Take the Power Back Lyrics

Rage Against the Machine


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
album: Track 3 in album Rage Against the Machine
release date: 1992-11-6
popularity : 24 users have visited this page.
genres: Hip Hop Rock Funk / Soul
styles: Funk Metal/Hard Rock/Alternative Rock/Hardcore Hip-Hop/Hard Rock
length: 5:38
producer: GGGarth and Rage Against the Machine
lead vocals: Zack de la Rocha
mixer: Andy Wallace
electric guitar: Tom Morello
recorded by: Stan Katayama and GGGarth
arranger: Rage Against the Machine
electric bass guitar: Tim Commerford
drumset: Brad Wilk
assistant recorded by: Jeff Sheehan
additional recorded by assistant recorded by: Craig Doubet
composer: Rage Against the Machine
lyricist: Zack de la Rocha

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In the right light, study becomes insight
But the system that dissed us
Teaches us to read and right
So called facts are fraud
They want us to allege and pledge
And bow down to their God
Lost the culture, the culture lost
Spun our minds and through time
Ignorance has taken over
Yo, we gotta take the power back!
Bam! Here's the plan
********** Uncle Sam
Step back, I know who I am
Raise up your ear, I'll drop the style and clear
It's the beats and the lyrics they fear
The rage is relentless
We need a movement with a quickness
You are the witness of change
And to counteract
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

The present curriculum
I put my fist in 'em
Eurocentric every last one of 'em
See right through the red, white and blue disguise
With lecture I puncture the structure of lies
Installed in our minds and attempting
To hold us back
We've got to take it back
Holes in our spirit causin' tears and fears
One-sided stories for years and years and years
I'm inferior? Who's inferior?
Yeah, we need to check the interior
Of the system that cares about only one culture
And that is why
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

Hey yo check, we're gonna have to break it, break it,
break it down
Aw ****!
Ugh!
And like this Ugh!
Come on, yeah! Bring it back the other way!

The teacher stands in front of the class
But the lesson plan he can't recall
The student's eyes don't perceive the lies
Bouncing off every ****ing wall
His composure is well kept
I guess he fears playing the fool
The complacent students sit and listen to some of that
Bullshit that he learned in school
Europe ain't my rope to swing on
Can't learn a thing from it
Yet we hang from it
Gotta get it, gotta get it together then
Like the **********in' weathermen
To expose and close the doors on those who try
To strangle and mangle the truth
'Cause the circle of hatred continues unless we react
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

No more lies
Ugh!
Yeah!

Take it back y'all
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back y'all, come on!
Take it back y'all
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back y'all, come on!

Ugh!
Yeah!


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 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