Rage Against the Machine

Sound of Da Police

Total Times Played:
First performance:
1997-06-07 - GoBang Festival Lubeck, Germany
Latest Performance:
1997-08-27 - Blossom Music Center Cleveland, OH USA
Woop-woop!That's the sound of da police!Woop-woop! That's the sound of the beast! Verse One: Stand clear! Don man a-talk You can't stand where I stand, you can't walk where I walk Watch out! We run New YorkPolice man come, we bust him out the park I know this for a fact, you don't like how I actYou claim I'm sellin' crack But you be doin' thatI'd rather say "see ya"Cause I would never be ya Be a officer? You WICKED overseer!Ya hotshot, wanna get props and be a saviour First show a little respect, change your behavior Change your attitude, change your plan There could never really be justice on stolen land Are you really for peace and equality? Or when my car is hooked up, you know you wanna follow meYour laws are minimal Cause you won't even think about lookin' at the real criminal This has got to ceaseCause we be getting HYPED to the sound of da police! Chorus Verse Two: Now here's a likkle truth Open up your eye While you're checking out the boom-bap, check the exercise Take the word "overseer," like a sample Repeat it very quickly in a crew for exampleOverseerOverseerOverseerOverseer Officer, Officer, Officer, Officer!Yeah, officer from overseer You need a little clarity?Check the similarity! The overseer rode around the plantation The officer is off patroling all the nation The overseer could stop you what you're doing The officer will pull you over just when he's pursuing The overseer had the right to get ill And if you fought back, the overseer had the right to kill The officer has the right to arrest And if you fight back they put a hole in your chest! (Woop!) They both ride horsesAfter 400 years, I've _got_ no choices! The police them have a little gun So when I'm on the streets, I walk around with a bigger one (Woop-woop!) I hear it all day Just so they can run the light and be upon their way Chorus Verse Three: Check out the message in a rough styleeThe real criminals are the C-O-P You check for undercover and the one PD But just a mere Black man, them want check me Them check out me car for it shine like the sun But them jealous or them vexed cause them can't afford one Black people still slaves up til today But the Black police officer nah see it that wayHim want a salaryHim want it So he put on a badge and kill people for it My grandfather had to deal with the copsMy great-grandfather dealt with the cops My GREAT grandfather had to deal with the cops And then my great, great, great, great... when it's gonna stop?!
All Shows Performed At:

Lubeck, Germany


Offenbach, Germany


Hultsfred, Sweden


Essen, Germany


Fri Haifa, Israel


London, England


Osaka, Japan


Tokyo, Japan


Yamanashi, Japan


West Palm Beach, FL USA


Antioch, TN USA


Charlotte, NC USA


Columbia, MD USA


Philadelphia, PA USA


Burgettstown, PA USA


Cleveland, OH USA