Settle for Nothing Lyrics

Rage Against the Machine


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Zack M. De La Rocha, Thomas B. Morello, Timothy Commerford, Brad J. Wilk
album: Track 4 in album Rage Against the Machine
release date: 1992-11-6
popularity : 3 users have visited this page.
length: 4:49
arranger: Rage Against the Machine
electric guitar: Tom Morello
drumset: Brad Wilk
electric bass guitar: Tim Commerford
mix: Andy Wallace
producer: Rage Against the Machine, GGGarth
assistant recording: Craig Doubet, Jeff Sheehan
additional recording: Craig Doubet
recording: GGGarth, Stan Katayama
lead vocals: Zack de la Rocha
composer: Rage Against the Machine
lyricist: Zack de la Rocha

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A jail cell is freedom from the pain in my home
Hatred passed on, passed on and passed on
A world of violent rage
But it's one that I can recognize
Having never seen the color of my father's eyes
Yes, I dwell in hell, but it's a hell that I can grip
I tried to grip my family
But I slipped

To escape from the pain in an existence mundane
I gotta nine, a sign, a set and now I gotta name

Read my writing on the wall
No-one's here to catch me when I fall
Death is on my side, suicide!

A jail cell is freedom from the pain in my home
Hatred passed on, passed on and passed on
A world of violent rage
But it's one that I can recognize
Having never seen the color of my father's eyes
Yes, I dwell in hell, but it's a hell that I can grip
I tried to grip my family
But I slipped

To escape from the pain in an existence mundane
I gotta nine, a sign, a set and now I gotta name

Read my writing on the wall
No-one's here to catch me when I fall
Caught between my culture and the system, genocide!

Read my writing on the wall
No-one's here to catch me when I fall
If ignorance is bliss, then knock the smile off my face
Yeah!

If we don't take action now
We settle for nothing later
Settle for nothing now
And we'll settle for nothing later
If we don't take action now
We settle for nothing later
We'll settle for nothing now
And we'll settle for nothing later

If we don't take action now
We'll settle for nothing later
We settle for nothing now
And we'll settle for nothing later
If we don't take action now
We settle for nothing later
We'll settle for nothing now
And we'll settle for nothing later

Track Listing

  • 1 Bombtrack
  • 2 Killing in the Name
  • 3 Take the Power Back
  • 4 Settle for Nothing
  • 5 Bullet in the Head
  • 6 Know Your Enemy
  • 7 Wake Up
  • 8 Fistful of Steel
  • 9 Township Rebellion
  • 10 Freedom