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is fucking beautiful
    Refused revelutionised music
    Female_Full_Collapseon August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea...fuckin amazing song by an amazing band....wish they still were around today
    xLxIxHxCxon September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust one
    ponk?on April 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentw00t w00t
    anrchy4saleDKon April 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdebord
    reverbinterlaceon April 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is just unbelievably good. this and 'new noise' are all ive heard by this band, ive gota go out and buy some stuff.
    im not a huge fan of the lyrics, but the way he delivers them is fucking amazing, he has got a fantastic voice. and the music is so clever - the sudden bursts of noise, and the unexpected but beautiful melodic interlude. and the drumming is incredible.
    atthedrive-inon November 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love refused, they may not be a well known band but they rock woot woot! i love this song.
    kissxonxaxfrownon December 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing flipping song.
    basically it's an anarchist rallying cry.
    malatesta's dream refers to ericco malatesta, who wrote the influential piece, "anarchy". he's to anarchists what marx is to communists.
    marginxxwalkeron April 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti do believe this song is about what happend in May 1968 in France. It started as a student strike and became a full blown protest with almost half of Frances workers going on strike, which led to the fall of the du Gaulle government...may 1968 has influenced countless songs/poems since the 1970s...
    if you do not know what the May 1968 protests were i strongly sugest you google or wiki it....oh ya btw good song to.
    .insomniaon May 21, 2007   Link

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