Rage Against the Machine

Take the Power Back

Total Times Played:
61
First performance:
1991-08-31
Latest Performance:
2007-08-24
Lyrics:
Bring that shit in! Uggh! Yeah, the movement's in motion with mass militant poetry Now check this out...uggh! In the right light, study becomes insight But the system that dissed us Teaches us to read and write 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 Motherfuck 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 Awww shit! Uggh! And like this...uggh! 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 fucking 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 motherfuckin' 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 No more lies No more lies No more lies No more lies No more lies No more lies No more lies Uggh! 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! Uggh! Yeah!
1991-08-31
Huntington Beach, CA USA
1991-10-23
Northridge, CA USA
1992-02-08
Claremont, CA USA
1992-03-08
San Luis Obispo, CA USA
1992-03-16
Hollywood, CA USA
1992-03-20
Hollywood, CA USA
1992-03-29
Long Beach, CA USA
1992-06-09
Santa Ana, CA USA
1992-07-25
Los Angeles, CA USA
1992-12-11
Berkeley, CA USA
1992-12-14
West Hollywood, CA USA
1993-02-02
Stockholm, Sweden
1993-02-08
Paris, France
1993-02-13
Milan, Italy
1993-02-19
London, England
1993-03-20
Jacksonville, FL USA
1993-04-03
Chicago, IL USA
1993-04-11
Vancouver, BC Canada
1993-04-14
San Francisco, CA USA
1993-04-17
Santa Monica, CA USA
1993-05-22
Nottingham, England
1993-05-24
Glasgow, England
1993-05-25
Manchester, England
1993-05-27
Newcastle, England
1993-05-28
London, England
1993-06-01
Stuttgart, Germany
1993-06-02
Dusseldorf, Germany
1993-06-04
Berlin, Germany
1993-06-05
Hamburg, Germany
1993-06-07
Paris, France
1993-06-10
Milan, Italy
1993-06-12
Reykjavik, Iceland
1993-06-19
George, WA USA
1993-06-22
Mountain View, CA USA
1993-06-26
Denver, CO USA
1993-06-29
St. Paul, MN USA
1993-07-01
St. Louis, MO USA
1993-07-13
Stanhope, NJ USA
1993-07-20
Charleston, WV USA
1993-08-07
Irwindale, CA USA
1993-08-24
Dublin, Ireland
1993-08-27
Reading, England
1993-09-06
Offenbach, Germany
1993-09-09
Paris, France
1993-09-11
London, England
1993-10-14
Los Angeles, CA USA
1993-10-28
Toronto, ON Canada
1993-11-04
New York City, NY USA
1993-11-19
Iowa City, IA USA
1993-12-09
Toronto, ON Canada
1993-12-12
Universal City, CA USA
1994-06-21
Warsaw, Poland
1994-06-23
Odense, Denmark
1994-06-24
Glastonbury, England
1994-06-29
Paris, France
1994-07-01
Belfort, France
1994-07-02
Torhout, Belgium
1994-07-03
Werchter, Belgium
1994-07-30
Motherwell, Scotland
1994-10-22
Los Angeles, CA USA
2007-08-24
East Troy, WI USA