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Rage Against The Machine - Killing In the Name




This incendiary song makes the point that some members of the US police force were, and possibly still are, members of the Ku Klux Klan ("Some of those who wear forces are the same that burn crosses"). How legitimate can a power structure or a religion be when the people that compose the operation are in a dark, warped mindset?


This was Rage Against The Machine's first single. It got a lot of attention in the UK when they played it on a TV show called Yoof. The song never charted in America, but it went to #25 in the UK in 1993.


Rolling Stone named this #24 on their list of the Greatest Guitar Songs. They wrote of this song: "In 1991, a year before rage against the Machine released their debut album, Tom Morello was giving a guitar lesson in his tiny apartment in West Hollywood, teaching his student the hard-rocking riffs that are characteristic of drop-D tuning (in which the lowest string is tuned down to create heavier chords). Because Morello's Telecaster had a locking nut, preventing it from drastic tuning changes, he taught the technique using an Ibanez bass. Said Morello: 'I just came up with the 'Killing in the Name' riff. I stopped the lesson, got my little Radio Shack cassette recorder, laid down that little snippet and then continued with the lesson.' The next day, Morello brought his riff with him to a studio in North Hollywood. 'We were off to the races,' he says. Though Morello points out that the bone-crushing song was a collaborative effort - 'Timmy C.'s magmalike bass, Brad Wilk's funky, brutal drumming and Zack [de la Rocha]'s conviction meld with the guitar' - Killing in the Name introduced the world to Morello's off-kilter attack, which would include substituting an Allen wrench for a pick and slamming the toggle switch like a DJ scratching records. 'We were melding hard rock, punk and hip-hop, and I was the DJ,' he says. 'It allowed me to emulate a lot of noises that I heard on Dr. Dre and Public Enemy records.'"



Lyrics


Killing in the name of


Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses


Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses


Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses


Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses


Huh!



Killing in the name of


Killing in the name of



And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


But now you do what they told ya


Well now you do what they told ya



Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites


You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites


Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites


You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites



Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses


Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses


Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses


Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses


Uggh!



Killing in the name of


Killing in the name of



And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya


And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control


And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control


And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control


And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control


And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control


And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control


And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control


And now you do what they told ya!



Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites


You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites


Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites


You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites


Come on!



Yeah! Come on!



Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!


Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me!


Motherfucker!


Uggh!

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